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

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

Derrick Johnson, NAACP President & CEO

Erich Pica, Friends of the Earth President

Gustavo Torres, CASA Executive Director

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




Charly Carter, 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 

Belén Sisa, Arizona Campaign Manager


Anchor Committee

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

Jamal Watkins, Vice President of Civic Engagement, NAACP

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

Alonzo Washington, Director of Policy and Community Engagement, CASA

Nahal Zamani, Director of Movement Building, Demos

Alma Couverthie, National Organizing Director, League of Women Voters of the United States

Delrico Loyd, Director of Organizational Insurances & the Union Building Corporation, United Auto Workers

Folabi Olagbaju, Democracy Campaign Director, Greenpeace USA

Jonathan Butler, Democracy Campaigner, Greenpeace USA