Kevin Johnson: Executive Director
Kevin Johnson is co-founder and executive director of Election Reformers Network. Kevin has more than 20 years’ experience in election reform programming, including seven years overseas with the National Democratic Institute and ten years on the Board of Common Cause Massachusetts. Kevin is on advisory bodies of American Promise, Fairvote, Rank The Vote and The Carter Center’s U.S Elections Program.
Mr. Johnson has participated in successful reform campaigns to establish rank choice voting, independent redistricting, early voting, and automatic voter registration. Kevin co-authored the first comprehensive study of secretary of state conflict of interest and pioneered the top-two proportional approach to electoral college reform. He has published two dozen opeds on a wide range of reform topics in media outlets including The Washington Post, Governing, Commonwealth Magazine, and The Daily Beast.
At the National Democratic Institute, Mr. Johnson directed election observations in the West Bank and Gaza and several countries in Africa, and organized advisory consultations for constitution drafters in new democracies, among other programs. With Common Cause, Kevin led a successful ballot question campaign in the city of Newton, Massachusetts in support of an anti – Citizens United constitutional amendment and helped organize citizen participation in the highly regarded 2011 Massachusetts redistricting process.
Mr. Johnson is also CEO of Liberty Global Partners, an investment advisory firm focused on venture capital and private equity in emerging markets, which he co-founded in 2002. At Liberty Global, he has led capital marketing initiatives that have raised more than $6bn for investment funds targeting China, India, Brazil, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia.
Mr. Johnson has an MBA from Wharton and a BA in English Literature from Yale University.