Tiana Epps-Johnson

Tiana Epps-Johnson is the executive director of the nonprofit Center for Tech and Civic Life, which provides training and resources to local election officials. The center also maintains a nationwide dataset of election information, accessible by request, which can tell voters what’s on their ballot and who are their elected officials.

Epps-Johnson was previously a director at the New Organizing Institute, a progressive grassroots organization, where she helped local election officials publish standardized voting information. She has also worked on the Voting Rights Project for the D.C.-based Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. In 2018, Epps-Johnson joined the inaugural class of Obama Foundation Fellows for her work at CTCL. 

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Expertise: Election administration, election data, voting rights

Location: Chicago, Ill.

Contact information:

Email: tiana@techandciviclife.org

Phone: 650-796-4695

Twitter: @tianaej

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Last updated: March 2, 2020

Kat Calvin

Kat Calvin is the founder of Spread The Vote, a nonprofit organization that helps people obtain IDs for jobs, housing, medical care, and voting. She is an expert on voting rights. 

Calvin is one of the 2018 Fast Company 100 Most Creative People in Business and has been a Business Insider 30 Under 30.

She also runs CivicEquity, a new project pairing pro bono lawyers with the victims of unjustified 911 calls.

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Areas of Expertise: Voting rights, law, entrepreneurship

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Info:

       Email: kat@spreadthevote.org

       Twitter: @KatCalvinLA

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Sarah Audelo

Sarah Audelo is the Political and Field Director for Rock The Vote – a non-profit, non-partisan organization that mobilizes young voters to the polls in the U.S. She is responsible for the organization’s political partnerships, polling and research. Audelo is the former policy director at Generation Progress where she led a team that focused on economic justice, higher education, among other important issues facing millennials. She’s also led the domestic policy portfolio and a campaign for Advocates for Youth on issues like HIV/AIDS prevention, abortion access and LGBTQ rights. She is passionate about the engagement and impact of the millennial electorate in 2016 as heard in a C-Span interview, here.

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Political and Field Director for Rock the Vote 

Areas of Expertise: Millennial Voter Engagement, Polling, Mobilization of Young Voters

Location: Washington, D.C.

Contact Information:

Phone:(661) 432-5608

Email:sarah@rockthevote.com

Twitter:@SarahAudelo 

Heard on C-Span: Youth Vote in 2016

Michael Kang

Michael Kang is a professor of law at Emory University, where he teaches Election Law, Business Associations and a seminar on Law and Democratic Governance. His research focuses on election and political science, particularly related to campaign finance, voting rights and political parties.

Kang’s academic work has been published in the Yale Law Journal, NYU Law Review and Michigan Law Review, and he serves on the editorial board of the Election Law Journal. He is an expert in all things election law and has appeared as a guest on NPR’s Morning Edition to discuss voter laws and elections.

Professor of Law at Emory University

Areas of Expertise: Election Law, Political Science, Campaign Finance, Voting Rights, Political Parties

Location: Atlanta, GA

Contact Info:

Email: mkang@law.emory.edu

Office Phone: (404) 712-4243

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Jaime Regalado

Jaime Regalado is professor emeritus of political Science at California State University, Los Angeles. Previously he served as the executive director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs (PBI), a nonprofit public-policy center for applied public policy and community engagement at Cal State LA.

While at the Pat Brown Institute, he was the founding editor of California Politics & Policy and California Policy Issues Annual. He is also a former associate editor of Urban Affairs Review, an internationally recognized journal, and a trustee of the Liberty Hill Foundation. He was previously professor of political science at CSULA, with a specialty in urban politics and state and local politics.

During his tenures in the classroom, as a scholar and as a policy institute director, he developed an applied agenda that focused on urban as well as state and local politics, Latino politics, race relations, inter-community and multi-sector collaborations and coalitions, youth violence mitigation, political representation and electoral politics.

Regalado has long served as an analyst and pundit for the mass, independent and social media on broad array of political, social and policy issues. He has appeared both on air and in print for such publications as The Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee, the AP, KPCC and NPR.

Professor Emeritus of Political Science at California State University, Los Angeles

Areas of Expertise: Elections and Campaigns, Race Relations and Coalition Building, Voting Rights and Political Representation, Politics of Organized Labor, Voter Attitudes

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Info:

Office: (626) 792-9237

Mobile:(626) 644-1936

Email:;jregalado@cslanet.calstatela.edu

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Eboni K. Williams

Eboni K. Williams is a talk radio personality, political commentator/strategist, and trial attorney based in L.A. She covers national legal and political issues with a pop culture perspective. Her commentary can be seen on Fox News’ The O’Reily Factor, Hannity, Your World with Neil Cavuto and CNN.

Williams hosts a talk radio show on KTLK AM1150 bringing insightful commentary on the latest headlines and celebrity justice stories. She began her legal career specializing in family law and civil litigation, providing legal consult on high-profile divorce, spousal support, and child custody cases. As a solutions-oriented attorney, she later made the transition into practicing as a public defender, as well as a private defense lawyer in North Carolina and throughout the greater Los Angeles area. She has represented clients in criminal matters including murders, rapes, high volume drug cases, sex crimes and federal offenses.

While in private practice, Eboni has represented professional athletes during employment and sponsorship contract negotiations. Additionally, she has defended NFL and NBA players against drug, property and assault charges. She has worked for various politicians, including New Orleans City Council Members, supporting efforts to rebuild the city of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.


Trial Attorney, Talk Radio Host on KTLK AM1150

Areas of Expertise: Gay Marriage, Supreme Court Cases, Affirmative Action, Immigration, Gun Violence, Elections, GOP/Minority Relations, Women’s Issues, High Profile Trials, Constitutional Law

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:
Email: ebonikwilliams@gmail.com
Phone: (919) 923-1181

 

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Jason Johnson

Jason Johnson teaches politics and journalism at Morgan State University. He is also a political contributor at MSNBC and is a politics editor at The Root.

Johnson’s academic research focuses on political communication and campaign strategy. He has worked on both Democratic and Republican legislative campaigns in South Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia. His latest book, Political Consultants and Campaigns: One Day to Sell, analyzes modern-day campaigns and the political consultants who run them.

Johnson also has experience in international politics. According to his website, he was a campaign advisor for Frank Dobson in the 2001 London mayoral race and was an honored guest of the Independent Electoral Commission in South Africa in 2007. Recently, he was an international elections observer in Mexico and went on a two-week speaking tour throughout Germany.

Johnson is a frequent television commentator on networks such as Al Jazeera English and CNN, and he has been on NPR member stations MPR, WCPN, and WHYY.

Professor of Politics and Journalism at Morgan State University, Politics Editor at The Root

Areas of Expertise: Politics, Campaign Strategy, Elections, Political Rhetoric, Journalism, Pop Culture, Interest Groups, Hip-Hop Politicians, Political Communication, Comparative Politics, International Election Monitoring

Location: Cleveland/Akron, OH

Contact Info:

Business Mobile: 540-207-6745

Email: johnsonJA@hiram.edu

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Election 2012: Young voters still support Obama

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Victoria DeFrancesco Soto

Victoria DeFrancesco Soto is a senior analyst at Latino Decisions, a Latino polling firm.

She is also a fellow at the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin, and a senior fellow at the Bernard Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy. According to her Bernard Center bio, she is currently working on a book about conservative feminism. She previously taught political science at Northwestern University and Rutgers University.

DeFrancesco Soto is a regular contributor to MSNBC and Telemundo. She blogs for NBC Latino, the Huffington Post, and POLITICO’s Arena.


Fellow at the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas

Areas of Expertise: Social Identity and Political Behavior, Latino Politics, Women, Race and Ethnic Politics, Immigration, Campaigns and Elections, Political Marketing

Location: Austin, TX

Contact Information:
Email:
drvmds@gmail.com
Mobile: (312) 480-1868
Twitter: @drvmds

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Weekend Edition Saturday: Campaign Ads Target Latinos As A Key Issue Looms

 

Mark Hugo Lopez

Mark Hugo Lopez is the director of the Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project. According to his bio, “he studies the attitudes and opinions of Latinos, Hispanic views of identity, the political engagement of Latinos in the nation’s elections and Latino youth.” He also coordinates the Pew Hispanic Center’s National Survey of Latinos.

Previously, Lopez was a research director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) as well as a research assistant professor at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland.  He has a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.


Director, Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project

Areas of Expertise: Attitudes and Opinions of Latinos, Hispanic Identity, Latino Politics, Latino Youth, Economics of Education, Labor Economics, Immigration, Politics, Elections

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Pew Hispanic Communications Line: (202) 419-4372
Twitter: @mhugolopez

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Morning Edition: A Challenging Race In California’s Heartland

All Things Considered: Data Reveal Complex Picture Of Hispanic-Americans