Staff

Prior to his start at NCoC John was a member of the staff of the Stopping Cyber Suppression program at Common Cause, where he trained volunteer social media monitors to identify democracy disinformation in their online networks and beyond, as…

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Matt Leighninger has been one of the central figures in democratic innovation over the last twenty years. As a network-builder, convener, author, commentator, researcher, and practitioner, he has helped catalyze and connect the key developments in the recent evolution of…

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Lisa Matthews is the Chief Grants Officer at NCoC. Prior to this role she serves as Program Director supporting the Board of Directors and staff in advancing the Civic Health Initiative and its Civic Health Index (CHI) program.  Additionally, Lisa…

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Allyson Laackman is a finance and operations professional who has served in senior leadership roles in Federal government, non-profit, political, and private sector organizations throughout her career.   She earned an A.B. in Finance and a Masters of Accountancy Science at…

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Joi Rae is a dedicated public servant who currently serves as Head of Operations and Partnerships at New_ Public, a project of the National Conference on Citizenship. She has previously worked in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Before joining…

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Prior to joining NCoC, Taylor worked for Georgetown’s Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation on the Data + Digital portfolio. In this role, Taylor performed research and helped to develop resources to prepare local governments, journalists, and Census stakeholders for…

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Jamie Engel is a Program Director at the National Conference on Citizenship. She has spent her career as a tireless advocate for public service and civic engagement. In addition to her work at NCoC, Jamie is the Campaign and Advocacy Facilitator at…

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Kyla Fullenwider is a Senior Fellow at NCoC and leads our census portfolio of work focusing on what local governments, journalists, leading digital platforms, and the public can do to prepare and participate in this crucial function of our democracy. She…

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Eli Pariser wants to help technology and media serve democracy.  At 23 years old, he was named Executive Director of MoveOn.org, where he led the organization’s opposition to the Iraq war, raised over $120 million from small donors, and helped…

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Denice Ross is a Senior Fellow at the National Conference on Citizenship, and a Fellow at the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation. Currently, her main focus is on tech and data issues related to the 2020 Census, and…

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Nicco Mele is a lecturer in public policy and was previously the director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. He took over leadership of the Center in 2016 after serving as Senior Vice President and Deputy Publisher of the Los…

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Kaitlyn Dowling is Project Manager for Algorithmic Transparency at the National Conference on Citizenship. Kaitlyn’s background in digital communications includes serving as the Senior Editor in the Information Disorder Lab, housed in the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy…

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