Meet the POPVOX Team

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Marci Harris

CEO, Co-Founder

Marci is passionate about the responsible use of technology to benefit humanity. She developed the concept for POPVOX while working as a Congressional staffer on the team drafting the Affordable Care Act. She serves on the boards of the People-Centered Internet and LaunchTN, was named a “Top 100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company (2012), and has been a fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center for Democracy (2016), New America California (2017), and is an affiliated scholar with the CITRIS Policy Lab at UC Berkeley. She holds a B.A. from Franklin University Lugano, Switzerland, a J.D. from the University of Memphis and an LL.M. from the American University Washington College of Law.

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Rachna Choudhry

Co-Founder

For Rachna, advocacy has always been about sharing personal stories to influence policymaking. After 10 years of advocacy and lobbying for several nonprofit organizations, she co-founded POPVOX based on her experiences (and frustrations) connecting with lawmakers. She offers grassroots advocacy strategy to organizations, helping them engage their supporters and amplify their voice. Rachna serves on the board of PLEN, which trains women for policy careers. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA, and a Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University’s McCourt School. She’s based in Washington, DC.

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Ben Harris

COO / CFO

Ben graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2001 where he earned a BS in Aviation Technology. He is an FAA Certified mechanic and commercial pilot. He is a “CO:founder” of theCO in Jackson, TN, a public-private partnership co-work, makerspace and code academy designed to bring cutting edge technology and education to rural West Tennessee. Ben is a 2005 graduate of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce "Leadership Jackson" program, and a proud Boy Scout Cubmaster.

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Bryan Dease

CTO

Bryan has a passion for all areas of web technology from coding and deploying websites to maintaining servers and working on mobile platform solutions. In his own words his goal is to “support great design with solid code under the hood”. His main areas of expertise are PHP (Laravel), MySQL, Javascript, HTML5 and CSS. Bryan has worked with interactive studios based both in St. Louis and Tennessee. Most recently, with Anode in Nashville, he built interactive exhibits for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Nashville Public Library. In his spare time he enjoys playing guitar, traveling and attending Nashville Predators games.

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Jordan Kay

IOS Developer

Jordan is an experienced developer who likes solving problems. He founded his own company, Fleuronic LLC, in 2019, following work that included Twitter, Squareknot, and Hopper. He holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Anne Meeker

TSD Project Director

Anne is a civic process and democratic engagement nerd, and a former House district staffer. She most recently served as Director of Constituent Services for Congressman Seth Moulton, where she worked to use data and technology to deliver smarter casework services to residents of the MA06. She holds a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University of Oxford (St. Hugh's College), and an MSc in History from the London School of Economics, where she wrote her thesis on presidential memoir. She is also a proud native Clevelander, and will take any opportunity to cheerlead for the 'Land.

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Nicole Tisdale

Consultant

Nicole is a lawyer and former national security advisor for the House Homeland Security Committee. She is the author of the best-selling book, "Right to Petition: A Practical guide to Making Change in Government with Political Advocacy Tools" and an expert on a variety of policy issues, including national security, cybersecurity, counterterrorism, data privacy and intelligence. She founded Advocacy Blueprints in 2019 — a company focused on advocacy education, training, and consulting — to make the government more accessible to everyone. Nicole holds a BA and JD from the University of Mississippi.

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Ashley Morales

Intern | Florida International University

Ashley is a graduate student at Florida International University in Miami, Florida with a background in international relations. She has interned for congressional offices and local government in South Florida and has experienced first-hand how technology affects governmental operations. She hopes to apply her experiences towards a career in public or International policy.

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Jennifer Graciano

Intern | University of North Texas

Jennifer is an undergraduate student at the University of North Texas majoring in Political Science and minoring in Spanish. She is also working on her masters in the field, with a concentration in American Government and Electoral Politics. Her experience as a former IT assistant and current leadership roles in organizations in her campus, that actively work on advancing the political influence that minorities have and discussing current important political issues, is what motivates her to work in a field where she can combine her love of technology and passion for politics. She is eager to work in politics, but also to use her unique voice to make an impactful change in the world and alter the way that things work through the use of technology.

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Niru Ghoshal-Datta

Research Intern | University of California, Santa Cruz

Niru is an undergraduate student at the University of California, Santa Cruz who is passionate about working at the intersection of technology and public policy. He is currently pursuing a degree in Economics with a minor in Statistics, and he brings experience from both the non-profit and government sectors. As a non-profit consultant, Niru has helped several prominent NGOs to implement new technologies, analyze data, and manage their marketing initiatives. He also spent two years interning for California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta, where he familiarized himself with policy research. In the future, Niru hopes to apply his knowledge of data analytics and data management to the realm of public policy, and he looks forward to using his writing and research skills to help encourage technological change throughout our government.