- Ursula Kaczmarek, Business and Strategic Development
- Dr. Judy Murray, Researcher
- Dr. Claire M. Smith, Researcher
- Paige Warman, Marketing Assistant
Ursula Kaczmarek joined the Overseas Vote Foundation in June and is looking forward to helping represent the organization in Washington, D.C. Ursula recently returned from Tbilisi, Georgia where she served as an instructor in the Ministry of Justice and as a resident program officer with the International Republican Institute. She worked closely with civil society, election administrators, and political parties in advance of elections that marked the first democratic transfer of power since independence from the Soviet Union. She also cast her first overseas absentee ballot in 2012, which sparked her interest in the work of OVF. She is a lawyer previously practicing in the areas of government information dissemination and regulatory reform, and follows developments in the open government movement. She blogs about elections in the U.S. and abroad at instantrunoff.wordpress.com and tweets from @ursulakaczmarek.
Dr. Murray is an independent research consultant specializing in electoral behaviour and historical institutionalist approaches to public policy analysis. Dr. Murray holds a BA(Hons) First Class in Politics and Scottish History from Stirling University, United Kingdom and received her PhD in politics from Newcastle University, United Kingdom. Dr. Murray’s thesis assessed the effectiveness of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) and the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act of 2009 (MOVE), as well as factors that influence the propensity for Americans resident overseas to participate in the political process in the United States. Dr. Murray’s thesis offers the most varied data set currently available reflecting the demographics, associational involvement, political attitudes and ideological self-identification of Americans resident overseas.
Dr. Murray has extensive experience in survey design and administration, and has recently published, "Survey Design: Using Internet-Based Surveys for Hard to Reach Populations," with Sage Publications. Dr. Murray has taught British Politics, American Politics and European Union Politics at Newcastle University and Durham University for 6 years. She is also an educational assessor for the largest academic awarding body in the UK. Dr. Murray is an Associate Practitioner with the Higher Education Academy, UK, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors, UK. She is also a member of The Academy of Political Science, The American Political Science Association, and The British Association for American Studies. Prior to completing her PhD, Dr. Murray worked extensively in the UK financial sector as a fraud investigator.
A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dr. Murray currently resides with her husband in Stannington, Northumberland, England.
Dr. Claire M. Smith - Researcher
Dr. Smith graduated Magna Cum Laude from Radford University in 1999 with a BA in political science and received her PhD in political science from the University of Notre Dame in May 2005, where she specialized in comparative party and campaign finance. She taught as an adjunct professor of politics at the University of Oldenburg, Germany from 2005 to 2006.
In September 2008, Dr. Smith joined Overseas Vote Foundation as a volunteer. During the presidential election, Dr. Smith worked a front line support position on the Voter Help Desk, communicating to US voters around the world. In January 2009, Dr. Smith joined with OVF's post-election research team where she used her research experience to analyze and write the 2008 Post Election UOCAVA Voter and Election Official Research Reports. Dr. Smith is a powerful contributor to OVF's research program and acts as an intermediary to the academic and professional research community, as well as developing and executing against OVF's own research objectives.
She has presented her findings on UOCAVA voters at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association and the Midwest Political Science Association. She is currently completing the manuscript of her book, “It’s in the Mail: The Overseas and Military Voter Experience.”
Dr. Smith currently lives with her husband and two sons in Wildeshausen, Germany, and is an active UOCAVA voter. In addition to her work with OVF, Dr. Smith currently volunteers as a regional representative for American Citizens Abroad (ACA).
Paige Warman - Marketing Assistant
Paige Warman studied architecture at Carnegie Mellon University and has brought her skills forward into the arena of design and marketing program development at OVF. She works with the team on outreach, communications, document development and program planning projects.