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The Millennial Policy Initiative  is an independent nonpartisan policy project of New Leaders Council and CALinnovates that is dedicated to freedom, opportunity and community for all. Our goal is to empower a generation of leaders, thinkers and elected officials to develop modern ideas to the challenges we face as a nation.

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Commission Senior Fellows

H. Drew Galloway is the Executive Director of MOVE San Antonio, a grassroots, nonpartisan nonprofit organization building power in underrepresented youth communities through civic education, leadership development, and progressive issue advocacy. Under his leadership, MOVE San Antonio has registered over 15,000 young people in San Antonio, averaged a 68% turnout rate, and has made progressive impacts across the city and state. Drew is a thought leader on modern civic engagement and voting technology, speaking to thousands of people per year about the importance of 21st Century innovation in our American democracy. From being a TEDxSanAntonio speaker to consulting startups, he is an advocate and designer of civic technology like automatic voter registration, blockchain voting systems, and geographic redistricting software - all designed to make our elections more fair, more secure, and more accessible. Prior to joining MOVE San Antonio, Drew was the New Politics Forum Program Coordinator at The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at The University of Texas at Austin and worked in the White House Domestic Policy Council's Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.

H. Drew Galloway
Executive Director, MOVE San Antonio
(San Antonio '16)

Michael Pernick is an attorney in the litigation department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP. In addition to his commercial litigation practice, Michael has an extensive pro bono voting rights practice and has worked on cases involving gerrymandering, voter ID laws, and a variety of other election law issues. Michael has also published on campaign finance reform, including legal scholarship in a prominent academic legal journal and an op-ed in a major New York newspaper. Michael recently filed an amicus brief on behalf of 18 leading political scientists with the United States Supreme Court in Gill v. Whitford, a partisan gerrymandering case involving the constitutionality of the Wisconsin’s State Assembly map. Michael’s brief was discussed during the Supreme Court’s oral argument in October. Michael filed a similar brief with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in League of Women Voters v. Pennsylvania, the successful challenge to Pennsylvania’s unconstitutional congressional gerrymander. Michael’s brief was cited in the Court’s opinion striking the state’s congressional map. In addition to his voting rights practice, Michael frequently trains and leads teams of lawyers who protect voting rights on election day. Last December, Michael led a team of lawyers in Alabama protecting voting rights with the Doug Jones Senate campaign. In addition, Michael has trained and led teams of voter protection lawyers for elections in Ohio, North Carolina, and Nassau County, New York. Before becoming a lawyer, Michael managed political campaigns in New York. Michael grew up in Nassau County, New York and lives in Rockville Centre, New York.

Michael Pernick
Attorney, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
(New York City '17)

Vignesh Ganapathy is Director of Policy and the Racial Justice Project with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kansas. In this role, he manages the affiliate’s legislative program and initiatives focused on racial justice and equity. In 2018, the affiliate is focused on protecting voting rights in Kansas and reforming the state’s criminal justice system. Previously, Vignesh has served in government relations roles with the EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases and the Civil Justice Association of California. Vignesh began his career with a deep passion for criminal justice reform. Motivated by the incarceration of two close friends, he attended the University of California - Santa Cruz and sought to advocate on policy. After college, he joined Kamala Harris’s 2010 campaign for California’s Attorney General. He is a graduate of the University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law, where he studied in a program with Supreme Court Justices Anthony Kennedy and Elena Kagan. In law school, Vignesh focused on administrative and constitutional law. He has contributed to academic publications on marriage equality in tort law, and the need for robust science-based newborn screening programs across the United States. When he is not working, Vignesh rides motorcycles, rock climbs, and is an avid fan of punk and soul music.

Vignesh Ganapathy
Director of Policy and the Racial Justice Project,
ACLU Kansas
(Sacramento '15)

Jared Evans currently serves as the Special Assistant in the Office of Legal Counsel in the Executive Office of Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. Jared has also held legislative and policy positions with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana House of Representatives, most recently as the staff attorney for the House Transportation Committee. He has served as an aide and advisor to Louisiana State Senator Rick Gallot and U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu. He is a native of Louisiana and is a member Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Jared is a cum laude graduate of Grambling State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science and was elected to several positions in student government including senior class president, and holds law degrees from Southern University Law Center and the George Washington University School of Law.

Jared (R.J.) Evans
Special Assistant, Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser
(Louisiana '11)
Commission Senior Advisors

Nicole Austin-Hillery recently joined Human Rights Watch as the Executive Director of its US Program. In this inaugural role, Austin-Hillery will lead Human Rights Watch’s efforts to end violations in the abusive US immigration system, tackle race discrimination and other rights problems with the domestic criminal justice system, and advocate for national security policies informed by international human rights standards. As the former Director and Counsel of the Washington, D.C. office, Nicole Austin-Hillery served as the Brennan Center’s chief liaison to Congress and the Administration and provides counsel on policy and advocacy strategy. Nicole’s expertise is in the areas of voting rights, racial and criminal justice reform. She also focused on indigent defense and money in politics. She served as a frequent media spokesperson and at national and international forums and has written opinion pieces for several publications including Roll Call, CNN and Bill Moyers.com. She has significant litigation experience having practiced with the law firm of Mehri & Skalet, PLLC as part of the firm's civil rights employment class action practice and as the George N. Lindsay Civil Rights Law Fellow at the national office of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C. She currently serves on the President-Elect of the Washington Bar Association and is a member of the Common Cause Board. She is an adjunct civil rights professor at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. She is a graduate of the Howard University School of Law and Carnegie Mellon University.

Nicole Austin-Hillery
Executive Director, U.S. Programs, Human Rights Watch

Commission on
Democracy & Voting Rights

Austin Evers is the Executive Director of American Oversight. Evers founded American Oversight in the wake of the 2016 election to hold the Trump administration. In its first year, the organization used litigation to break important stories featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and many other outlets, including that Trump lied about being wiretapped, that Jeff Sessions lied to the FBI about his Russia contacts, and that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is using his office to promote polluter priorities. The organization’s litigation was the catalyst for Trump’s decision to disband his fraught voter fraud commission. Evers served most recently as Senior Counsel in the Department of State for oversight and transparency matters and prior to that as a litigator at Williams & Connolly LLP. Evers graduated summa cum laude from Boston College Law School.

Austin Evers
Executive Director, American Oversight
(Boston '11)
Chief of Staff, Vermont Secretary of State
Eric Covey

Eric currently serves as Chief of Staff for Vermont’s Secretary of State Jim Condos, where he works to increase government transparency and accountability, reduce barriers to voting for all Vermonters and to fix our broken campaign finance system. He was elected to the Winooski City Council in March of 2017, where he advocates for progressive, people-centered policies that ensure Winooski residents are safe, connected and supported. Eric is the Founding Director of the Vermont New Leaders Council (NLC) chapter, which focuses on the mission of recruiting, training and supporting the next generation of emerging, progressive leaders. He was a founding board member and Director of the Maine NLC chapter before moving back to Vermont and is a trainer for the organization nationally. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Vermont Access, the state’s non-profit abortion fund. Eric has years of progressive policy experience working to empower his community members to engage in the decision-making process on a local, statewide and national level. He is an avid outdoorsman and loves spending time with his dog Luka.

President & Executive Director, End Citizens United
Tiffany Muller

Tiffany Muller is the President and Executive Director of End Citizens United. Tiffany came to End Citizens United with a record of empowering the progressive grassroots to achieve ambitious goals. During her first cycle as head of End Citizens United, she helped grow the start-up into a nationwide organization with more than 3 million members. In End Citizens United’s first cycle, Tiffany led the organization to help elect 15 new champions of campaign finance reform. In the 2018 election cycle, End Citizens United is tapping the power of its grassroots fundraising and energized members to elevate the issue of money in politics as a national priority and elect champions of campaign finance reform. Prior to joining End Citizens United, Tiffany was Deputy Political Director at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. She also served as a chief of staff to two Members of Congress. In 2004, Tiffany became the first openly gay public official in Kansas as a member of the Topeka City Council, where she led successful efforts to expand anti-discrimination protections. After working for Governor Kathleen Sebelius, Tiffany ran a political research firm where she worked on some of the biggest races across the country. In 2012, she was the Vice-President of Political Operations at Victory Fund in a record breaking year for LGBT candidates that included electing the first openly LGBT US Senator and doubling representation in Congress. Tiffany received her undergraduate degree from Washburn University her Master’s from the University of Maryland. She lives in Washington, DC with her wife and their daughter.

Director of Special Litigation & Advocacy, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Dorian Spence

Dorian L. Spence serves as Director of Special Litigation and Advocacy at the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law where he coordinates work that cuts across the organization’s projects and directs when, and how, the organization responds to matters that lie beyond the scope of the Lawyers’ Committee’s current projects. Prior to his current role, Dorian served as Counsel in the Lawyers’ Committee’s Voting Rights Project and Community Development Project. As Counsel, he led the organization’s litigation efforts in North Carolina (Hall v. Jones County Board of Commissioners, and Action N.C. v. Strach — challenges to discrimination in voting) and Oklahoma. Dorian was also instrumental in developing the Lawyers’ Committee’s Know Your Rights Initiative. In the immediate aftermath of the murders of Alton Sterling (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) and Keith Scott (Charlotte, North Carolina), Dorian helped to organize a network of pro-bono lawyers that provided representation and helped to protect the First Amendment rights of people engaged in peaceful demonstrations. Dorian began his legal career as a Fellow at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. in Washington, D.C. where he worked in the organization’s Political Participation Group. He has spoken on numerous panels, served as guest lecturer at Howard University School of Law and Georgetown University, made several media appearances, and written articles on racial justice. Dorian earned his undergraduate degree from Ohio University and his law degree Wake Forest University School of Law.