Hannah Fried is the Executive Director of Access Democracy, a project of The Leadership Conference Education Fund. She most recently served as the National Director and Deputy General Counsel for Voter Protection on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. In 2012, Fried served as the Voter Protection Director for President Obama’s reelection effort in Florida, and from July 2009 to March 2012, was the Deputy Director and Deputy Counsel for Voter Protection at the Democratic National Committee. Fried served with the Obama campaign’s voter protection staff during the 2008 primaries, and joined the advance staff for the general election in June 2008. Fried spent several years in federal government service, at the Department of Justice and at the Environmental Protection Agency. She is a graduate of Williams College (class of 2004) and of Harvard Law School (class of 2008). She is admitted to practice law in New York.
Prior to joining the campaign, Aerion Abney served as a Program Officer at a local foundation in Pittsburgh where he was responsible for identifying strategic grantmaking opportunities aligned with the Foundation’s mission and priority areas. He authorized more than $1.2 million in grants to non-profit organizations supporting critical programming across the region. Abney sits on the boards of The Hill District Federal Credit Union, Human Services Center Corporation, as well as the African American Achievement Trust Collective Focus. Additionally, he serves on the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County’s My Brother’s Keeper task force and initiative. Abney, a native of Philadelphia, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with master’s in social work and a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in theatre arts.
Prior to joining the campaign, Sylvia Albert worked to protect vulnerable populations from housing and lending discrimination at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Albert got her start in voting by serving as the Nevada Deputy Voter Protection Coordinator for the 2008 Obama presidential campaign, where she created and managed a strategic program to ensure voters’ rights were safeguarded. As a pro bono attorney for Project Vote, she worked with the Government Agency Voter Registration Program litigation team to ensure public assistance agencies complied with their obligations under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. Albert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Prior to joining the campaign, Kelly Brewington was the communications director for the Office of Congressional Ethics, the nation’s first-ever ethics enforcer in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she oversaw all strategic communications to support the office’s mission to increase transparency and accountability in the House. Before her time on the Hill, Brewington was a senior media relations manager at AARP, specializing in health care. She came to the communications field after a 13-year career as an award-winning journalist at the Baltimore Sun and the Orlando Sentinel. From the Maryland legislature to New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, Brewington’s journalism experience includes in-depth coverage on race, civil rights, voting system problems in Maryland and coverage of the national office of the NAACP. A native New Yorker, Brewington graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications.
Mike Brickner previously served as the Senior Policy Director at the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio. During his 14-year tenure at the ACLU, Brickner has worked on a variety of critical civil liberties movements. These include conceiving of campaigns to expand and protect the right to vote, ensuring LGBTQ people are free from discrimination, and promoting reforms to Ohio’s criminal justice system. These campaigns resulted in systemic reforms to enact online voter registration; ensure voters have access to evening and weekend early in-person voting opportunities; expand access to the ballot for people in the criminal justice system; combat contemporary debtors’ prisons; end burdensome pay-to-stay jail fees, fight the use of prisons for profit; and promote legislation that would prohibit discrimination against people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Brickner earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Hiram College and a master’s degree from Cleveland State University’s Diversity Management Program.
Megan A. Gall, PhD, GISP
As a geographer and a social scientist, Megan Gall has used maps and data to question, explain, and explore social science topics. Her professional and research history includes voting rights and redistricting, demographics, criminal justice, historic narratives, homelessness, LGBTQ rights, and other civil rights based public policy and legal analyses. As National Data Director with the All Voting is Local Campaign, she brings technical mapping skills and a political geography background that emphasizes the importance of place. Her data-driven analyses and strategies support the team members and campaign to ensure the right and ability to vote at all levels. Gall holds a PhD in political science and master’s degree in Geographic Information Science (GIS).
Alex Gulotta brings with him more than thirty years of experience as a poverty law advocate and more than twenty years as a non-profit executive director. Gulotta practiced as a legal aid lawyer before becoming the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Justice Center (LAJC). After, Gulotta joined Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) as Executive Director. Under his tenure, BayLegal significantly increased its impact litigation and policy advocacy through the implementation of an impact support structure designed to enable every advocate in the program to participate in high-end impact advocacy. Gulotta is a graduate of Marquette University and Marquette University School of Law.