As the President of Verified Voting, Marian Schneider brings a strong grounding in the legal and constitutional elements governing voting rights and elections, as well as experience in election administration at the state level. Immediately before becoming President of Verified Voting, Marian served as Special Advisor to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Election Policy. Previously, Governor Wolf appointed her as the Deputy Secretary for Elections and Administration in the Pennsylvania Department of State where she served from February 2015 until May 2017.
Under Marian’s leadership, the Department launched Pennsylvania’s online voter registration application. Embraced by voters all over Pennsylvania, more than 950,000 voters have used the application to register or update their registration. Marian introduced numerous reforms including improving universal usability of the voter registration application, re-issuing policy guidance on important election issues, clarifying the instructions to voters in PennDOT’s “Motor Voter” screens, requiring translations of the motor voter screens into 12 additional languages and implementing revisions to the Department’s flagship voter information website to improve public access to critical elections information. Marian also championed membership in the Electronic Registration Information Center and served as the inaugural PA member of the ERIC Board of Directors. Marian also served as the Pennsylvania state election official on the EAC’s Standards Board and on the Pennsylvania Advisory Committee on Voting Technology to the Joint State Government Commission.
Throughout her legal career, Marian has focused on the intersections of civil rights and election law. Formerly, she was a Senior Attorney with Advancement Project’s Voter Protection program and was trial counsel in Applewhite v. Commonwealth, successfully challenging Pennsylvania’s restrictive photo ID law on behalf of voters as an unconstitutional infringement on the fundamental right to vote. She represented the plaintiffs in the successful 2008 case under § 2 of the Voting Rights Act against Chester County for failure to move the inadequately-sized Lower Oxford East polling place to a more spacious polling place on the Lincoln University Campus. The lack of an adequate polling place resulted in 6-8 hour waiting times in a precinct comprised primarily of African-American voters in the 2008 presidential election.
Marian is a frequent guest on NPR and BBC/PRI’s The World and is regularly featured in POLITICO, the Wall Street Journal and WIRED.
Marian received her J.D. from The George Washington University, where she was a member of the Law Review, and earned her B.A. degree cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania.
Warren Stewart is Verified Voting’s Senior Editor and Data Specialist and serves as editor for The Voting News Daily. He previously served as Policy Director for VoteTrustUSA, where he wrote extensively on a wide range of election issues and edited the Election Integrity News. He has testified before the Senate Rules Committee, the Committee on House Administration and the Election Assistance Commission. Warren’s writing has been published in the Harvard Law and Policy Review, the Washington Spectator, and elsewhere. His research and analysis of the data from the New Mexico general election in 2004 was instrumental in promoting positive legislative change in that state. He was awarded the 2020 John Gideon Memorial Award by the Election Verification Network for his advocacy and research.
Mark Lindeman is Verified Voting’s Director of Science and Technology Policy. Mark brings particular expertise in post-election auditing, especially risk-limiting audit (RLA) methods. He has co-authored, with Philip Stark and others, several papers on RLAs including “A Gentle Introduction to Risk-Limiting Audits” and, as executive editor, the white paper “Risk-Limiting Audits: Why and How.” Mark has advised legislators and election officials in several states about audit methods. Mark also has served on the Coordinating Committee of the Election Verification Network since 2010, and presently chairs the committee. Mark has a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University. He has frequently taught undergraduate and graduate courses in quantitative methods, public opinion, and various topics in American politics. He serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations including Hudsonia, an environmental research institute, and Rising Hope, a prison education program. In his free time, he is a chorister and hiker.
Cris Landa is Verified Voting’s Program Director. Cris became passionate about the mission of Verified Voting when she worked as a poll worker in Detroit in 2016. This experience gave her insight into the complex systems behind our democratic process, and it is what propelled her to manage Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist’s 2017 campaign for Detroit City Clerk. Cris has experience working in nearly all aspects of nonprofit management, including fundraising, operations, partnerships, and programming. Most recently, Cris transformed and led Venture For America’s largest national programs serving hundreds of young aspiring entrepreneurs. She ran a successful fundraising campaign to relocate the programs to Detroit, created strategic plans for each program to track towards outcomes, built processes for scale and replicability, and evaluated their effectiveness. Cris has a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree from Columbia University and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Colorado College.
Stephanie Singer is an independent consultant, expert in elections, technology and communication. She has worked with election technology developer Free & Fair, most recently as Project Lead for the development of an open source risk-limiting-audit software system for the Colorado Department of State. From 2012-2016 she served on the Philadelphia County Board of Elections improving communication, modernizing processes, rooting out corruption and protecting voters’ rights. She won the post by defeating a 36-year incumbent in a citywide election. Singer co-chaired the statewide Election Reform Committee of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania and is an active member of the national Election Verification Network. Singer studied math and computer science at Yale and Stanford, earned a Ph.D. from New York University and has written two books on mathematical physics.
As Communications Officer, Corrie Emerson is responsible for telling Verified Voting’s story to the public and integrating Verified Voting’s mission, values, and goals into a comprehensive communications strategy. Corrie has several years of experience in public relations, message development, strategic communications, and government affairs. In her previous role as Public Affairs Manager for Montgomery County, PA, Corrie managed the flow of information from the three elected county commissioners to the county’s 820,000 residents. She also created the communications plan and managed the rollout of Montgomery County’s transition from DREs to a voter-verified paper ballot system in May 2019. Previously, Corrie was the staff coordinator at Shorr Johnson Magnus Strategic Media in Philadelphia, PA, a nationally-recognized media consulting firm. Corrie is a graduate of Temple University with a B.B.A. in Economics and Political Science.
Rachel Dellon is Verified Voting’s Development and Outreach Officer. Her decade of experience in the nonprofit sector encompasses virtually every aspect of fundraising, from complex proposals to social media campaigns. In her most recent position with the Center for Democracy & Technology, she helped the organization transition from an ad hoc fundraising approach to systematized targeting and stewardship, and oversaw foundation reporting and relations, including cultivation surrounding voting and election security activities. She also played a vital role in the American Constitution Society’s efforts to protect voting rights in the wake of Shelby County v. Holder, in addition to managing its membership program and development operations. Rachel has a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA in Public and Nonprofit Management (now known as the Social Impact program) from Boston University, where she served as a frequent pro bono consultant on fundraising, marketing, and strategic planning issues for local nonprofits.
Chrissa LaPorte is Verified Voting’s Program Associate for Data Science and Election Audits. She brings more than 10 years of nonprofit experience to her role at Verified Voting. For many years, she oversaw the policy initiatives of the French-American Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting French-American relations and an exchange of best practices among policymakers and professionals from a range of industries. Notably, she spearheaded an annual cybersecurity conference for senior government officials, leading academics and private sector security experts. From her work on cybersecurity policy, she developed an enthusiasm for technology and policy and decided to pursue coursework in computer science. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and French Civilization from Brown University and is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs with a master’s degree in International Economic Policy.
Pamela Smith, Senior Advisor to Verified Voting, is Past President of Verified Voting. She provides information and public testimony on verified voting issues at federal and state levels throughout the US, including to the US House of Representatives Committee on House Administration. She oversees an extensive information resource on election equipment and the regulations governing its use at the federal level and across the 50 states. Ms. Smith is co-editor of the Principles and Best Practices in Post Election Audits, co-author of “Counting Votes 2012: A State By State Look at Election Preparedness” and the author of an introductory chapter on audits for Confirming Elections: Creating Confidence and Integrity through Election Auditing. She has been a small business and marketing consultant and nonprofit executive for a Hispanic educational organization working on first language literacy and adult learning.
Audrey Malagon serves as mathematical advisor for Verified Voting. She works on outreach, advocacy, and implementation of risk-limiting audits (RLAs) and served as part of the inaugural Audit Roadshow team for Verified Voting where she promoted RLAs across the country. A resident of Virginia Beach, VA, Audrey is active in working with legislators and election officials in Virginia to promote legislation and practices that support election security. Her recent media publications include “Our soldiers deserve secure votes” in the Charleston Gazette Mail and “Vote auditing can ensure integrity of elections” in the Virginian Pilot. Audrey has held leadership roles in the Mathematical Association of America and sits on the advisory boards of charitable and educational foundations. She is an associate professor of mathematics at Virginia Wesleyan University and holds a Ph.D. from Emory University.
Dan McCrea is Verified Voting’s Florida Director and President and Co-Founder of Florida Voters Foundation and its sister organization, Florida Voters Coalition (collectively, Florida Voters) both projects of Verified Voting. Dan worked on the 2019 legislation that finally brought parity to persons with disabilities to Florida by creating new laws around “universal accessibility.” Dan co-authored groundbreaking research on ballot accounting in 2005, helped bring paper ballots to Florida in 2007, co-produced the landmark 2007 Post Election Audit Summit in Minneapolis, convened the Joint Audit Working Group (JAWG Team) and drafted model post-election audit legislation for Florida in 2008, and Co-edited the 2008 Principles and Best Practices for Post-Election Audits. Florida Voters collaborates with Florida and national stakeholders in areas of public education, research, voting systems security, cyber security, and greater transparency to improve elections standards for all voters. Before co-founding Florida Voters, Dan was Florida Director of Voter Action, Government Relations Chair of Miami-Dade Election Reform Coalition, and is a former City Commissioner in the City of South Miami. Dan is a retired Florida general contractor and a native Floridian.
Operations Officer Phuong-Cac Nguyen oversees all aspects of Verified Voting’s finances and administration, to which she brings her experience of managing newsrooms as a former journalist. Phuong-Cac is the co-founder of CivicoLabs, a civic innovation nonprofit focused on helping city governments fast-track innovation to grand civic challenges. Additionally, she runs Totem, a strategic foresight consultancy that specializes in branding strategy and qualitative market research through the lens of human-centered design. She applies those principles to her work at Verified Voting to help strengthen its communications and brand image, and taps into behavioral shifts to help the organization find new ways to advocate its message to new audiences.
Saskia Pilorge is Verified Voting’s Administrative Assistant. Her role is to support all parts of the organization – Executive, Communications, Development and Programs. Saskia is from New York, where she worked with Pencils of Promise, a global education nonprofit. There she managed school build projects in Ghana, Guatemala and Laos, and supported grassroots fundraising and strategic campaign planning. Previously, she worked with a nationally-recognized political action committee where she played a vital role in supporting state and national candidates during the election cycle, including campaign finance compliance, legislative research and maintaining communication with candidate offices throughout the country. She is a recent graduate from SUNY University at Albany, where she studied Public Law in Political Science and American History.
Megan Maier is Verified Voting’s Research Assistant. Her dedication to ensuring that every vote counts developed when she was studying civil rights as a law student. Megan brings strong research experience to Verified Voting from her work at local and national nonprofits, where she gathered hard-to-find data and composed analytical reports. She supports Verified Voting’s mission by gathering data on which technology is in use in jurisdictions across the country and by publishing information about various voting technology systems. Megan holds a Master of Arts in Classics from the University of Maryland and a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School.
Maria Solomidou is an independent consultant for Verified Voting. She brings strong legal research and writing experience to the team from her previous roles in both local and international non-profit organizations. Maria has extensive experience drafting legal briefs and documents utilizing state and federal law, public policy, statutes, legislative history, and administrative regulations and is a newly admitted attorney in Pennsylvania and a recent graduate of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. She is a Rubin Public Interest Law Honors Society Fellow for her pro bono service during law school where she provided legal services to underserved communities in Philadelphia. Maria is also a Judicial Fellow in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. Prior to entering law school, she received her B.A. in International Business from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.
John McCarthy has been a part-time volunteer with Verified Voting since 2004, when he served as Project Manager for volunteer development of the Election Incident Reporting System (EIRS) until other groups assumed responsibility for it early in 2006. Since then John has participated in Verified Voting’s Computer and Information Resources efforts, including the public Verifier database with detailed information about election equipment in each local election jurisdiction of the United States. Late in 2006 John initiated an Election Auditing Project in cooperation with statisticians interested in elections from the American Statistical Association. He was lead author of a paper on vote tabulation auditing, a version of which was published in the February, 2008 edition of the ASA’s “American Statistician.” He is currently working with other election auditing experts to implement regular statewide vote tabulation audits in several states. John has represented Verified Voting on a number of IEEE and NIST-EAC standards committees on common data formats for interchange of election data. John has a Ph.D. in History from Yale University, where he taught American Political and Social History and Quantitative Methods for Historical Research from 1968 to 1974. He directed data analysis and educational activities at UC Berkeley’s Survey Research Center from 1974 until 1980, when he moved to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to help develop the first on-line database of U.S. Census data. As a computer scientist at LBNL, John subsequently helped develop several other major database information systems. He retired from LBNL in 2003, but still enjoys visiting there to see old friends and keep up with current research.
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