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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

Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director

Derrick Johnson, NAACP President & CEO

Erich Pica, Friends of the Earth President

Gustavo Torres, CASA Executive Director


Mobilizing Committee

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

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

Shane Larson, National Director of Legislation, Politics & International Affairs, CWA

La'Meshia Whittington-Kaminski, North Carolina Campaigner, Friends of the Earth

Jonathan Butler, Democracy Campaigner, Greenpeace

Jamal Watkins, Vice President of Civic Engagement, NAACP

Ashley Dwire, Integrated Campaign Coordinator, SEIU

Courtney Hight, Director, Democracy Program, Sierra Club