About Us

Dave Heller, Director A Ranked Choice Voting advocate since 2000, Heller worked on the 2003 RCV campaign in San Francisco and was the campaign coordinator for the 2004 campaign in Berkeley, California, which won with more than 72% of the vote. He was elected as a Board Member of Californians for Electoral Reform (www.CfER.org). He recently moved back to his hometown of Rhinebeck, NY and is ready to bring election reform to New York State. He has a degree in Physics from Bard College. DaveHeller@RankedChoiceNY.org

Patrick Nelson, Deputy Director  Experienced in Field, Communications, and Digital campaign work. Legislative, Communications, and Constituent Service experience as a civil servant.

Victoria Alexander, PhD, Secretary Alexander worked as a volunteer with Free & Equal Elections Foundation 2013-2015 and in 2018 ran for Congress in NY19 with ranked choice at the top of her platform. She co-hosts a public affairs radio program on WHVW, Hyde Park, NY with Dave Heller, and she manages DirectDemocracyUS.org. She is a philosopher of science, currently serving as a Fulbright Specialist, and is a former Public Scholar with the NY Council for the Humanities and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center alum. ToriAlexander@RankedChoiceNY.org

Adam Friedman, National Coordinator Friedman has served as the director of Citizens for Voter Choice (now Voter Choice MA) since 2010. He is currently on the boards of MassVOTE and Common Cause Massachusetts. He runs Civera Software, a startup that makes web applications to provide better access to public records. He created the state’s first comprehensive election results database based on official sources (here: http://electionstats.state.ma.us) He has been a full-stack web software engineer since 2007. He has a BA in History from BU.

David Giannascoli, Treasurer

Manda Weintraub, Social Media Team. Weintraub is a 1983 graduate of Brooklyn Law School, worked in Manhattan as a corporate real estate attorney and a staff member at Cardozo Law School. Prior to attending law school, Manda resided in Washington, DC. She was on the legislative staff of a NYS Congressman and later worked as a lobbyist, representing media producers of learning materials for physically and mentally disabled schoolchildren K-12. She and her husband presently live in Saugerties, NY.

Nancy Mathisen, Social Media Team

David Edinger, Technology Team Leader Edinger is the Senior Programmer at SUNY Ulster. He lives in West Shokan with his wife and two teen children where he is active on the Olive Free Library Board,  the Olive Conservation Advisory Council and coaching soccer.  He has a BS in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida.

Lauren Rose, Messaging Team Leader