FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Contact: Emily Fitzmaurice, Voter Choice Massachusetts, 617-817-0257
BOSTON – Communications Director Emily Fitzmaurice released the following statement today announcing new leadership at Voter Choice Massachusetts, the non-profit organization working to educate and advocate for Ranked Choice Voting in Massachusetts:
“As we continue to build upon the tremendous momentum we’re seeing for Ranked Choice Voting across the state, Voter Choice Massachusetts is excited to announce that Mac D’Alessandro, who currently serves as Statewide Director, was chosen by the Board of Directors to also serve as VCMA’s new Executive Director at this critical time in its campaign.
“Mac will continue to be instrumental in elevating our education and advocacy campaign in every corner of the Commonwealth. For decades, he has fought for equality and a stronger democracy for all Americans and VCMA is lucky to have him leading our efforts to empower and re-energize voters through RCV in his new dual role at the organization.
“In addition, the VCMA Board has elevated two Board members and strong RCV advocates to key leadership positions within the organization, naming Evan Falchuk to serve as Chair and Jim Henderson, who also serves as Treasurer of VCMA, to serve as Vice-Chair.
“Last week over 300 volunteers, activists, and voters joined us for our Lobby Day at the State House in support of RCV. These supporters, along with the strong leadership team we have assembled at VCMA, will help us build upon our success and ensure we remain the strongest statewide RCV movement in the nation.”
Mac D'Alessandro is a political operative with a long history of developing and executing successful community and voter engagement programs. Prior to joining Voter Choice Massachusetts earlier this year, Mac has run field programs throughout Massachusetts on behalf of campaigns for the late-Mayor Thomas Menino, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Edward Markey, the Massachusetts Nurses Association, the Coalition to Protect Mass Jobs/Vote No on 3, and the Campaign to Save Our Public Schools. Mac has over 20 years of experience in a wide range of issue and electoral campaigns at Greater Boston Legal Services, SEIU, NARAL and, since 2012, at Democracy Partners, a national political consultancy in which Mac was a principal. Mac has an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and a law degree from Boston College Law School.
Evan Falchuk is an accomplished healthcare and political entrepreneur and attorney, who believes passionately in causing trouble -- for good causes. In 2014, he founded the United Independent Party and was an independent candidate for Massachusetts Governor, earning over 70,000 votes. In 2015, he led the effort for a statewide ballot initiative to prevent the use of taxpayer money on the proposed Boston 2024 Olympic Games. From 1994-1999, Falchuk was an attorney in Washington D.C. at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. From 1999-2013 he was the Vice-Chairman and President of Boston-based Best Doctors, Inc., a medical second opinion company that grew to nearly $100 million in revenue during his tenure and which was recently acquired for $440 million. Today he is the CEO of VillagePlan, Inc., a company that helps families navigate the many challenges of caring for an aging loved one.
Jim Henderson has served on VCMA’s Board and as the organization’s Treasurer since its inception in 2016 and 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.
Voter Choice Massachusetts is a non-partisan, politically diverse, non-profit organization dedicated to educating the Massachusetts public about electoral reforms that increase the range of choice on the ballot and produce fairer outcomes for all. VCMA advocates for the expanded use of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), which allows voters to rank the candidates on the ballot in order of preference. RCV would make Massachusetts elections more competitive and fairer by encouraging the participation of more candidates and parties, and by ensuring outcomes that more accurately reflect the will of the voters.