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Democracy Solutions Summit Day Two: March 8, 2023

Fair Elections – Upgrading US Presidential Elections

On day two, experts will speak to critical issues in the presidential election processes and campaign finance. Experts will then focus on viable, scalable, and transformative solutions such as the use of ranked choice voting in presidential primaries, the National Popular Vote, and  innovations in campaign finance. The day will end with tangible takeaways, so that participants will know how to help advance these solutions.

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Discussion of the existing challenges related to fair elections to establish a foundational understanding of the issues we are trying to solve.

Time: 3:00 - 3:15 pm

Ranked Choice Voting in President Primaries and the National Popular Vote

A live fireside chat style conversation between two widely respected women experts on the use of ranked choice voting in presidential primaries and the National Popular Vote as solutions to some of our current challenges related to presidential elections and voting processes. Here you will learn about these viable, scalable, and transformative solutions directly from the experts themselves.

Time: 3:15 - 3:40 pm

Innovations in Campaign Finance

A live fireside chat style conversation between two women experts on innovations in campaign finance as a solution to some of our current challenges related to fair elections. You will hear directly from the experts themselves on how these solutions are viable, scalable, and transformative.

Time: 3:40 - 4:00 pm

Take Action Panel

Live panel discussion between three to five “on-the-ground” experts that will share their experience in working to advance ranked choice voting, the National Popular Vote, and better campaign finance at the local, state, and national levels. Here you will learn about tangible action steps you can take to join us in advancing these viable, scalable, and transformative solutions.

Time: 4:00 - 4:50 pm


Letitia James

NY Attorney General

Letitia “Tish” James is the 67th Attorney General for the State of New York. With decades of experience and a long record of achievements, she is a powerful, effective attorney and lifelong public servant.

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Erin Vilardi

Founder & CEO of Vote Run Lead

Erin Vilardi is the Founder and CEO of Vote Run Lead, the nation’s largest and most diverse training program for women to run for office and win.

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Rina Shah

Political Consultant & CEO of Rilax Strategies

Rina Shah is a strategic consultant, media commentator, & millennial entrepreneur based in Washington, DC. Prior to launching Rilax Strategies – a government and public affairs firm - Rina served as a senior staffer to Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-5) and Rep. Jeff B. Miller (FL-1).  Her expertise includes building winning strategies for political campaigns as well as coordinating public affairs efforts for Fortune 500 companies.

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Amber McReynolds

National Elections Expert and USPS Board of Governors

Amber McReynolds was appointed to the Postal Service Board of Governors by President Biden and was confirmed by the Senate on May 13, 2021. McReynolds is a leading expert on election administration and policy. Her professional career has been focused on strengthening democratic institutions with the goal of improving the voting experience for all.

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Jena Griswold

Secretary of State (Colorado)

Jena Griswold is Colorado’s 39th Secretary of State. She was first elected in 2018 as the youngest elected Secretary of State in the United States. She was reelected to the office in 2022. Griswold grew up in a working-class family in rural Colorado and was the first person in her family to attend a four-year college and then law school. She knows first-hand how important it is for every vote to count and for every Coloradan's voice to be heard, no matter their background or income. 

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Erynn Fernandez

Executive Director of the Democratic Party (Hawaii)

Erynn Fernandez has been the Executive Director for the Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi (DPH) since June of 2019, completing the first all mail ballot Party-run Presidential Primary, the first State eConvention in 2020, and part of the team that brought about the first hybrid State Convention in 2022.

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Ann Ravel

Former Chair of the Federal Election Commission

Ann Ravel was nominated to the Federal Election Commission by President Obama on June 21, 2013 and joined the Commission on October 25, 2013. She served as Chair of the Commission for 2015 and Vice-Chair for 2014 before leaving in 2017.

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Ellen Weintraub

Commissioner on the Federal Election Commission

Ellen L. Weintraub has served as a commissioner on the United States Federal Election Commission since 2002 and has chaired the Commission three times. During her tenure, Commissioner Weintraub has served as a consistent voice for meaningful campaign-finance law enforcement and robust disclosure.

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Christina Henderson

At-Large member of the Council of the District of Columbia

Christina Henderson is an At-Large member of the Council of the District of Columbia. Christina’s career has been guided by the principle that one’s zip code should not determine your opportunity for success. 

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Jessica Haller

Executive Director of New Majority NYC

Jessica Haller is the Executive Director of New Majority NYC, an organization focused on building political power for women in NYC. Jessica comes to this work as an entrepreneur, a climate advocate and a former candidate for NYC Council. As someone who always looks ahead 10 years, Jessica has co-founded start ups in the climate and in fin-tech sectors, worked in digital advertising, and on long term policy solutions to improve equity and resilience in NYC.

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Brittany Buford

Managing Partner for Partnerships at Partners in Democracy

Brittany Buford is a New England native who specializes in data-driven relational organizing, door-to-door canvassing programs and public affairs. Her teams have previously focused on progressive movement campaigns to create structures of persuasion, advocacy, accountability and issue education.

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Liuba Grechen Shirley

CEO & Founder of Vote Momma Foundation

Liuba is the Founder and CEO of Vote Mama, the nation’s first Political Action Committee dedicated to electing progressive moms up and down the ballot, as well as the Founder and CEO of Vote Mama Foundation, the leading source of research and analysis about the political participation of mothers in the United States.

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Laurie-Anne Sayles

Montgomery County, MD Councilwoman

Laurie-Anne Sayles is a first-generation Jamaican American born and raised in Maryland. She is an experienced leader, change agent, policymaker, and advocate who believes that you can achieve any goal you set for yourself if you work smart. This motto has afforded her many opportunities to overcome challenging situations and use her life experiences to fuel a steadfast commitment to helping others who are underserved, underrepresented, and less fortunate.

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