Opportunity: Research Partnership

Position: Election Toolkit Research Partner
Honorarium: $10,000
Location: This is a remote opportunity
Type: Part time
Term: December 1, 2018 - May 1, 2019

Position description

Launched in 2016, the Election Toolkit is a collection of free and low-cost tools to promote civic engagement and make voting easier. When used by the Toolkit’s audience of election officials in state and local government, these tools have shaped the experiences of voters throughout the United States.

To better understand the Toolkit’s impact, the Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) is seeking a research partner to design and manage an impact measurement study. As the research partner, you will use both quantitative and qualitative methods to measure the impact of the Election Toolkit on the election officials who use it and the communities they serve. In a final report, you’ll share your findings along with recommendations.

Responsibilities

  • Research and data collection: Design and manage a study to identify who’s using the Election Toolkit, how they’re using it, what results they’re getting from using the tools, and how those results can be seen in their communities

  • Analysis: Identify trends, commonalities, blind spots, and opportunities regarding how election officials use the Toolkit

  • Writing: Draft a final report sharing major findings from the research as well as recommendations

Qualifications

As the Election Toolkit Research Partner, you will have a passion for investigating how democracy works and an understanding of the Election Toolkit’s mission. In addition, you will possess many but not necessarily all of the following skills and qualifications:

  • You have thoughtful project management skills and attention to detail.

  • You have experience with both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Bonus: you have a background in monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL).

  • You have strong verbal and written communication skills. You’re able to synthesize complex data and translate research findings into recommendations.

  • You’re dedicated to delivering honest, comprehensive findings, regardless of whether they’re flattering or hard to hear.

About CTCL

CTCL is a nonprofit that uses technology to improve the way government and communities interact. We do this by providing free and low-cost resources for election officials so they can update the ways they use technology to communicate with the public. We also do this by publishing free, open-source civic datasets that are used in some of the most powerful tools that drive civic participation.

To date, we’ve trained thousands of election officials on topics like social media, election website best practices, and cybersecurity. And we have published civic datasets that answer the questions “What’s on my ballot?” and “Who represents me?” which have been accessed over 200 million times.

To apply

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. To apply:

  1. Complete a short application form

  2. Email your resume (or curriculum vitae) to kurt@techandciviclife.org. Please use “Research Partnership” as your subject line.

  3. If you meet our desired application criteria, you will have the opportunity to complete a simulation exercise to demonstrate your qualifications

  4. Based on your application and test results, an interview will be conducted to determine if you are the best fit for the position

The Center for Technology and Civic Life is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage candidates of all races, colors, religions, national origins, sexual orientations, genders, sexes, ages, abilities, branches of military service, and political party affiliations to apply.

Questions about the partnership? Reach out to Kurt Sampsel at kurt@techandciviclife.org.

Job: Community Associate

Position: Community Associate
Salary: $45,000  - $50,000 per year
Benefits: Vision, dental, & medical insurance and cell phone reimbursement
Location: Chicago, IL, remote work possible, 5% travel to U.S. election offices and conferences
Type: Full-time
Start date: Winter 2018


Position description

When you think about elections, you might think about popular candidates, “I voted” stickers, and all sorts of paperwork and deadlines. But behind the scenes are thousands of election officials in state and local governments who are working hard to make sure ballots are counted and voices are heard.

To serve every community and make democracy work, these officials need 21st-century tools and training. You can help them get it!

As the CTCL Government Services Community Associate, you will grow and engage our network of election officials (what we call ELECTricity) and connect them with resources like our training courses and the Election Toolkit. If you care about democracy, if you believe in the importance of public service, and if you love to exceed expectations, this is the job for you.

Responsibilities

  • Community-building - Understand the professional needs of election officials by building and communicating with the ELECTricity network via email, phone, and in-person outreach

  • Communications - Share industry best practices by researching and writing about election administration challenges and solutions in a regular e-newsletter and blog posts

  • Customer support - Connect election officials with affordable solutions by listening and responding to their questions and requests for tools, training, and other resources

Qualifications

As the Government Services Community Associate, you will have an understanding of CTCL’s mission and demonstrate a proven track record of success. In addition, you will possess many but not necessarily all of the following qualifications:

  • You have strong verbal and written communication skills. Bonus: You have experience using publishing tools like Mailchimp to send emails and Squarespace to share blog posts.

  • You are passionate about helping people solve problems. You know listening is important.

  • You are thoughtful with your time management and you pay attention to detail. This shows in the quality of work you produce.

  • You are enthusiastic about making elections more secure and inclusive. You believe in democracy and care about voting.

  • You are committed to being a high-performing team member where you learn new things and develop new skills.

About CTCL

CTCL is a nonprofit that uses technology to improve the way government and communities interact. We do this by providing free and low-cost resources for election officials so they can update the ways they use technology to communicate with the public. We also do this by publishing free, open-source civic datasets that are used in some of the most powerful tools that drive civic participation.

To date, we’ve trained thousands of election officials on topics like social media, election website best practices, and cybersecurity. And we have published civic datasets that answer the questions “What’s on my ballot?” and “Who represents me?” which have been accessed over 200 million times.

To Apply

Applications will be accepted and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

  1. Complete a short application form.

  2. Email your resume to whitney@techandciviclife.org.

  3. If you meet our desired criteria, you will have the opportunity to complete a job simulation exercise to demonstrate your qualifications and also get a better idea of what the job will be like.

  4. Based on your application and test results, an interview and reference check will be conducted to determine if you are the best fit for the position.

The Center for Technology and Civic Life is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage people of all races, colors, religions, national origins, sexual orientations, genders, sexes, ages, abilities, branches of military service, and political party affiliations to apply.


CTCL Hosting a Webinar About Voter Registration Modernization

Like many government services, voter registration has been streamlined in recent years. Advances in technology have made registering voters faster, simpler, more convenient, and less expensive – all while helping to include more eligible citizens and improve the accuracy of voter records.

Voter registration modernizations like updated Motor Voter programs, electronic transfer of voter registration data from the Department of Motor Vehicles, and automatic voter registration (AVR) are examples of some of the popular new ways of registering voters.

But as these voter registration policies are passed at the state level, local election officials need to understand how their work will change as a result. Equipped with best practices from the field, local offices can be better prepared to adapt to new registration processes.

Are you curious about how an updated voter registration process might impact the work of local election officials? The Center for Technology and Civic Life and the Center for Civic Design invite you to attend a free webinar that will provide you with background on different kinds of voter registration modernizations as well as insights and lessons learned from across the country.

What:

Guidelines on Voter Registration Modernization for Local Election Offices webinar, presented by the Center for Technology and Civic Life and the Center for Civic Design

When:

Thursday, September 27
12:00pm - 1:00pm Central Time


Learn more about the findings we share in the webinar by exploring the newest tool in the Election Toolkit, the Voter Registration Modernization Guide.

And if you are interested in some of the research for this project, read how CTCL brought together election officials and other experts in May 2018 to discuss voter registration modernization.


Job: Operations Manager - Application Closed

Position: Operations Manager
Benefits: Vision, Dental, & Medical Insurance and Cell Phone Reimbursement
Location: Chicago, IL -OR- Washington, DC
Type: Full Time
Salary: $60,000 - $70,000
Application Deadline: October 1, 2018
Start Date: Fall 2018

Position Description

The Operations Manager will be responsible for leading our operational, financial, and administrative functions; overseeing and maintaining a set of internal functions that make it easier for us to hit our goals and for staff to thrive; and serving as the primary go-to for organizational problem solving. This position will report directly to the Executive Director.

Responsibilities

Lead our operational, financial, and administrative functions

  • Lead all administrative and operations activities to ensure smooth day-to-day functioning.

  • Oversee human resource activities, including payroll processing and benefits management.

  • Perform day-to-day financial management, including: processing cash receipts, paying invoices, coding expenses and reimbursements, and closing monthly books with our accountant.

  • Manage contract accountant, independent auditors, and banking relationships. Lead our annual audit.

  • Ensure we are in full legal compliance by maintaining an open line with our lawyers and proactively looking for and flagging potential trouble spots.

  • Manage supplies and equipment.

  • Provide support to the Executive Director in management of vendor relationships, contracts, and records.

Ensure organizational effectiveness

  • Coordinate annual review process.

  • Play a key role in developing agendas for our two annual staff retreats.

  • Coordinate logistics and materials for staff meetings, board meetings, annual convenings or conferences led by the civic data and government services teams, and other events as needed.

  • Serve as the hub of our talent needs by coordinating searches and helping hiring managers identify and recruit great people to join our team.

  • Institutionalize onboarding and off-boarding best practices and materials.

  • Create and maintain various management documents, including our employee manual, job descriptions, training plans, and organizational chart.

  • Support the Executive Director in developing internal processes and driving culture shifts as we grow and mature as an organization.

Serve as the go-to for organizational problem solving

  • Proactively spot and resolve ad hoc challenges that arise.

  • Serve as a thought-partner to our Executive Director and senior leadership team in identifying and resolving organizational or individual challenges as they arise.

  • Identify additional ways in which we could improve and take on other responsibilities as we grow.

Desired Qualifications

A successful candidate for the Operations Manager position will have a comprehensive understanding of our mission and demonstrate a proven track record of success. In addition, while no candidate will possess every quality, the successful candidate will possess many of the following qualifications and personal attributes. Even if you aren’t sure but are excited about the position, we encourage you to apply! 

  • Solutions-oriented: You proactively develop solutions to challenges and push to get past roadblocks.

  • Ownership and hustle: You care deeply about getting results, and you do what it takes to get them, including, anticipating problems, offering creative solutions, driving work forward, and course-correcting when needed.

  • Strong attention to detail: You pay close attention to detail and ensure that any task or work product - big or small - is thorough and accurate.

  • Inclusive: You connect with people from all kinds of backgrounds and make sure everyone feels like they belong here.

  • Strong customer service orientation: You make it easier for staff to do their own jobs. You view your work as supporting the whole by helping to make their lives as easy and straightforward as possible

  • Integrity: You can be trusted with confidential organizational and staff information.

About CTCL

CTCL is a non-partisan, non-profit that uses technology to improve the way local governments and communities interact. We do this by providing free and low-cost resources for local election administrators so they can update the ways they use technology to communicate with voters. We also do this by publishing free, open-source civic datasets that are used in some of the most powerful tools that drive civic participation. 

To date, we’ve built a knowledge network of hundreds of local election administrators through a program we call ELECTricity. And we have published civic datasets that answer questions like 'What’s on my ballot?' and 'Who represents me?', which have been accessed over 200 million times.

Read more about our work here:

To Apply

Applications will be accepted and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. To apply:

  1. Submit a short application at https://www.techandciviclife.org/operations-manager-application and email your resume to operations@techandciviclife.org.

  2. People who demonstrate that they are qualified in their application materials will have the opportunity to complete a test.

  3. People who perform well on the test will be asked to participate in an interview(s).

  4. Based on the application, test results, interviews, and reference checks, one person will be selected for the position.

The Center for Technology and Civic Life is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage people of all races, colors, religions, national origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, sexes, ages, abilities, branches of military service, and political party affiliations to apply.

CTCL Brings Together Election Officials and Other Experts to Discuss Voter Registration Modernization

Twelve states and the District of Columbia have already approved automatic voter registration, and 20 states have introduced automatic registration proposals in 2018, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.

But how do these new voter registration modernization policies impact the workload and processes of local election officials?

To answer this question, CTCL brought together local election officials and other experts for a 1-day workshop in Chicago on May 11. The workshop was facilitated by the Center for Civic Design.

The goal of the workshop was to develop a set of lessons learned for local election officials tackling the effects of voter registration modernization, taking into account different perspectives in various policy frameworks.

To help us draft our lessons learned, we listened to state case studies and discussions about the areas of election administration that voter registration affects. We recognized that every state's implementation is at a different point, but there's something to learn from everyone's unique experience and perspective.

Participants came from Colorado, Illinois, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, and California. They included:

·    State and local election officials

·    A DMV administrator

·    Advocates and researchers

We kicked off the workshop by jumping into research about the success of voter registration modernization in places like Colorado and Virginia.

Then the heart of the workshop was built around state case studies, group discussion questions, and of course, lots of sticky notes!

 Workshop attendees view a wall of sticky notes before voting.

Workshop attendees view a wall of sticky notes before voting.

By the end of the day, these colorful sticky notes were organized on the wall and voted on by attendees. This exercise allowed us to zoom in on the top issues for election officials who are responsible for implementing new voter registration policies.

One of the lessons learned from the workshop focused on having good relationships between election offices and DMV offices.

Norelys Consuegra, Deputy Director of Elections with the Rhode Island Secretary of State, called attention to the importance of partnerships when managing new voter registration processes. She said, “Our goal is for people to really care about elections. We have a great working relationship with the DMV. That’s a big part of AVR.”

Another key lesson was the challenge of communicating the new policy to different audiences like legislators, advocates, and voters.

Overall, the group expressed a positive experience with voter registration modernization -- it saves local election offices and the DMV time and money.

For next steps, CTCL will be collecting additional data from election officials and DMV administrators. We’ll use the lessons learned from the workshop and additional site visits to produce 2 webinars and a tool in the Election Toolkit later this summer. These free resources on best practices will benefit local election officials who are rolling out an update to their voter registration process.

Want to keep up with CTCL’s work on voter registration modernization and other election administration resources? Subscribe to our ELECTricity newsletter.

Job: Data Quality Assurance Fellow

Position: Data Quality Assurance Fellow
Location: Chicago or Washington, DC preferred; remote a possibility for qualified applicants
Start Date: June 2018 through June 2019, with possibility of renewal
Salary Range: $50,000 per year
Benefits: Vision, Dental, & Medical Insurance and Cell Phone Reimbursement
Level: Entry Level

Position Description

CTCL’s Civic Data team creates and maintains nationwide datasets of candidate and elected officials, working with partners to ensure that everyone in America can answer basic questions about our democracy. Creating the datasets that power some of the most powerful civic information tools available is hard work. Consistently ensuring that these datasets are the best they can be is even harder. We’re looking for someone with a love of democracy (and a borderline-scary eye for detail) to help maintain and improve the civic information we and our partners provide to the public.

Working with the Director of Civic Data, the Data Quality Assurance Fellow will work with our own data and with our partners to ensure the completeness and accuracy of the civic information available online. Examples of responsibilities include:

  • Verifying civic information. Working to confirm the accuracy of information about candidates, elected officials, and more.
  • Sourcing political geographies. Helping us link people to their specific representatives and candidates by finding and creating identifiers for district boundaries. This includes working with both electoral district shapefiles as well as Open Civic Data Identifiers.
  • Implementing internal quality control systems. Helping our Civic Data team develop and execute strategies for improving our existing quality assurance processes.

Desired Qualifications

A successful candidate for Data Quality Assurance Fellow will have a comprehensive understanding of our mission and demonstrate a proven track record of success. In addition, while no candidate will possess every quality, the successful candidate will possess many of the following qualifications and personal attributes:

  • Meticulous attention to detail. This position is the last line of defense against wrong information getting to the voting public, and we need someone who won’t let anything slip past them.
  • Research experience. Not all civic information is easy to find - that’s why we do what we do. We need someone who is comfortable using both online and offline methods to find the information we need.
  • Strong sense of curiosity. You take delight in immersing yourself in the rabbit hole of research and in finding out new details about America’s democracy.

About CTCL

CTCL is a non-partisan, non-profit that uses technology to improve the way local governments and communities interact. We do this by providing resources for local election administrators so they can update the ways they use technology to communicate with voters. We also do this by publishing free, open-source civic datasets that are used in some of the most powerful tools that drive civic participation.

To date, we’ve built a knowledge network of hundreds of local election administrators through a program we call ELECTricity. And we have published civic datasets that answer questions like 'What’s on my ballot?' and 'Who represents me?', which have been accessed over 200 million times.

Read more about our work here:

To Apply

Applications will be accepted and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. To apply:

  1. Submit a short application at techandciviclife.org/data-quality-assurance-fellow-application and email your resume to data@techandciviclife.org.
  2. People who demonstrate that they are qualified in their application materials will have the opportunity to complete a test.
  3. People who perform well on the test will be asked to participate in an interview(s).
  4. Based on the application, test results, interviews, and reference checks, one person will be selected for the position.

The Center for Technology and Civic Life is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage people of all races, colors, religions, national origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, sexes, ages, abilities, branches of military service, and political party affiliations to apply.

Job: Data Analysis & Outreach Fellow

Position: Data Analysis & Outreach Fellow
Location: Chicago or Washington, DC preferred; remote a possibility for qualified applicants
Start Date: July 2018 through December 2018, decision for renewal by November 2018
Salary Range: $50,000 - 65,000 per year (pro-rated)
Benefits: Vision, Dental, & Medical Insurance and Cell Phone Reimbursement
Level: Entry-Mid Level

Position Description

CTCL has conducted extensive research on the demographics of power in the United States through its partnership with the Reflective Democracy Campaign. Our groundbreaking analyses of the race and gender of elected officials and candidates across the country has been featured in national news and has shaped the way we talk about representation in the US. We’re looking to add a full-time Fellow to help make our data even more useful, so that the information and insights it contains can better be used to make our government more modern and reflective.

Working with the Director of Civic Data and our external partners, the Data Analysis & Outreach Fellow will focus on improving, analyzing, and growing the use of our Reflective Democracy dataset. Examples of responsibilities include:

  • Data research & analysis. Finding new ways of expanding and looking at our existing data that help illuminate how well our government reflects its people. Developing case studies and deep-dive analyses on specific subjects. These deep-dives could include analyses of specific geographies, types of elected office, election types or similar topics.
  • Data visualization and reporting.  Developing visualizations and reports to best present our research in interesting and engaging ways.
  • Organizing and outreach. Spreading the reach of our research by engaging with diverse, mission-aligned audiences doing racial justice, civic engagement, policy, and academic work.

Desired Qualifications

A successful candidate for Data Analysis & Outreach Fellow will have a comprehensive understanding of our mission and demonstrate a proven track record of success. In addition, while no candidate will possess every quality, the successful candidate will possess many of the following qualifications and personal attributes:

  • Meticulous attention to detail. You are able to organize non-centralized, non-standard information into a coherent format.
  • Research experience. You have a background in developing quantitative analyses and reports, including creating data visualizations.
  • External outreach skills. You are comfortable contacting people and organizations you haven’t met before to persuade them to form new partnerships.
  • Strong writing skills. You are able to clearly explain complex concepts in plain language.
  • Familiarity with the civic engagement/racial justice landscape. You have a basic understanding of organizations that do non-partisan work around subjects related to the research.
  • Intermediate to Advanced Microsoft Excel skills. You have at least a basic understanding of formulas to manipulate text and execute lookups.
  • Strong sense of curiosity. You take delight in immersing yourself in the rabbit hole of research and in discovering new insights in our data.

About CTCL

CTCL is a non-partisan, non-profit that uses technology to improve the way local governments and communities interact. We do this by providing resources for local election administrators so they can update the ways they use technology to communicate with voters. We also do this by publishing free, open-source civic datasets that are used in some of the most powerful tools that drive civic participation.

To date, we’ve built a knowledge network of hundreds of local election administrators through a program we call ELECTricity. And we have published civic datasets that answer questions like 'What’s on my ballot?' and 'Who represents me?', which have been accessed over 200 million times.

Read more about our work here:

To Apply

Applications will be accepted and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. To apply:

  1. Submit a short application at techandciviclife.org/data-analysis-outreach-associate-application and email your resume to data@techandciviclife.org.
  2. People who demonstrate that they are qualified in their application materials will have the opportunity to complete a test.
  3. People who perform well on the test will be asked to participate in an interview(s).
  4. Based on the application, test results, interviews, and reference checks, one person will be selected for the position.

The Center for Technology and Civic Life is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage people of all races, colors, religions, national origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, sexes, ages, abilities, branches of military service, and political party affiliations to apply.

Job: Civic Data Research Fellow

Position: Civic Data Research Fellow
Location: Washington, DC
Start Date: June 2018
End Date: November 2018
Salary Range: $48,000 per year (pro-rated)
Benefits: Vision, Dental, & Medical Insurance and Cell Phone Reimbursement
Level: Entry Level

Position Description

“What’s on my ballot?” is the number one question that voters look for online - but the answer to that question is harder to find than you might think. With nearly 8,000 offices responsible for running elections in America, the basic information that voters need to participate in elections is often poorly formatted and hard to find - if it’s online at all. At the Center for Technology and Civic Life, we think all voters should be able to find this information online, and we need your help! In 2016, our ballot data reached between one-third and one-half of all voters in the country, and we expect 2018 to be even bigger.

We’re looking for a set of 2018 Civic Data Fellows to help us standardize the nation’s ballot information, so that all Americans can find information about what will be on their ballot in November. Civic Data Fellows will work closely with our Research Associates and Director of Civic Data to collect and standardize information about candidates and referenda from across the country. If you love democracy, researching obscure facts, and turning chaos into order, this is the job for you!

Responsibilities

  • Research: Lead efforts in creating and updating our dataset of candidates and issues on voters’ General Election ballots.
  • Quality Assurance: Work with the Research Associates and Director of Civic Data to implement data quality checks to ensure the accuracy and completeness of data.
  • Issue Support: Once the data goes live, respond to user feedback in real time.

Desired Qualifications

A successful candidate for Civic Data Fellow will have a comprehensive understanding of our mission and demonstrate a proven track record of success. In addition, while no candidate will possess every quality, the successful candidate will possess many of the following qualifications and personal attributes:

  • Ability to organize non-centralized, non-standard information into a coherent format.
  • Basic knowledge of American politics, elections, and/or election administration.
  • Demonstrated research experience.
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly by telephone.
  • Experience with political data and/or Excel.
  • Passion for learning.
  • Thrives in an intensive and outcome-driven work culture.
  • Tech-savvy and eagerness to learn to use new tools and technology.

About CTCL

CTCL is a non-partisan, non-profit that uses technology to improve the way local governments and communities interact. We do this by providing resources for local election administrators so they can update the ways they use technology to communicate with voters. We also do this by publishing free, open-source civic datasets that are used in some of the most powerful tools that drive civic participation.

To date, we’ve built a knowledge network of hundreds of local election administrators through a program we call ELECTricity. And we have published civic datasets that answer questions like 'What’s on my ballot?' and 'Who represents me?', which have been accessed over 200 million times.

Read more about our work here:

To Apply

Applications will be accepted and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. To apply:

  1. Submit a short application at techandciviclife.org/civic-data-research-fellow-application and email your resume to data@techandciviclife.org.
  2. People who demonstrate that they are qualified in their application materials will have the opportunity to complete a test.
  3. People who perform well on the test will be asked to participate in an interview(s).
  4. Based on the application, test results, interviews, and reference checks, one person will be selected for the position.

The Center for Technology and Civic Life is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage people of all races, colors, religions, national origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, sexes, ages, abilities, branches of military service, and political party affiliations to apply.

Save the Dates: Cybersecurity Online Training Series for Election Officials

Data breaches, ransomware, and denial of service attacks are becoming regular headlines in America. Cyber attacks are a reality of modern private and public sector operations, including election administration. Election officials are uniquely positioned on the front lines to help safeguard our democracy while ensuring that each vote counts.

To help you rise to the challenge, the Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) is partnering with the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) to deliver a new cybersecurity training series designed for election officials this July and August.

By bringing together the cybersecurity expertise of CDT with the teaching style of CTCL, the training series offers you accessible levels of technical knowledge coupled with practical next steps—all in an engaging, interactive online classroom environment.

The series will include 3 courses, only $50 each, to empower your election office to manage cyber threats and communicate with the public about cybersecurity. 

After completing the series, you’ll have more confidence to safeguard against and respond to cyber threats in your election office. Seats are limited, so be sure to register today!

 

Courses

July 10 & August 28
1:00 – 2:30pm CT

Cybersecurity 101: Introduction
- Understand cybersecurity terminology
- Identify types of cyber threats
- Create stronger login practices

July 24 & August 29
1:00 – 2:30pm CT

Cybersecurity 201: Intermediate
- Manage access to devices and networks
- Safeguard your election data
- Develop partnerships to overcome security challenges

July 31 & August 30
1:00 – 2:30pm CT

Cybersecurity 301: Communications
- Make a cyber incident response plan
- Inform the public about your office’s security leadership
- Build media allies

 

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CTCL's Executive Director Selected as 2018 Obama Foundation Fellow

Selected out of more than 20,000 applicants from 191 countries, the Center for Technology and Civic Life’s executive director, Tiana Epps-Johnson, is joining a diverse set of civic innovators from around the world in the inaugural Obama Foundation Fellows Class.

This first class of Fellows brings together 20 individuals representing 11 countries across the globe, who are confronting many of the world’s most pressing problems through civic innovation. Fellows are organizers, inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, educators, and more. They bring together a variety of disciplines and apply their knowledge to a range of missions.

"I am so excited for this opportunity to learn with and from other people who are tackling big civic challenges”, says Tiana. “And I'm beyond grateful for this investment in my leadership. I look forward to growing the ways I'm able to support the work we're doing at CTCL to modernize the U.S. voting system so that it works for all of us."

The two-year, non-residential Fellowship will give Tiana and other selected Fellows hands-on training and exposure to help them amplify the impact of their work while inspiring other civic innovators.

Fellows will participate in four multi-day gatherings to collaborate with one another, connect with potential partners, and break down silos to advance their work. The first Fellows gathering will be in Chicago in May.

Each Fellow will also develop and pursue with the Foundation a personalized plan to leverage the fellowship and Obama Foundation resources to take their work to the next level. As Fellows put their plans into action, the Obama Foundation will assist with access to mentors, coaches, and additional resources.

“The 2018 Obama Foundation Fellows come from diverse backgrounds but share a common desire to make positive change and create the world as it should be,” said David Simas, CEO of the Obama Foundation. “By bringing these individuals together, we hope to help amplify the work of our Fellows so it has a widespread impact. On behalf of President and Mrs. Obama and the Obama Foundation family, I congratulate our new Fellows and look forward to working with them.”

Find out more about the Obama Foundation Fellowship at www.obama.org/fellowship. Join the conversation on Twitter using #ObamaFellows.

Tiana Epps-Johnson is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Technology and Civic Life. Prior to CTCL, she was the New Organizing Institute's Election Administration Director. At the Center, she and her team provide resources and training to support local election administrators in modernizing the ways they communicate with voters. They also publish free, open-source civic datasets that have been accessed over 200 million times through some of the most powerful tools that drive civic participation. Tiana holds an MSc in Politics and Communication from the London School of Economics and a BA in Political Science from Stanford University. Additionally, in 2015 Tiana was selected as an inaugural member of the Technology and Democracy fellowship at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School.