Civic Health Month is advised by a growing panel of representatives and experts in the field.
Associate Director for Democratic Governance, Harvard Ash Center
Teresa Acuña is reimagining our democracy. She is Associate Director for Democratic Governance at the Ash Center, a multi-disciplinary think tank leading real-world change at the Harvard Kennedy School. Teresa has worked in political, legislative, and programmatic leadership roles. Recently at the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, leading policy advocacy and efforts to diversify presidential appointments. She led policy teams in Congress and the California state legislature, ushering legislation addressing inequality. She sits on various national boards including the League of Women Voters, New American Leaders and Student Learn Student Vote.
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.
Dr. Alister Martin, MD MPP
Executive Director of VotER; Former Chief Resident at MGH
Alister Martin is a practicing emergency physician and former Chief Resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a dual degree graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Medical School joint degree program and served as a former Health Policy Aide to Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont and Congressman Raul Ruiz of California and blends state and federal policy knowledge with hands-on patient experience. He now serves as faculty at Harvard Medical School in the Center for Social Justice and Health Equity working at the intersection of public policy and medicine. He leverages his background in politics, healthcare policy, and the field of behavioral economics to use the ER as a place to build programs that serve the needs of vulnerable patients that frequent it and most recently launched VotER with a team of physicians, policy and behavioral science experts.
CEO, National Vote From Home Institute and former Director of Elections, Denver
Amber McReynolds is one of the country’s leading experts on election administration and policy. Amber is the CEO for the National Vote At Home Institute and Coalition and is the former Director of Elections for Denver, Colorado. She has proven that designing pro-voter policies, voter-centric processes, and implementing technical innovations will improve representation for all voters.
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.
Founder and CEO of The Bee Colony
Julie is the founder and CEO of The Bee Colony and is an expert in effective and creative communications. Besides earning numerous AMY marketing awards, IABC Golden Flame awards, and PRSA Phoenix awards for the agency’s work, Julie was named to Atlanta’s Top 10 Women to Watch, selected as one of The Outstanding Young People of Atlanta and was a perennial pick for Adweek’s Atlanta Agency Dream Team.
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.