Who We Are
Executive Director & Board
Aaron Hamlin, J.D.: Executive Director [E-mail]
Aaron has consulted on voting procedures for small to large organizations and publicly elected officials in several states. He's written articles for publications such as Deadspin, Democracy Chronicles, and Independent Voter Network. He's also been featured in Popular Mechanics, NPR, and MSNBC.com. Additionally, he's been invited as an expert speaker at conferences across the country.
Aaron is a licensed attorney. He received his J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan. He has additional graduate degrees in the social sciences from Indiana University and Miami University. His bachelor's of science is from Northern Kentucky University.
Janice Dru: Chair [E-mail]
East Greenwich, RI
Janice is a graduate of Princeton University where she studied politics and visual arts. She is the marketing director at a university in New England and is board president of the marketing and business solutions company Inkwhy.
Before joining the board, Janice started as a volunteer. She was inspired from a Lean for Social Change online course after which she prepared our new public relations strategy. Now Janice coordinates our volunteers with PR, communications, and marketing backgrounds.
Jameson Quinn: Vice-Chair, Director [E-mail]
Jameson grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and earned his bachelor's 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.
Jenn Marcum: Treasurer, Director [E-mail]
Jenn has spent decades working in advocacy and electoral politics. She's worked for several nonprofit and government organizations directing and assisting their accounting operations.
Jenn received her bachelor's in accounting at Indiana Wesleyan University and is pursuing her master's in accounting there as well. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her spouse and children.
Stephen Cobb, M.S.: Parliamentarian, 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 helped push a legislative effort on approval voting in New Hampshire.
Neal McBurnett, M.S.: Director [E-mail]
Neal has computer science degrees from Brown and Berkeley. He's worked at Bell Labs, Internet2, and Databricks. In 1995, he put up the first web pages with detailed information on approval voting. He has worked to improve election integrity since 2002 by pioneering post-election audits and working with election administrators, legislators, and secretaries of state. He did the first risk-limiting audit in Colorado and collaborated on ballot-level risk-limiting audits that reached new levels of efficiency and scale. He also audited the groundbreaking Scantegrity end-to-end-verifiable election in Takoma Park, MD in 2011, and is a member of the STAR-Vote design team.
Neal has also worked on data format standards for elections via the IEEE and the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC), and is active with the Election Verification Network. He can often be found dancing in one of the Avalon ballrooms in Boulder Colorado.
Board of Advisers
New York, NY
Steven [Wikipedia] is one of the modern independent developers of approval voting. He literally wrote the book on approval voting. He is a Professor of Politics at New York University and the author, co-author, or co-editor of 18 books and almost 300 articles. His books include Theory of Moves, Fair Division, Mathematics and Democracy, and Game Theory and the Humanities. He holds two patents for fair-division algorithms and is chairman of the advisory board of Fair Outcomes, Inc.
Steven has applied game theory and social-choice theory to voting and elections, bargaining and fairness, international relations, the Bible, theology, and literature. He is a former president of the Peace Science Society (1990-91) and of the Public Choice Society (2004-2006). He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1986), a Guggenheim Fellow (1986-87), and was a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation (1998-99). Steven earned his Ph.D. in political science at Northwestern University and is an alum of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Jean-François teaches at the Paris School of Economics and publishes in two fields: economics and political science. He is the chief-editor of the journal Mathematical Social Sciences and also edited the Handbook on Approval Voting.
Jean-François' background is in Mathematics. He obtained his Ph.D. in Economics (cnam Paris) in 1991. His research interests include mathematical economics, games and social choice theory, and political science. His does research on democracy and in particular on voting rules and voting behaviors, from the formal and the experimental points of view.
Marc teaches mathematics at Wilfrid Laurier University. His interdisciplinary research covers mathematics, engineering, and social science. Within social choice theory, he has published in Notices of the American Mathematical Society, Management Sciences, Decision Analysis, Journal of Theoretical Politics, and Decision Support Systems.
Additionally, Marc edited the Handbook of Group Decision and Negotiation and contributed a section on a multi-winner version of approval voting to the Handbook on Approval Voting. Marc received his Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Toronto.
Los Angeles, CA
William [Wikipedia] is the author of thirteen books, including Gaming the Vote: Why Elections Aren’t Fair (and What We Can Do About It). In his writing Poundstone often explores how scientific ideas have had broad social consequences. He has written for the New York Times, Harper’s, Harvard Business Review, and Village Voice, and is a frequent guest on TV and radio.
His book Fortune’s Formula: The Untold Story of the Scientific Betting System that Beat the Casinos and Wall Street was Amazon Editors’ pick for the best nonfiction book of 2005. William is also an alum of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Robert Norman, Ph.D.
Herrade Igersheim, Ph.D.