Gail Leftwich Kitch
Gail Leftwich Kitch serves as The Voter Participation Center’s Chief Operating Officer. She brings years of experience, both as a practicing lawyer and as a successful manager and board member of non-profit organizations active in civic engagement. Most recently, she served as Executive Director of By the People, an initiative founded by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions that uses public television to encourage and support informed non-contentious citizen dialogue around policy issues. Mrs. Kitch was President of the Federation of State Humanities Councils, the national membership organization of the state affiliates of the National Endowment for the Humanities, following service as Director of Cambridge Forum, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is a former chair of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, and was a Radcliffe College Public Policy Fellow in the late 90s. Among other activities, Gail currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Conference on Citizenship. She has a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
Bill Sather is the Chief Financial Officer for The Voter Participation Center. Bill’s career in accounting and finance has included positions in disciplines ranging from real estate to politics. Bill joined the VPC after spending several years with MSHC Partners, Inc., a leading progressive political consultancy firm in Washington, DC. A CPA since 1997, Bill graduated with honors and a BS in Accounting from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. He enjoys the quiet life with his family in Northern Virginia. A former youth baseball coach and member of the Reston Little League board of directors, Bill enjoyed coaching all four of his kids at various stages of their little league baseball careers.
Leslie Martes, the VPC’s Program and Outreach Director, brings a wealth of campaign experience from across the United States. In her career, she has worked on campaigns in numerous states including New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Washington State and Southern California, and worked on a presidential campaign in Iowa in 2004. Prior to joining VPC, she worked for four years in North Carolina as the Caucus Director for the State House Democrats. Originally from Southern California, Leslie is a graduate of Scripps College in Claremont, California.
Chris Kennedy is VPC’s Director of Analytics and is responsible for experiments, modeling, and data. Previously he worked at the Alliance for Climate Protection, where he managed the digital analytics and online advertising programs promoting climate change advocacy. His work in politics started with voter registration evaluation and online advertising at Rock the Vote, including leading the rebuild of their online voter registration system in 2009. He has also consulted on Avaaz.org’s technology team and with 350.org. Kennedy holds a B.A. and a Master of Public Affairs from The University of Texas at Austin; he has been a member of the Analyst Group since 2007.
Taylor Williams is Assistant Program Director at The Voter Participation Center, where he helps lead the organization’s voter registration, vote-by-mail, Get out the Vote, and advocacy programs. He brings a host of campaign experience, including work on a presidential campaign in New Hampshire, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, and South Dakota. In 2010, he was active in a Senate race in Illinois and state house races in North Carolina. Prior to VPC, Taylor studied political data and targeting at the New Organizing Institute and interned at the polling firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner. He holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.
Scott Brawley is the Foundations Manager at The Voter Participation Center and is responsible for VPC’s major donor and foundation fundraising efforts. A seasoned professional with broad experience in project and program development, Scott previously has raised funds for a number of non-profit organizations that focus on health and human services, public health and healthcare access, substance-abuse prevention and treatment, homelessness services, disaster prevention and response, and access to government services and programs. He holds a Master of Social Work with a focus on research and policy from the University of Kentucky, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Wake Forest University.