Board

FairVote’s Board of Directors represents a mix of national leaders and local reformers who reflect a broad range of experiences and accomplishments. Please see their biographical sketches below.

Our officers are: Chair Alice Underwood, a recognized leader in the actuarial profession; Vice-Chair Charlotte Hill, an American elections researcher and PhD student at UC Berkeley; Secretary Mark de la Iglesia, a program officer with the Open Society Foundations’ Fiscal Governance Program; and Treasurer Donald Marron, a director of economic policy initiatives at the Urban Institute. The Board meets in-person and by phone throughout the year, and provides overall direction and fundraising assistance to FairVote. Members serve on committees and work directly with staff. FairVote also has advisory committees in support of our program work.

Please Note: FairVote is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt, publicly supported organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. Board members act in an individual capacity and not as a representation of any political affiliation. Members’ political affiliations do not constitute an endorsement by FairVote. FairVote does not support, endorse, or oppose any political party or candidate. Any comments made by a board member acting in his/her individual capacity are personal and do not reflect FairVote’s views.

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 Alice Underwood, Chair

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Alice Underwood is a recognized leader in the actuarial profession and a sought-after speaker for insurance industry events.  She has published dozens of articles on actuarial and insurance-industry topics and has held board and officer positions within a number of insurance industry associations.  Her actuarial career has included roles in both the U.S. and Europe; currently she heads the global insurance consulting and technology practice for a leading financial services company.

She holds a B.S. with Highest Honors in mathematics from The University of Texas and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton University. She is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society, a Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst, and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Alice is also a voracious reader of science fiction, a student of history and politics, an unrepentant Trekker, a mediocre seamstress, an avid SCUBA diver, an occasional yogini, an enthusiastic eclipse chaser, and a SoulCycle devotee.  She is the co-author of six novels based on Greek mythology and set in the Bronze Age; her most recent “Tapestry of Bronze” novel, Clytemnestra: The Mother’s Blade was released in September 2017.  Alice and her husband Mark Kimmey live in New York City, where they cater to the whims of two dictatorial felines.

 

Brenda Choresi Carter 

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Brenda Choresi Carter directs The Reflective Democracy Campaign, an initiative of the Women Donors Network. The campaign works to remove barriers keeping women and people of color from positions of elected leadership, and advocates for a political system that truly reflects the American electorate.  Her work has been featured on MSNBC and in The New York Times, Washington PostNew Yorker, SlateTime, and NPR.  

Trained as both an academic and an organizer, Brenda has been a rank-and-file leader of an organizing drive among her fellow teaching and research assistants at Yale University and a special assistant to the president and communications director at UNITE HERE. As a visiting faculty member at Brown University and the Wesleyan University Center for Prison Education, Brenda teachers courses on work, culture, and the economy, She earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University and a B.A. in English and Government from Georgetown University. A proud native of Minnesota, she lives in Connecticut.

 

 Tim Hayes

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Tim Hayes is an entertainment producer, aviator, business founder and human rights activist based in New York City.  Tim has created large scale global events for UNICEF, Amnesty International, The Special Olympics USA, Wounded Warrior Project, Sandy Hook Promise, The Movember Foundation, and other leading NGOs.  

He has lead negotiations for the release of political prisoners of conscience in Russia and was instrumental in launching Havel’s Place in St. Patrick's Park in Dublin to memorialize Vaclav Havel’s velvet revolution; the a non-violent transition of power in what was then Czechoslovakia.

Tim founded Productions New York LLC in 2006 and currently serves as the president.  Earlier in his career, he worked as a production executive at the Walt Disney Company / ABC.  Prior to that, Tim toured the world with leading artists such as U2, Bon Jovi, The Who, and Van Halen settling each show and promoting human rights and democracy around the globe.

Charlotte Hill, Vice-Chair

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Charlotte Hill studies American politics at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research explores how interest groups engage with the political system to influence policy outcomes, and how structural reforms can improve American democracy. She has received numerous awards for her academic and political efforts, including the Jacob K. Javits Political Leadership Scholarship, the UC Berkeley Graduate Fellowship, and the Aspen Institute Socrates Program Scholarship.
Charlotte has developed and managed policy and communications programs for multiple organizations, including the New Leaders Council and Change.org. During the 2016 election season, she ran communications for the bipartisan political reform organization Represent.Us, which brought together conservatives and progressives to win multiple anti-corruption initiatives at the ballot. She serves on the organization’s national board of directors. 

Mark de la Iglesia, Board Secretary

Mug_shot_-_Mark_de_la_Iglesia.jpgMark de la Iglesia is a program officer with the Open Society Foundations’ Fiscal Governance Program, where he works to support organizations that promote government transparency and fight corruption around the world.  Before joining OSF, Mark worked as a senior program manager at the National Democratic Institute to advance democratic governance projects in the areas of legislative strengthening, government transparency, and civic technology.

From 2003 to 2010, Marked worked in both the U.S. Congress and the executive branch. He served as a legislative affairs director at the U.S. Department of State (2009-10) and as a legislative director and foreign policy adviser for U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (2003-9).  

Mark graduated from Northwestern University in 2002 and earned a Master in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School in 2012.  A native of Washington State, Mark has volunteered on US voting rights campaigns and various other democracy reform efforts over the years.

 

Donald Marron, Treasurer

marron-donald.jpgDonald Marron is director of economic policy initiatives at the Urban Institute. He conducts research on tax reform, long-run fiscal challenges, and federal budgeting. From 2010 to 2013, he led the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. He testifies frequently before Congress, and works to popularize economics through his blog and writings. He is a senior research fellow at the Climate Leadership Council and the editor of 30-Second Economics, a short book that introduces readers to 50 of the most important theories in economics.

Donald has served in senior government positions, including as a member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers under George W. Bush and acting director of the Congressional Budget Office. He has also taught at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business; consulted on major antitrust cases; and served as chief financial officer of a health care software start-up. He studied mathematics at Harvard College and received his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Cynthia Okechukwu

Cynthia Okechukwu is an Assistant General Counsel in the Office of Legal Counsel of the University of Chicago. She advises the university and its affiliates on tax, corporate, and transactional matters. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Cynthia was a Tax associate in the Chicago office of Sidley Austin LLP, where she represented clients in a variety of domestic and international transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, investment fund formations and operations, securities offerings, and securitizations. Cynthia is active as a volunteer in the Chicago community, including serving as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago and as the President of the Yale Club of Chicago, a nonprofit, regional alumni association for Yale graduates, students, and their parents in the greater Chicago metropolitan area.
Cynthia graduated from Yale Law School in 2013. During law school, she was Vice President of the Black Law Students Association and Co-President of the Initiative for Public Interest Law at Yale, a student-run nonprofit organization. Cynthia also received her B.A. in history from Yale University, with distinction in the major. Cynthia was a legal intern at FairVote in 2011.

David Wilner

David_Wilner.jpgDavid Wilner co-founded Wind River Systems in 1981 and for many years was its Chief Technical Officer. He is a recognized expert in the field of real-time software engineering. Before founding the company, Mr. Wilner was a Senior Staff Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. He is an expert on computers and technology, topics that are increasingly relevant to electoral reform.

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