The Team

Founders

Marci Harris

Marci Harris

Chief Executive Officer

Marci Harris began public service work as Tornado Recovery Coordinator for Jackson, Tenn., working with private and public organizations and state, local and federal agencies to marshall resources and rebuild. In 2007, she became Tax, Trade, and Health Counsel to Pete Stark, then-Chairman of the Health Subcommittee of Ways and Means, and was Committee lead for Medicare Program Integrity and Physician Payments Sunshine provisions of the House health reform bill. She left the Hill in February 2010 to build POPVOX. She holds a J.D. from the University of Memphis and an LL.M from American University’s Washington College of Law.

Rachna Choudhry

Rachna Choudhry

Chief Marketing Officer

Rachna Choudhry is responsible for our outreach to advocacy organizations and trade associations, marketing to individual users and assists with outreach to Congressional staff. She is based in Washington, DC. Rachna comes to POPVOX with a background in federal lobbying, issue advocacy and social media strategy for a variety of national issue-based and advocacy organizations. She earned a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University and a Political Science degree from UCLA.

Team

William Donnell

Lead Designtist

William Donnell, Lead Designtist, was a founding member of our team and is in charge of user experience, user interface and overall design for the site. William uses his nine years of experience running the award-winning Sodium Halogen design shop in Jackson, Tenn., to make sure that POPVOX.com is intuitive, functional and visually appealing. As the team member with the least amount of background in the political arena, William champions the perspective of the average citizen.

Ben Harris

COO

Ben is our spreadsheet master, paperwork wrangler and human resources artist. After completing his BS in 2001 at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (yes, he's a pilot and mechanic), he found his calling as a bean counter through real estate development and as a successful small business entrepreneur.

Annalee Flower Horne

Developer

Annalee Flower Horne came to POPVOX from Capitol Hill, where she served as a staff assistant to a congressman. There, her responsibilities included managing the congressman’s website and sorting the office’s incoming email — a task that really made her appreciate POPVOX’s mission. She joined POPVOX in May 2011.

Priya Bonthu

Developer

Priya has over 15 years of software engineering experience with development and leadership expertise. She has worked on a variety of platforms including web and mobile platforms. She is passionate about technology and its impact on every day users, and its potential to connect people with government. She has tried her hand at entrepreneurship and enjoys the fun and challenges of a start-up environment.

Namratha Rao

Intern

Namratha helps research and create content on POPVOX — making it easier for our users to find information on issues important to them. She has a degree in electrical engineering and comes to POPVOX with a background in electrical consulting and software development. In her free time, she enjoys reading thrillers, medical and romantic novels.

Tay Tufenkjian

Front-End Developer

Tay used to live on Capitol Hill and left DC during the 2013 shutdown. An English major who spent three years in human resources systems, she recently found front-end development through Startup Institute. She's excited to be working with POPVOX to bring the power of the web to the political process.

Nate Walton

Political Consultant

Nate Walton advises on marketing strategies and assists with outreach to policy organizations, interest groups and congressional campaigns. He began his career in politics as state chairman of the nationally-recognized Maine College Republicans, and has held leadership roles on numerous campaigns on the local, state, and national levels. Currently, he serves as a member of the National Finance Committee for Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. Prior to founding his own political consulting firm, Sachem Strategies, Nate was a research assistant at Harvard, where he worked on a U.S. Defense Department grant. He holds a B.A. in political science from Bates College and is working toward a Master of Public Policy at Brown University.

Advisors

Tim O’Reilly

Founding Advisor

Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., a book publisher and the host of conferences on technology topics, including the Web 2.0 Summit, the Web 2.0 Expo, the Gov 2.0 Summit, and the Gov 2.0 Expo. Since 1978, Tim has led the company’s pursuit of its core goal: to be a catalyst for technology change by capturing and transmitting the knowledge of innovators. (Photo by Brian Solis.)

Janice Fraser

Advisor

Janice Fraser is CEO of LUXr, the Lean User Experience residency program. She was co-founder of Adaptive Path, a noted experience design firm, and served as the company’s first CEO. Adaptive Path developed and sold a product to Google and coined the term Ajax.

Laurence Gold

Advisor

Laurence E. Gold focuses his law practice at Trister, Ross, Schadler & Gold, PLLC in Washington, DC on advising advocacy groups and associations on navigating campaign finance, election, tax and lobbying laws to achieve their political and policy agendas.

Jeremy Lizt

Advisor

Jeremy Lizt is founder and Vice President of Engineering at RapLeaf, an internet personalization company. Previously, he was Senior Development Manager in Oracle’s server division and a founding member of Oracle’s application server team.

Paul Martino

Advisor

Paul Martino, Managing Director of BullPen Capital, is the founder of four companies including Tribe Network, one of the first social networks, with Mark Pincus, Chris Law, and Valerie Syme; and most recently, Aggregate Knowledge.

Maria Thomas

Advisor

Maria Thomas is the former CEO of craft marketplace Etsy. She most recently led judging for the Knight News Challenge “to create the future of news media.” Thomas was also the head of NPR digital for more than six years, and prior to that Thomas spent three years at Amazon.com.

Sam McAfee

Advisor

Sam has been building consumer and enterprise applications for fifteen years. He co-founded a web development agency in 2002 which he ran for a decade before joining Change.org as the Director of Web Engineering in 2012, and then serving as VP of Engineering for Luxr in 2013. He is an enthusiastic proponent of all things Lean and Agile, and is a frequent speaker, blogger, and process coach.