Our Team

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Founder, President and CEO

Kathleen Unger is Of Counsel at Freeman, Freeman and Smiley... (read more)

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Cookie Parker is an entrepreneur with over 45 years of experience in technology...(read more)

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Tom Dempsey is a nationally recognized trial attorney... (read more)

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Mona Strassburger’s experience in international and governmental affairs includes the World Bank...(read more)

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Secretary and Treasurer

Tim Hoy is an attorney in Los Angeles... (read more)

Stephen Unger


Stephen Unger is a leading executive recruiter who has served as Managing Partner of the media and entertainment divisions... (read more)

Board of Trustees


Lee Bartlett is the former EVP of Discovery Communications... (read more)


Corky Hale is well known throughout the jazz community for her harp playing...(read more)


Tom Unterman founded Rustic Canyon Partners in 1999... (read more)


Marc Bauer is a senior associate and member of the Public Finance Department at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe...(read more)


Austin Fite, MD, has been involved with philanthropy for many years...(read more)


Tom Lehr is former President and CEO of Dailey Advertising... (read more)


Jules Haimovitz’s experience incorporates all aspects of operating and managing diverse businesses including Showtime... (read more)


Mike Stoller is one-half of the legendary songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller...(read more)



Volunteer Coordinator

Alexandra Barraza has worked on campaigns at UCLA including... (read more)


Wisconsin Voter ID Coalition Coordinator

Anita Johnson is one of Wisconsin's foremost voting rights organizers, with decades of service in election protection and election administration programs...(read more)


Special Projects Manager

Reba Hoeschler’s experience leading teams and initiatives for the country’s top agencies gives her a unique perspective on marketing, branding and communications...(read more)


Director of Operations, Communications & Development

Laina Reynolds Levy, PhD, has been engaged for two decades in democracy promotion and citizen participation... (read more)


Virginia Voter ID Coalition Coordinator

Andrea Miller is also the Executive Director of People Demanding Action, a multi-issue advocacy group... (read more)

Board of Advisors


Barbara Arnwine is an internationally renowned champion of civil rights and racial justice issues...(full bio forthcoming)


Carlos Duarte is a Mexican immigrant who has worked on progressive social change for the past 25 years. He is Texas State Director for Mi Familia Vota...(read more)


Ron Maxwell is an award-winning filmmaker. History has been of primary interest to Ron throughout his life... (read more)


Anne Bloom, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Civil Justice Research Institute... (read more)


Justin Levitt, Associate Dean for Research and a Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, served in the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice... (read more)


Olivia Raynor, PhD, is the Director of the Tarjan Center, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities... (read more)


In addition to his career in law and business, Ron has extensive public service experience...(read more)


Inspirational speaker, writer and researcher, Dawna Markova, PhD, is internationally known for her groundbreaking thinking... (read more)


Lance Simmens has spent the better part of four decades in senior public policy, governmental, and political positions... (read more)

Key Contributors

VoteRiders has been aided tremendously by these VoteRiders contributors, a group of talented, passionate and accomplished individuals. Without their help, VoteRiders would not be possible.

  • Hunter Holbrook is a Media Coordinator at Lowe Profero, a full-service digital media company in New York City. He is a graduate of Syracuse University with a major in advertising and media planning from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication. Hunter has worked in many areas of the marketing world and has extensive social media and copyediting experience. Previously, he handled customer data analysis for a small software development company.
  • Laurie Holz received her B.A. from UC Berkeley in English and is a writer and editor, having edited four published books.  She has been civically engaged since college and has actively volunteered and successfully fundraised for city council, school board and presidential campaigns.  In addition, Laurie has a long history of philanthropic activity, serving on the Boards of Camp Good Times and the City of Angels Ballet as Vice President (where she also wrote grants), along with past membership in the Women's Political Committee.  Laurie has also served as a member of the Beverly Hills Education Foundation and actively served in the PTA while her children were in school, co-chairing successful fundraising events for her school district.  Laurie’s experiences in civic engagement and volunteering in underserved areas strengthened her passion in social justice and civil rights.  Laurie is a proud mother of three and a grandmother of two.
  • Steven M. Kamp, Esq., is a Senior Tax Counsel in the California State Board of Equalization Legal Department, California’s elected state tax commission. When not working on Board of Equalization business, he is also a regular contributor to Election Watch efforts and Promote and Protect the Vote operations. He has prepared a California Election Law Manual since 1988, and prepared Nevada and Kentucky election law manuals in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Mr. Kamp is a 1978 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, and a 1981 graduate of Yale Law School.  He is a member of the State Bar of California (116817), The Florida Bar (341010), and The District of Columbia Bar (389492), and can be reached at steve.kamp(at)comcast(dot)net.
  • Angie McArthur has developed an international practice in guiding "Thinking excellence."  Specializing in visual strategy work and graphic facilitation, and an expert in the presentation software Prezi, Angie has co-facilitated global conferences, leadership retreats, and ongoing supervision in organizations from non-profits to Fortune 500s. Co-author of recently-published Collaborative Intelligence, she is also one of the creators of the Worldwide Women’s Web, a network formed to develop and retain women in corporate leadership roles. Angie has worked extensively with youth via the company SmartWired, delivering programs worldwide in multiple languages to help children and the adults who support them to bring out their best. Angie’s clients include Bolthouse Farms, Pepsico, Royal Dutch Shell, Xerox, Chrysler, Green Mountain Energy Resources, the Institute for Storytelling, and the Society for Organizational Learning.  She received her B.A. in Communication Theory from McGill University.
  • Professor Mary-Beth Moylan teaches at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She is the director of the Global Lawyering Skills program and teaches classes on California’s initiative process and election law. Before entering academia, Mary-Beth clerked for a federal district court judge, worked in a large law firm as a civil litigator, and spent two years in a small Sacramento law firm practicing political law. She has been a poll inspector for Sacramento County. Mary-Beth’s students present a forum on all California statewide ballot measures each election cycle.
  • Wayne Parsons, Esq., is a trial attorney based in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a past president of the Hawaii State Bar Association, founder of the Hawaii Association for Justice, a member of the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice, and is the current president of the Melvin M. Belli Society. Throughout his career Wayne has worked to educate the public about the law and the justice system in programs that deliver real law to real people. Promoting safety and preventing injuries is also a lifelong commitment, in efforts such as giving presentations to high school students to build awareness of the dangers of distracted driving in support of the Casey Feldman Foundation and 60 for Safety. With a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and an M.S. in physics, Wayne worked on the first Apollo moon-landing mission, firing a big laser at the moon when the astronauts disembarked.
  • David Peck is the managing partner of Professional Thinking Partners, a management and leadership consulting firm based in Park City, Utah.  He also leads PTP’s technology and multimedia initiatives.  David has designed and produced software and web applications including Pitch, The Smart Navigator and The Mind Museum; produced and directed training films including Bridging Our Differences; and co-developed PTP’s many print and physical products that support its training initiatives. He is also co-founder and Managing Partner at SmartWired, a web-based educational and family support initiative.  David’s clients include PepsiCo, Bolthouse Farms, Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development (SEED), Frito-Lay, Hewitt Associates, Royal Dutch Shell, Xerox, Daimler Chrysler, and GE Capital Global Banking.  A former Junior Olympic skier and frequent contributor to outdoor sports magazines, he continues to search for new ways to incorporate the lessons of peak physical performance into the workplace.
  • Grant Perry is a digital media entrepreneur and new media consultant based in Austin, Texas. He recently founded mPatient Solutions LLC. The company is developing PatientPilot, a mobile app that coaches patients, enabling them to be better self-advocates.  Grant is an experienced digital media executive, journalist and lecturer, and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. He was an award-winning journalist at CNN, first as a New York-based business correspondent and then as anchor of CNN International's London-based program, World Business Today.  In recent years, Grant headed multimedia and partnerships at a leading online publisher of geopolitical and security news and analysis, and he founded Evolution Strategies, a new media consulting firm.  Grant also taught graduate courses, including “Journalism in the Digital Age,” at Johns Hopkins University.  Previously, he was Vice President for New Media Initiatives at Olivetti Telemedia in Milan, Italy.
  • B.J. Phillips was the Coordinator of the Philadelphia League of Women Voter's Photo ID campaign and the originator of its Voter Advocates program.  A retired journalist of over 35 years, she started her career as a reporter and columnist at the Atlanta Constitution.  At the Washington Post, B.J. wrote the lead story of the first issue of the Post's groundbreaking Style Section and covered major national stories, including Woodstock and Apollo 13. She then became a contributing editor writing for the Nation Section at Time Magazine, followed by Chief Correspondent of Ms. Magazine. B.J. returned to Time as an associate editor and sportswriter. After serving as a correspondent for the Time-Life News Service in Paris, she covered economics for Institutional Investor from London. B.J. then became a columnist covering economics for the Philadelphia Inquirer.  Since retiring, she has served as a consultant for a charter high school in Washington, DC.
  • Ellen Sloan consults with non-profits and philanthropists to package, develop and implement projects that promote social innovation. She is particularly interested in models and systems that can be replicated and/or scaled up to achieve maximum impact. Ellen provides assessments, plans, and implementation consultation for a wide range of projects. She earned an MBA degree from the University of Southern California.  Ellen is also a CPA.
  • Camilo Wilson is a software author known for VolksWriter, Correct Grammar, a PC edition of the American Heritage Dictionary, Crossword Wizard and ViewsFlash. He is also a founder of Bayview Academy, a public Charter School in Monterey, California.
  • Peter Wright, PhD, works to improve education outcomes for underserved and underperforming students as a Policy and Programs Officer with the California School Boards Association and is an Adjunct Professor in the University of San Francisco’s School of Management. He has previously worked in the California Community College Chancellor’s Office as the Director of Emergency Planning and Preparedness and the California Governor’s Office as a Capital Fellow. Peter spent two years teaching elementary school in Eastern North Carolina with Teach For America where his kindergartners reached TFA’s highest level of academic success. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in politics from Occidental College and is a past President of the Alumni Association. Peter earned a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a PhD in political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
  • Bill Zimmerman, PhD, is a partner in Zimmerman & Markman, Inc., a national political consulting firm based in Santa Monica.  The firm has won dozens of ballot initiative campaigns, including historic first victories in Oregon for physician-assisted suicide, in Arizona for state-funded elections, and in California for medical marijuana, drug treatment instead of incarceration, and a tax on million dollar earners to fund community mental health programs.  The firm was instrumental in building the online powerhouse, MoveOn.org.  Bill produced advertising for Chicago Mayor Harold Washington, Colorado Senators Gary Hart and Tim Wirth, New Mexico Governor Toney Anaya, and many others.  He has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and is the author of Troublemaker: A Memoir from the Front Lines of the Sixties, two other books and numerous articles and op-ed pieces.  He founded and was the long-time chairman of Medical Aid for El Salvador.