Campus Vote Project Democracy Fellows

North Carolina

Christopher Ballance

East Carolina University

Christopher is a Democracy Fellow from Goldsboro, NC. He is currently a senior attending East Carolina University majoring in political science. Christopher decided to go back to school to make public service and politics his life’s work. Once Christopher graduates, he plans on attending law school and then working in professional politics. Christopher is a Democracy Fellow because he understands the fundamental right of every citizen to vote and be an educated member of our electorate.  He looks forward to working with the Campus Vote Project and making 2018 a great year for all young voters.

Kaliah Corbett

North Carolina A&T State University

Kaliah is a junior journalism & mass communications student at North Carolina A&T State University from Knightdale, NC. Upon graduating, Kaliah plans to travel and pursue her Juris Doctorate degree with a focus in Media Law in the spring of 2020. Kaliah has done work around voter education and civic engagement on her campus. Kaliah hopes to continue her community work by combating food injustices that are ever-present in Black and Brown communities. Kaliah also plans to document the stories and experiences of marginalized Americans as a way to archive their narratives through film. Kaliah also serves as a Communications Fellow for IgniteNC.

Thomas Allbritton

University of North Carolina Pembroke

Thomas is a sophomore social studies education major from Oxford, North Carolina. He serves as the University and Community Relations Committee Chair of UNCP’s Student Government Association and Co-Chairs UNCP Votes. He is also a brother of the Eta Beta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity. Thomas began to become involved in democratic engagement in high school when he found out about the low voter turnouts in the local elections of his hometown and began to help out with voter registration efforts in the town.


Tyler Born

University of North Carolina – Greensboro

Robert “Tyler” Born is from Greenville,  North Carolina. He is a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is a public health education major with a concentration in community health education and a minor in political science. Currently, he is doing research in the public health department that relates to substance abuse and stigma. He is interested in voting as it relates to health and the health of communities. People who are elected make laws on water sanitation, livable wages, and housing regulations. These are all things that affect public health and can impact you if you do not vote.

Brodrick Johnson

University of North Carolina – Greensboro

Brodrick Johnson is a sophomore at the University Of North Carolina at Greensboro majoring in African American studies and political science. He became a Democracy Fellow so he could change the mindset of college students and community members when it comes to voting. In the Greensboro community, there is a plethora of citizens who do not understand the impact of their vote, especially when it comes to electing government officials. Additionally, most college students do not vote because they do not have a permanent residence in Greensboro or because they lack knowledge about how the primary elections work versus the presidential election. By becoming a Democracy Fellow Brodrick will work to educate voters on why their vote counts, give Greensboro residents the history of voting and help people register and vote.

Delaney Vandergrift

North Carolina A&T

Delaney Vandergrift (she/her) is a junior political science student at North Carolina A&T from Raleigh, NC. She has completed two fellowships with Ignite NC and is currently the communications coordinator for Black University; a Black political education coalition in North Carolina. She is passionate about making political education accessible and palatable for marginalized communities and garnering political power to help create a better society for all people.


Diamond Humphrey

North Carolina Central University

Diamon is a native of New Bern, North Carolina and a sophomore at North Carolina Central University majoring in political science with a concentration in pre-law. Diamond sits on the student Judicial Board and is a member of several organizations devoted to the legal aspect of the campus environment. Her ultimate goal would be to attend law school and become an attorney, but she is interested in politics as well. Ms. Humphrey started her legal journey as a junior in high school when she interned at Cooper Spong & Davis, PLC. Where she got the chance to shadow Mr. Steve Leon, who made her realize her passion for law.

Sara Mears

Western Carolina University

Sara Mears is a student at Western Carolina University studying political science, international studies, and business law. Following graduation, Sara plans to continue her education with a Master’s in Public Administration, and hopes to work in the nonprofit management sector, although she ultimately hopes to be in an elected office. Sara discovered her passion for politics and promoting nonpartisan civic engagement first-hand by becoming a part of the grassroots movement known as Moral Monday, that takes place in Raleigh NC, her hometown. These events are what ultimately inspired her to pursue a career in politics and public service.

Zackary Daniels

Western Carolina University

Zackary Daniels is a third year student at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. He is double majoring in political science and international studies, with a concentration in global poverty and economic development. Zackary is a North Carolina native and loves state politics. After completing his degrees, he plans to attend graduate school to earn an MPA. Zackary is a fellow because he has a passion for civic engagement, and wants to do everything he can to make sure his fellow Catamounts exercise their right to get out and vote!