About Democracy Initiative

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The Democracy Initiative is a coalition of organizations launched in 2013 working toward a bright future in which all Americans participate fully and freely in the democratic process. We believe that the voice of every citizen should be heard and counted, so all of us have an equal say in a democracy that is of, by, and for the people. Our partner organizations pursue a diverse range of progressive goals, including civil rights, workers’ rights, women’s rights, and climate justice, but we know that success in any of these areas depends on reforming our democracy. 

United by a shared vision for a political process that counts every voice and every vote equally, we are mobilizing members of Democracy Initiative organizations to ensure that all Americans can vote, diminish the influence of corporate and special interests, and halt the obstruction that has thrown our Congress out of balance. Together, we can break down these barriers and protect our democracy from the systematic effort to shift power from the many to a wealthy few by silencing our voices in the workplace, in the ballot box, and in the offices of our elected officials.

 

Our Principles 

Amidst our tapestry of just causes, democracy is our north star, the bedrock of our shared beliefs and the strategic center of gravity around which we agitate. As large corporations and an elite few control more wealth and power the tenets of our democracy come under threat. Click here to read our solutions to strengthen our democracy and the role we play amongst our 58 member organizations and 30 million members.
 

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Board

Karen Hobert Flynn, Common Cause President, Co-Chair

Annie Leonard, Greenpeace USA Executive Director, Co-Chair

Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director

Tefere Gebre, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President

Derrick Johnson, NAACP President CEO

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Staff

Wendy Fields, Executive Director 

Michelle Whittaker, Communications / Digital Media Director

Getachew Kassa, Senior Campaigner

Linda Ewing, Senior Policy and Training Fellow

Elana Orbuch, Program Assistant and Office Manager

Vicky Huang, Mobilizing and Communications Intern

Mobilizing Committee

Charlie Cray, Senior Research Specialist, Greenpeace

Aquene Freechild, Co-Director, Democracy is for People Campaign, Public Citizen

Courtney Hight, Director, Democracy Program, Sierra Club

Jessica Newman, Legislation, Policy and Human Rights Coordinator, CWA

Jamal Watkins, National Outreach Director, Campaigns, AFL-CIO

Marilyn Carpinteyro, Director for State Operations, Common Cause 

Andrea Brown Gee, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, NAACP