Meet the Summit 2014 Speakers

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Joy ReidFeatured Roundtable Host and Moderator -
Joy-Ann Reid

Joy-Ann Reid is the Managing Editor of a daily online news and opinion platform devoted to delivering stories and perspectives that reflect and affect African-American audiences, powered by NBC News.

Her responsibilities include leading editorial coverage and strategy for the site, as well as managing all of theGrio's correspondents and contributors. Reid is also an on-air contributor to MSNBC.

Reid joined with experience as a freelance columnist for the Miami Herald and as editor of the political blog The Reid Report. She is a former talk radio producer and host for Radio One, and previously served as an online news editor for the NBC affiliate WTVJ in Miramar, FL.

Reid graduated from Harvard University in 1991 with a concentration in film, and is a 2003 Knight Center for Specialized Journalism fellow. She currently resides in New York City.

Tammy PatrickOpening Keynote - Morning Session - Tammy Patrick

Federal Compliance Officer for Maricopa County Elections Department, Ms. Patrick is tasked with serving the 1.9 million registered voters in the greater Phoenix Valley. She collaborates with community and political organizations to create a productive working relationship with the goal of voter participation. In May of 2013 she was selected by President Obama to serve as a Commissioner on the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, the pinnacle of her career thus far. Her efforts in supporting good stewardship via sound data collection and analysis has afforded her inclusion in The Democracy Index by Yale Law Professor Heather Gerken, and a position on the Pew Advisory Board for an Elections Performance Index. Ms. Patrick was honored to represent Maricopa County by testifying in Congress in 2007 on the role of election audits.


Working to provide access to all voters, including those serving our country in the military or residing overseas, her analysis of UOCAVA voting populations was presented to the Technical Guidelines Development Committee at NIST in 2011; UOCAVA Voter Trend Analysis and Risk Assessment reviews what characteristics of the UOCAVA voter make them most susceptible to casting ineffective ballots, and if access to online information and process aid in mitigating those vulnerabilities. Her experiences are further shared with the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) working group on electronic voting. In 2012 Ms. Patrick was asked to join the IEEE P1622 group developing standards for a common data format for election results reporting.

Ms. Patrick has a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Purdue University and has attained accreditation as a Certified Election Voter Registration Administrator through the Election Center and Auburn University. She has worked in the elections field since 2003 bringing a background in corporate sales and customer service.


Susan, OVFSummit 2014 Host and Speaker - Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat

Ms. Dzieduszycka-Suinat is President, CEO and cofounder of Overseas Vote Foundation (OVF),, and U.S. Vote Foundation (US Vote), These nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations help US domestic, absentee, overseas and military voters participate in federal elections by providing public access to interactive web services.

Ms. Dzieduszycka-Suinat is responsible for OVF's and US Vote’s strategic planning and operations including technical development, marketing, licensing, conference and alliance programs. She spearheaded the organization’s successful “3D” strategy of Development (technology), Data (research) and Dialogue (conference program) to foster an environment that supports innovation and results in meaningful electoral reform.

Barbara ArnwineSummit 2014 Co-Host and Speaker - Barbara Arnwine

Barbara R. Arnwine, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law since 1989, is internationally renowned for civil, human and women’s rights. A graduate of Scripps College and Duke University School of Law, she continues to champion issues in the areas of housing, fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice. She is also engaged in critical matters such immigrant rights, judicial diversity and sentencing and health care disparities.

Ms. Arnwine is a prominent leader of Election Protection, the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, launched in 2004 to assist historically disenfranchised persons to exercise the fundamental right to vote.


Adam Ambrogi

Adam is an investment principal at the Democracy Fund, which fosters the highest ideals of the American republic – government of, by, and for the people. Based in the Washington, D.C., office, he makes investments in organizations working to provide greater confidence that the voices of the people in our democracy are heard and their votes are accounted for with a particular focus on our campaign finance and electoral systems.

Adam most recently worked as Chief Counsel for the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, addressing a wide range of issues related to election law, campaign finance, and legal matters facing the administration of the Senate. Adam was the lead staffer for the Rules Committee on passage of the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act, worked on the DISCLOSE Act of 2012, and led the committee’s legal team in examining and making changes to the Senate Rules related to the filibuster.

Robert BauerFeatured Guest Speaker - Robert Bauer

 In Bob's 30 years of practice, he has provided counseling and representation on matters involving regulation of political activity before the courts and administrative agencies of national and state party committees, candidates for elective office, political committees, individuals, federal officeholders, corporations and trade associations, and tax-exempt groups. He founded and is a partner in the Political Law Group at the law firm of Perkins Coie.

Bob is also Distinguished Scholar in Residence and Senior Lecturer at the New York University School of Law. From December of 2009 until June of 2011, Bob served as White House Counsel to President Barack Obama. He is General Counsel to the Democratic National Committee and in the 2008 and 2012 Presidential election cycles, was General Counsel to Obama for America.

Josh BenalhoFeatured Guest Speaker - Josh Benaloh

Josh Benaloh has been with the Microsoft Corporation since 1994. He earned an S.B. in Mathematics from MIT in 1981, an M.S. and M.Phil. in Computer Science from Yale University in 1985, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Yale University in 1987. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto from 1987 through 1990, and an assistant professor at Clarkson University from 1990 through 1994.

Bob BlaemireFeatured Guest Speaker - Bob Blaemire

Bob has been an active participant in politics his entire adult life. Born and raised in Indiana, his career began at the age of 18 upon entering George Washington University. His employment with Senator Birch Bayh (D-IN) began in 1967 during Bob's freshman year and concluded with Bayh's unsuccessful re-election campaign in 1980. Those 13 years saw Bob rise from volunteer worker to Office Manager to Executive Assistant in the Senate Office, and, finally, Political Director of the 1980 campaign.

In 1991, Bob created Blaemire Communications, a political computer services firm serving Democratic campaigns, progressive organizations and political consultants. In late 2007, Blaemire Communications was acquired by Catalist.

Matt BoehmerFeatured Guest Speaker - Matt Boehmer

Mr. Matt Boehmer is the Director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program. He served as the Acting Director of FVAP from January 14, 2013, until his selection as permanent Director in November 2013. In his capacity as the Director, Mr. Boehmer administers the Federal responsibilities of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) for the Secretary of Defense. Mr. Boehmer brings more than 10 years of experience in program and fiscal management, as well as, marketing communications and outreach expertise from his tenure as the Director of the Joint Advertising Market Research and Studies (JAMRS) office.

Mary BradyRoundtable Moderator - Mary Brady

Mary Brady is the Manager for the NIST Voting Program. The NIST Voting Program aims to improve the accuracy, reliability, usability, accessibility, and security of voting systems used in federal elections for both domestic and overseas voters. NIST has on-going efforts in enabling the accelerated development and harmonization of standards for voting technologies, developing data exchange standards to enable plug-and-play interoperability among voting system components, creating a voting technology testing infrastructure, applying software assurance and testing to improve voting systems while reducing the overall cost of testing, supporting the usability and accessibility of voting technologies, and addressing blank ballot delivery for military and overseas (UOCAVA) voter.


Duncan BuellRoundtable Participant - Duncan Buell

Duncan A. Buell received the Ph. D. degree in 1976 in mathematics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He was an assistant and associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at Louisiana State University.  From 1986 to 2000 he worked at the Supercomputing Research Center (now the Center for Computing Sciences), a division of the Institute for Defense Analyses, doing research in high performance computing and computational mathematics. He joined the University of South Carolina in October 2000 as a professor and served nine years as chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.  He has research interests in electronic voting, digital humanities, and computer science education.

Roundtable Participant - Gilda Daniels

Gilda Daniels is an Associate Professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law.  She is a sought after speaker and nationally recognized voting rights and election law expert.  She served as a Deputy Chief in the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Voting Section under the Clinton and Bush administrations. 
Daniels' scholarship focuses on the intersections of race law and democracy.   Her law review articles have appeared in Cardozo Law Review, Indiana University Law Review (Indianapolis), Denver Law Review, New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy. Daniels lectures on voting issues on university campuses and various organizations ranging from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the American Constitution Society to her local church.  Prior to beginning her voting rights career, Daniels was a staff attorney with the Southern Center for Human Rights representing death row inmates and bringing prison condition cases in Georgia and Alabama.  She clerked in the United States Circuit Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit with the Honorable Joseph W. Hatchett and is a graduate of New York University School of Law, where she was a Root Tilden Scholar and Grambling State University.

Susan DavisKeynote - Representative Susan Davis

Since 2001, Congresswoman Susan A. Davis has proudly represented California's 53rd Congressional District, which includes much of central and southeastern San Diego County. Her interest in public service grew out of her experiences as a social worker, parent, youth leadership program director, and military spouse. Susan took her concern for her community to the San Diego Unified School Board where she served for nine years before being elected to the California State Assembly where she served from 1994-2000.

In the House, Susan is the Ranking Member of the Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee. She has approached legislating as a bipartisan consensus builder achieving legislative successes on military family issues as well as education, health care and civil rights issues.

Some of her signature election bills include: The Universal Right To Vote By Mail Act, which twice passed the House Administration Committee, and which would allow voters in all states to vote by mail for any reason; The Federal Election Integrity Act, which passed the House, and which would prohibit chief state election administration officials from taking active part in political campaigns for elections they oversee; The TRAC Act, which provides grants to states for establishing absentee ballot tracking systems and passed the House; and most recently the SENTRI Act, which improves upon many of the reforms for military voting first introduced by the MOVE Act.

Dana DeBeauvoirFeatured Guest Speaker - Dana DeBeauvoir

County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir has always been inspired by public service. Her interest led her to obtain a Masters Degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and ultimately to run for public office. Since her election as County Clerk in 1986, Dana has devoted herself to bringing high ethical standards, effective and cost efficient management practices, the benefits of new technology, and high quality customer service to the office of the County Clerk. The Clerk’s Office has a wide range of responsibilities including the conduct of elections; the filing and preservation of real property records; and the management of civil, probate, and misdemeanor court documents.

Peter GaytanFeatured Guest Speaker - Peter Gaytan

Executive Director Peter Gaytan manages the work of the several divisions that deal regularly with the administration, Congress and agencies of the federal government. Four divisions are housed at this office: Economic, Legislative, Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation and National Security/Foreign Relations.

Ben GinsbergFeatured Guest Speaker - Ben Ginsberg

Benjamin Ginsberg, a partner at Patton Boggs LLP in Washington, D.C., represents numerous political parties, political campaigns, candidates, members of Congress and state legislatures, PACs, Governors, corporations, trade associations, vendors, donors and individuals participating in the political process.

In both the 2004 and 2000 election cycles, Mr. Ginsberg served as national counsel to the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign; he played a central role in the 2000 Florida recount. In 2012 and 2008, he served as national counsel to the Romney for President campaigns. He also represents the campaigns and leadership PACs of numerous members of the Senate and House, as well as the national party committees. He serves as counsel to the Republican Governors Association and has wide experience on the state legislative level through Republican redistricting efforts.

Stevem HuefnerRoundtable Participant - Steven F. Heufner

Steven F. Huefner, Election Law @ Moritz Senior Fellow, Professor of Law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Director of Clinical Programs, and Director of the Moritz Legislation Clinic, has wide-ranging election law experience and interests, including the specific areas of contested elections, term limits in state legislative elections, military and overseas voting, legislative redistricting, and poll worker responsibility and training.

Prior to joining the faculty at Moritz, Professor Huefner spent five years in the U.S. Senate's Office of Legal Counsel, where his responsibilities included advising the U.S. Senate in matters of contested Senate elections, as well as assisting in the 1999 presidential impeachment trial. Professor Huefner is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law, and Harvard College.  

Keith InstoneRoundtable Participant - Keith Instone

Keith Instone is a user experience consultant who specializes in helping companies plan their corporate UX practices. He worked at IBM for a decade as a UX lead for internal and external web presences. He has been active in forming various aspects of the UX professional community, such as the IA Summit, UXnet, World Usability Day, web sites for ACM/SIGCHI conferences, and universal usability. He got his start doing HCI research at Bowling Green State University 24 years ago. He has a Bachelor's and Master's in Computer Science from BGSU.

Bob KengleRoundtable Participant - Robert Kengle

Robert Kengle joined the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in 2007 as a Senior Counsel for the Voting Rights Project following over 20 years of service in the U.S. Department of Justice's Voting Section.  He was named as co-director of the Voting Rights Project in February 2010.

At the Lawyers' Committee Kengle has litigated cases including challenges to restrictive voter registration practices (Project Vote v. Madison County Board of Elections), failure to comply with Section 7 of the National Voter registration Act (Harkless v. Brunner), failure to comply with Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (Morales v. Handel), Arizona's voter identification and proof of citizenship requirements (I.T.C.A. v. Bennett), and defense of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. 1 v. Holder).   Kengle is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Dean LoganFeatured Guest Speaker - Dean Logan

Dean Logan is the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk for Los Angeles County, California -- the nation’s largest, most diverse and complex local election jurisdiction with 4.5 million registered voters and over 500 political districts. Prior to coming to Los Angeles County, Mr. Logan served as Director of Records, Elections and Licensing Services in King County, Washington (metropolitan Seattle/Puget Sound), as the Washington State Elections Director and as the elected County Clerk in Kitsap County, Washington.

Mr. Logan serves on the Executive Board for the California Association of Clerks and Election Officials (CACEO) and actively participates on the Steering Committee for the Future of California Elections initiative sponsored by the James T. Irvine Foundation and the Pew Center on the States’ Voter Registration Modernization and Performance Index for Elections working groups.

Seth LynnFeatured Guest Speaker - Seth Lynn

Seth Lynn is the director of the Center for Second Service at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, where he also serves as an adjunct professor. The Center, which prepares and educates veterans to continue in public service in civilian life, grew out of “Veterans Campaign”, a nonprofit that Seth founded in 2009.

Seth graduated from the Naval Academy in 2002, and served for six years on active duty as an officer the Marine Corps, where he deployed to Okinawa, Kuwait, and Iraq, participated in the Indonesian tsunami relief efforts, and spent two summers studying intensive Arabic at Middlebury College. After leaving active duty, Seth studied international relations and politics at Princeton University, earning a Masters in Public Affairs.

Philip StarkRoundtable Participant - Philip B. Stark

Philip B. Stark is Professor and Chair of Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley. He served on California Secretary of State Bowen’s Post Election Audit Standards Working Group. He developed the notion of “risk-limiting audits.” He is working with the Secretaries of State of California and Colorado to develop and test standard procedures for risk-limiting audits and has helped conduct audits of about twenty contests.

Stark has has consulted for the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the California Attorney General, the California Highway Patrol, and the Illinois State Attorney. Stark serves on the Board of Directors of Verified Voting Foundation. He received the John Gideon Memorial Award for Election Integrity from the Election Verification Network and the University of California Chancellor’s Award for Public Service for Research in the Public Interest.

Norm OrnsteinRoundtable Participant - Norman J. Ornstein

Norman Ornstein is a long-time observer of Congress and politics. He is a contributing editor and columnist for National Journal and The Atlantic and is an election eve analyst for BBC News. He served as codirector of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and participates in AEI's Election Watch series. He also served as a senior counselor to the Continuity of Government Commission. Mr. Ornstein led a working group of scholars and practitioners that helped shape the law, known as McCain-Feingold, that reformed the campaign financing system. He was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.

Mr. Ornstein's many books include the recent New York Times bestseller, It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism, with Tom Mann, published in May 2012 by Basic Books. It was named as one of 2012's best books on pollitics by The New Yorker and one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post.

Ron RivestRoundtable Participant - Ron Rivest

Professor Rivest is the Viterbi Professor of Computer Science in MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, a member of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), a member of that lab's Theory of Computation Group and a leader of its Cryptography and Information Security Group.

He received a B.A. in Mathematics from Yale University in 1969, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1974. His research interests include cryptography, computer and network security, voting systems, and algorithms. Rivest is a co-inventor of the RSA public-key cryptosystem, has extensive experience in cryptographic design and cryptanalysis. He is also a founder of RSA Data Security and of Verisign. Together with Adi Shamir and Len Adleman, he has received the 2002 ACM Turing Award and the 2009 NEC C&C Award. 

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