About Democracy Initiative Education Fund

The Democracy Initiative Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable research and education organization dedicated to public education for member organizations about the necessity of broader democracy reform so that we can fully realize the promise of American democracy; a government of, by, and for the people.

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Tefere Gebre, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President, Board President and Co-Chair

Karen Hobert Flynn, Common Cause President, Board Treasurer and Co-Chair

Derrick Johnson, NAACP President & CEO

Erich Pica, Friends of the Earth President

Gustavo Torres, CASA Executive Director

K. Sabeel Rahman, Demos President

Virginia Kase, League of Women Voters of the United States CEO

Ray Curry, United Auto Workers Secretary-Treasurer

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Wendy Fields, Executive Director 

Jennifer Lamson, Deputy Director

Getachew Kassa, National Field Manager

Linda Ewing, Senior Policy and Training Fellow

Brittny Baxter, Training & Movement Building Coordinator

Sherri Davis, Executive Assistant & Office Manager

Jack Flynn, Communications Associate 


Anchor Committee

Peggy Shorey, State & Local Legislation, Deputy Director, AFL-CIO

Marilyn Carpinteyro, Vice President of Programs and Strategy, Common Cause

Michelle Chan, Vice President of Programs, Friends of the Earth

Folabi Olagbaju, Democracy Campaign Director, Greenpeace USA

Jamal Watkins, Vice President of Civic Engagement, NAACP

Yaheiry Mora, Director, CASA in Action | Civic Engagement and Elections Senior Director, CASA

Rodney McKenzie Jr., Executive Vice President, Movement Strategies, Demos