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Meet the Team

The VSAP is committed to developing a new voting system using a process that prioritizes the needs of the voter and utilizes sound data for decision-making. Two Committees were established to keep the project aligned with these goals. The Committees represent the voice of the voter and are important advisors to the project team.

Meet the Team

The VSAP is committed to developing a new voting system using a process that prioritizes the needs of the voter and utilizes sound data for decision-making. Two Committees were established to keep the project aligned with these goals. The Committees represent the voice of the voter and are important advisors to the project team.

VSAP ADVISORY COMMITTEE

About

The Advisory Committee is composed of a group of experts, stakeholders, and community leaders. Membership is comprised of individuals representing critical constituency groups and communities of interest, including voters with disabilities, language minority groups and ethnic minorities. Also represented are critical stakeholders such as election officials, political parties, and academic institutions/organizations.

Mission

To provide technical expertise and consultation on the voting system modernization process, in order to ensure that the integrity and transparency of the VSAP process is maintained and expanded upon to best serve Los Angeles County voters.

Goals

To provide input and guidance in the establishment of principles and general requirements of a voting system; and on the development or acquisition models the County intends to employ. The Committee will also advise and provide input for the development of a voting systems field implementation plan as it relates to community engagement and voter education.

Eric Bauman

Chair

Los Angeles County Democratic Party

Eric Bauman

Chair

Los Angeles County Democratic Party

Eric C. Bauman is the Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party and is also serving his sixth term as Chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, the largest local Democratic Party organization in the nation. Professionally, he is the Senior Advisor to California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and the Director of the Speaker's Office of Member Services - Los Angeles (SOMS-LA). Prior to joining the Speaker's office, Mr. Bauman held various senior-level positions throughout California government, including serving as Senior Advisor to California Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez, Senior Advisor to Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, and as Deputy Insurance Commissioner - overseeing the Community Relations Branch of the California Department of Insurance. Prior to joining the Department of Insurance, he was Special Assistant to Governor Gray Davis and Director of the Governor's Los Angeles Regional Office. Mr. Bauman is a Registered Nurse with graduate education in Health Care Administration. He is a member of the advisory board of the Medical Reserve Corps of Los Angeles and until recently was on the board of Glendale Memorial Hospital and the Latino Coalition Against AIDS.

Theresa Devoy

City Clerk

City of Norwalk

Theresa Devoy

City Clerk

City of Norwalk

Theresa Devoy is the City Clerk for the City of Norwalk. She has been in the Office of the City Clerk since December 2004, when she was recruited to be the Assistant City Clerk. A year later, Ms. Devoy was promoted to City Clerk. Prior to her positions in the Office of the City Clerk, Ms. Devoy worked as a Management Analyst in the City Manager's office for a number of years. In total, she has over 26 years of experience working in municipal government with the City of Norwalk. She has managed projects such as the creation and installation of public art pieces within the City, overseen the City's waste franchise agreements, and assisted with the I-5 Consortium Cities Joint Powers Authority in its efforts to work with the State to widen the I-5 freeway. In addition to her role as City Clerk, she also manages the City's IT division. Ms. Devoy earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a Certified Municipal Clerk designation from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks Association. She served as a Director and Communications Coordinator for the Southern California City Clerk's Association.

Efrain Escobedo

Vice President

California Community Foundation

Efrain Escobedo

Vice President

California Community Foundation

Efrain Escobedo is the vice president in charge of civic engagement, multi-sector collaboration and public policy at California Community Foundation, responsible for promoting collaboration and advocacy efforts across the nonprofit, public and private sectors to address community problems. Escobedo is recognized nationally and locally as an active leader and expert in Latino civic engagement and elections policy. He has worked extensively with academia, civic and community organizations, as well as with elected officials in developing research, strategies and program to increase voter participation.

Prior to joining CCF, Escobedo was the manager of governmental and legislative affairs for the Registrar of Voters in Los Angeles County, the largest election jurisdiction in the nation with more than 4.5 million registered voters. There, he worked with elected officials to enact numerous initiatives aimed at making the voting process easier for Angelenos, including the electronic delivery of sample ballots and the authorization of online voter registration. Escobedo also served as senior director of civic engagement for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, where he led the development of innovative voter contact strategies and technologies that have helped to engage more than one million young, newly registered and infrequent Latino voters across the country. Escobedo earned his bachelor's degree in American studies and ethnicity from the University of Southern California and is a recent graduate of the Los Angeles County Executive Leadership Program.

Kathay Feng

Executive Director

California Common Cause

Kathay Feng

Executive Director

California Common Cause

Kathay Feng is the Executive Director of California Common Cause. Under Ms. Feng, California Common Cause has taken a leadership role in election and redistricting reform, government sunshine and accountability laws, campaign finance reform, media access, and championing the voting rights of traditionally disenfranchised communities. Prior to joining Common Cause, Ms. Feng directed the Voting Rights and Hate Crimes at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), where she worked in a variety of civil rights areas including voting rights and redistricting, hate crimes, police accountability, and anti-discrimination law. She has served on the California Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Help America Vote Act, the California Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Voter Participation and Outreach, LA County's Community Voter Outreach Committee (founder), and the LA County Human Relations Commission. Having graduated from Cornell University, she went on to earn her JD from UCLA School of Law.

Carolyn Fowler

Election Protection Board Co-Chair

Los Angeles County Democratic Party

Carolyn Fowler

Election Protection Board Co-Chair

Los Angeles County Democratic Party

Carolyn is currently Executive Associate for the California Senior Leaders Alliance and an active member of the Community Voter Outreach Committee. She has provided consulting, training, meeting facilitation, focus groups, speaking and organizational development services to nonprofits, corporations and public sector entities. She is a retired AT&T Executive and previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Smiley Group, Inc., a communications corporation focused on human rights. Active in the community Carolyn is "Boot Camp Chair" for the California Democratic Party's Women's Caucus encouraging more women to seek appointments and run for elected office. She is past president of New Frontier Democratic Club and a founding member of California Election Protection Network. She was recently honored by the National Action Network with the Los Angeles 2014 Vanguard Award for Extraordinary Leader. She holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Michigan and has also completed the Wharton Global MBA International Certificate program at Pennsylvania State University.

Ron Hasson

President

Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP

Ron Hasson

President

Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP

Mr. Hasson leads the Beverly Hills/Hollywood branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the nation's largest and oldest civil rights organization. He also chairs the California State Conference Branch Development Committee and serves as Southwest Area Director.

Ron Hasson is a retired Human Resource Manager. During his years of employment in HR his responsibilities included traveling across the United States monitoring Government Affirmative Action requirements He also coordinated training to educate the workforce on Valuing and Managing Diversity. Mr. Hasson continues to consult and speak in Cultural and Diversity events. Ron spends much of his NAACP time fund raising and implementing educational and advocacy programs for the Beverly Hills/Hollywood Branch of the NAACP, which has over 300 members. He is serving his fifth term as president of the Branch. Mr. Hasson continues to address issues concerning people of color in Southern California and the Hollywood Industry. He leads a team of volunteers who work many hours on branch committees implementing and designing events which address Youth Development, Education, Veterans, Women of Excellence, and Performing Arts Events. During his tenure, as President, he has overseen the production of nine NAACP Theatre Awards which acknowledges the best of the best in theatre. In addition to The Award Show, the Beverly Hills Hollywood Branch coordinates a theatre festival.

Ron is a native of Tallahassee, Florida and long-time resident of California; he graduated from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo with a B.A. in Business Administration and graduate work in Guidance and Counseling.

Mimi Kennedy

Board

Progressive Democrats of America

Mimi Kennedy

Board

Progressive Democrats of America

Ms. Kennedy is an actress (“MOM” “Dharma & Greg”) and author who has been Advisory Board Chair of Progressive Democrats of America since PDA’s founding in 2004. She is a founding member of California Election Protection Network and has been an LA County Poll Inspector and member of the Registrar's Community Voter Outreach Committee since 2005.

Deanna Kitamura

Senior Staff Attorney

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Deanna Kitamura

Senior Staff Attorney

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Deanna Kitamura is a Senior Staff Attorney in the Democracy Project at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles. She works with counties to ensure that voters are provided language assistance during election. She is a co-author of Voices of Democracy: Asian Americans and Language Access During the 2012 Elections. From 2009-2012, Deanna was the Statewide Redistricting Manager of her organization and worked with community partners to keep Asian American and Pacific Islander communities whole during the Los Angeles City and statewide redistricting processes.

Deanna previously worked for the City of Los Angeles, Western Center on Law & Poverty, California Rural Legal Assistance, National Consumer Law Center, and a civil rights firm. She graduated from Pomona College and UCLA School of Law.

Terri Lantz

Client Rights Advocate

United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles

Terri Lantz

Client Rights Advocate

United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles

Terri Lantz has worked at United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties (UCP) for more than 42 years. During her first 28 years, as Director of the UCP Westside Activities Center, she developed and implemented a wide range of programs including an afterschool Program for children with disabilities; adult advocacy and activities programs; and L. A.'s first supportive employment program for disabled adults.

For the past 15 years, as UCP's Client Rights' Advocate, Terri has developed and facilitated UCP client advocacy groups and a UCP Parent Support Group, coordinated legislative advocacy and provided information, resources and referrals to UCP's community. Terri serves on several Access Services advisory committees, L. A. County voter education committees and an L.A. Emergency Management Advisory Committee.

Terri is an alumna of SMC, CSULA, and UCLA. Her family includes her husband of 42 years, a son, a daughter, and a large rescue dog.

Nancy Mahr

President

League of Women Voters of the County of Los Angeles

Nancy Mahr

President

League of Women Voters of the County of Los Angeles

Nancy Mahr earned her BA in Political Science from Occidental College. She received a Teaching Credential in Social Studies and English from CSULA and a Certificate in Corporate Communications from CSULB. Prior to starting a family, Ms. Mahr taught high school, including two years in Kampala, Uganda, East Africa, through a Columbia University program. From 1984 to 1995, she worked in community and governmental relations for the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District and the Palos Verdes Library District. In 1996, she became the Public Information Officer for the County of Los Angeles Public Library. Ms. Mahr retired from the County Library in 2007. Currently, Ms. Mahr is president of both the Palos Verdes and Los Angeles County League of Women Voters. She also serves on the Legislative Committee for AAUW California. She is in her second term as an elected member of the Board of Trustees of the Palos Verdes Library District.

Ofelia M. Medina

Director of State Civic Engagement Policy

NALEO Educational Fund

Ofelia M. Medina

Director of State Civic Engagement Policy

NALEO Educational Fund

Ofelia M. Medina is the Director of State Civic Engagement Policy for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund. In her role, Ms. Medina is responsible for implementing the organization's technical assistance and professional development program activities on a broad range of efforts related to state voting and civic engagement policy, including language assistance, online voter registration and NVRA compliance. Prior to joining the NALEO Educational Fund, Ms. Medina was a Policy Director at the Alliance for a Better Community (ABC) where she analyzed and advanced local and state birth-to-college education policies and initiatives that were culturally and linguistically relevant for Latino children and their families. Ms. Medina completed her undergraduate career at Loyola Marymount University double majoring in Political Science and Chicana/o Studies and received a Master's of Public Policy from the University of Southern California.

Jaclyn Tilley Hill

Chair Emeritus

Quality and Productivity Commission, County of Los Angeles

Jaclyn Tilley Hill

Chair Emeritus

Quality and Productivity Commission, County of Los Angeles

Commissioner Hill's County career began in 1993 as Foreman of the Grand Jury. She was the first woman to Chair the Economy and Efficiency Commission and the Quality and Productivity Commission. She chaired the Countywide Communications Team and Productivity Investment Board. Ms. Hill championed the Commissioner's Leadership Conference, Plain Language Initiative, and presented "Plain Speak" at the Clarity Conference, Lisbon in 2010. She is a former member of the Whittier Area Literacy Council Advisory Board and former Chair of the Whittier Social Services Commission. She serves on the Board of Governors of Long Beach City College Foundation. Ms. Hill has extensive experience in local elections serving as a voting inspector in Whittier and Long Beach. Commissioner Hill is a successful fundraiser and event organizer. She attended California Western University and University of Southern California.

Mark Vafiades

Chair - Republican Party

Los Angeles County

Mark Vafiades

Chair - Republican Party

Los Angeles County

Mark Vafiades is an actor, producer, reserve LA County Sheriff's Deputy, and hospital administrator. He also serves as the Chair of the Republican Party of Los Angeles oversees an area with 26 Assembly Districts and dozens of other local offices for the Republican Party of Los Angeles County.

Holly L. Wolcott

City Clerk

City of Los Angeles

Holly L. Wolcott

City Clerk

City of Los Angeles

Holly L. Wolcott is the City Clerk for the City of Los Angeles. She has worked for the City of Los Angeles for 26 years and served in the Office of the City Clerk for 13 of those years as Management Analyst, Chief Management Analyst, and Executive Officer. Serving one of the largest voting jurisdictions in terms of population, during her tenure, Ms. Wolcott has managed the City Clerk's office with unprecedented reduced funds. Among her many accomplishments are, assisting with the development of the Department’s Five Year Plan, leading the Election Division to successfully conduct its Municipal, Special, and Neighborhood Council elections and working closely with the Department's five Division’s to modernize and systemize its procedures to carry out its work serving as the official secretary for the Los Angeles City Council, providing administrative, fiscal and personnel services to the Mayor and City Council, managing the City's Business Improvement District (BID) program, and maintaining the City's records management services and official archives.

Ms. Wolcott earned two Bachelor of Arts Degrees from UCLA; one in Communications and the other in Sociology.

Bryce Yokomizo

Adjunct Faculty, School of Public Administration

California State University, Northridge

Bryce Yokomizo

Adjunct Faculty, School of Public Administration

California State University, Northridge

Bryce Yokomizo formerly served as Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services, managing public welfare services with a budget of $3 billion, and staff of over 14,000. Bryce Yokomizo also served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Los Angeles County, and has served on Governing Boards of numerous management and non-profit human services organizations.

Justin Levitt

Justin Levitt

Professor of Law

Justin Levitt

Justin Levitt

Professor of Law

A nationally recognized scholar of the law of democracy, Professor Justin Levitt recently returned to Loyola Law School after serving as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He has been invited to testify before committees of the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, state legislative bodies, and federal and state courts; his research has been cited in the media and the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Levitt has served several presidential campaigns, including as the National Voter Protection Counsel in 2008, helping to ensure that millions of eligible citizens could vote and have those votes counted. He has represented and advised election officials, legislators, and administrative officials of both major political parties — and individuals and organizations seeking to compel officials to comply with their obligations under state and federal law. Before academia, Levitt worked at the country's largest independent voter engagement operation, and at several civil rights and civil liberties organizations, including years as counsel with the Brennan Center for Justice. He holds law, masters, and undergraduate degrees from Harvard University, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Gabe Taylor

Gabe Taylor

Voting Rights Advocate for Disability Rights

California's Voting Rights Unit

Gabe Taylor

Gabe Taylor

Voting Rights Advocate for Disability Rights

California's Voting Rights Unit

Gabe Taylor is the Voting Rights Advocate for Disability Rights California’s Voting Rights Unit. In this position, Gabe advocates for increased accessibility and involvement of persons with disabilities throughout all aspects of elections in California. In addition to serving on the VSAP Advisory Committee, he currently serves on the County’s Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee and their Community Voter Outreach Committee.

VSAP ADVISORY COMMITTEE

About

The Advisory Committee is composed of a group of experts, stakeholders, and community leaders. Membership is comprised of individuals representing critical constituency groups and communities of interest, including voters with disabilities, language minority groups and ethnic minorities. Also represented are critical stakeholders such as election officials, political parties, and academic institutions/organizations.

Mission

To provide technical expertise and consultation on the voting system modernization process, in order to ensure that the integrity and transparency of the VSAP process is maintained and expanded upon to best serve Los Angeles County voters.

Goals

To provide input and guidance in the establishment of principles and general requirements of a voting system; and on the development or acquisition models the County intends to employ. The Committee will also advise and provide input for the development of a voting systems field implementation plan as it relates to community engagement and voter education.

Eric Bauman

Chair

Los Angeles County Democratic Party

Eric Bauman

Chair

Los Angeles County Democratic Party

Eric C. Bauman is the Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party and is also serving his sixth term as Chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, the largest local Democratic Party organization in the nation. Professionally, he is the Senior Advisor to California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and the Director of the Speaker's Office of Member Services - Los Angeles (SOMS-LA). Prior to joining the Speaker's office, Mr. Bauman held various senior-level positions throughout California government, including serving as Senior Advisor to California Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez, Senior Advisor to Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, and as Deputy Insurance Commissioner - overseeing the Community Relations Branch of the California Department of Insurance. Prior to joining the Department of Insurance, he was Special Assistant to Governor Gray Davis and Director of the Governor's Los Angeles Regional Office. Mr. Bauman is a Registered Nurse with graduate education in Health Care Administration. He is a member of the advisory board of the Medical Reserve Corps of Los Angeles and until recently was on the board of Glendale Memorial Hospital and the Latino Coalition Against AIDS.

Theresa Devoy

City Clerk

City of Norwalk

Theresa Devoy

City Clerk

City of Norwalk

Theresa Devoy is the City Clerk for the City of Norwalk. She has been in the Office of the City Clerk since December 2004, when she was recruited to be the Assistant City Clerk. A year later, Ms. Devoy was promoted to City Clerk. Prior to her positions in the Office of the City Clerk, Ms. Devoy worked as a Management Analyst in the City Manager's office for a number of years. In total, she has over 26 years of experience working in municipal government with the City of Norwalk. She has managed projects such as the creation and installation of public art pieces within the City, overseen the City's waste franchise agreements, and assisted with the I-5 Consortium Cities Joint Powers Authority in its efforts to work with the State to widen the I-5 freeway. In addition to her role as City Clerk, she also manages the City's IT division. Ms. Devoy earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a Certified Municipal Clerk designation from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks Association. She served as a Director and Communications Coordinator for the Southern California City Clerk's Association.

Efrain Escobedo

Vice President

California Community Foundation

Efrain Escobedo

Vice President

California Community Foundation

Efrain Escobedo is the vice president in charge of civic engagement, multi-sector collaboration and public policy at California Community Foundation, responsible for promoting collaboration and advocacy efforts across the nonprofit, public and private sectors to address community problems. Escobedo is recognized nationally and locally as an active leader and expert in Latino civic engagement and elections policy. He has worked extensively with academia, civic and community organizations, as well as with elected officials in developing research, strategies and program to increase voter participation.

Prior to joining CCF, Escobedo was the manager of governmental and legislative affairs for the Registrar of Voters in Los Angeles County, the largest election jurisdiction in the nation with more than 4.5 million registered voters. There, he worked with elected officials to enact numerous initiatives aimed at making the voting process easier for Angelenos, including the electronic delivery of sample ballots and the authorization of online voter registration. Escobedo also served as senior director of civic engagement for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, where he led the development of innovative voter contact strategies and technologies that have helped to engage more than one million young, newly registered and infrequent Latino voters across the country. Escobedo earned his bachelor's degree in American studies and ethnicity from the University of Southern California and is a recent graduate of the Los Angeles County Executive Leadership Program.

Kathay Feng

Executive Director

California Common Cause

Kathay Feng

Executive Director

California Common Cause

Kathay Feng is the Executive Director of California Common Cause. Under Ms. Feng, California Common Cause has taken a leadership role in election and redistricting reform, government sunshine and accountability laws, campaign finance reform, media access, and championing the voting rights of traditionally disenfranchised communities. Prior to joining Common Cause, Ms. Feng directed the Voting Rights and Hate Crimes at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), where she worked in a variety of civil rights areas including voting rights and redistricting, hate crimes, police accountability, and anti-discrimination law. She has served on the California Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Help America Vote Act, the California Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Voter Participation and Outreach, LA County's Community Voter Outreach Committee (founder), and the LA County Human Relations Commission. Having graduated from Cornell University, she went on to earn her JD from UCLA School of Law.

Carolyn Fowler

Election Protection Board Co-Chair

Los Angeles County Democratic Party

Carolyn Fowler

Election Protection Board Co-Chair

Los Angeles County Democratic Party

Carolyn is currently Executive Associate for the California Senior Leaders Alliance and an active member of the Community Voter Outreach Committee. She has provided consulting, training, meeting facilitation, focus groups, speaking and organizational development services to nonprofits, corporations and public sector entities. She is a retired AT&T Executive and previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Smiley Group, Inc., a communications corporation focused on human rights. Active in the community Carolyn is "Boot Camp Chair" for the California Democratic Party's Women's Caucus encouraging more women to seek appointments and run for elected office. She is past president of New Frontier Democratic Club and a founding member of California Election Protection Network. She was recently honored by the National Action Network with the Los Angeles 2014 Vanguard Award for Extraordinary Leader. She holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Michigan and has also completed the Wharton Global MBA International Certificate program at Pennsylvania State University.

Ron Hasson

President

Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP

Ron Hasson

President

Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP

Mr. Hasson leads the Beverly Hills/Hollywood branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the nation's largest and oldest civil rights organization. He also chairs the California State Conference Branch Development Committee and serves as Southwest Area Director.

Ron Hasson is a retired Human Resource Manager. During his years of employment in HR his responsibilities included traveling across the United States monitoring Government Affirmative Action requirements He also coordinated training to educate the workforce on Valuing and Managing Diversity. Mr. Hasson continues to consult and speak in Cultural and Diversity events. Ron spends much of his NAACP time fund raising and implementing educational and advocacy programs for the Beverly Hills/Hollywood Branch of the NAACP, which has over 300 members. He is serving his fifth term as president of the Branch. Mr. Hasson continues to address issues concerning people of color in Southern California and the Hollywood Industry. He leads a team of volunteers who work many hours on branch committees implementing and designing events which address Youth Development, Education, Veterans, Women of Excellence, and Performing Arts Events. During his tenure, as President, he has overseen the production of nine NAACP Theatre Awards which acknowledges the best of the best in theatre. In addition to The Award Show, the Beverly Hills Hollywood Branch coordinates a theatre festival.

Ron is a native of Tallahassee, Florida and long-time resident of California; he graduated from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo with a B.A. in Business Administration and graduate work in Guidance and Counseling.

Mimi Kennedy

Board

Progressive Democrats of America

Mimi Kennedy

Board

Progressive Democrats of America

Ms. Kennedy is an actress (“MOM” “Dharma & Greg”) and author who has been Advisory Board Chair of Progressive Democrats of America since PDA’s founding in 2004. She is a founding member of California Election Protection Network and has been an LA County Poll Inspector and member of the Registrar's Community Voter Outreach Committee since 2005.

Deanna Kitamura

Senior Staff Attorney

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Deanna Kitamura

Senior Staff Attorney

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Deanna Kitamura is a Senior Staff Attorney in the Democracy Project at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles. She works with counties to ensure that voters are provided language assistance during election. She is a co-author of Voices of Democracy: Asian Americans and Language Access During the 2012 Elections. From 2009-2012, Deanna was the Statewide Redistricting Manager of her organization and worked with community partners to keep Asian American and Pacific Islander communities whole during the Los Angeles City and statewide redistricting processes.

Deanna previously worked for the City of Los Angeles, Western Center on Law & Poverty, California Rural Legal Assistance, National Consumer Law Center, and a civil rights firm. She graduated from Pomona College and UCLA School of Law.

Terri Lantz

Client Rights Advocate

United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles

Terri Lantz

Client Rights Advocate

United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles

Terri Lantz has worked at United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties (UCP) for more than 42 years. During her first 28 years, as Director of the UCP Westside Activities Center, she developed and implemented a wide range of programs including an afterschool Program for children with disabilities; adult advocacy and activities programs; and L. A.'s first supportive employment program for disabled adults.

For the past 15 years, as UCP's Client Rights' Advocate, Terri has developed and facilitated UCP client advocacy groups and a UCP Parent Support Group, coordinated legislative advocacy and provided information, resources and referrals to UCP's community. Terri serves on several Access Services advisory committees, L. A. County voter education committees and an L.A. Emergency Management Advisory Committee.

Terri is an alumna of SMC, CSULA, and UCLA. Her family includes her husband of 42 years, a son, a daughter, and a large rescue dog.

Nancy Mahr

President

League of Women Voters of the County of Los Angeles

Nancy Mahr

President

League of Women Voters of the County of Los Angeles

Nancy Mahr earned her BA in Political Science from Occidental College. She received a Teaching Credential in Social Studies and English from CSULA and a Certificate in Corporate Communications from CSULB. Prior to starting a family, Ms. Mahr taught high school, including two years in Kampala, Uganda, East Africa, through a Columbia University program. From 1984 to 1995, she worked in community and governmental relations for the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District and the Palos Verdes Library District. In 1996, she became the Public Information Officer for the County of Los Angeles Public Library. Ms. Mahr retired from the County Library in 2007. Currently, Ms. Mahr is president of both the Palos Verdes and Los Angeles County League of Women Voters. She also serves on the Legislative Committee for AAUW California. She is in her second term as an elected member of the Board of Trustees of the Palos Verdes Library District.

Ofelia M. Medina

Director of State Civic Engagement Policy

NALEO Educational Fund

Ofelia M. Medina

Director of State Civic Engagement Policy

NALEO Educational Fund

Ofelia M. Medina is the Director of State Civic Engagement Policy for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund. In her role, Ms. Medina is responsible for implementing the organization's technical assistance and professional development program activities on a broad range of efforts related to state voting and civic engagement policy, including language assistance, online voter registration and NVRA compliance. Prior to joining the NALEO Educational Fund, Ms. Medina was a Policy Director at the Alliance for a Better Community (ABC) where she analyzed and advanced local and state birth-to-college education policies and initiatives that were culturally and linguistically relevant for Latino children and their families. Ms. Medina completed her undergraduate career at Loyola Marymount University double majoring in Political Science and Chicana/o Studies and received a Master's of Public Policy from the University of Southern California.

Jaclyn Tilley Hill

Chair Emeritus

Quality and Productivity Commission, County of Los Angeles

Jaclyn Tilley Hill

Chair Emeritus

Quality and Productivity Commission, County of Los Angeles

Commissioner Hill's County career began in 1993 as Foreman of the Grand Jury. She was the first woman to Chair the Economy and Efficiency Commission and the Quality and Productivity Commission. She chaired the Countywide Communications Team and Productivity Investment Board. Ms. Hill championed the Commissioner's Leadership Conference, Plain Language Initiative, and presented "Plain Speak" at the Clarity Conference, Lisbon in 2010. She is a former member of the Whittier Area Literacy Council Advisory Board and former Chair of the Whittier Social Services Commission. She serves on the Board of Governors of Long Beach City College Foundation. Ms. Hill has extensive experience in local elections serving as a voting inspector in Whittier and Long Beach. Commissioner Hill is a successful fundraiser and event organizer. She attended California Western University and University of Southern California.

Mark Vafiades

Chair - Republican Party

Los Angeles County

Mark Vafiades

Chair - Republican Party

Los Angeles County

Mark Vafiades is an actor, producer, reserve LA County Sheriff's Deputy, and hospital administrator. He also serves as the Chair of the Republican Party of Los Angeles oversees an area with 26 Assembly Districts and dozens of other local offices for the Republican Party of Los Angeles County.

Holly L. Wolcott

City Clerk

City of Los Angeles

Holly L. Wolcott

City Clerk

City of Los Angeles

Holly L. Wolcott is the City Clerk for the City of Los Angeles. She has worked for the City of Los Angeles for 26 years and served in the Office of the City Clerk for 13 of those years as Management Analyst, Chief Management Analyst, and Executive Officer. Serving one of the largest voting jurisdictions in terms of population, during her tenure, Ms. Wolcott has managed the City Clerk's office with unprecedented reduced funds. Among her many accomplishments are, assisting with the development of the Department’s Five Year Plan, leading the Election Division to successfully conduct its Municipal, Special, and Neighborhood Council elections and working closely with the Department's five Division’s to modernize and systemize its procedures to carry out its work serving as the official secretary for the Los Angeles City Council, providing administrative, fiscal and personnel services to the Mayor and City Council, managing the City's Business Improvement District (BID) program, and maintaining the City's records management services and official archives.

Ms. Wolcott earned two Bachelor of Arts Degrees from UCLA; one in Communications and the other in Sociology.

Bryce Yokomizo

Adjunct Faculty, School of Public Administration

California State University, Northridge

Bryce Yokomizo

Adjunct Faculty, School of Public Administration

California State University, Northridge

Bryce Yokomizo formerly served as Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services, managing public welfare services with a budget of $3 billion, and staff of over 14,000. Bryce Yokomizo also served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Los Angeles County, and has served on Governing Boards of numerous management and non-profit human services organizations.

Justin Levitt

Justin Levitt

Professor of Law

Justin Levitt

Justin Levitt

Professor of Law

A nationally recognized scholar of the law of democracy, Professor Justin Levitt recently returned to Loyola Law School after serving as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He has been invited to testify before committees of the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, state legislative bodies, and federal and state courts; his research has been cited in the media and the courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Levitt has served several presidential campaigns, including as the National Voter Protection Counsel in 2008, helping to ensure that millions of eligible citizens could vote and have those votes counted. He has represented and advised election officials, legislators, and administrative officials of both major political parties — and individuals and organizations seeking to compel officials to comply with their obligations under state and federal law. Before academia, Levitt worked at the country's largest independent voter engagement operation, and at several civil rights and civil liberties organizations, including years as counsel with the Brennan Center for Justice. He holds law, masters, and undergraduate degrees from Harvard University, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Gabe Taylor

Gabe Taylor

Voting Rights Advocate for Disability Rights

California's Voting Rights Unit

Gabe Taylor

Gabe Taylor

Voting Rights Advocate for Disability Rights

California's Voting Rights Unit

Gabe Taylor is the Voting Rights Advocate for Disability Rights California’s Voting Rights Unit. In this position, Gabe advocates for increased accessibility and involvement of persons with disabilities throughout all aspects of elections in California. In addition to serving on the VSAP Advisory Committee, he currently serves on the County’s Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee and their Community Voter Outreach Committee.

Henry Balta

Senior Associate CIO

Los Angeles County Chief Information Office

Henry Balta

Senior Associate CIO

Los Angeles County Chief Information Office

Henry Balta has been with the Los Angeles County Chief Information Office since August 2006. In his role as Senior Associate CIO, Balta works with L.A. County departments to provide strategy and creative technical solutions to everyday government business challenges. He is involved in the review and approval of departmental Business Automation Plans and technology acquisitions, as well as providing oversight for major information technology projects.

Prior to joining L.A. County, Mr. Balta served for 4 years as Senior Director of Information Technology for California State University, Los Angeles. Before that, he served in various IT Management positions over 14 years with Farmers Insurance Group, including providing leadership for the corporation's business and technology integration initiatives. Operationally, Balta has experience in multiple information technology disciplines, including data center operations, network engineering and service delivery.

Balta has a Bachelors Degree in Communications from California State University, Fullerton as well management and leadership training from the Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University.

Mike Byrne

Professor of Psychology and Computer Science

Rice University

Mike Byrne

Professor of Psychology and Computer Science

Rice University

Mike Byrne's research focuses on usability of technological systems, as well as mathematical/computational models of human cognition and performance. This includes scientific work on theories of human cognition and performance as well as applied usability testing efforts, particularly in the area of voting. His research has been funded by the NSF, NASA, the Office of Naval Research, and NIST. Mike received a B.S. in Engineering and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1991. The Georgia Institute of Technology awarded him an M.S. in Psychology in 1993, an M.S. in Computer Science in 1995, and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology in 1996.

He is currently an associate editor for the journal Human Factors, was previously an associate editor for the journal Cognitive Science, and has served on the editorial board of the journals.

Joshua Franklin

IT Specialist (Security)

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Joshua Franklin

IT Specialist (Security)

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Joshua Franklin is an IT Specialist (Security) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Currently, Joshua is working on voting standards and mobile security.

Prior to NIST, Joshua was with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission for three years. Joshua gleaned extensive experience with voting technologies and the certification of voting systems. At the EAC, Joshua managed multiple federal certification efforts and worked closely with local election officials, laboratories, and manufacturers across the United States. Projects included incorporating static and dynamic analysis tools and software assurance practices into the federal Testing and Certification Program, and surveying Internet voting systems across the globe.

Joshua spent four years working as a technician at the Center for Election Systems in Kennesaw, GA, providing support for Georgia's statewide voting system. Joshua's research interests include cryptography, penetration testing, and securing mobile platforms. He graduated with an M.S. in Information Security and Assurance from George Mason University and with a B.S. in Information Systems from Kennesaw State University in 2009.

Diane Cordry Golden

Policy Coordinator

Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs

Diane Cordry Golden

Policy Coordinator

Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs

Dr. Diane Cordry Golden has 35 years of experience working in the disability, education, assistive/accessible technology field at the local, state and national level. She served on both federal Access Board Committees, providing recommendations for the Section 508 information technology accessibility standards. She has provided testimony for congressional hearings on issues surrounding accessible voting equipment and served as the technical assistance contractor for the national network of state protection and advocacy agencies funded by Help America Vote Act (HAVA). She has provided training for Department of Justice staff on accessible voting systems and has developed multiple technical assistance documents reviewing and analyzing the access features of current voting systems.

Golden currently serves on the Technical Guidelines Development Committee established by HAVA. She holds a Ph.D. in Special Education Administration with an emphasis in Disability Policy and is currently employed by the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs.

Joseph Lorenzo Hall

Senior Staff Technologist

The Center for Democracy and Technology

Joseph Lorenzo Hall

Senior Staff Technologist

The Center for Democracy and Technology

Joseph Lorenzo Hall is the Senior Staff Technologist at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. dedicated to ensuring the internet remains free, open and innovative. Prior to joining CDT in 2012, Hall was a postdoctoral research fellow with Helen Nissenbaum at New York University, Ed Felten at Princeton University and Deirdre Mulligan at University of California, Berkeley.

Hall's current work focuses on policy mechanisms that promote trustworthiness and transparency in information systems, as core functions of society and government become networked and computerized. Hall's work at CDT is split between Consumer Privacy, Health Privacy and National Security & Cybersecurity. Hall received his Ph.D. in information systems from the UC Berkeley School of Information in 2008. His Ph.D. thesis used electronic voting as a critical case study in digital government transparency. In his postdoctoral work, he developed techniques to increase the efficiency and usability of accountability mechanisms in electronic elections. Hall holds master's degrees in astrophysics and information systems from UC Berkeley and was a founding member of the National Science Foundation's ACCURATE Center (A Center for Correct, Usable, Reliable, Auditable and Transparent Elections). He has served as an experton independent teams invited by the States of California, Ohio and Maryland to analyze legal, privacy, security, usability and economic aspects of voting systems. Hall is the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the California Voter Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the Verified Voting Foundation. In 2012, Hall received the John Gideon Memorial Award from the Election Verification Network for contributions to election verification.

Brian J. Hancock

Director of Testing and Certification

U.S. Election Assistance Commission

Brian J. Hancock

Director of Testing and Certification

U.S. Election Assistance Commission

Brian Hancock has worked at the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) since its establishment under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) in 2003. As Director of the Testing and Certification Division, Hancock's programmatic areas of responsibility include overseeing the EAC's efforts in testing and certifying voting systems, working with the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) of NIST to accredit independent testing laboratories, and developing and maintaining the EAC's Voluntary Voting System Guidelines.

Prior to that, Hancock served on the staff of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for 19 years. For the last 13 of those years, he served as an Elections Research Specialist in the FEC's Office of Election Administration. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Hancock received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania and earned his master's degree in American Government at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville.

Jared Marcotte

Owner

The Turnout

Jared Marcotte

Owner

The Turnout

Jared Marcotte is Owner of The Turnout, a consultancy that offers custom web development, interface design, and IT strategy. Recently, he was Officer of Elections Technology at The Pew Charitable Trusts where he worked across all projects in the election initiatives portfolio. One of his primary roles was overseeing the technical work on the Voting Information Project, a collaboration with state and local officials, Google, and Pew to create an open, standardized repository of election-related information for all 50 states and DC. In addition to many years of programming experience in various languages, Jared is also an accomplished interface and interaction designer, having worked on various eCommerce sites and an inappropriately-named polling place lookup tool. Jared has previously worked at Six Apart and IBM, and is a graduate of the University of Vermont. Find him on twitter as @jungshadow, where he mostly catalogs his various interactions with his two kids.

Whitney Quesenbery

Co-Director

Center for Civic Design

Whitney Quesenbery

Co-Director

Center for Civic Design

Whitney combines her work as a user researcher with a passion for clear communication. She is the co-director of the Center for Civic Design, which does research to support government officials in creating easy, effective ways to communicate with constituents. Her work civic design began with her appointment to the EAC Federal advisory committee writing the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG), including the first usability requirements for voting systems. She also served on the U.S. Access Board’s advisory committee updating the Section 508 accessibility regulations. She coordinated EAC-funded Accessible Voting Technology Initiative, which started the development of the Anywhere Ballot. She’s the author of Storytelling in User Experience (Rosenfeld Media, 2011), Global UX: Design and Research in a Connected World (Morgan Kauffman, 2012) and A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experience (Rosenfeld Media, 2014). Her expertise includes usability, plain language, accessibility and research methods.

Noel Runyan

Owner

Personal Data Systems

Noel Runyan

Owner

Personal Data Systems

With his degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Noel Runyan has been working in human factors engineering for over 40 years, primarily developing access technologies for helping persons with visual impairments to use computers and other electronic devices. Since February 2009, he has been a member of the National Braille Press Center for Braille Innovation, working to promote development of low cost and full page braille display technologies.

For the last nine years, he has been seriously studying and testing the accessibility of electronic voting systems, and he was an expert witness in six court cases, wrote the "Improving Access to Voting" report, testified at the PFAW Forum on Election Systems, testified to the US House Administration Subcommittee on Election Reform, testified to the Texas State House Committee on Voting Systems, and led the access testing teams for the California Secretary of State's 2007 Top-To-Bottom Reviews of voting machines.

Pamela W. Smith

President

Verified Voting Foundation

Pamela W. Smith

President

Verified Voting Foundation

Pamela Smith is President of Verified Voting, a non-partisan nonprofit working to safeguard elections in the digital age. She provides information and public testimony on verified voting issues at federal and state levels throughout the US, including to the US House of Representatives Committee on House Administration. She oversees an extensive information resource on election equipment and the regulations governing its use at the federal level and across the 50 states. Ms. Smith is co-editor of the Principles and Best Practices in Post Election Audits, co-author of "County Votes 2012: A State By State Look at Election Preparedness" and the author of an introductory chapter on audits for Confirming Elections: Creating Confidence and Integrity through Election Auditing. She has been a small business and marketing consultant and nonprofit executive for a Hispanic educational organization working on first language literacy and adult learning.

Charles Stewart III

Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Charles Stewart III

Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Charles Stewart III is the Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science at MIT, where he has taught since 1985. His research and teaching areas include election, congressional politics, and American political development.

Since 2001, Professor Stewart has been a member of the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, a leading research effort that applies scientific analysis to questions about election technology, election administration, and election reform. He is currently the MIT director of the project. Professor Stewart is an established leader in the analysis of the performance of election systems and the quantitative assessment of election performance.

Professor Stewart has been recognized at MIT for his undergraduate teaching, being named to the second class of MacVicar Fellows in 1994, awarded the Baker Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and the recipient of the Class of 1960 Fellowship.

Professor Stewart received his B.A. in political science from Emory University, and S.M. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

David Wagner

Professor of Computer Science

UC Berkeley

David Wagner

Professor of Computer Science

UC Berkeley

Professor David Wagner is Professor of Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley, with expertise in the areas of computer security and electronic voting. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in the scientific literature and has co-authored two books on encryption and computer security. His research has analyzed and contributed to the security of cellular networks, 802.11 wireless networks, electronic voting systems, and other widely deployed systems.

He is a member of the Election Assistance Commission's Technical Guidance Development Committee and founding member of the ACCURATE center.

Jeramy Gray

Jeramy Gray

Assistant Executive Officer, Technology and Planning

LA County Executive Office, Board of Supervisors

Jeramy Gray

Jeramy Gray

Assistant Executive Officer, Technology and Planning

LA County Executive Office, Board of Supervisors

With over 20 years of Information Technology (IT) experience, Jeramy Gray has served as Chief Information Officer for three Los Angeles County agencies. On October 1, 2014, Jeramy was appointed by the Registrar-Recorder County/Clerk to the position of Assistant Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Information Technology. His responsibilities include oversight of all IT services, strategic planning, governance, and fiscal management; his responsibilities also include oversight of LA County’s voting system redesign project. On February 5, 2016 Jeramy was jointly appointed by the United States Elections Assistance Commission (EAC) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to be a member of the Technical Development Guidelines Committee. As a member of this committee, Jeramy assists in the development of national standards for voting technology.

David McGivney

David McGivney

Head of Software

Social Sens.ai, Inc

David McGivney

David McGivney

Head of Software

Social Sens.ai, Inc

Dave has over 17 years of professional development experience in high assurance industries including Finance, Medical Devices, Genetic Testing, and Elections. During that time, he focused on the usability, performance, and security of the systems that he helped architect and build. Dave worked on Phase 3 of the VSAP project and made substantial contributions to the design of the software for the system including the Ballot Marking Device, Interactive Sample Ballot, and Tally. He volunteered for Pew on the VIP standard and IEEE on the 1622 standard. Dave has degrees in Economics and Computer Science.

VSAP TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

About

The Technical Advisory Committee gathers voting technology experts, computer scientists, and practitioners. Membership is comprised of issue area experts, including voting system usability, accessibility, and security experts, and members of the public with significant experience in technology development and/or voting system issues.

Mission

To provide technical expertise and consultation on the voting system modernization process, in order to ensure that the integrity and transparency of the VSAP process is maintained and expanded upon to best serve Los Angeles County voters.

Goals

To provide input and guidance in the establishment of the technical requirements of a voting system. The Committee will also provide input on the structure and technical background of the development, acquisition and implementation models the County intends to employ. Finally, the Committee will also work closely with partners and vendors to develop and implement the voting system, serving to represent the interests of Los Angeles County voters in preserving security, transparency, and accessibility of the voting system.

VSAP TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

About

The Technical Advisory Committee gathers voting technology experts, computer scientists, and practitioners. Membership is comprised of issue area experts, including voting system usability, accessibility, and security experts, and members of the public with significant experience in technology development and/or voting system issues.

Mission

To provide technical expertise and consultation on the voting system modernization process, in order to ensure that the integrity and transparency of the VSAP process is maintained and expanded upon to best serve Los Angeles County voters.

Goals

To provide input and guidance in the establishment of the technical requirements of a voting system. The Committee will also provide input on the structure and technical background of the development, acquisition and implementation models the County intends to employ. Finally, the Committee will also work closely with partners and vendors to develop and implement the voting system, serving to represent the interests of Los Angeles County voters in preserving security, transparency, and accessibility of the voting system.

Henry Balta

Senior Associate CIO

Los Angeles County Chief Information Office

Henry Balta

Senior Associate CIO

Los Angeles County Chief Information Office

Henry Balta has been with the Los Angeles County Chief Information Office since August 2006. In his role as Senior Associate CIO, Balta works with L.A. County departments to provide strategy and creative technical solutions to everyday government business challenges. He is involved in the review and approval of departmental Business Automation Plans and technology acquisitions, as well as providing oversight for major information technology projects.

Prior to joining L.A. County, Mr. Balta served for 4 years as Senior Director of Information Technology for California State University, Los Angeles. Before that, he served in various IT Management positions over 14 years with Farmers Insurance Group, including providing leadership for the corporation's business and technology integration initiatives. Operationally, Balta has experience in multiple information technology disciplines, including data center operations, network engineering and service delivery.

Balta has a Bachelors Degree in Communications from California State University, Fullerton as well management and leadership training from the Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University.

Mike Byrne

Professor of Psychology and Computer Science

Rice University

Mike Byrne

Professor of Psychology and Computer Science

Rice University

Mike Byrne's research focuses on usability of technological systems, as well as mathematical/computational models of human cognition and performance. This includes scientific work on theories of human cognition and performance as well as applied usability testing efforts, particularly in the area of voting. His research has been funded by the NSF, NASA, the Office of Naval Research, and NIST. Mike received a B.S. in Engineering and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1991. The Georgia Institute of Technology awarded him an M.S. in Psychology in 1993, an M.S. in Computer Science in 1995, and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology in 1996.

He is currently an associate editor for the journal Human Factors, was previously an associate editor for the journal Cognitive Science, and has served on the editorial board of the journals.

Joshua Franklin

IT Specialist (Security)

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Joshua Franklin

IT Specialist (Security)

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Joshua Franklin is an IT Specialist (Security) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Currently, Joshua is working on voting standards and mobile security.

Prior to NIST, Joshua was with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission for three years. Joshua gleaned extensive experience with voting technologies and the certification of voting systems. At the EAC, Joshua managed multiple federal certification efforts and worked closely with local election officials, laboratories, and manufacturers across the United States. Projects included incorporating static and dynamic analysis tools and software assurance practices into the federal Testing and Certification Program, and surveying Internet voting systems across the globe.

Joshua spent four years working as a technician at the Center for Election Systems in Kennesaw, GA, providing support for Georgia's statewide voting system. Joshua's research interests include cryptography, penetration testing, and securing mobile platforms. He graduated with an M.S. in Information Security and Assurance from George Mason University and with a B.S. in Information Systems from Kennesaw State University in 2009.

Diane Cordry Golden

Policy Coordinator

Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs

Diane Cordry Golden

Policy Coordinator

Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs

Dr. Diane Cordry Golden has 35 years of experience working in the disability, education, assistive/accessible technology field at the local, state and national level. She served on both federal Access Board Committees, providing recommendations for the Section 508 information technology accessibility standards. She has provided testimony for congressional hearings on issues surrounding accessible voting equipment and served as the technical assistance contractor for the national network of state protection and advocacy agencies funded by Help America Vote Act (HAVA). She has provided training for Department of Justice staff on accessible voting systems and has developed multiple technical assistance documents reviewing and analyzing the access features of current voting systems.

Golden currently serves on the Technical Guidelines Development Committee established by HAVA. She holds a Ph.D. in Special Education Administration with an emphasis in Disability Policy and is currently employed by the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs.

Joseph Lorenzo Hall

Senior Staff Technologist

The Center for Democracy and Technology

Joseph Lorenzo Hall

Senior Staff Technologist

The Center for Democracy and Technology

Joseph Lorenzo Hall is the Senior Staff Technologist at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. dedicated to ensuring the internet remains free, open and innovative. Prior to joining CDT in 2012, Hall was a postdoctoral research fellow with Helen Nissenbaum at New York University, Ed Felten at Princeton University and Deirdre Mulligan at University of California, Berkeley.

Hall's current work focuses on policy mechanisms that promote trustworthiness and transparency in information systems, as core functions of society and government become networked and computerized. Hall's work at CDT is split between Consumer Privacy, Health Privacy and National Security & Cybersecurity. Hall received his Ph.D. in information systems from the UC Berkeley School of Information in 2008. His Ph.D. thesis used electronic voting as a critical case study in digital government transparency. In his postdoctoral work, he developed techniques to increase the efficiency and usability of accountability mechanisms in electronic elections. Hall holds master's degrees in astrophysics and information systems from UC Berkeley and was a founding member of the National Science Foundation's ACCURATE Center (A Center for Correct, Usable, Reliable, Auditable and Transparent Elections). He has served as an experton independent teams invited by the States of California, Ohio and Maryland to analyze legal, privacy, security, usability and economic aspects of voting systems. Hall is the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the California Voter Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the Verified Voting Foundation. In 2012, Hall received the John Gideon Memorial Award from the Election Verification Network for contributions to election verification.

Brian J. Hancock

Director of Testing and Certification

U.S. Election Assistance Commission

Brian J. Hancock

Director of Testing and Certification

U.S. Election Assistance Commission

Brian Hancock has worked at the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) since its establishment under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) in 2003. As Director of the Testing and Certification Division, Hancock's programmatic areas of responsibility include overseeing the EAC's efforts in testing and certifying voting systems, working with the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) of NIST to accredit independent testing laboratories, and developing and maintaining the EAC's Voluntary Voting System Guidelines.

Prior to that, Hancock served on the staff of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for 19 years. For the last 13 of those years, he served as an Elections Research Specialist in the FEC's Office of Election Administration. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Hancock received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania and earned his master's degree in American Government at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville.

Jared Marcotte

Owner

The Turnout

Jared Marcotte

Owner

The Turnout

Jared Marcotte is Owner of The Turnout, a consultancy that offers custom web development, interface design, and IT strategy. Recently, he was Officer of Elections Technology at The Pew Charitable Trusts where he worked across all projects in the election initiatives portfolio. One of his primary roles was overseeing the technical work on the Voting Information Project, a collaboration with state and local officials, Google, and Pew to create an open, standardized repository of election-related information for all 50 states and DC. In addition to many years of programming experience in various languages, Jared is also an accomplished interface and interaction designer, having worked on various eCommerce sites and an inappropriately-named polling place lookup tool. Jared has previously worked at Six Apart and IBM, and is a graduate of the University of Vermont. Find him on twitter as @jungshadow, where he mostly catalogs his various interactions with his two kids.

Whitney Quesenbery

Co-Director

Center for Civic Design

Whitney Quesenbery

Co-Director

Center for Civic Design

Whitney combines her work as a user researcher with a passion for clear communication. She is the co-director of the Center for Civic Design, which does research to support government officials in creating easy, effective ways to communicate with constituents. Her work civic design began with her appointment to the EAC Federal advisory committee writing the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG), including the first usability requirements for voting systems. She also served on the U.S. Access Board’s advisory committee updating the Section 508 accessibility regulations. She coordinated EAC-funded Accessible Voting Technology Initiative, which started the development of the Anywhere Ballot. She’s the author of Storytelling in User Experience (Rosenfeld Media, 2011), Global UX: Design and Research in a Connected World (Morgan Kauffman, 2012) and A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experience (Rosenfeld Media, 2014). Her expertise includes usability, plain language, accessibility and research methods.

Noel Runyan

Owner

Personal Data Systems

Noel Runyan

Owner

Personal Data Systems

With his degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Noel Runyan has been working in human factors engineering for over 40 years, primarily developing access technologies for helping persons with visual impairments to use computers and other electronic devices. Since February 2009, he has been a member of the National Braille Press Center for Braille Innovation, working to promote development of low cost and full page braille display technologies.

For the last nine years, he has been seriously studying and testing the accessibility of electronic voting systems, and he was an expert witness in six court cases, wrote the "Improving Access to Voting" report, testified at the PFAW Forum on Election Systems, testified to the US House Administration Subcommittee on Election Reform, testified to the Texas State House Committee on Voting Systems, and led the access testing teams for the California Secretary of State's 2007 Top-To-Bottom Reviews of voting machines.

Pamela W. Smith

President

Verified Voting Foundation

Pamela W. Smith

President

Verified Voting Foundation

Pamela Smith is President of Verified Voting, a non-partisan nonprofit working to safeguard elections in the digital age. She provides information and public testimony on verified voting issues at federal and state levels throughout the US, including to the US House of Representatives Committee on House Administration. She oversees an extensive information resource on election equipment and the regulations governing its use at the federal level and across the 50 states. Ms. Smith is co-editor of the Principles and Best Practices in Post Election Audits, co-author of "County Votes 2012: A State By State Look at Election Preparedness" and the author of an introductory chapter on audits for Confirming Elections: Creating Confidence and Integrity through Election Auditing. She has been a small business and marketing consultant and nonprofit executive for a Hispanic educational organization working on first language literacy and adult learning.

Charles Stewart III

Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Charles Stewart III

Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Charles Stewart III is the Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science at MIT, where he has taught since 1985. His research and teaching areas include election, congressional politics, and American political development.

Since 2001, Professor Stewart has been a member of the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, a leading research effort that applies scientific analysis to questions about election technology, election administration, and election reform. He is currently the MIT director of the project. Professor Stewart is an established leader in the analysis of the performance of election systems and the quantitative assessment of election performance.

Professor Stewart has been recognized at MIT for his undergraduate teaching, being named to the second class of MacVicar Fellows in 1994, awarded the Baker Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and the recipient of the Class of 1960 Fellowship.

Professor Stewart received his B.A. in political science from Emory University, and S.M. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

David Wagner

Professor of Computer Science

UC Berkeley

David Wagner

Professor of Computer Science

UC Berkeley

Professor David Wagner is Professor of Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley, with expertise in the areas of computer security and electronic voting. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in the scientific literature and has co-authored two books on encryption and computer security. His research has analyzed and contributed to the security of cellular networks, 802.11 wireless networks, electronic voting systems, and other widely deployed systems.

He is a member of the Election Assistance Commission's Technical Guidance Development Committee and founding member of the ACCURATE center.

Jeramy Gray

Jeramy Gray

Assistant Executive Officer, Technology and Planning

LA County Executive Office, Board of Supervisors

Jeramy Gray

Jeramy Gray

Assistant Executive Officer, Technology and Planning

LA County Executive Office, Board of Supervisors

With over 20 years of Information Technology (IT) experience, Jeramy Gray has served as Chief Information Officer for three Los Angeles County agencies. On October 1, 2014, Jeramy was appointed by the Registrar-Recorder County/Clerk to the position of Assistant Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Information Technology. His responsibilities include oversight of all IT services, strategic planning, governance, and fiscal management; his responsibilities also include oversight of LA County’s voting system redesign project. On February 5, 2016 Jeramy was jointly appointed by the United States Elections Assistance Commission (EAC) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to be a member of the Technical Development Guidelines Committee. As a member of this committee, Jeramy assists in the development of national standards for voting technology.

David McGivney

David McGivney

Head of Software

Social Sens.ai, Inc

David McGivney

David McGivney

Head of Software

Social Sens.ai, Inc

Dave has over 17 years of professional development experience in high assurance industries including Finance, Medical Devices, Genetic Testing, and Elections. During that time, he focused on the usability, performance, and security of the systems that he helped architect and build. Dave worked on Phase 3 of the VSAP project and made substantial contributions to the design of the software for the system including the Ballot Marking Device, Interactive Sample Ballot, and Tally. He volunteered for Pew on the VIP standard and IEEE on the 1622 standard. Dave has degrees in Economics and Computer Science.

VSAP INTERNAL PROJECT TEAM

The VSAP Internal Project Team serves as internal advisors to ensure that all aspects of the VSAP voting experience are conducted in a fair, accessible and transparent manner. The internal experts are from the following bureaus of the department:

•  Administration
•  Information Technology
•  Election Operations
•  Governmental & Legislative Affairs

Dean Logan

Dean Logan

Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk

Executive Sponsor

Dean Logan

Dean Logan

Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk

Debbie Martin

Chief Deputy

Project Advisor

Debbie Martin

Chief Deputy

Kenneth Bennett

Kenneth Bennett

Information Technology Manager

Project Manager - Technology

Kenneth Bennett

Kenneth Bennett

Information Technology Manager

Monica Flores

Monica Flores

Executive Assistant

Project Manager - Administration and Community Engagement

Monica Flores

Monica Flores

Executive Assistant

Aaron Nevarez

Aaron Nevarez

Governmental and Legislative Affairs Division Manager

Aaron Nevarez

Aaron Nevarez

Governmental and Legislative Affairs Division Manager

Rita Figueroa

Assistant Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Administration

Project Advisor

Rita Figueroa

Assistant Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Administration

Tim McNamara

Tim Mcnamara

Assistant Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Election Operations

Project Advisor

Tim McNamara

Tim Mcnamara

Assistant Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Election Operations

Adrian Avelar

Adrian Avelar

VSAP Vote by Mail

Project Assistant

Adrian Avelar

Adrian Avelar

VSAP Vote by Mail

Kenny Ling

Kenny Ling

VSAP Contract Management and Budget

Project Assistant

Kenny Ling

Kenny Ling

VSAP Contract Management and Budget

Irvin Guillermo

Irvin Guillermo

Administration Assistant

Irvin Guillermo

Irvin Guillermo

Administration Assistant

Vinh Do

VSAP Business Processes and Facilities, Vote by Mail

Project Assistant

Vinh Do

VSAP Business Processes and Facilities, Vote by Mail

Adrian Farran

Adrian Farran

Project Assistant

Adrian Farran

Adrian Farran

Project Assistant

Laura Herrera

Laura Herrera

VSAP Community Engagement

Project Assistant

Laura Herrera

Laura Herrera

VSAP Community Engagement

VSAP INTERNAL PROJECT TEAM

The VSAP Internal Project Team serves as internal advisors to ensure that all aspects of the VSAP voting experience are conducted in a fair, accessible and transparent manner. The internal experts are from the following bureaus of the department:

•  Administration
•  Information Technology
•  Election Operations
•  Governmental & Legislative Affairs

Dean Logan

Dean Logan

Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk

Executive Sponsor

Dean Logan

Dean Logan

Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk

Debbie Martin

Chief Deputy

Project Advisor

Debbie Martin

Chief Deputy

Kenneth Bennett

Kenneth Bennett

Information Technology Manager

Project Manager - Technology

Kenneth Bennett

Kenneth Bennett

Information Technology Manager

Monica Flores

Monica Flores

Executive Assistant

Project Manager - Administration and Community Engagement

Monica Flores

Monica Flores

Executive Assistant

Aaron Nevarez

Aaron Nevarez

Governmental and Legislative Affairs Division Manager

Aaron Nevarez

Aaron Nevarez

Governmental and Legislative Affairs Division Manager

Rita Figueroa

Assistant Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Administration

Project Advisor

Rita Figueroa

Assistant Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Administration

Tim McNamara

Tim Mcnamara

Assistant Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Election Operations

Project Advisor

Tim McNamara

Tim Mcnamara

Assistant Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Election Operations

Adrian Avelar

Adrian Avelar

VSAP Vote by Mail

Project Assistant

Adrian Avelar

Adrian Avelar

VSAP Vote by Mail

Kenny Ling

Kenny Ling

VSAP Contract Management and Budget

Project Assistant

Kenny Ling

Kenny Ling

VSAP Contract Management and Budget

Irvin Guillermo

Irvin Guillermo

Administration Assistant

Irvin Guillermo

Irvin Guillermo

Administration Assistant

Vinh Do

VSAP Business Processes and Facilities, Vote by Mail

Project Assistant

Vinh Do

VSAP Business Processes and Facilities, Vote by Mail

Adrian Farran

Adrian Farran

Project Assistant

Adrian Farran

Adrian Farran

Project Assistant

Laura Herrera

Laura Herrera

VSAP Community Engagement

Project Assistant

Laura Herrera

Laura Herrera

VSAP Community Engagement