Who We Are
Aaron Hamlin – Executive Director [E-mail]
Aaron is a licensed attorney. He received his J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan. He has graduate degrees in the social sciences from Indiana University and Miami University where he focused on statistics and research. Aaron went to Northern Kentucky University near where he grew up to earn his B.S. degree in psychology while minoring in mathematics.
Outside election systems, Aaron also enjoys chess, racquetball, and disc golf.
See Aaron’s articles, essays, and other work:
- “Approval Voting Breaks Duverger’s Law: Gives Voters More Options“ (Independent Voter Network)
- Interview with Dr. Kenneth Arrow (CES Audio Interview)
- Interview with OWS’ TJ Frawls (CES Audio Interview)
- “Is Our Centuries-Old Ballot Out of Date?“ (The New Citizens Press)
- “Approval Voting: A Voice for Independents” (Independent Voter Network)
- “How I Came to Care About Voting Systems” (CES Article)
Board of Directors
Clay Shentrup – Chair, Director [E-mail]
Clay grew up in southeast Kansas and studied computer engineering at the University of Kansas. He works as a software engineer specializing in the Ruby on Rails web framework. Clay’s hobbies include playing the guitar and songwriting, and he counts Seattle grunge acts such as Pearl Jam and Soundgarden among his biggest influences. He also holds a great love for the game of table tennis. See Clay’s article on Big Think: “Taking the Fear Out of Voting.”
Lauren Payne – Vice Chair, Director [E-mail]
Lauren is an attorney originally from the east coast of Florida. She picked up her bachelor’s in social psychology from New College of Florida. Afterwards, she completed her J.D. from New England School of Law. Lauren has since been working as a legislative policy analyst on multiple campaigns.
Stephen Cobb – Treasurer, Director [E-mail]
Steve grew up in Southern California and received his B.S. in engineering from Harvey Mudd College and his M.S. in electrical engineering from UCLA. A project manager and business analyst, Steve spent 20 years with a major U.S. defense contractor on both government and commercial projects. This work took place in the former Soviet Union and Germany, where Steve now lives.
Additionally, Steve co-founded an expanding grass-roots movement with interests in voting reform. And he helped push a legislative effort on approval voting in New Hampshire.
Eric Sanders – Parliamentarian, Director [E-mail]
New York, NY
Eric is a New York City-based writer and producer who has been active in the voting reform movement since 2005. He joined the Center for Election Science as Parliamentarian in 2012.
See Eric’s articles on Big Think:
- “The New York City Mayoral Race: A Voting System Built for Warfare“
- “Why the Republicans Lost: A Failed Voting System in the Primaries Selects Less-Popular Candidates“
- “Bipolar Politics: The Beginning and End of the Two-Party System“
- “Approval Voting: The Future of Intelligent Elections“
Jameson Quinn – Secretary, Director [E-mail]
Jameson grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and earned his bachelors in cognitive science from Oberlin College in Ohio. After college, he lived in southern Mexico and Guatemala for 12 years. There, he founded and taught at a public middle school in a rural community of returned refugees. Additionally, he has spent roughly a decade as a professional programmer.
Jameson is now a statistics Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University where his research focuses on voting systems. Jameson lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his partner and daughter.
Andy Jennings – Director [E-mail]
Andy was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. He did his undergraduate work in mathematics at Arizona State University. Andy continued at Arizona State when in 2010 he completed his Ph.D. in mathematics. Given his strong interest in voting theory, Andy did his dissertation on the concepts of monotonicity and gaming in both ordinal- and cardinal-class voting systems. Andy continues to live near his roots in Mesa, Arizona. He is also the founder of Shoptivate.com, a software company that sells search solutions for e-commerce sites.
Warren D. Smith
Stony Brook, NY
Warren was born in Cleveland, OH. He is a mathematician, computer scientist, and general theoretical scientist. Warren graduated with degrees in mathematics and physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before age 20. He earned his Ph.D. in applied math from Princeton University four years later. Warren worked as a researcher for AT&T Bell Laboratories for two years and the NEC Research Institute for 12 years. Afterwards, he taught mathematics at Temple University.
Warren’s published and unpublished academic work is extensive. It includes being the first to show the non-algorithmicity of hydrodynamics and Newton’s laws, the algorithmicity of quantum mechanics, and the first to give the fundamental bounds on information flux and storage density. He also contributed to patents on optical computer memory and theoretical DNA computers (see NY Times). Warren has worked on voting theory for over a decade. He is the co-founder of The Center for Range Voting with Jan Kok. The website is one of the most extensive online resources on voting theory.
Fort Collins, CO
Jan attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Colorado State University, and took graduate-level courses in Electrical Engineering and Robotics at CSU.
Jan has worked as a programmer and engineer for over 20 years. He developed computer aided design programs at Hewlett Packard. He also developed a tire pressure monitoring system trucks and trailers. He is inventor or co-inventor on seven patents related to computer aided design, computer architecture, and programming technique.
Jan has studied and advocated alternative voting methods since 2000. He invented a method to allow any voting machine to accept and count Score/Range Voting ballots. In 1995 he co-founded The Center for Range Voting with Warren D. Smith. In 1997 he was a member of the Colorado Voter Choice Task Force. He also served as an election judge in the 2004 and 2010 general elections.