Posted by Nancy Lavin on December 03, 2018 at 3:25 PM

Dec. 4, 2018

Contact: Nancy Lavin at [email protected] or 301.270.4616

FairVote Hires Sangita Sigdyal as Managing Director

TAKOMA PARK, Md. -  FairVote has hired a new managing director to advance its work and presence as one of the nation’s leading electoral reform organizations. Sangita Sigdyal will start in her position in January, lending her expertise in citizen engagement and executive leadership of the not-for-profit and international development field to the realm of democratic reform.

Rob Richie, president and CEO of FairVote, applauded the arrival of Sigdyal.  "Sangita brings a wealth of experience and insight into how to take a mid-sized organization to the next level of size and impact," said Richie.

Sigdyal brings more than 15 years of experience taking social enterprises from start-up phase to maturity and scale. Prior to FairVote, she served as director of operations and interim COO at the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a 75-country multilateral initiative to promote government transparency. She played a key leadership role in OGP’s dynamic growth - in staff size, budget and global impact - during her 3.5-year tenure.

Previously, she worked at the World Bank to launch Open Contracting Partnership, a global campaign to open up and transform public contracting; for the Results Educational Fund's Microcredit Summit Campaign to mainstream microfinance; and for the Association for Conflict Resolution.

FairVote Board Chair Krist Novoselic, author, Washington state civic leader and founding member of the seminal rock band Nirvana, also expressed enthusiasm for Sigdyal’s arrival.

"After 26 years, FairVote's reform vision is coming closer to reality as a means to transform our broken politics. The Board of Directors will work closely with Rob and Sangita in what promises to be a memorable reform era."

Originally from Nepal, Sigdyal now calls the DC area home. She is thrilled by the opportunity to help FairVote bring much-needed reforms to American politics. She has a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College and a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

FairVote has led nationwide reforms on ranked choice voting and American forms of proportional representation since its founding in 1992, while establishing a strong presence on related election reform topics including congressional competitiveness, voter turnout, primary elections and recounts. Its budget has grown to an average of $3 million in the last three fiscal years. With the addition of experienced leaders, it plans to continue growing the organization’s impact and reach.


FairVote is a nonpartisan champion of electoral reforms that give voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative democracy that works for all Americans.

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