Campus Vote Project Staff

Mike Burns

National Director

Michael Burns is the National Director for Fair Elections Legal Network’s Campus Vote Project.  He spent over five years working in electoral politics prior to law school, including two years as the Executive Director of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee.  During law school Mike was enrolled in CUA’s Law and Public Policy Certificate program and was awarded a Dulin-Haynes fellowship upon completion.  Mike has worked with all kinds of institutions of higher education from across the country to help them understand the effects different election administration systems have on their campus community and how they can help their students register to vote and access the ballot.  He has a J.D. from The Catholic University of America and a B.S. in political science with a minor in history from Longwood University.  He is a member of the Virginia Bar. Mike can be reached at mburns@campusvoteproject.org.

Debi Lombardi

National Program Director

Debi Lombardi is the National Field Director for Fair Elections Legal Network’s Campus Vote Project. Prior to working at Campus Vote Project, Debi spent four years as an organizer at Forward Montana and Forward Montana Foundation. There, she did everything from statewide voter registration drives to developing new high school internship programs. She has a B.A. in political science from the University of Montana-Missoula. Debi is excited to be working with colleges and universities to improve voting access for students and enhance democracy. She can be reached at dlombardi@campusvoteproject.org

Rachel Clay

Southeast Regional Coordinator

Rachel graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.A. in political science and a B.A. in women’s studies. While at Appalachian State, Rachel worked for two years as an organizer for Ignite NC. While working for Ignite NC she organized students and faculty around voting rights, anti-voter suppression work, and higher education reform. Rachel is excited to be working with North Carolina’s campus community members and is looking forward to building student power and empowering young people to get involved in shaping policy decisions that affect their lives. Rachel can be reached at rclay@campusvoteproject.org.

Dylan Sellers

Ohio, State Coordinator

Dylan was born in Cleveland, OH and has dedicated his life to the education and empowerment of marginalized youth and families in Ohio. With this passion, he has done work in Cleveland as a Political Strategist of Children’s Defense Fund-New Abolitionist Association. In this capacity, he has become one of the three New Abolitionist members to serve on the Cleveland Community Policing Commission which is the community voice for police reform in Cleveland. He is excited about working with Ohio’s colleges and universities to empower students to use their voices to shape policy that will help better their communities. Dylan can be reached at dsellers@campusvoteproject.org.

Rihan Issa

Michigan, State Coordinator

Rihan obtained a bachelor’s in social sork from Eastern Michigan University and a master’s in social work from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining Campus Vote Project, Rihan worked for a local domestic violence organization as a Prevention Educator and Volunteer Coordinator. She also chaired a local human trafficking coalition. Rihan has worked to register citizens to vote across metro-Detorit and hopes to work with campuses across her great state of Michigan to help them realize their political power and influence. Rihan can be reached at rissa@campusvoteproject.org.

Chadwick Leonard

Florida, State Coordinator

Chadwick Leonard is a native of Orlando, Florida. Chadwick received his B.A. in Mass Communications from Bethune-Cookman University in 2012.  Chadwick found his passion for organizing as an intern with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and moved on to put his skill set to work with Nextgen Climate Action Committee and other local campaigns. He enjoys the opportunity to connect with diverse communities and exploring opportunities for collaboration between those communities. Chadwick is looking forward to working with administration and students to ensure that all students are adequately informed and empowered to participate in the election process. Chadwick can be reached at cleonard@campusvoteproject.org.

Ryann Alonso

Summer Intern

Ryann Alonso recently graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.A. in political science and communication. During her tenure at this institution, she led a widespread effort to get a voting center on campus, which was shut down without public comment. This inspired her to register over 500 people to vote on her campus. She spent her time doing grassroots student lobbying and encouraging local political engagement among college students, which won her the Harry S. Truman Scholarship in 2017. Outside of class, Ryann works on queer rights and visibility within Arkansas and hopes to one day become a civil rights and voter rights attorney.

Evan Laverdure

Summer Intern

Evan is a Massachusetts native studying political science and international affairs at The George Washington University. He has been interested in politics for as long as he can remember and interned for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. He is active on campus as an event planner for Best Buddies International, a volunteer for Circle K International, and a member of GW College Democrats. Evan is determined to fight for a fairer, more accepting country in which everyone feels valued and empowered, and believes if his fellow college students rise up and make their voices heard, they can change the world.

Keenan Fentress

Summer Intern

Keenan Fentress is a student of Walsh University at North Canton, Ohio (Class of 2020) acquiring his Bachelor of Arts  in Government and Foreign Affairs with minors in Peace Studies, Management and Communications. His passions and interests are government and politics (domestic and international). On campus, he is one of the student advisors of the Northeast Ohio Venture Fund Program, which is a coalition of students working closely with entrepreneurs and their start-up businesses within the Northeast Ohio. During his internship at Campus Vote Project, Keenan hopes to provide ways to encourage college students and young people how it is important to vote.

Kristen Muthig

Communications and Policy Manager

Kristen is the Communications and Policy Manager for the Fair Elections Legal Network. She manages day-to-day communications and media relations for FELN. Before joining the team, Kristen spent seven years in Ohio working with school districts, community colleges, libraries and other organizations on their ongoing communications, long-term planning, and strategy for their ballot issue campaigns. She also has experience as a reporter for the Norwalk Reflector and Cincinnati Enquirer, and as a copyeditor for Knight Ridder Tribune. Kristen has her M.A. in communications management from John Carroll University and her B.A. in English/journalism and political science from Miami University. Kristen can be reached at kmuthig@fairelectionsnetwork.com.

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