Campus Vote Project Staff

Mike Burns

National Director

Michael Burns is the National Director for Fair Elections Center’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

Debi Lombardi

National Program Director

Debi Lombardi is the National Program Director for Fair Elections Center’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. Debi can be reached at

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

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

Rihan Issa

Michigan, State Coordinator

Rihan obtained a bachelor’s in social work 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-Detroit 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

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

Chuck Black

Pennsylvania, State Coordinator

Chuck Black is the Pennsylvania Coordinator for the Campus Vote Project. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science in project management from Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. Chuck has been an activist from a young age, and he successfully co-organized a movement during his undergraduate career to petition the county to move the local precinct to be closer to campus. In 2016, Chuck was nominated by Governor Tom Wolf to the Shippensburg University Council of Trustees where he is serving a six-year term. Chuck is excited to help empower students across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to use their voice and vote. Chuck can be reached at

Cassandra Stokes

North Carolina “Parties at the Polls” Coordinator

Cassandra Stokes is a double HBCU graduate, receiving her Juris Doctor degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law, and a dual Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History. Cassandra is passionate to maximize her legal background to pursue a career in public interest. During her law school tenure, Cassandra participated in Moot Court Board, Pro Bono Council, Criminal Defense Clinic, interned with two NC Public Defender Offices, and the NC Court of Appeals. Hard work, networking, and maintaining professional relationships have been critical in her success as a first-generation college graduate. Cassandra can be reached at

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

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