Our innovative voter registration, mobilization, and turnout programs, and the research that undergirds them, require a team of experts.
Galen Deiz is a Data Analyst at the Voter Participation Center, where he prepares mailing data, analyzes experiments, and generates reports. Originally from the west coast, he misses fresh guacamole. Galen is a native of Oregon and graduated from Pomona College with a BA in Philosophy. He lives in Washington, DC.
Lionel Dripps is the Managing Director for Program and Digital at the Voter Participation Center, and is responsible for developing and executing the programs that make sure the New American Majority has a voice in American politics. Lionel comes to VPC from the Pivot Group, a leading direct mail consulting firm. As a Vice President at Pivot, Lionel managed national, statewide, and targeted congressional district mail campaigns for some of the major progressive institutions. Lionel also implemented innovative experimental programs, and has presented at an Analyst Institute retreat. Previously, Lionel served as Caucus Director for the Colorado Senate Democrats and as an itinerant campaign manager and field staffer across the country.
LaNita King serves as the Development Manager for The Voter Participation Center, and is responsible for managing and cultivating VPC’s fundraising program. LaNita previously served as the State Party Victory Fund Coordinator for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) where she managed a direct-mail based fundraising program for all 50 state parties, in addition to assisting in the management of the DNC’s Marketing program. She is a native of California and received her B.A. in Communications from California State University, Northridge.
Kevin McAlister is the Communications Director, where he serves as a spokesperson and manages the day-to-day communications outreach. When you see a funny tweet from VPC, it probably came from Kevin (though he definitely thought it was funnier than it actually was). He has prior communications experience at the national and state levels.
Marissa McBride is the Executive Director. She oversees all facets of VPC’s work, makes sure the trains are running on time, and plans surprise birthday parties for the other people on this list. You can catch her early at cycling class or late-night playing competitive rec soccer. Prior to working at VPC, Marissa helped develop and grow advocacy groups.
Jorge Mendoza is a Data Analyst at the VPC, where he prepares data and analyzes experiments with the Analytics team. Jorge studied political behavior and methodology as a graduate student at Florida State University, where he earned his M.S. from the Department of Political Science. Jorge also holds a B.S. with honors in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and an M.A. in Political Psychology from SUNY Stony Brook. In his spare time, Jorge enjoys cooking, playing soccer, and karaoke.
Jacques Page now serves as the Director of Finance & Administration at the Voter Participation Center. Mr. Page has over 20 years of experience working in finance and accounting, and has worked exclusively in the non-profit sector for over 15 years. Prior to joining VPC, Jacques served as the Director of Accounting Operations for the Aspen Institute, the Vice President of Finance for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington DC and as Chief Financial Officer for the Pennsylvania SPCA in Philadelphia. Mr. Page holds a B.S. in Accounting from Hampton University, as well an MBA and a Masters of Accountancy from the University of Louisville.
Beth Ver Steeg serves as Program Associate with the Voter Participation Center where she supervises production of mail creatives including contributing to design and coordinating the proofing process while overseeing the mail inquiries program. She has previously work for VPC as a Program Assistant during the last few months of the 2016 election cycle and is thrilled to be rejoining the staff.
She comes from Rochester, NY where she attended Nazareth College and earned B.A.s in Political Science and Legal Studies. Washington D.C. has become her home after work including internships with the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter’s office and canvassing with NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Will Yates is the Managing Director of Analytics at VPC, where he prepares data for mailings and evaluates experiments. In a past life he was a Detroit-based rock musician, and continues to write and record music solo and with bands when he has the time. He graduated with high distinction from the University of Michigan, and he holds a Master of Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.