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Americans Elect 2012 | Who We Are

Who We Are

Americans Elect is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that is not affiliated with any political party, ideology or candidate. It is funded exclusively by individual contributions—and not from corporate, labor, special interest, foreign, or lobbyist sources. And we intend to repay our initial financing so that no single individual will have contributed more than $10K.

Ultimately, Americans Elect is the first nominating process that will be led directly by voters like YOU.

Watch a quick video to learn more.

Kahlil Byrd

Chief Executive Officer

Staff Spotlight

Kahlil was a former Communications Strategist for Republican and Democratic candidates. He was also a former Communications Director for Deval Patrick for Governor.

Elliot L. Ackerman

Chief Operating Officer

Staff Spotlight

Elliot served as a Marine Corps Infantry Officer for eight years. He is a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan where he served multiple tours of duty.

Wendy Drake

Chief Leadership Officer

Staff Spotlight

With more than 15 years experience in nonprofit management, resource development and as president of The Webster Group, Wendy has worked with a number of national organizations to build more effective leadership and donor relations, developing fundraising campaigns and enhancing their efforts to raise major and planned gifts.

Joshua S. Levine

Chief Technology Officer

Staff Spotlight

Josh is the former Chief Technology and Operations Officer of E*TRADE Financial, the online financial services company, and has had a long award-winning career in technology. Josh is a member of the non-profit boards of, and The Metropolitan Opera.

Sarah Malm

Chief Communications Officer

Staff Spotlight

With over 20 years of professional experience in strategic communications and program management, Sarah oversees Americans Elect’s overall strategy and daily operations for communications, including media outreach, branding and marketing. Sarah’s career is rooted in politics and extends to public and private sector clients in over 25 countries.

Daniel B. Winslow

Chief Legal Counsel

Staff Spotlight

Dan is Senior Counsel at Proskauer LLP. He served as a Massachusetts Trial Court judge and has represented Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, US Senator Scott Brown, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, among others. Dan also serves as an elected member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Board Of Directors

Peter Ackerman


Kahlil Byrd

Director; Chief Executive Officer, Americans Elect; former Communications Director, Deval Patrick campaign for governor of Massachusetts

Irvine O. Hockaday Jr.

Director; Retired President and Chief Executive Officer, Hallmark Cards

Dennis Blair

Director; Former Director of National Intelligence

Eliot R. Cutler

Director; Chair, OneMaine

Joshua S. Levine

Director; Chief Technology Officer, Americans Elect; former Chief Technology and Operations Officer of E*TRADE

Stephen W. Bosworth

Director; Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Sarah Malm

Chief Communications Officer, Americans Elect; former Managing Director, Public Strategies, Inc.

The Honorable Christine Todd Whitman

Director; Former Governor, New Jersey


Board of Advisors

Last Updated: February 27, 2012

Elliot L. Ackerman

Chief Operations Officer, Americans Elect; former Marine Corps Officer and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan

Peter Ackerman

Chairman, Americans Elect

Jackie Adams

Chief External Relations Officer and Executive Editor of; former Emmy Award®-winning correspondent for CBS News

David Albertson

President, Albertson International, Inc.

Judy Albertson

President, Judy Albertson Art Consultants, LLC

Neil A. Allen

Allen Global Holdings, LLC

Melvin T. Andrews

President and Co-Founder of Lakeside Capital Partners

Kellen Arno

National Field Director, Americans Elect

Michael Arno

Ballot Access Advisor, Americans Elect; President, Arno Political Consultants

Dr. F. Christopher Arterton

Director of the Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet, George Washington University

David Aufhauser

Partner, Williams & Connolly; former General Counsel, United States Department of Treasury

Daren Bascome

Managing Director, Proverb Ltd.

C. Fred Bergsten

Director, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Arthur H. Bilger

David Binetti

Co-Founder,; Co-Founder, Votizen

Dennis Blair

Former Director of National Intelligence

Gerald W. Blakeley Jr.

President, Blakeley Investment Company

Stephen W. Bosworth

Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

Arturo Brillembourg

President, Farmington Asset Management

Hilda Ochoa Brillembourg

President and CEO, Strategic Investment Group

John H. Burbank III

Managing Member and Chief Investment Officer, Passport Capital, LLC

Mark Burnett

Television Producer

Kahlil Byrd

Chief Executive Officer, Americans Elect; former Communications Director, Deval Patrick campaign for governor of Massachusetts

Edward T. Colligan

Former President and CEO of Palm, Inc

Charles R. Conn

Senior Advisor, Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation; former CEO Ticketmaster-Citysearch

Denis A. Cortese, M.D.

Foundation Professor, Arizona State University and Director of the ASU Healthcare Delivery and Policy Program; President Emeritus and CEO, Mayo Clinic

Eliot R. Cutler

Chair, OneMaine

W. Bowman Cutter

Senior Fellow and Director Economic Policy Initiative, Roosevelt Institute

Charles H. Dallara

Managing Director, Institute of International Finance

Nathan Daschle

Founder and Chief Executive,

Larry Diamond

Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution and Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford University

Andrew S. Doctoroff

Partner, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP

Wendy Drake

Chief Leadership Officer, Americans Elect; President, The Webster Group

Esther Dyson


Jessica Einhorn

Dean of SAIS, Johns Hopkins University

Michael Eisner

Former CEO, The Walt Disney Company

The Honorable
Mark Erwin

United States Ambassador, Ret.

Brian M. Findlay

Policy Director, Americans Elect

Lynn Forester
de Rothschild

CEO, E.L. Rothschild

Les Francis

Principal/Senior Advisor, Washington Media Group; former Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Dean Furbush

President, College Summit

Raymond Glendening

Chief Strategy Officer,

Judith S. Goldstein


Nihal W. Goonewardene

President, International Science & Technology Institute, Inc.

The Honorable
Carla Hills

Chairman & CEO, Hills & Company; former U.S. Trade Representative

Roderick M. Hills

Partner, Hills, Stern & Morley, LLP; former Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Irvine O. Hockaday Jr.

Retired President and Chief Executive Officer, Hallmark Cards

Jim Jonas

Founding Partner, Category One Partners

Dale E. Jones

Vice Chairman, Heidrick & Struggles

David King

Lecturer in public policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government

Gary Krisel

Former President, Walt Disney Animation

Heide L. Lankeit

W. David Lawson

Managing Director, JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Lawrence Lessig

Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership, Harvard Law School

Joshua S. Levine

Chief Technology Officer, Americans Elect; former Chief Technology and Operations Officer of E*TRADE

Michael Lewitt

The Credit Strategist

Dr. Aaron Lobel

Founder and President, America Abroad Media

Lee Lowenstein

Managing Director, Lionstone Capital Management

Bertil Lundqvist

General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Starr Companies

Sarah Malm

Chief Communications Officer, Americans Elect; former Managing Director, Public Strategies, Inc.

Julia Malone

Former Washington Correspondent for Cox Newspapers, beats included White House, Congress, and Homeland Security

Will Marshall

President, Progressive Policy Institute

Dale P. Mathias

Rafael Mayer

Managing Partner, Khronos, LLC

Cara Brown McCormick

President and CEO, Smart Campaigns, Inc.

Mark McKinnon

President, Maverick Media; former Advisor to President George W. Bush and Senator John McCain

Morton H. Meyerson

Chair, 2M Companies

John Negroponte

Former Deputy Secretary of State and Director of National Intelligence; current research Fellow and Lecturer, Yale University and Vice Chairman, McLarty Associates

Michael R. Nelson

Visiting Professor, Communications, Culture and Technology, Georgetown University

Mark K. Nichols

Managing Director, Global Capital Advisors, LLC

George Nolfi

Film Director (The Adjustment Bureau), Screenwriter (Bourne Ultimatum,Ocean’s 12)

Deborah Winslow Nutter

The Fletcher School, Tufts University

David M. Olsen

Senior Advisor, Starbucks Coffee Company

Greg Orman

Managing Director, Denali Partners, LLC

Frederick Pakis

Managing Director, Clarendon Capital Management, LLC

Ambassador Mark Palmer

President, Capital Development Company, LLC

Carol Perrin

President, CP Consulting; Member, Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Board; Retired Partner, Greenberg Traurig LLP.

Robert Picard

Jason Putorti

Co-Founder, Votizen

Bruce Raben

Hudson Capital Advisors, LLC

Jordan H. Rednor

Partner, Protagonist, LLC

Joseph L. Rice, III

Chairman, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Rob Richie

Executive Director, FairVote

Peter Alan Rinfret

Chief Executive Officer, Iris Wireless

Nancy E. Roman

Robert L. Rosen

RLR Capital

Kirk T. Rostron

Managing Partner, The Mount Vernon Group

Richard Salomon

Managing Director, East End Advisors

Tom Sansonetti

Partner, Holland & Hart; former General Counsel, Republican National Committee

David E. Scharff, M.D.

Chair of the Board, International Psychotherapy Institute

Jill Savage Scharff

Psychoanalyst, Scharff MDPA; co-founder, International Psychotherapy Institute

Douglas Schoen

Douglas E Schoen LLC; Author and Commentator

Tom Serres

CEO, Piryx, Inc.

Richard E. Snyder

Former CEO, Simon & Schuster

Dorothy Meadow Sobol

Johns Hopkins SAIS

Darry Sragow

Managing Partner, Los Angeles Office of SNR Denton US, LLP

Henry A. Sweetbaum

Chairman, ICSR

Lisbeth L. Tarlow

Director, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University

G. Richard Thoman

Managing Partner, Corporate Perspectives; Professor of Practice, the Fletcher School, Tufts University; former CEO, Xerox; former CFO, IBM

Lynn Thoman

Managing Partner, Corporate Perspectives

James Thomson

President Emeritus, RAND Corporation

Nick Troiano

National Campus Director, Americans Elect; Student, Georgetown University

George Vradenburg

President, Vradenburg Foundation

Ileana Wachtel

Press Secretary Americans Elect; Campaign Research and Press Strategist

The Honorable
David M. Walker

Former Comptroller General of the United States

Lynda C. Webster

Chairman and CEO, The Webster Group

The Honorable
William H. Webster

Former director, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency; Chairman, Homeland Security Advisory Council; Retired Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

Edward L. Weidenfeld

The Weidenfeld Law Firm, PC; former counsel to the Reagan Bush Campaign

Sheila Rabb Weidenfeld

President, DC Productions Ltd; Press Secretary to former First Lady Betty Ford

The Honorable
Christine Todd Whitman

Former Governor, New Jersey; President, The Whitman Strategy Group

William Wrigley Jr.

Former Chairman and CEO of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company

Board of Directors

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