Organizing Leadership

Greg Dennis

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Policy & Research Director for Voter Choice Massachusetts. Greg received his B.S, M.Eng, and Ph.D. from MIT, where he participated in the MIT-Caltech Voting Technology Project. A long-time student of electoral systems, Greg has spoken and written extensively on comparative voting theory. He has also served as Campaign Manager and Field Director for several local races and ballot questions in Somerville and Arlington. In 2015, Greg was elected to Town Meeting in Arlington, where he lives with his wife and three kids.

Rebecca Downing

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Endorsements & Allies Director for Voter Choice Massachusetts. A graduate of Antioch University of New England, Rebecca lives in Holyoke, MA. She first learned about Ranked Choice Voting following the recent Presidential Election, and is passionate about bringing fair representation to Massachusetts. Being from the South, Rebecca grew up among a wide range of political beliefs, and as a result, has come to a deeper understanding of the need to move towards a much more inclusive electoral system. She believes deeply in non-partisanship as an enhancement to our political landscape. In her professional life, she is a psychotherapist in private practice where she starkly sees the impact of the political process on her clients' daily lives. When she isn't working or volunteering, her passion lies in traveling to places she's never been before.

Howie Fain

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Messaging Director. Howie lives and teaches public school in Worcester, where he and his wife spend most Saturdays with their 12 grandchildren. Beginning in the pre-internet 1980s, Howie and a handful of other proportional representation enthusiasts from around the country managed to link up, and together founded FairVote in 1992. For the next five years, Howie served as FairVote's national Secretary, and chair of the Fair Ballot Alliance of Massachusetts. In 1994, he moderated the Mass. Secretary of State candidates' forum on Voting System Reform, and was the voting systems consultant to the City of Cambridge as they computerized their RCV elections. Howie credits the 2016 historic RCV victory in Maine with luring him back into more active involvement in today's growing movement for true electoral democracy.

Adam Friedman

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Executive Director of Voter Choice Massachusetts, a movement of volunteers dedicated to educating the public about Ranked Choice Voting. In 2009, he served on the executive committee of a RCV statewide ballot question campaign in Massachusetts. Adam serves on the boards of MassVOTE and Common Cause Massachusetts and has been involved in lobbying and organizing around various voting and democracy reforms for over ten years. Adam works full-time as a civic technologist and web software engineer. Beginning in 2012, Adam created the first searchable public database of official election statistics on behalf of the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and three other US states. Adam lives in Somerville, MA and holds a BA in History from Boston University.

Jim Henderson

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Treasurer of Voter Choice Massachusetts. Jim is a long-time advocate of Ranked Choice Voting, a topic he focused on while a candidate for Secretary of State in 2010. With degrees from Princeton University, University of Michigan and Boston University, Jim maintains a law practice in Stow, representing small businesses and nonprofit organizations as outside general counsel, and providing estate planning services to families and individuals. Jim also sings and performs regularly with In Good Company and in the Christmas Revels.

Billy Jackson

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Policy & Research Deputy Director of Voter Choice Massachusetts. Billy is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at North Shore Community College in Danvers, MA where he has taught the ideas and theories behind alternative voting methods in the classroom for over six years with Ranked Choice Voting always being a personal favorite of his.  When Billy found out Maine was on the verge of passing RCV as a ballot question, he discovered Voter Choice MA and became passionately involved.

Scott Kallgren

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Volunteer Coordination Director of Voter Choice Massachusetts. Scott received his Ph.D at Columbia University and moved to Massachusetts in 2014 for a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He is currently a bioinformatics scientist in Cambridge. Scott attended undergrad at politically conservative Hillsdale College in Michigan and is personally interested in outreach to Libertarians / Republicans of Massachusetts. At Voter Choice MA, his major goal is to get volunteer sign-ups to the place where they will thrive. He is also involved in social media, website editing, and tech training for volunteers.

Dolan Murvihill

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Statewide Regions & Chapters Director of Voter Choice Massachusetts. Dolan studied computer science at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (class of 2015) and is now a working software engineer in Cambridge. He focuses on establishing and growing new chapters throughout the state. His goal is to be able to make a good restaurant recommendation in every Massachusetts county. He hails from Portland, Oregon and he never stops talking about it.

Deb Otis

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Live Outreach Director of Voter Choice Massachusetts. Deb is committed to finding and implementing improvements to our electoral system which empower individuals and increase civic engagement. A key area of focus is to increase representation for women and people of color in statewide and federal offices. Deb works as a marketing professional for a publishing company. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Physics from Boston University and lives in Newton.

Liz Popolo

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Art & Media Director of Voter Choice Massachusetts. Liz received her Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University in 2008, where she majored in Human Factors, Usability, and Design; primarily focusing on man-made systems and organizational structures. An area of intense interest and relevance is the design of electoral systems, and how their usability impacts the voter experience and broader civic engagement. Liz grew up in historic Concord, Mass, spent several years in Worcester, and currently resides in the hilltowns of Western Mass. Beyond her academic background, she works professionally as a visual artist, animator, and figure drawing instructor, and strives to make an educational impact through visual design.

Sophie Teague

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Director of Data Management, Voter Choice Massachusetts. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Sophie Fleck Teague lives in Bolton with her husband and two teenage children. Sophie first learned about Ranked Choice Voting just after the November 2016 general election and passionately believes it could move Massachusetts and eventually U.S. politics beyond a polarized two-party system and enable fair representation of the voters. In her professional life, she is a Senior Marketing Manager for a college textbook publisher, focusing on Public Health education. On the weekends, you’ll find Sophie on the sidelines of the soccer pitch or the gym, cheering on her kids. Whenever she can, she travels to the North Woods of Maine and the West Coast of France where she spent many summers as a kid.

Abi White

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Fundraising Director of Voter Choice Massachusetts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGIONAL LEADS

Laura Brisbane

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Cape & Islands Chapter Lead of Voter Choice Massachusetts. Laura graduated from the University of Southern California in 2016 with a B.A. in political science and a minor in human rights. She spent the past year working in Cambridge as a Democracy Research Fellow at Small Planet Institute, where she assisted in research for a forthcoming book titled, Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, co-authored by Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen. Laura now lives on the Cape, where she enjoys organizing for Ranked Choice Voting as well as writing and performing music in her free time.

Joshua Callahan

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Greater Brockton Chapter Lead of Voter Choice Massachusetts. Joshua attended Brockton Public Schools. As a student, he worked as a transportation technician for greater Brockton’s regional RPA and advocated for multimodal transportation solutions. Currently, Joshua works in the real estate industry and lives in Raynham. Joshua holds a BS in Civil Engineering from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. 

Nathan Lockwood

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Greater Worcester Chapter Lead of Voter Choice Massachusetts. Nathan was elected to the Town of Lunenburg Planning Board and served from 2009 through 2015. He is a founding member of the Centrist Project. His career in the software industry has spanned over 20 years and various roles, including software engineer, interaction designer, scrum master, and manager. Nathan has two children in college and lives in Lunenburg with his wife and two small dogs. Nathan holds a BA in Philosophy from Yale University.

Scott Richards

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Greater Lowell Chapter Lead of Voter Choice Massachusetts.

Simone Thibodeau

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Pioneer Valley Chapter Co-Lead of Voter Choice Massachusetts.

Ian Tompkins

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Southeast Chapter Lead of Voter Choice Massachusetts.