Representation 2020 is a project of the electoral reform group FairVote, and is run by its staff and Board of Directors. Our Leadership Circle provides regular guidance on our programs and publications, and meets at least once a year to discuss our work and progress.
Martha Burk is a political psychologist, money editor of Ms. Magazine, and co-founder of the Center for Advancement of Public Policy, which promotes democratic management of corporations and governments and an end to discrimination. Dr. Burk is also the Director of the Corporate Accountability Project for the National Council of Women’s Organizations, a non-partisan network of over 240 women’s groups, and served as Chair from 2000-2005. She is highly active in the public policy debate, appearing on over a dozen national news shows and many major national newspapers, in addition to hosting her own public radio show, Equal Time. Dr. Burk’s latest book, published in 2012, is Your Voice, Your Vote: The Savvy Woman's Guide to Power, Politics, and the Change We Need.
Kathleen Drew is a former Democratic Washington State Senator, representing the 5th District from 1993-1997. During her time in office, she authored the Ethics in Public Service law and helped improve the state’s higher education system. Ms. Drew also served for six years as a state policy advisor, and ran to be Washington’s Secretary of State in 2012.
Barbara Klein is the President of the League of Women Voters of Arizona, a nonpartisan, grassroots network devoted to improving democracy and advocating for political issues in Arizona. She has worked with the League for more than 10 years, serving as the state election reform chair focusing on Clean Elections, Merit Selection Retention of Judges, redistricting and election systems as well as moderating debates, drafting Voter Guide language, and delivering many types of presentations and League services. She also serves on the board of the LWV Phoenix Metro League.
Paula Lee has been an active member and leader in the League of Women Voters since 1994 in California. As a League leader, she focuses primarily on education about electoral reforms to encourage more civic participation, represent more voters and provide more opportunities for women to get elected. Those reforms include Proportional Representation, Instant Runoff Voting and the National Popular Vote for president. She currently serves as V.P. Board of Directors and Legislative Director for Californians for Electoral Reform. Paula is also a member of California Women’s LEAD, committed to encouraging and training women to be leaders in their communities and run for elected office. Paula is a violence prevention educator and child sexual abuse prevention trainer, founder of PreventionWORKS.
Laura Liswood is the founder and Secretary General of the Council of Women World Leaders, as well as a Senior Advisor for investment firm Goldman Sachs. Ms. Liswood founded the Council of Women World Leaders, which provides a network for connecting and advocating for women leaders, with President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir of Iceland in 1996. A nationally prominent speaker and advocate, Ms. Liswood served from 1992 to 1996 as director of the Women’s Leadership project, identifying contributions by women leaders, which are recognized in her 1996 book and documentary Women World Leaders. Her most recent book, The Loudest Duck (2010) focuses on how to improve workplace diversity. Ms. Liswood has also held management positions in the airline industry, and was a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group.
Onida Coward Mayers
Onida Coward Mayers is an award-winning Communications Executive and the Director for New York City’s Voter Assistance at the Campaign Finance Board (CFB). For the past 10 years, Ms. Coward Mayers has directed strategic voter outreach, policy, and vision planning for one of the largest voting populations in the United States. In her capacity at the CFB, Ms. Coward Mayers led the launch of the nonpartisan NYC Votes Program aimed at increasing voter awareness, education, and participation. In 2013, she led New York City to place second in the United States for highest number of people registered in a single day. Ms. Coward Mayers is also an Adjunct Professor of Public Speaking for the City University of New York.
Jamie Raskin is a Maryland Democratic State Senator, representing Takoma Park and Silver Spring. Elected in 2006, Mr. Raskin has passed nearly 50 bills on issues ranging from the environment to consumer rights, and has been named one of the most influential lawmakers in Maryland. He helped pass the nation’s first National Popular Vote law, which calls for an interstate compact requiring states to cast their Electoral College votes for the winner of the national popular vote. Mr. Raskin is also a constitutional law professor at American University’s Washington School of Law.
Marie Wilson is the founder and former president of the White House Project, an organization that advocated for women’s leadership positions and ultimately for the presidency, in addition to conducting significant research on women in media, politics, and business. Ms. Wilson is a co-creator of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day (started 1993), and served as the head of the Ms. Foundation for Women, a national advocacy group dedicated to fighting for women’s rights, which created the Marie C. Wilson Leadership Fund in honor of her achievements. In addition to being a renowned speaker, writer, and leader in the women’s rights movement, Ms. Wilson has the distinction of being the first woman elected to the Des Moines City Council as a member at large, in 1983.
Joseph Zimmerman is a political science professor at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy of the University at Albany, SUNY. Dr. Zimmerman’s work focuses on federalism, the Electoral College, and the relationship between state and local governments. He serves on the executive committee and was the former chairman of the American Political Science Association's section on Representation and Electoral Systems.