Program Staff

  • Brenda Barron
    Director of Strategic Partnerships Extension 135
    Brenda Barron, Director of Strategic Partnerships Extension 135

    Brenda joined Nonprofit VOTE’s team in 2017 with over 20 years in the non-profit sector primarily working for national organizations with local affiliates. While organizing on a diversity of issue campaigns ranging from environmental protections, LGBT rights, education, economic equality, racial justice, and health care reform, her motivation has been grounded in the commitment to engage people in the democratic process. In every major election since 1996, Brenda has engaged as a lead staff or volunteer in a nonpartisan campaign including voter registration, identification and/or turn out with a focus on engaging voters and volunteers after the election for long term change.

  • Brian Miller
    Executive Director Extension 115
    Brian Miller, Executive Director Extension 115

    Brian joined Nonprofit VOTE as its new Executive Director in 2014, bringing 20 years of nonprofit management experience with him. Since then, he has worked successfully to raise the visibility of Nonprofit VOTE's work on the national stage, with recent stories in the New York Times and USA Today, as well as industry journals like the Chronicle of Philanthropy and The Nonprofit Times. At the same time, Brian has worked to bring the voter engagement strategies of Nonprofit VOTE to scale, leveraging new resources, documenting the impact of its work, and forging new partnerships.

    Prior to his tenure has Nonprofit VOTE, Brian served as Executive Director of Boston-based United for a Fair Economy (UFE), an organization recognized for its sentinel work to raise the veil of growing economic inequality. While at UFE, he co-authored the book The Self Made Myth, with a forward by Bill Gates, Sr. Brian also served 12 years as Executive Director for Tennesseans for Fair Taxation, a statewide coalition working to pass comprehensive tax reform. A south Louisiana native with Cajun roots, Brian started his career as a community organizer for Louisiana Citizen Action and Louisiana Coalition for Tax Justice before moving on to organize in Kentucky and Tennessee.

  • Julian Johannesen
    Director of Research and Training Extension 110
    Julian Johannesen, Director of Research and Training Extension 110

    Julian is Director of Research and Training at Nonprofit VOTE where for the last 8 years he's worked on a variety of projects including the development and delivery of training to 501(c)(3) nonprofits working to integrate nonpartisan voter engagement into their ongoing services; research on voter turnout, especially among those served by nonprofits; and management of Nonprofit VOTE’s website and online presence. Before joining Nonprofit VOTE Julian was Franklin County, Ohio Field Director for America Coming Together during the 2004 presidential election. Julian has a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

  • George Pillsbury
    Senior Consultant Extension 120
    George Pillsbury, Senior Consultant Extension 120

    In 2005 George Pillsbury joined a collaboration of nonprofit partners to establish Nonprofit VOTE, a national hub of voter engagement resources and training for the nonprofit sector. Prior to starting Nonprofit VOTE, George founded and directed MassVOTE, a nonpartisan voter engagement organization in Massachusetts.

    George has authored numerous nonpartisan voter engagement guides, including "Nonprofits, Voting and Elections: A 501(c)(3) Guide to Nonpartisan Voter Engagement" and America Goes to the Polls, a biennial series on voter turnout for the last four national elections. His articles have appeared in The Nonprofit Quarterly (“Serving Democracy: Nonprofits Promote Voter Engagement in 2012”) and National Civic Review (“A New Model for Urban Voter Mobilization”). George has a B.A. from Yale University and an M.P.A. from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.