Lauren Kunis, Program Directorlauren@nationalvoterregistrationday.org
Lauren Kunis is the program director for National Voter Registration Day. Lauren has spent her career working to strengthen democracy at home and around the world, designing and managing civic engagement, government accountability, and election integrity programs. She worked most recently as a senior program manager at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), a nonpartisan organization that promotes democracy across the globe. In her eight years at NDI, Lauren managed large-scale voter registration, mobilization, and election observation efforts in the Middle East, North Africa, and Francophone West Africa. Before that she worked on governance and civic engagement programs at the World Bank.
Domestically, she has worked on national political campaigns and spent two years working as an Urban Fellow in the Mayor Bloomberg administration. Most recently, she was actively engaged with the successful DC Paid Family Leave campaign. Lauren received her BA with honors in Government from Cornell University and a MPA in Public and Nonprofit Management from New York University.
Research and Field Coordinator
Caroline Mak, Research and Field Coordinatorcaroline@nonprofitvote.org
Caroline is a recent MIT graduate with focuses in behavioral economics, computer science, and data science. As part of her academic studies, she worked with Catalist voter files to author a paper on how having children may impact their parent's voting behavior. Outside of academics, she was also an active campus organizer. She co-founded MITVote which focuses on registering, mobilizing, and informing MIT students around national, state, and local elections. And immediately following the 2016 election, she helped create a "Hopes and Fears" installation on campus to facilitate healthy dialogue in the community.
Continuing the focus on student engagement, she also led a startup that released a web-app that streamlined checking one's voter registration by state, tackling the challenge students have about where to register (Mass. or their home state). Outside of voting, she spent an internship helping document data privacy practices with the Census Bureau. Both her Census and voter engagement experience will be brought to the fore in her role as research coordinator.
Caitlin Donnelly, Education Directorcaitlin@nonprofitvote.org
Caitlin is the Education and Engagement Coordinator at Nonprofit VOTE. She has 7 years of experience designing and leading workshops and presentations for nonprofits and grassroots organizers across the country. Caitlin is a graduate of Georgia's Wesleyan College Based in Cambridge, Caitlin manages Nonprofit VOTE's popular monthly webinar series and builds the capacity of organizational partners to deepen their levels of voter engagement.
Assoc. Dir. of Comms. and Partnerships
James Hill, Assoc. Dir. of Comms. and Partnershipsjames@nonprofitvote.org
James has worked for 20 years in the field of communications and digital communications. He has worked previously with TVOne, BET, and the Washington Post. He received his masters in communications from Georgetown University and his BA in journalism from Hampton University. Originally from Philadelphia, James has lived in Texas, New Jersey, Virginia, D.C. and now resides in Maryland.
Brian Miller, Executive Directorbrian@nonprofitvote.org
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.
Sr. Policy Fellow
George Pillsbury, Sr. Policy Fellowgpillsbury@nonprofitvote.org
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.