Despite the deep freeze outside, Election Reformers Network is growing by leaps and bounds. Two election reform rockstars have joined our team, and we’ve won a major new grant that will turbo-charge our efforts to reform U.S. election systems. Details below on these developments — and on job openings that might appeal to you or someone you know.
Two great additions to the ERN team
Joining ERN this month is Heather Balas, who brings more than 25 years of bipartisan public policy experience to our team. Heather served for twelve years as president of New Mexico First, a nonprofit started by retired Dem and GOP senators and dedicated to bipartisan reform in the state. Most recently, Heather lead election reform grantmaking at the Thornburg Foundation. As ERN’s Vice President of Programs, Heather will help direct initiatives to take partisanship out of redistricting and elections administration. On her first day with ERN, Heather and a reform coalition helped guide anti-gerrymandering legislation to committee approval in the New Mexico legislature.
Amber McReynolds, founder of the National Vote at Home Institute and Governor on the United States Postal Service Board, recently agreed to join our leadership team as a Board member. The former Director of Elections for the City and County of Denver, Amber is a widely-acclaimed innovator in the field of election administration and the winner of the 2018 Top Public Official of the Year award from Governing Magazine. Amber serves on leading election institutions including the National Task Force on Election Crises, the National Council on Election Integrity, and the Advisory Board for the MIT Election Data and Science Lab.
Amber is also a passionate advocate for our number one issue, nonpartisan election administration, and we are thrilled to have her on our team advocating and organizing for this cause.
ERN wins major grant support
Sam Bankman-Fried, a pioneering entrepreneur and active supporter of a range of philanthropic causes, has chosen ERN as a recipient of a major grant to support electoral reform innovation. The grant will help ERN identify practical, politically viable solutions to the threat of partisan capture of election administration at the state and local levels. The grant agreement was signed yesterday, and we’ll be scaling up in key areas soon.
Great opportunities with ERN
U.S. election reform needs more talent! Three new open positions are summarized below. Please follow up via the links if you want to find out more, or forward this to people who may be interested.
- ERN state election law expert. ERN seeks a consultant to help lead ERN’s state-level analysis of best opportunities and paths to nonpartisan election administration reform. Job description here.
- Carter Center domestic monitoring coordinators. The Carter Center is recruiting for two monitor coordinator positions, in Michigan and Arizona. Job description here.
There are many other ways to get involved with our growing efforts. We are always looking to grow our network and relationships among state-level civic organizations, and among current and former state election administrators and state legislators. If you know people with any of those background who would be interested in our work, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make a connecting email. Thank you!