Speakers Bureau

We are ready to give our compelling presentation to groups all around the state. You name it, we want to be there to educate their members and seek their endorsement. Contact us at speakers@voterchoicema.org to arrange a time and place.

The Speakers' Bureau is our repository of regional speaking talent. All of our speakers are trained and well-versed in ranked choice voting generally and specifically how it could be used in Massachusetts to improve our own elections. They are engaging, personable, diplomatic, knowledgeable, confident, articulate, and able to answer any questions.

Andrew Bloom

Andrew Bloom

Andrew Bloom is a volunteer with Voter Choice Massachusetts, a state-wide organization committed to educating voters about the benefits of Ranked Choice Voting. He lives with his family in West Stockbridge, and is an employment recruiter in the energy efficiency industry. Andrew is passionate about Ranked Choice Voting and getting big money out of politics. He is a certified speaker with Voter Choice Massachusetts, and a volunteer with American Promise.

Linda Castronovo

Linda Castronovo

Linda Castronovo is a volunteer with Voter Choice Massachusetts, a state-wide organization committed to educating voters about the benefits of Ranked Choice Voting. She has degrees in Biology, Exercise Science, and Elementary Education from Earlham College and the University of Massachusetts. As a recently retired teacher and coach, she is committed to working toward a democracy that lives up to the ideals of “liberty and justice for all.” She has three grown children and lives in Hadley with her husband, eight chickens, and a young yellow lab.

Greg Dennis

Greg Dennis

Greg Dennis serves as Policy Director for Voter Choice Massachusetts, an organization dedicated to educating the Massachusetts public about electoral reforms that bring voices and choices into the political process and produce fairer outcomes. 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 worked as a campaign manager and field director for local races and ballot questions in Arlington and Somerville. A software engineer by day, Greg lives in Arlington with his wife and three kids and serves as an elected member of Arlington Town Meeting.

Howie Fain

Howie Fain

Howie Fain is the co-founder of FairVote and former chair of the Fair Ballot Alliance of Massachusetts. Beginning in the 1980s, Howie and a handful of other proportional representation enthusiasts from around the country began discussions through the postal mail, and eventually founded FairVote in 1992. For the next five years, Howie served as FairVote's national Secretary. In 1994, he moderated the Secretary of Commonwealth 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 historic RCV statewide enactment in Maine in 2016 with luring him back into active involvement in today's growing movement for true electoral democracy. He resides and teaches public school in Worcester, where he and his wife spend most Saturdays with their 12 grandchildren.

Jim Henderson

Jim Henderson

Jim Henderson is general counsel and a member of the board of directors 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

Billy Jackson

Billy Jackson is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at North Shore Community College in Danvers and Lynn. At NSCC he has taught the ideas and theories behind alternative voting methods for the past six years and has been invited to speak on conference panels on the topic.  When Billy found out Maine was on the verge of passing RCV, he discovered Voter Choice Massachusetts and became the organization’s Deputy Director of Policy & Research. This is his first active role in a political advocacy organization or campaign. Billy holds a BA from Westfield State University and an MAT from Salem State University.

Laurie Johnson

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Martha Karchere

Martha Karchere

Martha Karchere is a volunteer with Voter Choice Massachusetts. As a family physician with a medical degree from Tufts and a MPH from Harvard, Martha has worked and led initiatives at a community health center in Quincy. During her 30 years as a resident of Jamaica Plain, she have been active in a variety of community issues, including advocacy for Franklin Park and the local library. She believes Ranked Choice Voting is an important way to empower people to participate in politics and make our government more representative and responsive to our collective needs. She lives with her husband, Luis Prado, with whom she has raised 3 boys.

Sean Kenney

Sean Kenney

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Nathan Lockwood

Nathan Lockwood

Nathan Lockwood serves as the Greater Worcester Chapter Lead of Voter Choice Massachusetts, a movement of volunteers dedicated to educating the public about Ranked Choice Voting. He was elected to the Town of Lunenburg Planning Board and served from 2009 through 2015. Nathan 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. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Yale University.

Chris Oates

Chris Oates

Chris Oates serves as the Endorsements Director of Voter Choice Massachusetts. He also runs his own political risk consultancy, covering foreign policy, domestic politics, and macroeconomics. He became interested in ranked choice voting from living in the United Kingdom, where he saw a prime minister win election with only 36% of the vote, and then re-elected with 37%. He is a native of Canton and holds a BA in Political Science and Classics from Brown University and an MPhil and PhD in International Relations from Oxford University.

Deb Otis

Deb Otis

Deb Otis serves as Metrowest Chapter Lead for Voter Choice Massachusetts. She 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.

Joel Paul

Joel Paul

Joel Paul serves as the Cape & Islands Chapter Lead of Voter Choice Massachusetts. From his hometown of Philadelphia, Joel moved to the Cape in 2012. He studied Economics at Temple University, and is currently studying Computer Programming and working on building apps. Joel is passionate about designing cities and markets to work for the benefit of all people. He spends his free time helping local political causes, creating new things with his 3D printer, but mostly doing science experiments with his son. One of his favorite sayings is, “The arc of the moral universe is long and bends towards justice, but only if each of us does our part to push.”

Ellen Perry

Ellen Perry

Ellen Perry is a speaker with Voter Choice Massachusetts. Ellen is a Professor of Classics, specializing in Greek and Roman archaeology. Because of her background in classics, Ellen has a sincere appreciation for the origins of democracy and for the traditions and innovations that make it more effective and representative. Ellen is also a hobbyist beekeeper who appreciates the fact that honeybees have their own remarkably democratic and effective ways of making some of their most important decisions.

Liz Popolo

Liz Popolo

Liz Popolo serves as the Arts & Media Director of Voter Choice Massachusetts. Originally from historic Concord, she currently resides in the hilltowns of Western Mass. Liz received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 2008, where she majored in design and usability studies; focusing on human systems and organizational structures. After years of working professionally in animation and video game design, Liz began to see connections between her work, and the design of voting systems; how usability impacts the voter/user experience and broader civic engagement. She strives to make an educational impact through visual design.

Spencer Reynolds

Spencer Reynolds

Spencer Reynolds is a speaker with Voter Choice Massachusetts. Spencer is a digital marketing professional from Somerville. When not embroiled in the world of marketing he spends his time trying to figure out how to make our political environment a little more civil and a little less partisan. He is hoping to help VCMA better reach millennials to rally the energy they hold toward the cause of Ranked Choice Voting. A UVM alumni, and a former resident of Maine, he likes what all New Englanders do - good skiing, summers on the water, and a tight knit family.

Ian Russell

 

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Isaac Schattenburg

Isaac Schattenburg

Isaac Schattenburg serves as Live Outreach Lead for the Greater Worcester chapter of Voter Choice Massachusetts. An experienced political canvasser and phone fundraiser, Isaac worked as a field organizer for the Yes on 5 campaign in Maine, helping Maine become the first state in US history to enact Ranked Choice Voting statewide. Isaac has also organized ballot access drives for candidates and referendums across New England, and specialized in messaging and logistics for the signature-gathering phase. Isaac is a native of Wayland, MA.

Jacob Silterra

Jacob Silterra

Jacob Silterra is a volunteer for Voter Choice Massachusetts. In his ten years living in the Boston area, he has worked as an engineer, software developer, and computational biologist. Jacob is passionate about building government institutions, including voting systems, which work best for all people. He works at a biotechnology company in Beverly. He holds a BS in physics from Cornell University and an MS in bioinformatics from Boston University.

Kobe Yank-Jacobs

Kobe Yank-Jacobs

Kobe Yank-Jacobs serves as the Live Outreach Director for Voter Choice Massachusetts. Like many people, he first learned about the power of Ranked Choice Voting through CGP Grey on YouTube. Years later, he was thrilled to find out the movement to make it happen was real and growing here in Massachusetts, so he joined VCMA upon graduating college. Originally from Southern California, he came to Massachusetts to attend Boston University, where he earned his B.A. in International Relations.  

Currently Inactive

Laura Brisbane

Laura Brisbane

Former 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.

Ian Kernohan

Ian Kernohan

Ian Kernohan is a speaker for Voter Choice Massachusetts. Ian comes to Voter Choice Massachusetts continuing a career of service. At the College of Wooster, he completed an independent research project on the ways in which addicts portray their illnesses in the scope of their life stories to complete a Sociology and Spanish degree. He then served two years with City Year New Hampshire, mentoring students and volunteers in under-served schools before finding his way to Lowell, Massachusetts, where he currently works as a Therapeutic Mentor. Ian believes in the power of a person's voice, and works to increase each individual's awareness of their own potential. In his free time, Ian is also working to become a Level 1 Judge for Magic: the Gathering.