Josh Silver, CEO, is a veteran election and media reform executive. He was the campaign manager for the successful 1998 Arizona Clean Elections (public funding) ballot initiative campaign and is the cofounder and former CEO of Free Press, the nation’s leading media and technology reform advocacy organization. He was the director of development for the cultural arm of the Smithsonian Institution.
Rose Bookbinder, Campaign Manager, has been involved in grassroots organizing since she was able to walk. As a young child she was brought to one meeting after another so it was only natural that she would continue on this legacy. She has over 10 years of formal organizing experience in non profits, electoral campaigns, and unions and is delighted to be bringing these experiences to the campaign to get money out of politics. She holds a Masters in Labor Relations and enjoys a great dance class whenever she can tear herself away from organizing.
Sue B. Larson, Finance Manager, has been in the accounting field for 25 years in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining United Republic, Sue worked with a variety of business interests, including landscape architecture and land use planning, tax preparation, higher education and artists’ cooperatives.
Amelia Leonardi, Chief Operating Officer, oversees organizational development, staffing and financial management activities. Previously, Amelia had spent her career in the field of international education, serving as associate director for the Forum on Education Abroad and then director of operations for the Center for International Studies.
Joshua Lynn, Program Director, is a seasoned marketer and communications specialist. As a creative director, he had his work honored by the Rebrand 100 Awards, The Webby Awards, The American Package Design Awards and the Addys. Josh has launched and managed numerous international brands and has developed membership and consumer outreach campaigns for organizations ranging from credit unions to progressive communities.
Jasper McChesney, Graphic Designer, has been working with digital graphics since the time of 8-color displays. He holds a master’s degree in ecology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he worked with big data sets and computer simulations; he now employs those skills to create infographics showing the corrupting effects of money on democracy.
Bliss Parsons, Campaign Organizer, is a senior at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley Massachusetts, majoring in environmental policy. Although she has spent most of her career dedicating her time as an activist and researcher of various environmental-related subjects, she has realized that the only way we can push for climate reform and a sustainable clean energy economy is if we empower voters by stopping the corruption of our system of democracy.
Allison Sobel, Manager, Strategic Initiatives, brings development and communications expertise to the team. She most recently worked at the World Resources Institute, a think tank in Washington, DC and holds a Masters in Environmental Studies from Brown University. Allison came to the fight of money in politics after realizing that environmental legislation will never move forward while our elected-leaders are beholden to the oil, gas, and coal industries.
Devers Talmage, Web Programmer, has been designing and developing websites and web applications for over six years. Before coming to United Republic, he helped design a first-of-its-kind social platform for Blue Redefined that helps connect disabled and hospitalized individuals, and also previously helped develop an industry-leading online television channel platform.
Todd Van Vuuren, Executive Assistant, brings to the organization over 11 years of executive and human resource management experience. A former AmeriCorps member, Todd is a volunteer at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Stonewall Center and the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking.
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