About Project Vote Smart
Meet Our Staff
Jessica ArrigoniNational Board Chair
Responsible for Vote Smart's National Board. Jessica has a master's in political science from Truman State University and formerly served as the Director of Vote Smart's National Political Awareness Test (now the Political Courage Test).Fun Fact: "I lived in Vote Smart's only cabin without running water for two years."
Responsible for fundraising and the integrity of Board-approved policies and standards. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Richard served on the staffs of Congressman Morris K. Udall, Senator Walter F. Mondale, and Senator Daniel P. Moynihan. He is also a former Arizona State Senator and Corporation Commissioner.Fun Fact: Has a world class collection of Daffy Ducks
Adelaide KimballSenior Advisor, Founding Board Member
Responsible for Major Giver Development and Media. Adelaide is a graduate of the University of Texas and holds master's degrees in American history and library science from the University of Arizona. She is a former archivist for the Arizona Historical Society and has previously directed Vote Smart's National Political Awareness Test (now the Political Courage Test).Fun Fact: Former Betty Crocker Homemaker of the Year award winner
Walker McKusickNational Director
Responsible for day-to-day oversight of all Vote Smart programs, staff, operations, facilities and administration. Walker is originally from Charlottesville, VA. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2013 with degrees in History and Economics. After graduation, he taught History and Politics in England for a year. He joined Vote Smart staff in 2015.Fun Fact: "I've scored cricket for the Royal Household at Windsor, for a spot of tea."
Development and Communications
Cassie ReedDevelopment and Communications Director
Responsible for handling outgoing/ online communications and donations. Cassie is originally from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and graduated with a degree in communications from Penn State University in December 2015. She worked as a Vote Smart intern during summer 2015, and joined the team as staff in April 2016.Fun Fact: I worked at a dog kennel for 5 years when I was in high school.
Great Divide Ranch Headquarters
Erik DewingFacilities Director
Responsible for maintaining the Great Divide Ranch property. Erik was born and raised in Missoula, MT. He is a self-proclaimed "jack of all trades and a master of some." He joined Vote Smart staff in 2015.Fun Fact: "I will never purchase an item or product if I posses the skills to make it myself."
Mike ShultzInformation Technology Director
Responsible for web development, user support, and system administration. Mike has been with Project Vote Smart since 2007.Fun Fact: "I once pet a sting ray."
Shane CourtneySystems Administrator
Travis FlattFront End Developer
Responsible for web and mobile development. Travis lives in and works remotely from San Antonio, TX.
His first programming experience was in BASIC on a Commodore 64.
Legislative Research (Key Votes)
Paige LeeLegislative Research Associate
The Legislative Research program tracks, analyzes, and summarizes major legislation in Congress and all 50 states. Paige graduated from Knox College in 2015 with a B.A. in Political Science. She recently completed a year serving with Teach For America on Rosebud Indian Reservation before joining Vote SmartFun Fact: I have lived in 9 states and 2 countries.
Political Courage Test
Sam DoxzonPCT Director
Responsible for overseeing all major PCT projects including the creation, finalization, and administration of the PCT as well as VoteEasy. After growing up on a small farm in rural Maryland, Sam attended the University of Maryland, College Park where he received a degree in Government & Politics. He joined Project Vote Smart in 2014.Fun Fact: "I began my college career as an Astrophysics major at Connecticut College."
Jesus OrtizPCT Associate
Responsible for assisting with various projects in the Research Department. Jesus grew up in Baldwin Park, CA. He graduated from the University of California - Davis with a degree in Political Science in 2012 and recently finished one year of service with Americorps NCCC-FEMA Corps. He joined Vote Smart staff in 2015.Fun Fact: "I lived in an abandoned Sam's Club for about a month."
Takuya AmagaiPCT Associate
Responsible for researching the political stances of the candidates at the federal/ state level. Takuya graduated from Carleton College in Spring, 2016 before joining the Vote Smart team.Fun Fact: I believed in Santa Claus until age 18.
Bill CarriganInterim Research Director
Responsible for leading the Research department which researches and maintains the organization's biographical, campaign finance, public statements, and interest group ratings information on all U.S. elected officials and candidates. Born in southern New Jersey, Bill graduated from Monmouth University in 2014 with a BA in political science and minors in philosophy and religious studies. He joined Vote Smart in 2015.Fun Fact: "I was once severely injured by a man dressed as a giant peanut."
Jamie WillettResearch Associate
Responsible for collecting biographical information of all candidates and elected officials. Jamie is originally from Wayne County, PA. She graduated from Lock Haven University with degrees in Political Science and International Studies with concentrations in International Relations and Human Geography. She joined Vote Smart staff in 2014.Fun Fact: "I like charts."
Rachael AndersonResearch Associate
Responsible for updating ratings and endorsements from special interest groups. Rachael is originally from Minnesota and graduated from Dickinson College in 2014 with degrees in Political Science and Spanish. She joined Vote Smart staff in 2015 after completing an internship with the organization.Fun Fact: "I have picnicked on top of a glacier."
Britton FraserResearch Associate
Responsible for categorizing and researching politician's public statements. Britton graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee Wisconsin with a major in Political Science. Originally from Connecticut, he joined the Vote Smart team in 2015.Fun Fact: I'm a surprisingly decent cook.
Iliana CervantesResearch Associate
Responsible for categorizing and researching politician's public statements. Iliana graduated from San Diego state with a major in political science. She joined the Vote Smart team in 2016.Fun Fact: I was an exchange student to Italy.
Jesse FischerResearch Associate
Researching biographical data as well as issue positions of candidates running for office or currently in office. Jesse graduated from Kutztown University with a Bachelor of Secondary Education - Social Studies and joined Vote Smart in spring 2016.
Kirsten WallaceResearch Associate
Responsible for categorizing and researching politician's public statements. Kirsten graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with two degrees in International Studies and Religion. She is an alumni of Americorps, NCCC, FEMA Corps and The Episcopal Urban Intern Program in Los Angeles, CA. She joined Vote Smart in spring, 2016.Fun Fact: I met Mark Wahlberg in a Target in West Hollywood, he was buying a Halloween costume.
Peter McLaughlinResearch Associate
Responsible for tracking and updating ballot measures, voter registration, local election offices and city and county officials.Fun Fact: I've been to three of the four corners of the customary world map.