Civic Health Month is advised by a growing panel of representatives and experts in the field.

Trey Grayson (R-KY)

Former Secretary of State, Kentucky; Former Director, Harvard Institute of Politics

From 2011 to June 2014, Trey served as the Director of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics. While at Harvard, he was known as an expert on the political views of millennials and the role of technology in politics and government. Prior to his time at Harvard, Trey was a two-term Secretary of State of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 

Kathryn Peters

Cofounder, Democracy Works and Turbovote

Kathryn Peters is a civic technologist, nonprofit entrepreneur, and voting advocate. She co-founded Democracy Works, where she launched TurboVote, an election reminder and voter registration tool that now serves more than 7 million voters. Her belief in better democracy has taken her from campaign organizing in Southeast Missouri to a master’s in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government to political rights monitoring in Afghanistan. Katy has been honored as one of Forbes magazine’s ’30 Under 30′ in the field of law and policy and as a Champion of Democracy by the National Priorities Project.

Ali Raja, MD

Executive Vice Chair of Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

Ali S. Raja, MD, MBA, MPH, FACHE is the Executive Vice Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Raja received his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health, holds MD and MBA degrees from Duke University and, after training in emergency medicine at the University of Cincinnati, completed a research fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. A practicing emergency physician and author of over 150 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, his federally-funded research focuses on improving the appropriateness of resource utilization in emergency medicine. 

Miles Rapoport (D-CT)

Former Secretary of State, Connecticut; Senior Fellow, Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School

Miles Rapoport is a longtime organizer, policy advocate, and elected official with four decades of experience working to strengthen democracy and democratic institutions in the United States. Rapoport previously served as Connecticut’s Secretary of the State and a state legislator for ten years in Hartford. He has written, spoken, and organized widely on issues of American democracy.

Cindy Samuelson

Vice President of Member and Public Relations at the Kansas Hospital Association.

Cindy Samuelson currently serves as the Vice President of Member and Public Relations at KHA. She was active in the campaign to expand health care coverage in Kansas. Samuelson was also integral in the 2011 development and 2015 redesign of Kansas Health Matters, a web-based tool to assist hospitals, health departments, policy makers and others with community health needs assessment and improvement.

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