A Team with a Mission
Silicon Valley, the Beltway, and the Heartland
The dedicated team that makes POPVOX possible spans time zones and stereotypes, working from downtown San Francisco to the halls of the U.S. Capitol in D.C. to “theCO” in Jackson, TN.
Rachna Choudhry (Cofounder and CMO) and Whitney Wyszynski (Digital Strategy Manager, Government Relations) represent POPVOX in D.C., staying on top of what's happening in Congress and touching base with organizations and advocates based in the district or passing through on lawmaker visits. Student contributors Maddie Burton, Hannah Gourdie, and Hollie Stokes assist with content and legislative research.
Marci Harris (Cofounder and CEO) and Rebecca Sheldon (Engineer / Product Manager) work from San Francisco and Silicon Valley. State team contributor, Alex Deas, is helping prepare for the launch of POPVOX/States.
Bryan Dease (Senior Developer) makes the magic happen from his home base in Franklin, Tennessee, while Ben Harris (COO) and William Donnell (Lead Designtist) are based in Jackson at theCO. William's design team at Sodium Halogen includes Chance Smith and Shane Aday.
Chief Executive Officer
A former Congressional staffer and lawyer, Marci says that her “first startup was a town,” as she led Jackson, TN’s rebuilding efforts following a 2004 tornado. She received a B.A. in International Relations from Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland and attended law school at the University of Memphis (J.D.) and the American University Washington College of Law (LL.M). From 2007-2010, she worked in the U.S. House of Representatives covering tax, trade, and health for a senior Ways and Means member.
Marci serves on the board of LaunchTN and CityInnovate, the advisory boards of VoteRunLead and Citizinvestor, and is a mentor at theCO in Jackson, Tennessee. She was named one of Fast Company magazine's Top 100 Most Creative People in Business (2012), received a Tribeca Film Festival Award for Creative Disruption (2012), and was listed as one of DC's “Tech Titans” by Washingtonian magazine (2013), a 2013 "FastCase 50,” and a 2014 “Digital Citizen of the Year.” She was an inaugural Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Ash Center and is currently a New America California fellow.