National Voter Registration Day Steering Committee
Minnesota Secretary of State
Secretary Simon was sworn into office on January 5, 2015, and as Minnesota’s chief elections administrator pledged in his inaugural address to “work with anyone, of any political affiliation, from any part of our state” to protect, defend, and strengthen the right to vote in Minnesota. Before being elected as Secretary of State, Simon served in the Minnesota House of Representatives for ten years representing the communities of St. Louis Park and Hopkins. Simon also served as Assistant Attorney General of Minnesota and worked as a lawyer in private practice for several years.
He graduated with a B.A in Political Science from Tufts University in Massachusetts in 1992, and earned a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1996.
Washington Secretary of State
Kim Wyman is Washington’s 15th Secretary of State. First elected in 2012, she is serving her second term and is only the second female Secretary of State in Washington’s history. Prior to being elected to this office, Kim served as Thurston County Elections Director for nearly a decade and was elected Thurston County Auditor from 2001-2013.
National Disability Rights Network, Disability Advocacy Specialist for Voting Rights
Michelle joined the NDRN staff in July 2013. In her current role, she provides training and technical assistance to the P&A network regarding voting rights and access for voters with disabilities, coordinates the Voting Working Group, and manages the voting lists. Previously, Michelle worked as the Assistant Director of Public Policy & Advocacy at Paraquad Center for Independent Living in St. Louis, where she led their voting rights and GOTV activities for eight years.
She holds a BA from SUNY Genseo and a MSW from The Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.
APIA Vote, Executive Director
Christine Chen, the founding executive director from 2006-2008 returned to APIAVote in January 2011 to serve as its current Executive Director. During her tenure she has strengthened and expanded APIAVote’s partners into 22 states. APIAVote’s research and polling of Asian American voters and their regional trainings and field programs have strengthened the local grassroots programs in reaching and mobilizing Asian American and Pacific Islander voters.
Additionally, Chen currently serves as President of Strategic Alliances USA and on the Kennedy Center Community Advisory Board, Center for Asian American Media, OCA Northern Virginia Chapter, and the advisory boards for the Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA), and Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL).
National Association of State Election Directors, Immediate Past President
In addition to his role at NASED, Judd Choate has also been the Director of the Division of Elections at the Colorado Department of State since 2009. He has also practiced law privately and has clerked at the Colorado Supreme Court.
He holds a J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Purdue University.
Senior Public Policy Manager, Twitter
Bridget Coyne joined Twitter in 2012 and is a senior manager on Twitter’s Public Policy team in Washington, DC. In her capacity, she develops creative civic engagement initiatives for Twitter and manages government and election partnerships with leading government and political publishers.
Previously, Bridget worked in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives as a staff member shaping digital media efforts. She holds a B.A. in Politics with a minor in Public Policy and Media from New York University.
Nneka Norville is Senior Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility at BET Networks, the premier entertainment company devoted to quality entertainment, news, music and public affairs programming reaching 90 million households in the United States alone. Norville is responsible for managing the creation, development and execution of strategies and campaigns that leverage BET’s brand for social impact.
Democracy Fund, Sr. Advisor for Elections Program
In her role, Tammy helps lead the Democracy Fund’s efforts to foster a voter-centric elections system and work to provide election officials across the country with the tools and knowledge they need to best serve their voters.
Patrick has been active in election administration modernization and reform for many years. Her areas of expertise cover a wide spectrum, from serving as a Commissioner on the Presidential Commission on Election Administration (PCEA) to working on providing language assistance in unwritten languages and common data formats for election results reporting. She also previously held a fellowship at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Patrick holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University.
Facebook, Government and Politics Outreach Manager
In her current role, Crystal Patterson combines her expertise in strategic communications with her knowledge on politics and government. Some of her previous roles have included directing communications for Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-17) and his campaign and the Center for American Progress.
She holds a B.A. from Northwestern University.
Google, Inc., Head of Brand and Reputation Marketing, EMEA
Ramya Raghavan has been involved in the political world at a great capacity through her various positions. Most recently, she served as the Head of Politics and Causes for Google+. Previously, she was a manager for Nonprofits and Activism, then News and Politics for YouTube, as well as performing communications for the Center for American Progress.
She holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan.
United Way Worldwide, Executive Director of Policy and Advocacy
Lindsay Torrico is Director of Policy and Advocacy at United Way Worldwide. Prior to working at United Way, she worked on social policy for Senator John Kerry (MA). While pursuing her graduate degree, she was an Education Pioneers Fellow at City Year-Los Angeles, where she developed their three to five-year government relations strategy and coordinated a county-wide literacy campaign, spearheaded by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Lindsay holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Virginia and an M.P.P., with a concentration in Urban and Social Policy, from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA).
Col. Mike Turner
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), VP of Development, MOAA Military Family Initiative
Colonel Turner served as a pilot for 24 years in the U.S. Air Force and subsequently served many strategist positions. In addition, he has utilized his military expertise in various executive roles in organizations such as Junior Achievement, Inc., The American Red Cross, The Wounded Warrior Project, Mental Health America, and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.
In his current role, Colonel Turner aids in advocating for a strong national defense while working to ensure the prosperity of uniformed men and women and their families.
He received a BS from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an MBA from Chapman University.
NALEO Educational Fund, Executive Director
Arturo Vargas is the Executive Director of NALEO Educational Fund, a national nonprofit organization that strengthens American democracy by promoting the full participation of Latinos in civic life. He also serves as the Executive Director of NALEO, a national membership organization of Latino policymakers and their supporters. Arturo has held these positions since 1994.
Prior to joining NALEO Educational Fund, Arturo held various positions at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), including Vice President for Community Education and Public Policy.
Arturo is a nationally recognized expert in Latino demographic trends, electoral participation, voting rights, the Census, and redistricting. He holds a master’s degree in Education and a bachelor’s degree in History and Spanish from Stanford University.
Ex-officio Member of the Steering Committee, Executive Director, Nonprofit VOTE
A seasoned nonprofit leader, Brian has two decades of executive director experience and a strong background and track record in program management, organizational leadership, and civic engagement. He has specific experience growing and strengthening an organization after a founder’s transition. Before joining Nonprofit VOTE, he most recently served as Executive Director of Boston-based United for a Fair Economy (UFE), an organization recognized for its sentinel work to raise the veil of growing economic inequality. Prior to UFE, he served 12 years as Executive Director for Tennesseans for Fair Taxation. He began his nonprofit work as a community organizer over 25 years ago in his home state of Louisiana. He holds a BA in political science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Ex-officio Member of the Steering Committee, Former Executive Director of The Bus Federation Civic Fund (now the Alliance for Youth Organizing)
Matt is an organizer, a writer, a small business owner, and a three-time college dropout. His writing and/or exploits have made their way into the pages of The New Republic, In These Times, and The Washington Post. He helped found Forward Montana Foundation, a local Bus affiliate. He believes in 1) Democracy, 2) Fun, and 3) Winning. Not always in that order. The New Leaders Council named him one of “40 Under 40” in 2010.