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

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.

Erica Evans

Digital Communications and Grants Officer

Erica Evans is Fair Election Legal Network’s Digital Communications and Grants Officer. Ms. Evans earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Communication from the George Washington University and received a Master’s Degree in Political Management from the same institution. Erica has formerly worked in communications at National Public Radio and Amnesty International and has volunteered time on several state-wide political campaigns. Erica can be reached at eevans@fairelectionsnetwork.com.

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.

Jessica Burchard

Ohio State Coordinator

Jessica is a recovering newspaper reporter who has worked extensively for human service nonprofits for the past seven years. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University and served as an education and health reporter for five years. Since 2009, Jessica has worked closely with nonprofits focused on housing, food security, poverty alleviation and mental health. She is strongly committed to working with the Campus Vote Project on college campuses across Ohio to ensure all eligible students can register to vote and cast a ballot.

Savelle Jefferson

North Carolina State Coordinator

Savelle is a graduate from University of California- Davis where he earned a degree in sociology with an emphasis in law & society and a minor in political science. After receiving his degree, Savelle worked at the AFL-CIO where he participated in organizing and implementing a national program for the upcoming election to ensure legal voter protection and voting rights for all individuals within the United States regardless of background. Savelle is excited to be joining the team and looks forward to working effortlessly to increase civic engagement and voting access for all college students.

 Lauren Wood

Florida State Coordinator

Lauren graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and earned a master’s degree in public administration from South University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in public policy and administration. During her first year of graduate school, Lauren served as a chairperson for the 2nd Annual Florida Student Education Policy Conference during which she assisted in drafting policy recommendations for the Florida Legislature. Lauren taught middle school civics, U.S. history, and language arts, and currently serves on the City of Fort Lauderdale Education Advisory Board. Onward toward millennial political and societal empowerment!

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