Voter Protection Partners

About Voter Protection Partners

About Voter Protection Partners

 

VPP is an ongoing, full-service voter protection organization dedicated to elevating, professionalizing and institutionalizing voter protection work for campaigns. We provide:

Expertise. We use our extensive voter protection experience and institutional knowledge to advise parties and campaigns on program design, Election Day operations, and rapid response.

Technology. We operate and continuously improve modern, secure tools for managing voter protection teams and for tracking, analyzing and responding to voting incidents and election administration problems.

Data. We collect, maintain, and make available anonymous voter protection data for analysis and actionable recommendations across and between campaign cycles.

 

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Who we are

Miguel L'Heureux, CEO

Miguel was a practicing attorney when he joined the ‘08 Obama campaign as a field organizer in Michigan. In ‘12, he worked at President Obama’s National Campaign HQ as the Western Regional Voter Protection Director and oversaw voter protection programs in Nevada and Colorado. Miguel has also run voter protection programs in Kansas in ‘14 and most recently Virginia in '17. Miguel served in the Obama Administration as Director of Economics for the Presidential Personnel Office at the White House and later as the White House Liaison at the U.S. Small Business Administration. He has a BA in Political Science from the University of Kansas and a JD from the University of Kansas School of Law.

Alexis Prieur L'Heureux, Senior Advisor

Alexis has worked to protect the vote for numerous campaigns, at both the state and national levels. She has been involved in voter protection programs in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Virginia, and Kansas. In '16, Alexis ran Hillary for America’s 2016 Election Day voter protection efforts in Pennsylvania.  In 2012, she was the National Special Projects Director and a Regional Desk in the Battleground States Department for President Obama’s reelection campaign. Alexis also served in President Obama’s Administration as a national security policy advisor at the Department of Defense and as the Deputy Executive Secretary at the U.S. Department of Treasury. Today, she is the co-founder of Access Democracy, a non-profit committed to increasing voter participation by improving how elections are run at the local level. Alexis is a graduate of Queen’s University Canada and Northeastern University School of Law.  

David Pearl, General Counsel

David began working on voter protection issues for the Obama campaign during the '08 primaries. He joined President Obama’s reelection effort in '12 as the Regional Voter Protection Director for the Tampa Bay region in Florida, and in '16 supported Election Day voter protection operations at the national headquarters for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. From 2014-2017, David served the Obama Administration as a senior official at the Treasury Department, and led the Department’s preparations for the 2017 Presidential Transition. Prior to his time at Treasury, David spent 4 ½ years as a member of  Jones Day’s Antitrust & Competition group.  David has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.S. in Psychobiology from UCLA.

Aaron Snow, CTO

Aaron was a Presidential Innovation Fellow, and co-founded and served as Executive Director of 18F, the U.S. Government’s 200-person in-house consultancy that has helped government agencies deliver modern digital services to the public. Prior to government service he was co-founder of Daring Software; a practicing attorney with Boies, Schiller & Flexner; and a program manager at Microsoft. Aaron helped lead battleground state voter protection teams for President Obama in 2008 (PA) and 2012 (FL) and for Hillary Clinton in 2016 (PA). Aaron has an A.B. in Computer Science from Harvard University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.

 

Advisory Board

Sarah Baker (Maine)

Sarah ran the Maine statewide program for John Kerry in 2004. Since then, Sarah has worked with programs in Virginia and Maryland, and assisted with boiler room operations in Virginia for President Obama’s election in 2008, and in Pennsylvania for Hillary for America in 2016. Sarah resides in Washington, DC.

Ally Coll Steele (National)

Ally Coll Steele most recently served as Elections Counsel to the Ranking Member of the U.S. House Committee on Administration and as the Deputy National Voter Protection Director in the legal department of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, overseeing Election Day operations in the battleground states and the campaign's volunteer lawyer program. Ally is an attorney and President and Cofounder of the Purple Campaign, a non-profit organization to end workplace sexual harassment.

Will Crossley (National)

Will served as the Democratic National Committee's director and counsel for voter protection from 2009 through 2013. In 2008, he participated in voter protection efforts for then-Senator Obama's campaign, starting with the New Hampshire primary in January of that year. For 25 years, Will has been involved in voting rights, criminal justice reform, and education. He currently resides with his family in Piney Woods, Mississippi.   

Virginia Davis (Indiana)

Virginia ran the statewide voter protection program for President Obama’s election in Indiana in 2008. Virginia also assisted with national boiler room operations for Kerry for America in 2004. Since then, Virginia has worked with election day programs in Virginia and Florida, and works to protect and promote the voting rights of Native Americans for a non-profit organization. Virginia resides in Washington, DC.

Rachana Desai Martin (Nevada, Virginia)

Rachana ran the statewide voter protection program for Hillary for America in 2016 in Nevada. Most recently, she helped run the statewide effort for Virginia’s 2017 coordinated campaign. She ran a nonpartisan voter protection effort in Nashville in 2004. Rachana resides in Silver Spring, MD.

Sarah Esty (National)

Sarah oversaw voter protection operations in 7 battleground states from headquarters  for the Clinton campaign in 2016. She is the co-founder of a voting rights advocacy organization, The Franchise Project, which seeks to inform and empower state and local voting rights activists to make voting easier in their communities.

Sarah Fenn (New Hampshire, California)

Sarah ran the New Hampshire statewide program for President Obama’s election in 2008, as well as the statewide primary programs in Indiana and Kentucky. Sarah also assisted with national Election Day voter protection efforts for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, and most recently assisted with boiler room operations in Columbus, Ohio for the Hillary for America campaign in 2016. Sarah currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Lee Fink (Iowa, California)

Lee ran the Iowa statewide program for President Obama’s re-election in 2012, where he was a Deputy to the program in 2008. Lee also advised the program in 2014 and 2016 Hillary for America campaign. Previously, he worked on the voter protection program in Colorado in 2008 and has also assisted with voter protection efforts in Florida and California. Lee currently resides in southern California.

Jennifer Gaspar (North Carolina, Missouri, California)

Jennifer ran the statewide voter protection program for President Obama’s re-election in North Carolina in 2012. She previously led the voter protection efforts for the statewide Missouri Coordinated Campaign in 2010, and contributed to voter protection programs in Maryland and Virginia in 2007 and 2008. In 2014, Jennifer served as an advisor to Congressman Ro Khanna’s campaign in Silicon Valley. Before becoming an attorney, Jennifer worked in the field department for federal and state campaigns in New Hampshire, Oklahoma, and Oregon. Jennifer currently practices law in San Francisco.

Jenni Katzman (National)

Jenni was national voter protection counsel for President Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012. Most recently, Jenni assisted with national boiler room operations for Hillary for America in 2016 and in Virginia in 2017. Jenni resides in Washington, DC.

Zach Learner (Florida)

Zach has worked on statewide voter protection programs in Florida since 2012 including working on President Obama’s campaign and running Hillary for America’s statewide program in 2016. Zach is a founder and past president of New Leaders Council - Broward County, and currently serves as the campaign manager for Florida candidate for Governor, Chris King.

Curtis LeGeyt (Montana, Connecticut)

Curtis ran the Montana statewide program for President Obama’s election in 2008. Curtis also ran the statewide program in Connecticut during the 2010 midterms, and assisted with boiler rooms operations in Virginia in 2012 and 2013, New Hampshire in 2014 and Indiana in 2016. Curtis resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

Jennifer Lohr (Wisconsin)

Jennifer has worked on statewide voter protection programs in Wisconsin since 2008. She ran the statewide programs there in 2010 and 2012 and has advised the State Party from 2009 through 2016. Jenny resides in Madison, Wisconsin.

Quentin Palfrey (New Hampshire, Ohio, Massachusetts, Virginia)

Quentin ran the New Hampshire statewide program for Kerry in 2004 and the statewide program for Obama in Ohio in 2008. Since then, Quentin has run or helped run several programs in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, as well as assisting with boiler room operations in Virginia in 2012. Quentin resides in Massachusetts.

Scott Pluta (Virginia, Ohio)

Scott ran the Virginia statewide program for President Obama’s election in 2008 and in Ohio in 2012. Scott has assisted with voter protection Election Day operations in nine states across seven election cycles. Scott resides in Durham, North Carolina.

Spencer Ross (Colorado)

Spencer has worked on multiple voter protection programs in Colorado, including running the statewide program for President Obama’s re-election in 2012 after being a Deputy in 2008.  Spencer also advised the Democratic candidate for Secretary of State in 2014 and he continues to advise campaigns on voter protection in CO today. When not fighting the good fight, Spencer is a theatrical producer, with shows currently playing on Broadway, the West End, and touring across the United States. Spencer resides in Denver and New York City.

Leila Sahar (Wisconsin, National)

Leila was an assistant at the Democratic National Committee’s voter protection team in 2008 and assisted President Obama’s re-election national program in 2012. Leila has also assisted campaigns in Wisconsin in 2008, 2010, and 2014. Leila resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

David Sullivan (Massachusetts, Florida)

David has helped run statewide voter protection programs for presidential candidates in Florida from 2008 through to 2016, and he assisted Al Gore in the 2000 recount. He ran the program in Florida for President Obama’s election in 2008, and for John Kerry in Ohio in 2004. David has also assisted candidates with voter protection in Massachusetts, where he currently resides.

Lauren Vidas (Pennsylvania)

Lauren ran the Pennsylvania statewide program for President Obama’s re-election in 2012. Lauren also played a key role in Pennsylvania in 2016, coordinating election day voter protection response efforts for Philadelphia. In addition her work on federal elections, Lauren has served as an advisor to numerous statewide and local candidates. Lauren resides in Philadelphia, home of the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles.

Eric Waldo (National)

Eric was a Regional Voter Protection Director at the Obama campaign headquarters in 2007-2008, where he helped handle legal issues for all 54 primary/caucus contests, as well as the voter protection issues for 17 states in the Midwest and Western States regions.  Since then, Eric has assisted with National boiler room operations in 2010, 2012, and 2016. Eric resides in Washington, DC.

Courtney Wheeler (National)

Courtney was the National Voter Protection Director for President Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012. She assisted the Democratic National Committee boiler room operations in 2010. Since then, Courtney assisted with voter protection operations and other efforts in Tennessee. Courtney currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

Erik Woodhouse (Georgia, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania)

Erik ran the New Mexico statewide program for President Obama’s election in 2008, after helping organize the campaign’s voter protection program in Georgia. Since then, he has helped run statewide programs for Democratic Presidential candidates in Nevada (2012) and Pennsylvania (2016), as well as playing key roles in Election Day voter protection operations with the Democratic National Committee in the 2010 midterms and the Virginia Democratic Party in 2017. Originally from Georgia, Erik now resides in Virginia.