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 Krist Novoselic, musician and author; Vice-Chair Paul Jacob, president of Citizens in Charge; Secretary Cynthia Terrell, a Corporation member of the American Friends Service Committee; and Treasurer William Redpath, a licensed CPA. 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.
A member of the groundbreaking rock band Nirvana, Krist Novoselic, along with bandmates Kurt Cobain and David Grohl, changed the course of music history when they snapped up Billboard Magazine's number one spot with their much-acclaimed album Nevermind. In doing so, Nirvana opened the doors for a flood of a new generation of bands. After Nirvana, Novoselic went on to become one of rock's most politically-minded musicians. Krist has also committed himself to numerous different community projects and has become an influential part of the Northwest political scene.
Krist joined FairVote's Board in 2005 and was elected chair in 2008.
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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 Post, New Yorker, Slate, Time, 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 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.
Mark 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.
Paul Jacob is one of the nation's leading advocates of term limits and of initiative and referendum rights. He has worked on over 100 initiative and ballot access campaigns throughout the United States. For more than ten years Paul led U.S. Term Limits, the nation's largest term limits group, and today is president of Citizens in Charge, a non-partisan, non-profit advocacy organization
Paul hosts Common Sense, an online, radio and print opinion program. He writes a weekly column for Townhall.com and his writing has been featured in numerous publications including USA Today,The New York Daily News, The Washington Times, and The Chicago Tribune. He has appeared on Fox News, CNN's "Inside Politics," NBC's "Today" show and ABC's "Nightline."
Paul spoke at a 1995 conference organized by FairVote in Boston and has campaigned for ranked choice voting in states such as Washington.
Donald 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 is an associate for Sidley. Her practice focuses on advising clients on federal and state tax considerations of a variety of domestic and international transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and hedge fund formations and operations, securities offerings and securitizations. In addition, Cynthia represents institutional investors in connection with investments in affordable housing projects that generate low-income housing tax credits. She also advises clients on various federal and state tax controversies and on state and local tax matters involving sales and use, income, and real property transfer taxes.
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.
William Redpath has served as FairVote's Treasurer since 1995.
Mr. Redpath has been a member of the Libertarian Party since 1984, having run for office six times in Virginia, including being the Libertarian candidate for Governor in 2001, U.S. Senate in 2008, and US House of Representatives, Tenth District, in 2010 and 2014. He is currently an At-Large Representative on the Libertarian National Committee, and was Chairman of the Libertarian National Committee from 2006 to 2010. He is also a former Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Virginia.
Mr. Redpath was Ballot Access Committee Chair of the Libertarian Party from 1990 to 1997, successfully leading the party to 50 state ballot status for its presidential tickets in both 1992 and 1996. This was the first time that a U.S. minor political party qualified its presidential ticket for the ballot in all states in successive elections.
Professionally, Mr. Redpath is a Vice President with BIA/Kelsey, which offers financial and strategic advisory services for the media, telecommunications, and related industries.
Prior to joining BIA in 1985, Mr. Redpath was a Senior Financial Analyst with NBC in New York. Prior to that, Mr. Redpath was a staff auditor in the Cincinnati office of Arthur Andersen & Co., from 1980 to 1982. Subsequent to that, he was Assistant Financial Manager of WISH-TV, Indianapolis. He then joined the Internal Audit Department of ABC in New York, after which, in 1984, he took the position with NBC.
Mr. Redpath earned his B.A. degree in Economics and Political Science from Indiana University and his M.B.A. from The University of Chicago. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, from which he has earned the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) designation. He is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) in Business Valuation with the American Society of Appraisers, is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and has earned the Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM) designation from the CFA Institute.
[Bill Redpath's FairVote Bio on YouTube]
Joe Swimmer is the Executive Director of the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes. In this role, Joe works with thought leaders across the Episcopal Church in supporting their ministries and building up the Church. Prior to joining the Consortium, Joe served as Major Gift Officer for the Washington National Cathedral. Before relocating to Washington, DC from San Francisco in April 2016, Joe was the Director of Individual Giving with the Center for Youth Wellness. He also served as the Director of Development and Communications for the California Bar Foundation.
Joe graduated with a degree in history and religion, magna cum laude, from Tufts University and holds his law degree from Stanford Law School. He is a member of the State Bar of California.
Over his career, he has been active in numerous civic and professional organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Rensselaerville Institute. Joe has served on the vestries of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, both in San Francisco.
Joe is a member of the Cherokee Nation and has served his tribe in a variety of advisory and support roles over the years. He lives in Washington, DC with his husband and dog.
Cynthia Terrell is a founder of FairVote and has served as a board member of several charitable organizations, including the American Friends Service Committee. Terrell has worked in the area of voting system reform in this country and abroad, traveling in 1993 to New Zealand to support that country's successful referendum to adopt a proportional voting system. She also directed the research for several reports produced by FairVote, including analyses of the 1994 and 1996 congressional elections and the 1992 presidential elections.
Before helping to found FairVote, Terrell worked extensively as a political consultant around the country, working as campaign manager and field director for campaigns for the U.S. President, U.S. House and U.S. Senate, for governor and for state and city-wide initiative efforts. Among these campaigns were a proposed equal rights amendment in 1992 to the Iowa state constitution, the 1992 presidential campaign of Sen. Tom Harkin, Douglas Wilder's 1989 gubernatorial victory in Virginia and former Congresswoman Jolene Unsoeld's congressional campaign in 1990. Terrell also researched the state initiative process for the Fund for the Feminist Majority. Terrell is a mother of three children and active in civic affairs in Takoma Park, Maryland. She graduated with a B.A. in political science from Swarthmore College in 1986.
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.
Over the past 16 years, Susannah Wellford has founded two organizations designed to raise the political voice of young women in America.
In spring 2007, Ms. Wellford founded Running Start to inspire young women and girls to political leadership. Running Start furthers the work begun by the Women Under Forty Political Action Committee (WUFPAC), which Susannah cofounded in 1999 and led for the first five years. WUFPAC is a national women’s group dedicated to electing young women to political office. A nonpartisan organization, WUFPAC is the only political action committee in the United States devoted to helping young women of all parties run for elected office.
Ms. Wellford speaks frequently to colleges, law schools, political groups, trade associations and nonprofits about the importance of involving more young women in politics. She has also lectured about politics to many international groups, including women from Kuwait, Southeast Asia, Korea, Bahrain and Russia. She was invited to Kuwait by the Kuwaiti government in spring 2006 to meet Kuwait’s first women candidates and to advise them on their campaigns, and has been sent by the State Department to speak in the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Israel, Belgium and Moscow.
After receiving her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1998, she worked for several years at Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand, lobbying for state and local governments, foreign governments, corporate entities and trade associations before Congress and the Executive Branch.
Prior to law school, Ms. Wellford worked for Hillary Clinton’s Health Care Task Force in the Clinton White House. As a member of the Health Care War Room staff, she planned and executed grass-roots health care events for the President and First Lady and coordinated speaking events for Congressional Members and White House staff on health care reform issues. She is also a former Legislative Assistant for Senator Wyche Fowler from Georgia.
Ms. Wellford is a 1990 graduate of Davidson College. She lives in Washington, DC with her twin sons, Ben and James.
David 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.