The Vote.org Team
Cor Finlayson, Software Engineer
Debra Cleaver, Founder + CEO
Debra has been working at the intersection of technology and democracy since 2004. She currently serves as the Founder and CEO of Vote.org, a nonpartisan nonprofit digital voting organization that aims to use digital technology to remove barriers to voting and increase voter turnout. Under Debra’s leadership, Vote.org won the prestigious Knight News Challenge in 2015, and was accepted into Y Combinator’s 2016 Summer Cohort. Her work has been featured in Forbes, Mic, The Huffington Post, and Bustle.
Devorah Langsam, Software Engineer
Devorah has worked in technology as a Software Engineer for the last five years. She has worked in several fields of software engineering including flight simulation, e-commerce, fintech, and healthcare. She has experience working in large companies, as well as startups of various sizes. Devorah has been working as a Full Stack Developer for the last several years programming in Ruby on Rails, Java, and Angular. In her spare time, she enjoys learning to cook new recipes and biking. Devorah graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in mathematics and a M.S. in Computer Science. She is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, the community service fraternity.
Jake Levine, Software Engineering Lead
Jake has spent the last 20 years building, launching, and managing software products. Along the way he has accrued experience in startups and large corporations, both private and public. He’s worked for 15 of those years directly in product management, defining consumer and business facing products for companies like Myspace, Live Nation, AEG, and Idealab. He spent the last 7 years doing full-stack software development with Ruby on Rails, React Native, and Swift. Jake is also a listed inventor on 2 patents and has 3 other patents pending. It is rumored that Jake once juggled three rubber chickens in the desert near Area 51, but all photo evidence has been classified. He is also one of the 2010 nominees for Best Ikea Hack of the Year. Jake graduated from University of Maryland with a B.A. in Journalism.
Jordan James Harvill, Executive Assistant
Jordan is an experienced activist and organizer who specializes in the intersection of politics and technology. Jordan brings over 5 years of experience directly focused on increasing civic engagement — first at the San Francisco Democratic Party, and later at a political technology startup. In addition to this, he also worked for multiple mission-driven nonprofits, and on more than 10 political campaigns at various levels of government. Jordan has built a track-record as a reliable thought-partner to high performing executives of all stripes. If you have time to burn, ask Jordan about voting rights, democratic deficits in international governance, and issues in indigenous sovereignty. A lifelong Californian, Jordan is currently based in San Francisco, CA and spends much of his free time scaring his friends with statistics about climate chaos.
Kamari Guthrie, Communications Director
Kamari has dedicated more than a decade to the development and growth of corporate consumer and tech brands as a communications strategist and media relations expert. After representing several Fortune 100 brands and establishing market dominant positions for several mission-based startups, she joined Vote.org in 2018 with an unwavering commitment to expanding public awareness and access to the democratic process. Her fervent belief in the equity of all citizens and personal dedication to furthering social justice drives her day-to-day work for the organization. She currently is based in Washington, D.C. and enjoys vacationing in her family home in St. George’s, Grenada.
Meaghan Fenelon, Software Engineer
Meaghan started studying technology with the goal of putting it to good use by working for a cause she believed in. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a BA in Computer Science where she participated in acapella, the local sorority Sigma Psi, student government, as a teaching assistant, and help desk technician. Outside of work, she is yearly volunteer at Cleveland Give Camp and has participated in various local hackathons and the organization Open Cleveland. Meaghan previously worked as a full stack developer at IBM UrbanCode for two years. During this time, she worked with Java, Hibernate, Tomcat, Meteor, React, and Mongo.
Sarah Jackel, General Counsel
Sarah is an experienced litigator who came to vote.org after 10+ years in private practice, where she represented companies and organizations in all facets of trial and appellate court litigation. A dogged advocate with a passion for effecting systemic change through litigation, Sarah maintained an active pro bono caseload during her time in private practice, taking on cases involving the rights of individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay, race discrimination, wrongful conviction, and other civil rights. Sarah thrives on tackling novel legal issues and is dedicated to ensuring that everyone, regardless of background, has equal access to voting and can participate freely and fairly in the democratic process. Sarah earned her B.A. from Pomona College and her J.D. from Columbia Law School. She is a mother of two and lives in Oakland.
2019 Board members
Andrea Hailey, Director
Andrea is the Founder of Civic Engagement Fund. A recognized philanthropic and political leader, Andrea’s career spans over 40 federal and state campaigns. Her work in media strategy and fundraising garnered Pollie awards in 2008 and 2010, and she raised over a million dollars in under 60 days for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in 2007. A biracial millennial, she began her career in the office of Rep. Patrick Kennedy. Andrea currently sits on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice America and serves on the leadership council of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture ambassadors program. She is also sits on the advisory board of Vote.org.
Civic Engagement Fund is an inclusive, values-driven organization accelerating innovative grassroots groups and building diverse coalitions that empower voter engagement in the United States. A non-profit holding both 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) status, CEF is a project fiscally sponsored by the Hopewell Fund and the Sixteen Thirty Fund, both under Arabella Advisors.
Christy Remey Chin, Treasurer
Christy, Managing Partner at Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, is instrumental in finding, funding and supporting DRK entrepreneurs, as well as cultivating and engaging DRK’s network of donor partners.
Christy has devoted her career to advancing social entrepreneurship and championing high-impact philanthropy. She worked as a research associate at the Harvard Business School, supporting Greg Dees in his efforts that defined the field of social entrepreneurship. Christy later served for over four years as a Senior Program Officer at the Skoll Foundation, where she was an integral part of the ideation of the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship, a highly selective award that drives large-scale social change. Prior to joining DRK Foundation, Christy was the Deputy Director at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Philanthropy Workshop, a donor education program for high net worth individuals.
Christy currently serves on the boards of DRK portfolio organizations Accountability Counsel, Adventure Scientists, Education Opens Doors, Food Forward, New Story, and Transcend. Christy also chairs the board of Benetech, serves on the board of the National Venture Capital Association and on the advisory board of Ashoka U.
Christy received her MBA from the Harvard Business School and holds a BA in History from Colgate University.
Julia Rhodes Davis, Chair
Julia is a builder of organizations and communities with an ambitious growth mindset and a passion for social justice. She is a seasoned leader who combines her experiences in executive leadership, technology, and community development to advance social and economic equity. Julia currently serves as Director of Partnerships for the Partnership on AI, is a co-founder of Step Up, a learning and action community for racial justice, and a co-owner of Oakland Yard Wine Shop.
Rupa Balasubramanian, Director
Rupa has over fifteen years of experience managing private family foundations in Los Angeles–facilitating the investment of millions of dollars to support organizations focused on education, women’s health, the environment, civic engagement, and civil rights at the local, state, and national levels. She began her philanthropic career at Margery Tabankin & Associates, a philanthropic and political consulting firm. There, Rupa worked with Barbra Streisand and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to create the Women’s Heart Alliance, a national non-profit organization with a bold campaign to increase awareness of women’s heart disease and advocate for more funding on gender-specific research . In the summer of 2013, Rupa helped launch Fundamental. Rupa currently serves on the advisory board of the Women’s Heart Alliance in addition to serving on the board of directors for Vote.org, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and Demos, a public policy organization working to achieve social, economic, and political equity.
Rupa previously worked in crisis management at Hill & Knowlton, Inc., a leading international communications consulting firm. During the Clinton Administration, Rupa worked in the Press Secretary’s office at the White House. She graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara and earned her Masters degree in Public Administration with summa cum laude honors at the University of Southern California’s School of Policy, Planning and Development.
Swati Mylavarapu, Director
Swati is a founder of Incite Labs, a foundation that supports non profits that are sparking social and environmental change. She is also a Partner at Incite Ventures. She is passionate about enabling great ideas and teams that are solving important, underinvested-in challenges. Swati was previously a Partner on the venture capital team at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where she focused on consumer digital and hardware investments. Before KPCB, Swati built the international business and product marketing efforts at Square, a financial services company that levels the playing field for small business. Swati also serves on the non-profit boards of B Lab and the Boston Review. Swati graduated from Harvard with an AB in Development Studies, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and a Truman Scholar. She also holds an MPhil in Economic History from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.