Access Democracy is a project of The Leadership Conference Education Fund. Together, Access Democracy and The Education Fund work to protect the right and ability to vote, by improving how elections are run at the local level. Complementing the litigation and legislative work of national, state and local voting rights organizations, this partnership focuses on the challenges voters face when they go to vote. Because the fight for voting rights doesn't stop at the polling place door.
Hannah K. Fried
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Hannah got her start working on voting rights issues in 2004, taking calls on a national voter information hotline. But it was standing at a polling place in Dover, New Hampshire in January 2008 that sealed the deal. She most recently served as the National Director and Deputy General Counsel for Voter Protection on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. In 2012, Hannah spent nine months as the Voter Protection Director for President Obama’s reelection effort in Florida, and from July 2009 to March 2012, was the Deputy Director and Deputy Counsel for Voter Protection at the Democratic National Committee. Hannah served with the Obama campaign’s voter protection staff during the 2008 primaries, and joined the advance staff for the general election in June 2008.
In addition to her voter protection work, Hannah spent several years in federal government service, at the Department of Justice and at the Environmental Protection Agency.
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Hannah is the proud mom of a toddler, and is married to Brian Hanley, a native of Fairbanks, Alaska. She is a graduate of Williams College (class of 2004) and of Harvard Law School (class of 2008). She is admitted to practice law in New York.
Alexis Prieur L'Heureux
Alexis has worked to protect the vote for numerous campaigns, at both the state and national levels, starting with President Obama's primary campaign in New Hampshire. She has been involved in voter protection programs in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Virginia, and Kansas. Most recently, Alexis ran Hillary for America’s 2016 Election Day voter protection efforts in Pennsylvania. In 2012, she was the National Special Projects Director and a Regional Desk in the Battleground States Department for President Obama’s reelection campaign. In 2008, Alexis served as the Voter Protection Director in Wisconsin.
Alexis served in President Obama’s Administration as a national security policy advisor at the Department of Defense (2009-2012, 2014-2017) and as the Deputy Executive Secretary at the U.S. Department of Treasury (2013-2014).
Alexis is a naturalized citizen and her first experience voting in the United States was by absentee ballot in the 2000 general election. She is a graduate of Queen’s University Canada and Northeastern University School of Law. Alexis resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband, whom she met on the 2012 Obama campaign, and their young son.
Advisory Board Members
Ashley is senior advisor and acting executive vice president for field at The Leadership Conference. From July 2014 to January 2017, she was the deputy director and senior policy advisor in the White House Office of Public Engagement. Prior to joining government, she worked on healthcare enrollment at the non-profit Enroll America and on President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign doing statewide African-American voter outreach in Ohio. Ashley is a graduate of Ohio State University, has a JD from Brooklyn Law School and a Masters in Education from Long Island University, which she earned while working as a high school special education teacher.
Andrew is a data, analytics and polling consultant based in Washington DC. Andrew was the Deputy Chief Analytics Officer for President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, where he helped create and lead the Obama Analytics team of more than 50 analysts, statistical modelers and engineers. Andrew previously served as Vice President at PSB Research and Deputy Targeting Director for the Democratic National Committee. Andrew completed his undergraduate studies in political science at Yale University and his master’s degree in economics at the London School of Economics.
Nani is the Senior Vice President for Business and Financial Strategy at the Urban Institute. She has over 20 years of experience managing large government enterprises and providing expert policy advice and analysis, including 10 years of experience working in the City and County of San Francisco. Before joining the Urban Institute, she served in the federal government as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and as the Assistant Secretary for Management at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. While at Treasury, Nani helped create the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Addisu is a Founding Principal of Bay Area consultancy 50+1 Strategies. He has nearly 15 years of professional experience leading campaigns at the federal, state, and local level for electoral, nonprofit, and corporate clients. He was the first National Political Director for Organizing for America, and Campaign Manager for Senator Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) successful special election campaign in 2013. Most recently, Addisu served as the National Voter Outreach and Mobilization Director on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. He is a graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School, and a member of the State Bar of California.
Marc is the chair of Perkins Coie’s Political Law practice. He has served as general counsel to two presidential candidates, and represents numerous governors, members of Congress, and their campaigns. Marc advises and litigates claims under the Voting Rights Act, Help America Vote Act and National Voter Registration Act. He has been involved in voting rights and/or redistricting litigation in a number of states, including Texas, Florida, New York, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Nevada and Minnesota.
Lucy, a social justice advocate based in California, served two terms in the Nevada State Assembly, where she represented the 28th District in northeast Las Vegas. In 2014, she was the Democratic nominee in Nevada for Lt. Governor and ran for Congress in 2016. Lucy ran for her Assembly seat while a student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Boyd School of Law, and upon her election to the State Assembly, became the first Latina Assemblywoman elected.
The Honorable Nellie Gorbea (Honorary Member)
The Honorable Nellie Gorbea is the Secretary of State of Rhode Island, a position she has held since January 2015 when she became the first Hispanic elected to statewide office in New England. In her first two years in office, Secretary Gorbea introduced new election technologies across the state, making Rhode Island one of the few states to have all new voting machines in advance of the November 2016 elections; instituted online voter registration; and made the enactment of automatic voter registration —which was signed into law in July 2017— a priority. She is a graduate of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs, and holds a masters degree in public administration from Columbia University.
Vanita is the President & CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund. She served as head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division from October 2014 to January 2017, where she oversaw a wide range of criminal and civil enforcement efforts, including to advance constitutional policing and criminal justice reform; prosecute hate crimes and human trafficking; promoting disability rights; combat discrimination in education, housing, employment, lending, and religious exercise; protect the rights of LGBTQ individuals; and ensure voting rights for all. Prior to joining the Justice Department, Vanita worked at the ACLU and at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund. Vanita is a graduate of Yale University and New York University School of Law.
Osi has over 16 years of experience as a product leader in small, mid-size, and large organizations managing both enterprise and consumer software applications. Most recently, she was the Chief Product Officer for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, leading the team responsible for launching 50+ applications, including solutions for voter registration, polling place lookup, and state-specific voter information access. Prior to the campaign, Osi was a product executive at Google where she spent the majority of her 9.5-year tenure working on ad tech platforms like Google AdWords and Doubleclick. Prior to Google, Osi was a senior product manager at eBay.
A nationally recognized scholar of the law of democracy, Justin recently returned to Loyola Law School after serving as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Levitt has served several presidential campaigns, including as the National Voter Protection Counsel in 2008. He has represented and advised election officials and legislators of both major political parties. Before academia, Levitt worked at the country's largest independent voter engagement operation, and at several civil rights and civil liberties organizations, including as counsel with the Brennan Center for Justice; he holds law, masters, and undergraduate degrees from Harvard University.
The Honorable Maggie Toulouse Oliver (Honorary Member)
The Honorable Maggie Toulouse Oliver is the Secretary of State of New Mexico. From 2007 to 2016, she served as Bernalillo County Clerk. Secretary Toulouse Oliver has spent her entire career in public service, working for greater transparency and ethics in government and fair and efficient elections. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her efforts to modernize elections, and increase voter access.
Jen O'Malley Dillon
Jen is a veteran organizer, campaign manager and pioneer in the use of data analytics to target voters and consumers. In 2012, she served as Deputy Campaign Manager for President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, overseeing the largest field organization in the history of presidential campaigns, voter protection and education programs. A partner at Precision Strategies, Jen has taken her years of experience managing top political campaigns and applied it to corporations, causes and campaigns both in the U.S. and abroad.
Until her retirement in 2015, Estelle was the Legislative Director of Project Vote. Prior to this position, she was a legal and public policy consultant, specializing in civil rights and civil liberties, with clients including the Alliance for Justice, Common Cause, and the American Bar Association. Estelle was an attorney in the Voter Protection Program at Advancement Project (2005-2006), and served as Special Counsel to the Voter Protection Project of America’s Families United. From 2003-2004, Estelle served with the American Bar Association’s Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative in Moscow, Russia. Her earlier career includes executive positions at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Pro-Choice Public Education Project, and the ACLU.