Staff

Dan Newman DANIEL G. NEWMAN

President and Co-Founder

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.

 

Program


photo of Miriam Marks MIRIAM MARKS 

Data Director

Miriam leads MapLight's data projects, overseeing the integrity and accuracy of the organization's databases. 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 and sits on the Board of Directors of CORO North California.

photo of Chad Outler CHAD OUTLER

Researcher

Chad tracks legislation as it travels through the legislative process, assembling evidence of support or opposition to bills on the part of companies and other interest groups. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Political Science. A native of Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, Chad now resides in Oakland with his wife Sara, two dogs and two cats.

photo of Michael Canning MICHAEL CANNING

Program Associate

Michael aids the operations of the 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.

photo of Sarang Shah SARANG SHAH

Program Associate

Sarang aids the operations of the data 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.

photo of Michael Ruvinsky MICHAEL RUVINSKY

Database Manager

Michael 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.

photo of Laura Curlin LAURA CURLIN

Data Manager

Laura manages the bill research process and helps curate MapLight's data. Her previous experience includes work on the Transparency in Political Spending Act as a member of Rhode Islanders for Fair Elections. Laura received a B.A. from Brown University with concentrations in Political Science and Middle East Studies.

photo of Philip Minnitte PHILIP MINNITTE

Administrative Manager

Philip 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.

   

 

Communications and Editorial


photo of Pamela Bershin PAMELA BEHRSIN

Vice President of Communications and Editorial Director

Pamela oversees all aspects of MapLight's 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 24 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.

photo of Donny Shaw DONNY SHAW

Political Writer

Donny 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.

 

Technology


photo of Mike Krejci MIKE KREJCI

System Administrator

Mike works as part of 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.

photo of Kent Richards KENT RICHARDS

Web Developer

Kent 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.

photo of Justin Riddiough JUSTIN RIDDIOUGH

Web Developer

Justin 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.

 

Development


photo of DeAnna Dalton DEANNA DALTON

Advancement Director

DeAnna 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.

photo of Tierra Allen TIERRA ALLEN

Senior Development Associate

Tierra aids in grant writing and donor communications. She has previous experience at an urban charter school, working as a drama director, multi-subject tutor, curriculum developer, and department head. 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.

 

Placeholder KAITLIN WOOLF 

Development Associate for Major Gifts

Kaitlin supports MapLight's efforts to cultivate prospects and steward existing donors. Her previous development experience includes more than five years working with small to mid-sized nonprofit organizations conducting funding research, writing grant proposals, and facilitating database maintenance. She received a B.A. in Economics and Sociology from Washington College and an M.S. in Nonprofit Management from The New School University.

 

 

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