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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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Karen Hobert Flynn, Common Cause President, Co-Chair

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

Annie Leonard, Greenpeace USA Executive Director

Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director

Derrick Johnson, NAACP President CEO



Mobilizing Committee


Charlie Cray, Senior Research Specialist, Greenpeace

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

Courtney Hight, Director, Democracy Program, Sierra Club

Jamal Watkins, Vice President of Civic Engagement, NAACP

Marilyn Carpinteyro, Director for State Operations, Common Cause 

Andrea Brown Gee, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, NAACP

Peggy Shorey, State Government Relations Deputy Director, AFL-CIO

Melissa Matos, Director of Human Rights & Education, CWA