Board of Directors
Kat Calvin, Chair
Kat Calvin is the Founder and Executive Director of Spread The Vote and Project ID. A lawyer, activist, and social entrepreneur, Kat has built a national organization that helps Americans obtain the IDs they need for jobs, housing, and life and that also allows them to go to the polls.
Kat is one of the 2018 Fast Company 100 Most Creative People in Business and has been a Business Insider 30 Under 30, The Grio 100, and more. Kat has been featured on PBS' To The Contrary, BET's Black History Month profiles, has been a guest commentator on Sirius XM, and has been featured in numerous print and digital outlets.
Kat attended Mount Holyoke College and the University of Michigan Law School. She is an Army brat mostly from Seattle and Sierra Vista, AZ and currently lives in Los Angeles.
Actress and Activist Alyssa Milano has been in the spotlight for most of her life. She chooses to shine that spotlight on causes that matter deeply to her. Her advancement of #MeToo sparked a viral movement of women fighting against sexual harassment and assault and she has been involved in TimesUp since its inception. She recently joined the ERA Coalition’s Advisory Council. She is also the ACLU’s Ambassador for Reproductive Rights.
In the wake of the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, Alyssa became one of the founders of NoRA, a coalition dedicated to combatting the NRA money in political campaigns so that common sense gun reform can be enacted. For 15 years, she has been a UNICEF National Ambassador. In 2016, she received their Spirit of Compassion Award for her dedication to their mission of advocating for the protection of children's rights, helping meet their basic needs and expanding their opportunities to reach their full potential. She has lobbied members of congress for greater rights for immigrants as well as education reform and has been on the forefront of efforts to protect health coverage for all Americans. She continues to use her voice and platform to advocate for social justice, fairness and equality.
Amie brings her mission to build successful value-driven and human-centric businesses to Instrument where she leads our teams to make innovative digital work as thoughtful partners to our clients. Her life-long passion for understanding humanity through compelling stories was started as a voracious early reader and is fueled today by engaging digital storytelling, late-night reading sessions, and regular visits to her favorite independent movie theatre.
Dr. Robert Carpenter
Dr. Robert Mark Carpenter is the director of the 2x Emmy Award winning USC Media Institute for Social Change and the director of the highly anticipated upcoming documentary feature film "American Dropout." He has worked with studios ranging from Netflix to Disney, and on shows like Ballers, Silicon Valley, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Prior to his time in Hollywood, Dr. Carpenter taught as a professor, started and sold an investor backed tech company, and at 23 served as the youngest Commissioner of Transportation in the history of Los Angeles, where he saved 100 ambulance worker jobs and exposed $217 million in fraud.
Dr. Carpenter has taught courses in South Central and the Middle East, participated in over a dozen social activist fellowships around the world, and is the first person in his family to graduate from college. He is currently working on a number of books and movies that will be releasing starting in 2020.
Award-winning playwright, actor, producer & educator, Fanshen Cox is currently touring her one-woman show:One Drop of Love. Fanshen is also a Producer and Development Executive at Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Pearl Street Films.
She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cape Verde, West Africa, and holds a BA in Spanish & Education, an MA in TESOL, and an MFA in TV, Film & Theatre. She has been honored with Distinguished Alumni Awards from CSULA and from Teachers College, Columbia University. She serves on the board of The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and on the Kennedy Center’s Turnaround Arts Equity Advisory Committee. Fanshen is also a co-author of the Inclusion Rider which was announced at the 2018 Oscar awards by Frances McDormand.
Vada O. Manager is a premier global business and communication strategist with particular expertise in sport and product marketing, branding and positioning, crisis management, litigation communication, corporate governance and issues management. Savoy Magazine named Vada to its “Power 300 Most Influential Black Directors” in both its 2016 & 2017 editions.
Mr. Manager is the founder and CEO of Manager Global Consulting Group, an independent consultancy based in Washington DC and Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to founding Manager Global Consulting, he was senior director of global issues management for Nike, Inc.,
Prior to joining Nike, Mr. Manager was senior manager of global communications for Levi Strauss & Co, providing strategic communication counsel to the global leadership team as the company successfully launched and expanded its Dockers and SLATES brands. He was also a vice president at Powell Tate, where he co-managed accounts for key clients such as the PGA Tour, Major League Baseball and Court TV. While there, he also consulted the African National Congress in their transition to power in South Africa under newly elected President Nelson Mandela.
Mr. Manager holds a Bachelor of Science from the Arizona State University and is an inductee in its Hall of Fame (College of Liberal Arts, 2000).
Joe was born in New York City but grew up in South Florida. He traveled extensively after college where he studied Nuclear and Environmental Engineering at RPI and eventually graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Nuclear Engineering and MS in Environmental Engineering, and has lived in Virginia, Arkansas, California, Maryland, New Mexico, Idaho, New York and Ohio at Department of Energy and Commercial Nuclear Facilities. Joe’s passion for volunteer service includes support for Environmental Concerns and Voting Rights. Joe is a chapter leader with SpreadTheVote in Tampa Bay Florida and is also a Team Leader for HeadCount (headcount.org).
Lori grew up in Montana and, after graduating from college, moved to Alaska with her husband. After four years there, they did something drastic and moved to Melbourne, Australia, where they lived for 11 years. In another crazy move, they picked up their two cats and moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. That lasted a year, then they moved all of their family plus a dog they adopted in Dubai to the Washington, D.C. area. They’ve been in the region 2004.
Lori has an accounting degree and has worked for an international accounting firm since college. Though she doesn’t do public accounting any more, she works for the same company doing technology contracting.
Lori was one of the original volunteers in Alexandria/Springfield Virginia STV chapter. Lucky for her, she works from home with an extremely flexible schedule so she’s able to devote a decent amount of time to her STV clients and helping new STV team members figure out the ropes. Lori loves volunteering for STV because she can meet people who don’t travel in the same circles that she does and hear their stories and see their super powers. She finds it so satisfying to help people get IDs, especially those who have been without them for a very long time, who just needed a coach to get them through the process.
Orpah met us in July 2017 at a church in Arlington, VA where we table at their weekly breakfast. Orpah hadn’t had an ID in two years and, as she said in this video, she needed one to “get a job, vote, do anything I want to do”. We helped her get an ID and, because our volunteers consistently return to the same locations in their communities, Orpah saw our volunteers every week.
At 46, Orpah had never voted before. She said she didn’t think her vote mattered. But Chris and Heather, the two volunteers who visit the church every Friday, kept talking to her about voting. Pretty soon, she realized that “my one little vote could be the one that changes everything” and Orpah was excited to go to the polls.
Before midterms, Spread The Vote gave each local chapter a budget to host a voting party. They ordered food and decorations, received boxes of the election guides that we made for each state, with specific inserts for each district, and invited all of the clients for whom they’d obtained IDs as well as their friends and family. Orpah attended the Arlington event and learned all about how to vote, what and who she wanted to vote for, and even made a voting plan. Lastly, the volunteers told her that no matter where she lived, they would pick her up on election day. As Orpah said, after the event “I was so excited about voting, I would have stood in the snow!”
Sure enough, on election day a volunteer picked her up and Orpah voted for the first time. “I still have my I voted sticker,” she said, “I’m into it now. I’m going to vote in every election and inspire my friends to vote too.”
Leah Greenberg is a co-founder and co-Executive Director of the Indivisible Project. She most recently served as Policy Director for the Tom Perriello for Governor of Virginia campaign. Previously, she managed the Partnership for Freedom, a $6 million public-private partnership on human trafficking, served as an Advisor to the State Department’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review process, coordinated interagency engagement for the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, and worked on the Hill for Congressman Tom Perriello. Leah holds a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College and a master’s degree in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Ben is the founder of OMG WTF, a non-partisan media/lifestyle brand focusing on civic education for adults. Before OMG WTF, he was VP of Digital Content for SB Projects, founded by entertainment mogul Scooter Braun. During 2016 he was Executive Director of writer/director Joss Whedon's Save the Day PAC, which used digital videos to register 50,000 young voters. Prior to that he was Executive Producer and Head of Talent for Funny Or Die where he produced, developed, cast, and wrote videos for the site as well as for political organizations. The projects he's been involved with have received over a billion views.
Ben has been featured in AdWeek, Billboard, Buzzfeed, The Daily Beast, Fast Company, Mashable, NPR, and Variety, and was named "NextGen: 35 Rising Executives Under 35"by The Hollywood Reporter in 2018. He has also lectured on college campuses across the country.
Jennifer Taylor-Skinner is the founder of Electorette Media, creator and host of the popular political podcast, The Electorette, and creator of Black Women 2020, a new podcast featuring political analysis of the 2020 election cycle from the perspective of Black women. Prior to founding The Electorette, Jenn Taylor-Skinner worked as a Microsoft Program Manager in Redmond, WA, managing projects and new feature releases for MSN.com, Hotmail, including managing release operations for the Microsoft Revenue division.
Following a career in technology of over 15 years, Jenn Taylor-Skinner decided to leave the technology industry and embarked on a vision to create a space for women's voices to be heard -- unfettered, and without interruptions. In 2017, Jenn created The Electorette, which has received nearly 1 million downloads since its launch, and was a media partner for the American Women's Party "Win With Women" conference. The Electorette is a political podcast featuring women activists, authors, scholars and leading voices on feminism, intersectionality and civil rights, including Shannon Watts founder of Moms Demand Action, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, author Carol Anderson, as well as many progressive activists, authors, and academics. The Electorette has been frequently listed as a top rated podcast in iTunes, featured in iTune's New & Noteworthy podcasts, was chosen as one of the podcasts for iTunes' Bold Women in Podcasting, as well as iTunes, Top 2018 Midterm Election Podcasts. The Electorette was also chosen as a top political podcast by Teen Vogue magazine and Marie Claire magazine.
Jenn Taylor-Skinner has continued in her activism to lift the voices of progressive women and activists with trainings for Netroots Nation, and through her popular talk, Black Women in Tech- Leaning In & Pushed Out for the ACT-W (Advancing the Careers of Technical Women) organization.
Irene Shin currently serves as the Interim Executive Director at the Virginia Civic Engagement Table. She is a seasoned operative and fundraiser with years of policy and campaign experience under her belt. She has worked on campaigns ranging from city council, all the way to the US Senate and raised millions of dollars for candidates, national committees, and action funds.
She most recently served as the Senior Director at Crowdpac, a political tech platform, where she helped thousands of candidates run for office and win. She also serves on the boards of the Competitive Commonwealth Fund and Sister District Project. Before serving as the Interim Executive Director, Irene had been a board member of the Virginia Civic Engagement Table since 2016. A native Angeleno, Irene recently celebrated her 5 year Virginia-versary and lives in McLean with her Goldendoodle.