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version: November 16, 2017

Academic Positions

Assistant Professor, Skidmore College, Department of Political Science, 2015 – current.

Advisory Board Member, MIT Election Data and Science Laboratory. 2017 – current

Assistant Professor,Louisiana State University, Manship School of Mass Communication & Department of Political Science, 2013-2015

Research Affiliate, Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, 2014

Assistant Professor, University of Miami, Department of Political Science, 2009-2013

Faculty Research Affiliate, University of Colorado, Buechner Institute for Governance, School of Public Affairs, 2012

Education

Ph.D., Political Science, Yale University, 2009
B.A., Politics, Pomona College, 1994

Publications (link)

Advisory Boards

Advisory Board, LongDistanceVoter.org, 2013-current
– Advise organization on absentee voting and vote by mail policy and voter education efforts

Senior Advisor, Analyst Institute, 2008-2012
Assist in research design & execution of field experiments for civic and political organizations
Advise organizations on best practices for voter contact based on past research
– Helped found the organization to promote the use of scientific knowledge about voting behavior among political professionals

Member, Election Performance Index Advisory Group, Pew Center on the States, 2010-2012
– Advise on the creation of an index of statistics to rate states on administration of elections
– Assess election related data for potential inclusion in an Election Performance Index

Member, Voter Registration Modernization Design Working Group, Pew Center on the States, 2009
– Advised on how to improve voter registration systems using modern technology
– Advised on how to evaluate whether changes in procedures improve voter registration

Political Experience

Vice President, Voter Targeting, MSHC Partners, Inc., 2006-08
– MSHC Partners was an award winning firm specializing in voter targeting, direct mail, and online advertising for Democratic candidates and progressive organizations
– Supervised staff of nine data analysts
– Advised on campaign strategy for voter persuasion and voter mobilization, including:
– Field experiments to evaluate effectiveness of political communication
– Advanced micro-targeting models to inform communication strategy

Executive Director, Colorado Conservation Voters, 2005-06
– Colorado Conservation Voters endorses pro-environment candidates for the Colorado state legislature and lobbies the state legislature on environmental policy
– Directed staff on political strategy, lobbying, policy positions, and fundraising
– Oversaw a consortium of organizations including a 501(c)3 public charity, a 501(c)4 advocacy organization, a 527 political committee, and a political action committee

Associate Director, Conservation Finance Program, Trust for Public Land, 1998-99
Consultant, Conservation Finance Program, Trust for Public Land, 2000–01
– Advised on campaign strategy, public opinion surveys, message, ballot language development, and placement of measures on ballot
– Ballot measures created more than $1 billion of public funding for open space protection

Executive Director, Democratic Party of New Mexico, 1999
– Developed Democratic Party campaign strategy for 2000 general election victories
– Managed party operations including voter communication, media relations, and fundraising

Campaign Manager, Diane Denish for Lt. Governor (D-NM), 1997-98
– Directed campaign strategy for successful statewide campaign
– Managed campaign operations including grassroots organizing, voter communication, media relations, and fundraising

Campaign Manager, Responsible Water Policy Coalition, 1997
– Directed major ballot measure campaign on use of Colorado River water in Tucson, AZ
– Designed and produced TV, radio, and direct mail voter communication

Campaign Manager, Pete Maxfield for Congress (D-WY-AL), 1996
– Directed campaign strategy in a Congressional race targeted by both national parties
-Managed campaign operations including grassroots organizing, voter communication, media relations, and fundraising

Campaign Manager, Loretta Sanchez for Congress (D-CA-46), 1996
– Developed campaign strategy for successful general election versus Rep. Bob Dornan
– Hired and organized professional staff for general election campaign

Policy Staff, Netsch/Severns for Governor/Lt. Governor (D-IL), 1994
– Researched policy issues and the opposing candidate’s public record

Staff Assistant, Capitol Hill Office, Congressman Bobby Rush (D-IL-1), 1993
– Conducted policy analysis and drafted speeches, letters, and media releases

Other Experience

President and Founder, Geography of Hope, 1997 – 2013
Director Emeritus, 2013 – current

– A non-profit 501(c)3 organization providing wilderness education opportunities to underprivileged teens

Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail Through-Hike, 1997
– Solo backpacking trip from Mexican border to Mount Whitney in California (813.6 miles)

Head Ski Guide-Utah, ASA Tours!, 1996
– Guide for German ski tour company in Wasatch Mountains outside of Salt Lake City

Wilderness Education Trip Leader, The Road Less Traveled, Inc., 1995
– Instructor for teen wilderness education trips in Colorado, Utah & Wyoming