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, he founded Say I Can, a speech recognition software firm, and he is the author of three books on speech recognition software. Daniel 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 was 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.

Contact Daniel at dnewman@maplight.org.

 

Administrative


photo of Philip Minnitte PHILIP MINNITTE

Human Resources Manager

Philip provides strategic and operational guidance to support and enhance MapLight's human resources and internal systems. His professional background includes experience with project management and software implementation, most recently in the educational publishing industry. Philip holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from Boston University.

photo of Chelsea Whitman CHELSEA WHITMAN

Office Manager

Chelsea coordinates office activities and helps to keep internal operations running smoothly. She grew up in the San Diego political scene and nurtured her interest in government by volunteering on a variety of campaigns. Chelsea earned a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, where she taught introductory writing classes to freshmen and directed an after-school literacy program. Her interests include cooking, true crime, Netflix, local history, and cats.

photo of Ayca Guralp AYÇA K. GÜRALP

Executive Assistant

Ayça assists the President in maintaining organization and efficiency. She received a double B.A. in International Studies and Anthropology from the University of North Carolina and an M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University. Prior to MapLight, she coordinated Turkey's first peace studies academic program and founded an arts and peace club in Istanbul. Her hometown is Raleigh, NC.

 

Communications and Editorial


photo of Alec Saslow ALEC SASLOW

Communications Director

Alec leads MapLight’s strategic communications and media outreach. Prior to joining MapLight, Alec managed communications activities, including campaign strategy and media relations, for a variety of non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C. Alec is a Colorado native and holds a B.A. in Public Relations from Syracuse University.

photo of Mia Zuckerkandel MIA ZUCKERKANDEL

Managing Editor

Mia oversees MapLight’s editorial content. She previously worked as an Executive Producer at KQED and as Senior Digital Editor for the Center for Investigative Reporting. Prior to CIR, she was the news editor for The Bay Citizen.

photo of Bret Hendry BRET HENDRY

Communications Manager

Bret works on a variety of communications projects at MapLight, including editorial distribution, media relations, and digital content. He previously supported communications for several successful political campaigns, and brings experience in nonprofit and government work. He holds a B.A. in International Human Rights from the University of California, Berkeley.

photo of Andrew Perez ANDREW PEREZ

Political Reporter

Andrew is a political reporter at MapLight. He previously covered money in politics for International Business Times. A South Florida native, Andrew received a B.A. in journalism and an M.P.S. in political management from George Washington University. He currently lives in Washington, D.C.

 

Data


photo of Laura Curlin LAURA CURLIN 

Data Director

Laura leads MapLight's data projects, overseeing the integrity and accuracy of the organization's databases and managing the collection of new 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 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 Jiali Li JIALI LI

Researcher

Jiali analyzes public statements of companies and interest groups to discern their organizational stance on major pieces of legislation and investigates the progress of bills. She received a B.A. from Cornell University with High Honors in Government and Statistical Science, as well as a minor in East Asian Studies.

photo of Ashleigh McEvoy ASHLEIGH MCEVOY

Researcher

Ashleigh investigates interest group positions on pieces of legislation and tracks the progress of bills in Congress and in the California State Legislature. She graduated with honors from Brown University with a B.A. in Political Science and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her previous experience includes internships on political campaigns, in state government, and with a number of nonprofits that focus on reproductive justice and LGBTQ rights.

 

Development


photo of DeAnna Dalton DEANNA DALTON

Deputy Director

DeAnna leads MapLight’s fundraising team. She is also responsible for developing and overseeing the internal processes and infrastructure to support MapLight’s strategic planning and project management, and to position MapLight for future growth and strategic response. 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 Kylie Baranowski KYLIE BARANOWSKI

Executive Assistant

Kylie supports MapLight’s Deputy Director and development team by assisting with fundraising, project management, record keeping, and impact tracking. Before joining MapLight, she served as a Jesse M. Unruh Fellow in the California State Assembly and worked as a case administrator in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine, where she graduated summa cum laude.

photo of Hamsini Sridharan HAMSINI SRIDHARAN

Development Associate

Hamsini aids the development team with grant writing, helps manage strategic projects, and tracks MapLight's impact to support program evaluation and reporting. She has previously worked with nonprofits focusing on fair trade and financial transparency. She received a B.A. with honors in Anthropology and International Studies from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in Anthropology from Columbia University.

 

Technology


photo of Leon Smith LEON SMITH

Technical Director

Leon oversees the implementation, configuration, and performance of MapLight’s databases, web applications, and internal IT operations. He has extensive experience in software engineering for the for-profit, nonprofit, and public sectors. Leon received a B.S. in Social Science from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and an M.S. in Computer Science from California State University, Fullerton. He is an avid downhill skier and runner.

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 Chacha Sikes CHACHA SIKES

Software Engineer

Chacha brings a user-centered design and development approach to Voter's Edge. She is an experienced technologist who is passionate about public design and civic literacy. She has a degree in American History and Anthropology from Bard College, extensive experience in iterative public design through years of work in science museums, and was in the inaugural class of Code for America Fellows.

photo of Skippy Williams SKIPPY WILLIAMS

Product Manager

Skippy works with MapLight’s users, partners, developers, and other stakeholders to lead the creation of websites and transparency tools, identifying which features will have the greatest impact. He is former product manager for the Government Transparency suite at Granicus, co-founder of The Jack and Buena Foundation, and a self-proclaimed adventurer. He has a degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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 15 years' experience working with relational databases and analyzing data. Michael has a B.A. from Yale University.

 

Voter's Edge


photo of Michael Canning MICHAEL CANNING

Voter Information Director

Michael heads MapLight’s digital voter guide, Voter’s Edge, which provides voters with the key information they need to make an informed decision at the polls. He oversees the production of the site’s content, ensures the quality of its data, and works closely with our data and technology teams as well as our partner organizations to meet the highest standards of quality. He 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 managing campaign field operations.

photo of Elliott Day ELLIOTT DAY

Program Associate

Elliott works on the Voter's Edge team to help MapLight expand the reach of its digital voter guide. He brings with him a variety of experience in local politics, field campaigns, and city government. He earned a B.A. in Geography from the University of Chicago. Elliott's interests include bicycles, books, and maps.

photo of Chelsea Miller CHELSEA MILLER

Program Associate

Chelsea provides logistical and research support to the Voter's Edge team. Her previous experience includes extensive work on foreclosure prevention and affordable housing protection in Rhode Island. She gradated from Rhode Island College with a B.A. in Sociology.

photo of Isaac Agree ISAAC AGREE

Program Associate

Isaac helps the Voter's Edge team to expand and improve its digital voter guide. Prior to joining MapLight, he worked as an operations analyst in the legal services industry and as a research assistant for a consulting firm doing evaluation and strategic planning in the philanthropy sector. Isaac holds a B.A. in Political Science and Anthropology from the University of Vermont, and his interests include history, political theory, popular fiction, and jazz.

photo of Joanna Nix JOANNA NIX

Researcher

Joanna provides research support for Voter’s Edge. Prior to joining MapLight, she researched and managed wrongful conviction cases at an investigative journalism-based innocence project. She graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Anthropology and minors in Journalism and Classics. Her interests include music, theater, and hiking.

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