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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Elizabeth OuYang

Elizabeth OuYang has been a civil rights attorney and advocate for the past 30 years. She is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights and New York University’s College of Arts and Science. Her areas of expertise include voting, immigration, media accountability, and combating hate crimes and police brutality.

OuYang’s cases and advocacy have been covered extensively in national and local media. Among her many notable clients include Private Danny Chen, a 19-year-old solider found dead in Afghanistan after weeks of racial mistreatment and hazing by his superiors. One of her more recent cases involved Mohammad Sarfaraz Hussain, a 19-year-old who faced removal from the U.S. in 2003 after complying with the special registration program targeting Arabs, Muslims and South Asians. He was granted citizenship in 2016. In 2000, she was appointed by president Bill Clinton to serve as a special assistant to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Civil Rights Attorney and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights & New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences

Location: New York, New York

Areas of Expertise: Voting, Immigration, Media Accountability, Hate crimes and Police Brutality + Race, Sex, and Disability Discrimination

Contact Information:

E-mail: lizouyang@aol.com
Phone: (718) 650-1960

Khalilah Brown-Dean

Khalilah Brown-Dean is an Associate Professor of political science at Quinnipiac University. Her research interests include the political dynamics surrounding the criminal justice system, especially as it relates to voting rights policies.

Before coming to Quinnipiac, Brown-Dean was the Peter Strauss Family Assistant Professor of African-American Studies at Yale University. Her political commentary and analysis has been featured in a number of outlets including The New York Times, the American Urban Radio Network and WNPR’s “Where We Live” blog. Brown-Dean’s most recent book, Once Convicted, Forever Doomed: Race Punishment ad Governance explores how humans’ relationship to punishment impairs both the strength and function of American governance.


Associate Professor of political science, Quinnipiac University

Location: Hamden, Connecticut

Areas of Expertise: Criminal justice, voting rights, political dynamics, mass incarceration, public policy

Contact Information:
E-mail: john.morgan@quinnipiac.edu
Phone: (203) 206-4449 © or (203) 582-5359 (office)

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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Matt Barreto

Matt Barreto is a political science professor at the University of California Los Angeles and the co-founder of Latino Decisions, a polling firm that looks at the political opinions of this increasingly influential group. Time Magazine called Latino Decisions the “gold-standard in Latino American polling.”

Barreto’s expertise lies in Latino public opinion, voting behavior and race politics in the U.S., including voter ID laws. Along with Latino Decisions co-founder Gary Segura, he was a principal investigator of the American National Election Study Latino oversample, the first ever oversample of Latino voters.

He was hired by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2015 to direct polling and focus group research for Latino voters. In 2016, he also directed Latino outreach research for the election campaigns of Sens. Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-Nev.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)

Barreto makes frequent appearances in the news. During the 2020 presidential election, he was quoted by The Atlantic, The New York Times  and the Washington Post.

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Location: Seattle, WA

Areas of Expertise: Politics, Latino electorate, Latino political opinions, voter ID laws, Voting Rights Act

Contact Information:
Email:
 matt.barreto@latinodecisions.com
Phone: 
(909) 489-2955
Twitter: @LatinoDecisions

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Last updated: March 11, 2020

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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Sherrilyn Ifill

Sherrilyn Ifill is a professor of law at the University of Maryland, and a civil rights lawyer who specializes in voting rights and political participation. Ifill is a former assistant counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc. where she litigated voting rights cases, including Houston Lawyers’ Association vs. Attorney General of Texas, in which the Supreme Court held that judicial elections are covered by the provisions of section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

Ifill’s 2007 book, On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the 21st Century, explores the continuing effects of the last two recorded lynchings in Maryland. Released to critical acclaim, On the Courthouse Lawn was a finalist for the 2008 Hurston/Wright book award for non-fiction. She also writes about judicial independence, judicial selection and the importance of race and gender diversity on our courts.

She is a regular political and election night commentator on both national and local television and radio programs. She has appeared on CNN, NBC Nightly News, ABC World News Tonight and C-Span, and is a regular voice on local and national public radio and a regular contributor to The Root.

Professor of Law at the University of Maryland

Areas of Expertise: Civil Rights, Voting Rights, Judicial Diversity, Judicial Decision-Making

Location: Baltimore, MD

Contact Info: 

Email: sifill@law.umaryland.edu

Phone: (410) 706-8394

Twitter: @Sifill_LDF


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Jerry Gonzalez

Jerry Gonzalez is the founder and current executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) and the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund. Gonzalez has been named one of “Georgia’s 100 Most Influential” by Georgia Trend Magazine. GALEO’s mission is to increase civic engagement and leadership development of the Latino/Hispanic community across Georgia.

Previously Gonzalez worked with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) as a Legislative Policy Analyst, focusing upon immigrants’ rights issues at the Georgia General Assembly and in several local jurisdictions across the Southeast. Through his efforts, DeKalb County became the largest municipality to accept the Mexican Matricula Consular ID card as a form of identification for Mexican nationals in DeKalb County and he worked towards the passage of a new Georgia flag without the confederate battle emblem.

During the 2010 Census, Gonzalez advocated for strong participation of the Latino community in Georgia, which ended up having a 96% increase, representing 28% of the state’s overall growth. In voter engagement efforts, the Latino electorate has grown to well over 150,000 from a mere 10,000 in 2003. In addition, the Latino voter participation rates in most jurisdictions in Georgia during the 2008 election out-performed the national Latino voter participation rates.

Most recently Gonzalez and GALEO have been actively fighting passage of Georgia’s HB 87, an Arizona-style anti-immigration legislation. After the passage of HB 87, Gonzalez worked with community leaders and lawyers on a lawsuit that sought to halt its implementation and filed an Amicus Brief in support of the litigation to stop HB87 which resulted in the judges halting the “show me your papers” provisions of the law.

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Founder, Executive Director of Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials

Areas of Expertise: Latino Issues, Immigration, Politics, Latino Vote, Latino Politics,Leadership Development, Civil Rights, Voting Rights, Gay Rights, Marriage Equality

Location: Atlanta, GA
Contact Info:

Office: (404) 745-2580

Email: jerry@galeo.org

Twitter:@GALEOorg

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