Who We Are


Aaron Hamlin, J.D., M.P.H., M.Ed.

Executive Director, Co-founder [E-mail]

Chicago, IL

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. He's  been featured in Popular Mechanics, NPR, and MSNBC.com for his expertise on voting methods. On other causes, he's been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, MIT Technology Review, Salon, The Telegraph, and dozens of others. 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 additional graduate degrees in the social sciences from Indiana University and Miami University. His bachelor's of science is from Northern Kentucky University. Aaron's other interests include chess, urban planning,  contraceptive technology, and jiu-jitsu.

Kirsten Elliott, M.P.P.

Director of Philanthropy [E-mail]

Salt Lake City, UT

Kirsten is a development professional with experience raising funds for a variety of causes including raptor conservation and childhood literacy. She holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Utah, and bachelor's of arts degrees in Political Science and Mass Communication from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

When she's not working, Kirsten spends her time time hiking, birdwatching, and cooking inventive vegetarian dishes.

Caitlyn Alley Peña, M.A.

Director of Operations and Programs [E-mail]

Los Angeles, CA

Caitlyn earned her bachelor’s in Spanish and Linguistics from Miami University and studied at Columbia University’s Teachers College to earn her master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Before coming on board with the Center for Election Science, she oversaw the development of Ohio’s statewide English Language Arts tests for the Ohio Department of Education. She also previously managed programs and operational functions for the Ohio State University Department of Psychology.

While Caitlyn’s professional background is primarily in education, she has a strong interest in politics, social causes, and democracy. When she isn’t working, Caitlyn is an avid reader, likes watching movies with her husband and playing with her mini schnauzer. She also enjoys volunteering on the communications team of a local community organization.

 Andrea Denault

 Education Campaign Coordinator [E-mail]

 Fargo, ND

  Andrea is originally from Larimore, ND and studied journalism at Metropolitan State University Denver. For most of her professional career, she has worked in market research and policy. She has done extensive human rights work throughout North  Dakota as both an organizer and a lobbyist. She is a strong believer in social responsibility and community service.

In her free time, Andrea enjoys yoga, writing, sand volleyball, and traveling abroad. She is currently training for her first triathalon, and the next two countries on her bucket list are Colombia and Peru.

Board of Directors

Janice DruJanice Dru: Chair [E-mail]

East Greenwich, RI

Janice is a graduate of Princeton University where she studied politics and visual arts. She is the marketing director at a university in New England 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 QuinnJameson Quinn: Vice-Chair, Director [E-mail]

Cambridge, MA

Jameson grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and earned his bachelor's 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.

Kerry Keys, CPA: Treasurer, Director [E-mail]

Falls Church, VA

Kerry moved to the DC metro area after earning his Master of Accounting degree from UNC - Chapel Hill, and provides financial management support for federal agencies as an associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Besides working as Treasurer for CES, he serves on the Planning & Finance committee for the board of another nonprofit - The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center in Highlands, NC. Kerry began his career at The Mountain, working in outdoor education for several years before turning to a career in financial management.
In his spare time, Kerry rides and fixes bicycles, and meditates. He has a passion for electoral reform, including delegated voting - and hopes that our support of approval voting can help to offer everyone a stronger voice in our democratic institutions.

Neal McBurnettNeal McBurnett, M.S.: Director [E-mail]

Boulder, CO

Neal has computer science degrees from Brown and Berkeley. He's worked at Bell Labs, Internet2, and Databricks. In 1995, he put up the first web pages with detailed information on approval voting. He has worked to improve election integrity since 2002 by pioneering post-election audits and working with election administrators, legislators, and secretaries of state. He did the first risk-limiting audit in Colorado and collaborated on ballot-level risk-limiting audits that reached new levels of efficiency and scale. He also audited the groundbreaking Scantegrity end-to-end-verifiable election in Takoma Park, MD in 2011, and is a member of the STAR-Vote design team.

Neal has also worked on data format standards for elections via the IEEE and the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC), and is active with the Election Verification Network. He can often be found dancing in one of the Avalon ballrooms in Boulder Colorado.

Jon Roberts: Director [E-mail]

New York, NY

Jon co-founded Grenian Capital, LLC in 2011, an investment firm trading environmental commodities to finance new renewable energy and green infrastructure projects. Previously, Jon spent 30 years in reinsurance as a senior executive at AIG, MetLife, and founded a new reinsurer backed by Morgan Stanley.

A native New Yorker, he is also on the board of the Bronx Science Alumni Foundation. Jon is a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries and holds a B.A. in mathematics from Harvard University.

Jeff Justice: Secretary, Director [E-mail]

Palo Alto, CA

Jeff has degrees from Stanford in physics and industrial engineering.  Both involved significant study in statistics and decision theory, which directly relate to voting methods.  Jeff's career included writing algorithms for experimental data analysis, financial decision making, and data collection from chemical instrumentation.  His hobbies include running, videography, and studying physics. You can find his physics videos on the QuantumBaking channel. 

Felix Sargent: Director [E-mail]

Brooklyn, NY

Felix is the Director of Developer Relations at MediaMath. He’s passionate about enabling effective development internally and externally. His previous roles include leading teams and defining product strategy for SeamlessDocs, Bloomberg Vault Surveillance, Rackspace, Repose, and Autoscale. He also provided engineering functions at Salesforce and Google. He holds a B.A. degree in Economics from San Francisco State University. In his spare time, he enjoys working on open source civic software with BetaNYC and mentoring for The Product Mentor Group.

Nathaniel Schwalb: Director [E-mail]

Boston, MA

Nathaniel is a researcher at Harvard Business School, where he writes on management decisions regarding strategy, finance, and human capital. He is a former strategy consultant and Yale University graduate, where he studied ethics, politics, and economics.
Nathaniel became involved with The Center for Election Science through the Effective Altruism movement, which he has been involved with since 2013. He lives in Boston with his girlfriend.

Board of Advisers

Steven J. BramsSteven J. Brams, Ph.D.

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, Fair Division, Mathematics and Democracy, and Game Theory and the Humanities. 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 LaslierJean-François Laslier, Ph.D.

Paris, France

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 KilgourMarc Kilgour, Ph.D.

Ontario, Canada

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.

William PoundstoneWilliam Poundstone

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.

Robert NormanRobert Norman, Ph.D.

Hanover, NH

Dr. Robert Norman is an emeritus professor of mathematics at Dartmouth College. He chaired the Program in Mathematics and the Social Sciences from 1972 to 1992. His research interests include combinatorics, as well as applications in sociology, psychology, and social choice theory. He is currently focusing on comparing voting systems, their assets and their faults, both on a theoretical basis and as they might be considered by public and private organizations as they seek to adopt voting systems that are better than plurality or plurality with runoff. His most recent publication was in the journal Public Choice focusing on monotonicity failure in IRV.


Herrade Igersheim, Ph.D.

Strasbourg, France

Herrade teaches at the University of Strasbourg. Dealing with philosophy and economics, social choice or experimental economics applied to voting, her works aim to examine the concept of liberalism of freedom, which has been defined by John Rawls in 2000 and which amounts to giving priority to civic and political freedoms.
Herrade earned her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Strasbourg in 2004. She then pursued her research at Barcelona, Aix-Marseille and back to Strasbourg. She was a research fellow at Duke University (NC) in 2015/16. Notably, to conduct her experimental research on approval and evaluative voting rules, she led or co-led several projects funded by the French National Research Agency, France Stratégie and the Foundation of the University of Strasbourg.


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