Jenny Marienau Zimmer trained to be a movement organizer, an essential role in democracy that rarely gets the media spotlight. When asked why she does what she does, Zimmer makes a clear link between her life’s circumstances and her career decisions. She identifies three pivot points that reflect how her personal growth influenced the choices she has made along her career path.
Don Henninger is the Republican half of a collaboration that is rebuilding trust in Arizona’s elections through a Democracy Resilience Network supported by the Carter Center in a grassroots defense against election denialism and disinformation coming from the extreme right.
Rose Fabia has committed her early retirement years to increasing collaboration among local grassroots organizations and canvassing to generate votes for Democratic candidates. She does it to protect her daughter and her daughter's future from a Republican Party that threatens the foundations of that future.
Sarah Bonk created Business for America to engage "the economic engine of the country" in improving the health of democracy.
Brian Cannon led the successful effort to end partisan gerrymandering in Virginia, bringing about structural change that enables greater participation by communities of interest and encourages more accountability in Virginia politics.
In the weeks before the 2020 election, David Becker correctly dismissed the many concerns being expressed at the time that the presidential vote would somehow be corrupted. His reason: The long-tenured election officials who would oversee the election. Since we published this, those officials have come under attack from anti-democracy elements in American society, as has Becker and ERIC, the voter registration database that he created.
Amber McReynolds led the effort to remake Colorado’s voting system around vote by mail and now leads the National Vote At Home Institute to promote best election administration practices nationwide.