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Meet the Speakers

EXPERT DISCUSSION 1: DEEP DIVE ON ALASKA

Senator Lisa Murkowski

Lisa Murkowski, Alaska’s senior U.S. Senator, is a third generation Alaskan proudly serving as the first Alaskan born senator. Murkowski was born in Ketchikan and raised in towns across the state, including Wrangell, Juneau, Fairbanks, and Anchorage.

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Representative Mary Peltola

Mary Sattler Peltola is a Yup’ik Eskimo, salmon advocate, and Democrat who represented the Bethel region in the Alaska House of Representatives for 10 years. As a lawmaker, Mary helped rebuild the Bush Caucus that improved lives in rural Alaska under her tenure as Chair. 

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State Senator Cathy Giessel

AK State Senator Cathy Giessel was born & raised in the community of Fairbanks, and in the Territory of Alaska. She has served in the State Senate from 2011 through 2020, and again from 2023 to present. She served as Senate president from 2019 through 2020, and her focus has been on state resource development, health topics, arctic issues, and budget.

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Amy Walter

Amy Walter is the Publisher and Editor-In-Chief of The Cook Political Report with Amy Walter. For more than 25 years, Amy Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective, and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision-makers.

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EXPERT DISCUSSION 2: THE WOMEN FUNDING THE MOVEMENT

Winny Chen

Associate Director for the Governance program at Democracy Fund

Winny Chen is the Associate Director for the Governance program at Democracy Fund, an independent foundation working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

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Laura Arnold

Philanthropist and co-founder of Arnold Ventures

Laura Arnold, born Laura Munoz, is an American philanthropist and activist. Together with her husband, the retired hedge fund manager John D. Arnold, she is the co-founder of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and the grantmaking organization Arnold Ventures.

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TAKE ACTION PANEL: 2024 RANKED CHOICE VOTING BALLOT MEASURES

Diane Silver

Advocacy Manager at FairVote

Diane Silver is FairVote's Advocacy Manager, working to expand support for national ranked choice voting legislation as well as capacity building for state and local RCV efforts.

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Sol Mora

Political Director at Oregon Ranked Choice Voting Advocates

Sol Mora was born in Tijuana, Mexico, and grew up in Salem, Oregon. Sol is the Political Director at Oregon Ranked Choice Voting Advocates, working to pass RCV statewide this year.

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Lisa Rice

Making All Voices Count (Washington, DC)

Lisa is a political strategist, passionate about reform and political innovation. She is active in bringing productive change to U.S. politics.

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