Who We Are
Executive Director & Board
Aaron Hamlin, Esq.: Executive Director [E-mail]
Aaron has consulted on voting procedures for small to large organizations and publicly elected officials in several states. He's written articles for publications such as Deadspin, Democracy Chronicles, and Independent Voter Network. Additionally, he's been invited as an expert speaker at conferences across the country.
Aaron is a licensed attorney. He received his J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan. He has graduate degrees in the social sciences from Indiana University and Miami University where he focused on statistics and research. Aaron went to Northern Kentucky University near where he grew up to earn his B.S. degree in psychology while minoring in mathematics.
Andrew Jennings, Ph.D. : Chair, Director [E-mail]
Andy was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. He did his undergraduate work in mathematics at Arizona State University. Andy continued at Arizona State when in 2010 he completed his Ph.D. in mathematics. Given his strong interest in voting theory, Andy did his dissertation on the concepts of monotonicity and gaming in both ordinal- and cardinal-class voting systems.
Andy continues to live near his roots in Mesa, Arizona. He is also the founder of Shoptivate.com, a software company that sells search solutions for e-commerce sites.
Lauren Payne, Esq.: Vice-Chair, Director [E-mail]
Lauren is an attorney originally from the east coast of Florida. She picked up her bachelor’s in social psychology from New College of Florida. Afterwards, she completed her J.D. from New England School of Law. Lauren has since been working as a legislative policy analyst on multiple campaigns.
Stephen Cobb, M.S.: Treasurer, Director [E-mail]
Steve grew up in Southern California and received his B.S. in engineering from Harvey Mudd College and his M.S. in electrical engineering from UCLA. A project manager and business analyst, Steve spent 20 years with a major U.S. defense contractor on both government and commercial projects. This work took place in the former Soviet Union and Germany, where Steve now lives.
Additionally, Steve co-founded an expanding grass-roots movement with interests in voting reform. And he helped push a legislative effort on approval voting in New Hampshire.
Janice Dru: Parliamentarian, Director [E-mail]
New York, NY
Janice is a graduate of Princeton University where she studied politics and visual arts. She is the marketing director at a New York college and is board president of the marketing and business solutions company Inkwhy.
Before joining the board, Janice started as a volunteer. She was inspired from a Lean for Social Change online course after which she prepared our new public relations strategy. Now Janice coordinates our volunteers with PR, communications, and marketing backgrounds.
Jameson Quinn: Secretary, Director [E-mail]
Jameson grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and earned his bachelors in cognitive science from Oberlin College in Ohio. After college, he lived in southern Mexico and Guatemala for 12 years. There, he founded and taught at a public middle school in a rural community of returned refugees. Additionally, he has spent roughly a decade as a professional programmer.
Jameson is now a statistics Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University where his research focuses on voting systems. Jameson lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his partner and daughter.
Clay Shentrup: [E-mail]
Clay grew up in southeast Kansas and studied computer engineering at the University of Kansas. He works as a software engineer specializing in the Ruby on Rails web framework.
Clay’s hobbies include playing the guitar and songwriting, and he counts Seattle grunge acts such as Pearl Jam and Soundgarden among his biggest influences. He also holds a great love for the game of table tennis.
Board of Advisors
New York, NY
Steven [Wikipedia] is one of the modern independent developers of approval voting. He literally wrote the book on approval voting. He is a Professor of Politics at New York University and the author, co-author, or co-editor of 18 books and almost 300 articles. His books include Theory of Moves and, co-authored with Alan D. Taylor, Fair Division: From Cake-Cutting to Dispute Resolution and The Win-Win Solution: Guaranteeing Fair Shares to Everybody. His newest books are Mathematics and Democracy: Designing Better Voting and Fair-Division Procedures and Game Theory and the Humanities: Bridging Two Worlds. He holds two patents for fair-division algorithms and is chairman of the advisory board of Fair Outcomes, Inc.
Steven has applied game theory and social-choice theory to voting and elections, bargaining and fairness, international relations, the Bible, theology, and literature. He is a former president of the Peace Science Society (1990-91) and of the Public Choice Society (2004-2006). He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1986), a Guggenheim Fellow (1986-87), and was a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation (1998-99). Steven earned his Ph.D. in political science at Northwestern University and is an alum of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Jean-François teaches at the Paris School of Economics and publishes in two fields: economics and political science. He is the chief-editor of the journal Mathematical Social Sciences and also edited the Handbook on Approval Voting.
Jean-François' background is in Mathematics. He obtained his Ph.D. in Economics (cnam Paris) in 1991. His research interests include mathematical economics, games and social choice theory, and political science. His does research on democracy and in particular on voting rules and voting behaviors, from the formal and the experimental points of view.
Marc teaches mathematics at Wilfrid Laurier University. His interdisciplinary research covers mathematics, engineering, and social science. Within social choice theory, he has published in Notices of the American Mathematical Society, Management Sciences, Decision Analysis, Journal of Theoretical Politics, and Decision Support Systems.
Additionally, Marc edited the Handbook of Group Decision and Negotiation and contributed a section on a multi-winner version of approval voting to the Handbook on Approval Voting. Marc received his Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Toronto.
Los Angeles, CA
William [Wikipedia] is the author of thirteen books, including Gaming the Vote: Why Elections Aren’t Fair (and What We Can Do About It). In his writing Poundstone often explores how scientific ideas have had broad social consequences. He has written for the New York Times, Harper’s, Harvard Business Review, and Village Voice, and is a frequent guest on TV and radio.
His book Fortune’s Formula: The Untold Story of the Scientific Betting System that Beat the Casinos and Wall Street was Amazon Editors’ pick for the best nonfiction book of 2005. William is also an alum of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Warren D. Smith, Ph.D.
Stony Brook, NY
Warren was born in Cleveland, OH. He is a mathematician, computer scientist, and general theoretical scientist. Warren graduated with degrees in mathematics and physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by age 19. He earned his Ph.D. in applied math from Princeton University four years later. Warren worked as a researcher for AT&T Bell Laboratories for two years and the NEC Research Institute for 12 years. Afterwards, he taught mathematics at Temple University.
Warren’s published and unpublished academic work is extensive. It includes being the first to show the non-algorithmicity of hydrodynamics and Newton’s laws, the algorithmicity of quantum mechanics, and the first to give the fundamental bounds on information flux and storage density. He also contributed to patents on optical computer memory and theoretical DNA computers (see NY Times). Warren has worked on voting theory for over a decade. He is the co-founder of The Center for Range Voting with Jan Kok. The website is one of the most extensive online resources on voting theory.
Fort Collins, CO
Jan attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Colorado State University, and took graduate-level courses in Electrical Engineering and Robotics at CSU.
Jan has worked as a programmer and engineer for over 20 years. He developed computer aided design programs at Hewlett Packard. He also developed a tire pressure monitoring system trucks and trailers. He is inventor or co-inventor on seven patents related to computer aided design, computer architecture, and programming technique.
Jan has studied and advocated alternative voting methods since 2000. He invented a method to allow any voting machine to accept and count Score/Range Voting ballots. In 1995 he co-founded The Center for Range Voting with Warren D. Smith. In 1997 he was a member of the Colorado Voter Choice Task Force. He also served as an election judge in the 2004 and 2010 general elections.