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

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

Ray Curry, United Auto Workers Secretary-Treasurer


Jennifer Lamson, Interim Executive 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

Jamal Watkins, Vice President of Civic Engagement, NAACP

Paolo Mutia, Sustainable Food and Agriculture Campaign Associate, 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