Brian Cannon

Director of Advocacy

Brian Cannon

Brian Cannon is a longtime democracy reformer with over a decade of non-profit leadership, community building, and advocacy for state policy issues.  In addition to his most recent work as Campaigns Director at the Institute for Political Innovation, he led Virginia’s bipartisan redistricting reform effort as Executive Director of OneVirginia2021 for six years - an effort that successfully amended the state constitution to end partisan gerrymandering.

Over the years, Brian has earned a reputation as a strategic organizer and strong advocate for improving voting systems, with a knack for boiling down complex public policy initiatives to voters across the political spectrum.  As the head of OneVirginia2021, Brian grew the organization’s supporter list from a few thousand to over 100,000, with local action groups of dedicated volunteers in every corner of the Commonwealth. This growth fueled the legislative strategy that passed significant and complex reform through the Virginia legislature under Republican and then Democratic control.  

Brian is a double William & Mary graduate - earning a degree in government and focusing his law school work in election law.  In a bit of foreshadowing for his current role, as an undergraduate, he implemented ranked choice voting for student government elections.  He and his wife Kelly live in Richmond with their two children, Bennett and Kathryn. 


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