Daniel G. Newman is President and Co-Founder of MapLight, a nonpartisan nonprofit revealing money's influence on politics. Daniel was named one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2010 for his work at MapLight. Prior to co-founding MapLight, Newman founded Say I Can, a speech recognition software firm, and he is the author of three books on speech recognition software. Dan received an M.A. degree in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, where he attended on a National Science Foundation Fellowship, and a B.A. degree in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University. He is also a 2011-13 Network Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. He lives in Berkeley, California. Learn more about Daniel G. Newman.
Pamela Behrsin, Vice President of Communications, oversees all aspects of the organizations editorial content including the design, analysis and publication of the organization's research findings. She also designs and executes MapLight’s strategic communications programs. Pamela has 23 years of communications experience in marketing communications, public relations, community outreach, and events. She has integrated numerous innovative, high-impact communications programs across various media platforms into forward-thinking public, private and non-profit institutions. Prior to her communications experience, Pamela was a radio reporter. She has an environmental science degree in Global Environmental Politics from the University of California at Berkeley and completed a High Impact Leadership Program at the Walter A. Haas School of Business. Pamela serves on the board of the University of California at Berkeley, College of Natural Resources Alumni Association.
Jay Costa, Program Director, leads MapLight's web and data projects. He previously served on San Francisco's Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, chairing the group's Education, Outreach, and Training Committee and on Berkeley's Fair Campaign Practices Commission and Open Government Commission. He received an A.B. in Biological Anthropology from Harvard College.
DeAnna Dalton, Advancement Director, leads MapLight’s fundraising and project management. Her previous experience includes working with nonprofits in Ecuador and Tanzania and leading a Stanford service organization. She received her B.A. degree in Cultural and Social Anthropology from Stanford University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Mike Krejci, Technology Director, oversees the technical team to keep our website and databases current, user friendly, and able to respond to a large and varied audience. Mike is the former IT Director of the National Institute on Money in State Politics and also of Project Vote Smart. He has built and maintained comprehensive databases of information on the voting records, position statements, backgrounds, and campaign finances of tens of thousands of candidates for public office, along with managing Web sites and developing a set of APIs and other tools. He brings 20 years of experience in nonprofit political databases and Web needs, along with a wide variety of computer programming and application experiences.
Kent Richards, Web Developer, assists with the development of MapLight's web operations. He has five years’ experience developing dynamic web applications and 13 years’ experience working with nonprofits. Kent has a B.A. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin.
Tierra Allen, Development Associate, aids in fundraising and communications. She has previous experience at an urban charter school, working as a drama director, multi-subject tutor, curriculum developer, and department head, and in her alma mater's development office. She graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College with a B.A. in Theater & Dance and concentrations in English and Black Studies. She is also a freelance theater artist.
Chad Outler, Researcher, helps to document support and opposition on the part of organizations with an interest in legislation. A chronic news junkie, Chad scours the internet for sources spanning the ideological spectrum to assist the research team. He is from Hot Springs, Arkansas and has a B.A. in Political Science from San Francisco State University.
Michael Ruvinsky, Database Manager, helps make sure that all of MapLight's data are organized, useful, accurate, and up-to-date. He has fifteen years' experience working with relational databases and analyzing data. Michael has a B.A. from Yale University.
Donny Shaw, Political Writer, tracks the U.S. Congress and explores campaign contribution data to help reveal how money from outside groups influences legislation and votes. He has previously worked as an organizer on issues such as internet freedom and financial reform and with the Participatory Politics Foundation as their lead blogger covering Congress.
Rosie Cima, Political Writer, covers California and national politics for MapLight, uncovering news stories in the organization's database. Rosie received an M.A. in Journalism and a B.S. in Symbolic Systems with a concentration in Human Computer Interaction from Stanford University.
Michael Canning, Program Assistant, aids the operations of the data and web teams at MapLight, providing research, data management, and administrative support. Michael received his B.A. in Political Science from American University. His previous experience includes working with nonprofits addressing food security and poverty, as well as experience managing campaign field operations.
Mettabel Law, Development Assistant, supports MapLight's development efforts, aiding with grant writing communications and administration. With extensive experience in legal and social science research, she is well positioned to conduct development research for MapLight. Mettabel received her B.A. with high distinction in Rhetoric and Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was nominated to Phi Beta Kappa.
Miriam Marks, Data Manager, curates MapLight's bill research data and contributes to a variety of other data projects across the organization. She received an M.A. and B.A. with Honors in Public Policy and a minor in Economics from Stanford University. Miriam is also an alumna of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Coro Center for Civic Leadership, Northern California.
Sarang Shah, Program Assistant, helps collect, assess, and analyze data and provides administrative support for the MapLight team. He has a background in public policy, theoretical physics, computational neuroscience, political organizing, journalism, and publishing. Sarang has attended the University of Cambridge, Trinity College Dublin, and the Georgia Institute of Technology, and was a George J. Mitchell Scholar.
Justin Riddiough, Web Developer, supports Maplight's web operations. He has over fifteen years of experience in working directly with technology and end users, and seven years focused on web development. In 2012, Justin was bestowed the Nyan Cat Medal of Internet Awesomeness for supporting efforts to defend the internet. His recent efforts have focused on bringing an entrepreneurial spirit and lean methodologies to problem solving.
Laura Curlin, Researcher, contributes to MapLight's bill research data by finding explicit support or opposition for current legislation. Laura received a B.A. from Brown University with concentrations in Political Science and Middle East Studies.
Dorothee Royal-Hedinger, Communications Associate, assists with editorial content and strategic communications at MapLight. Her previous experience includes seven years in documentary film production and social media strategy. She received a B.A. with Honors in Political Science from the University of Chicago.
Philip Minnitte, Administrative Manager, provides logistical and operational support to the President and staff of MapLight. His professional background includes experience with project management, human resources, and technical support, most recently in the educational publishing industry. Philip holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from Boston University.