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Albert Morales was born and raised in Edinburg, Texas. He remained there as he grew up and was educated in public schools. Currently Morales is the Project Coordinator at the Advocacy Alliance Center of Texas, a South Texas-based nonprofit established to promote the importance of voting and increase voter turnout. Prior to him joining AACT, he worked in the private sector managing a print shop and also owned and operated his own business in the Rio Grande Valley area. He received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Masters of Political Science in Public Administration degree from the University of Texas-Pan American.
Jeff is an Elections Administrator with the City of Minneapolis. His primary role is training the city’s 2,000 poll workers. Prior to that, Jeff directed the voter outreach, civic engagement and civic education efforts of the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. While there, he implemented a statewide outreach plan to provide voter education and voter registration assistance, especially to communities that vote at rates below average. Jeff was previously at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, where he supported nonpartisan, nonprofit voter engagement efforts, and lead the Minnesota Voting Rights Coalition. He is very proud of the state’s record of civic participation— Minnesota consistently leads the nation in voter turnout!
As the Executive Vice President of External Affairs, Gaiter works to build national awareness for Volunteers of America and support its mission to provide programs and services for America’s most vulnerable. She is passionate about the nonprofit sector’s strength and relevance, which is reflected in her work as vice chair of the board of the National Human Services Assembly. She is a frequent speaker on nonprofit management, health, social justice and women’s issues. Prior to her work at Volunteer America, she was the President and CEO Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington D.C. Gaiter’s skills include fundraising, public policy, public speaking on issues related to health, women, families and organizational positioning.
As the Director of National Advocacy & Civic Engagement, Kelly leads the strategy, development, coordination, and management of NACHC’s federal, state and local advocacy campaigns. She formerly served as NACHC's Associate Director of State Affairs and has spent much of the past ten years traveling extensively throughout the country to provide policy and advocacy trainings as well as technical assistance and strategic planning to state affiliates, partner organizations and more than 1200 Health Centers nationally. Prior to joining NACHC, she worked as an associate lobbyist with two of New Hampshire’s most prominent government affairs consulting firms and subsequently established her own consulting firm providing lobbying services to national interests in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Born and raised in Maine, Amanda is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, from which she holds a B.A. in Political Science.
Rachid Elabed is the Advocacy & Civic Engagement Specialist with the National Network for Arab American Communities, a project of ACCESS. In this capacity, he leads all advocacy, civic engagement, and field programs within Michigan. This includes leading campaigns, community organizing, youth organizing, and public events. Rachid also has extensive experience in nonpartisan voter engagement work, including voter registration and GOTV. ACCESS is the largest Arab American human services nonprofit in the United States, located in Deerborn, Michigan.
Michael Weekes is the President and CEO of the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, the state's largest statewide human services association. He previously served as the deputy commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Social Services and was a founder of Massachusetts Families for Kids. Weekes has served on numerous commissions and task forces focused on the human service, government and nonprofit sectors, including as a former Board Chair of the National Council of Nonprofits.
Martina Bouey is currently the Deputy Director at South Africa Partners, a Boston-based nonprofit that builds mutually beneficial partnerships between the United States and South Africa in the areas of health and education. Bouey previously served as Program Manager for the Center for Women & Enterprise and the Director of Administration for Hunt Alternatives Foundation where she had opportunities to develop, operate, manage and evaluate programs that enabled individuals to empower themselves on local, national and international levels. She holds a Masters of Public Policy from Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business from Hendrix College.
Cheryl Clyburn-Crawford grew up in Boston and has worked for many years in communities of color advocating for voting and civil rights. She sits on the Executive Board of the NAACP-Boston Branch as 2nd Vice President and is an Executive Board Member and former Board Chair of Emerge Massachusetts. Before joining MassVOTE in 2008, Clyburn-Crawford served as Chief of Staff to State Representative Willie Mae Allen. She frequently serves as a poll worker for the City of Boston and is a graduate of Lesley College.
Tim Delaney serves as President & CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, a trusted resource and advocate for America’s charitable nonprofits. As a partner at a large law firm, Delaney led the firm’s government relations practice and served as counsel for multiple ballot measure and candidate campaign committees. As Arizona’s Solicitor General and then Chief Deputy Attorney General, Delaney led the state to win several cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. Now as head of the National Council of Nonprofits, he helps nonprofits identify emerging trends, engage in critical policy issues, and achieve greater impact in local communities across the country.
Through his role at the N.C. Center for Nonprofits, David Heinen advocates on issues affecting North Carolina's nonprofit sector. He monitors and analyzes federal and state public policy, keeps nonprofits informed about important legal and policy developments, engages in research about the state's nonprofit sector, provides training on nonprofit advocacy and legal compliance, and convenes nonprofit coalitions. Prior to joining the N.C. Center for Nonprofits, Heinen spent seven years as an attorney with a D.C. law firm that serves the nonprofit community, advising nonprofits on a wide range of legal issues. Heinen is a graduate of Duke University and the William and Mary School of Law, as well as a member of the bars in North Carolina, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
Kei oversees CIRCLE’s core research projects and produces resources and reports for various audiences, including peer-reviewed articles, reports, and factsheets. With a background in positive youth development and interest in diverse and marginalized youth, Kei is especially interested in providing organizations and communities with research that would help increase civic and political engagement opportunities for diverse groups of youth. Kei also works with practitioners by providing consultation to staff at Tisch College and community partners about community-university collaboration and community-based research. Kei earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Chicago and has extensive experience in working with youth of diverse backgrounds both as a researcher and practitioner.
At Voto Latino Jessica is responsible for developing and managing key partnerships and programs that help to advance the organization’s mission. She has been a leading player within the organization in cultivating partnerships with media, corporations and nonprofits to develop wide-impact civic engagement programs, including the inaugural National Voter Registration Day held September 25, 2012. She previously worked at LatinoWorks as an Account Executive on rebranding for the Hispanic Market and helping execute multiple digital, radio and TV campaigns for national and local markets.
Laura Walling joined Goodwill Industries International (GII) in February 2005 as state affairs manager, and in June 2007 she became the director of member relations. In March 2009, Walling returned to the public policy team as director of advocacy and legislative affairs. In her current role, Walling directs GII’s legislative efforts, implements grassroots advocacy programs, and works to increase visibility and opportunity for GII’s public policy agenda. Prior to joining GII, Walling served as a senior research analyst and staff attorney with MultiState Associates, Inc., a state government affairs firm based in Alexandria, VA. She has also worked for state and federal legislators. Walling holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Rutgers University and a law degree from Pace University School of Law. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, Women in Government Relations, the Washington Area State Relations Group, the Women’s Information Network and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of DC, where she has served as board chair.