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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Larry Cohen, Chair

Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President & CEO

Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director

Tefere Gebre, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President

Karen Hobert Flynn, Common Cause President

Annie Leonard, Greenpeace USA Executive Director



Coordinating Committee

Rachel Rye Butler, Democracy Campaigner, Greenpeace

Marc Caplan, Senior Advisor on Democracy Issues and Coordinator of Money in Politics, Common Cause

Aquene Freechild, Co-Director, Democracy is for People Campaign, Public Citizen

Courtney Hight, Director, Democracy Program, Sierra Club

Getachew Kassa, Manager, Civic Engagement, NAACP

Jessica Newman, Legislation, Policy and Human Rights Coordinator, CWA

Jamal Watkins, National Outreach Director, Campaigns, AFL-CIO