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About Why Tuesday?
Why Tuesday? is a 501(c)3 non-partisan organization founded in 2005 in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. At the urging of Ambassador Andrew Young, Senator Bill Bradley and Congressman Jack Kemp joined together to ask a simple question: why do we vote on Tuesday? By asking a question that few knew the answer to and most, even our nation’s leaders, had never even thought of, Why Tuesday? set out to raise awareness about America’s low voter turnout and the broken state of our voting system.
Why Tuesday? has for the past 9 years provided a platform for national dialogue about the current voting system, problems with our current voting system, and solutions that can directly improve the voting process, increase registration and drive turnout. Why Tuesday? kicked off the 2012 campaign with a forum at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. In 2014, Why Tuesday? hosted the Voting In America Summit with The Hill and the #LetsFixIt get out the vote concert with The Roots at Webster Hall in New York City.
The Why Tuesday? documentary video blog brought the question “why do we vote on Tuesday?” to some of the United States’ most powerful elected leaders, has been seen millions of times across online and traditional media channels, including national and international news outlets, and is the subject of a TED Talk seen over 180,000 times and played for countless students across the country. Why Tuesday? was the recipient of the Film Your Issue Award as well as the only non-mainstream news outlet nominated for the 2008 Webby Award for Best Political Blog.
Why Tuesday? has inspired the introduction of the Weekend Voting Act in Congress. It has also prompted the passage of the Saturday Voting Act in San Francisco, and a study by the U.S. GAO about the feasibility of implementing Weekend Voting in the United States.
Board of Directors
Ambassador Andrew Young, Chairman
Ambassador Young has held a wide range of leadership positions. He was a top aide to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the civil rights movement before being elected to three terms as Representative for the Fifth Congressional District of Georgia. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed him as the United States’ Ambassador to the United Nations. Mr. Young then served two terms as Mayor of the City of Atlanta and was a Co-Chairman of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. He is Chairman of the Southern Africa Enterprise development Fund, Co-Chairman of GoodWorks International, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Drum Major Institute.
Norman J. Ornstein, Co-Founder
Mr. Ornstein is a long-time observer of Congress and politics. He writes a weekly column for Roll Call called “Congress Inside Out” and is an election eve analyst for CBS News. He served as codirector of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and participates in AEI’s Election Watch series. He also served as a senior counselor to the Continuity of Government Commission. Mr. Ornstein led a working group of scholars and practitioners that helped shape the law, known as McCain-Feingold, that reformed the campaign financing system. He was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004. His many books include The Permanent Campaign and Its Future (AEI Press, 2000); The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track, with Thomas E. Mann (Oxford University Press, 2006, named by the Washington Post one of the best books of 2006 and called by the Economist “a classic”); and, most recently, the New York Times bestseller, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism, also with Tom Mann, published by Basic Books. @normornstein
William B. Wachtel, Co-Founder
Mr. Wachtel is the founding partner of Wachtel & Masyr, a law firm comprised of approximately 30 attorneys specializing in domestic and international business transactions and litigations. He is also the founder of the progressive Drum Major Institute, originally the Drum Major Foundation, established by his father Harry Wachtel. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont (B.A. 1975, magna cum laude) and Columbia University (J.D., 1979); Phi Beta Kappa; Harlan Fiske Scholar. Mr. Wachtel was the legislative assistant to United States Senator P.J. Leahy from 1974-75. He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the American Bar Association.
Martin Luther King III, President
The elder son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Martin Luther King, III has taken the torch lit by his father and continued the quest for equality and justice for all people. Since early adulthood, he has motivated audiences around the world with his poignant messages of hope and responsibility. His vision of a positive future built upon the principles taught by his father has touched thousands from Mozambique to Mississippi. A human rights advocate, community activist and political leader, Mr. King has been actively involved in significant policy initiatives to maintain the fair and equitable treatment of citizens at home and abroad. @officialmlk3
Jacob joined Why Tuesday? in 2006 and was Executive Director from 2007-2012. He is a correspondent for MSNBC. Previously he helmed the nightly news and talk show TakePart Live for the Pivot TV while also hosting DreamWorks Animation’s YouTube Nation. Before that he was a founding host and producer of HuffPost Live, a contributor to MTV News’ 2012 election coverage and was the AMC News correspondent. In 2010, Jacob co-hosted the NBC series “School Pride.” He has contributed reporting to CNN, NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” and the PBS/Wired Magazine series “Wired Science.” Jacob is a member of the associates board of City Year Los Angeles. During college, Jacob was an advance man to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and presidential candidate Howard Dean. A Los Angeles native, Jacob holds a B.A. in Politics and an M.A. in Political Theory and Philosophy from New York University. jacobsoboroff.com | @jacobsoboroff | Facebook
Mimi Marziani, Operations
Mimi joined Why Tuesday? in 2011, and in 2013 became a member of the Board of Directors with responsibility for operations. She is currently an associate with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where she litigates a wide variety of civil cases and maintains an active pro bono practice. Mimi also serves as an adjunct professor at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, teaching undergraduate students about the ways constitutional law influences public policy debates. From 2009 to 2012, Mimi was an attorney with the Brennan Center for Justice. In this role, she litigated election law cases nationwide and played an active role in the Brennan Center’s policy advocacy efforts involving money in politics, voting rights and legislative dysfunction. Mimi has contributed articles on democracy issues to a range of news outlets, including Politico, The Hill, U.S. News and World Report, The National Law Journal, The New York Law Journal, and has been a featured speaker in a range of academic, media and political forums. From 2008 to 2009, Mimi clerked for the Honorable James C. Francis, IV in the Southern District of New York. She is an alumna of NYU School of Law and Vanderbilt University. @mimimarziani
Thomas Rossmeissl, Strategy
In 2007, Tom helped launch the Why Tuesday? video blog and the organization’s online strategy, which he continues to oversee. He is Director of Joe Trippi & Associates where he has helped pioneer the use of new media technologies and strategies for a variety of domestic and international campaigns, non-profit organizations and corporations. Internationally, Tom has developed comprehensive mobile, text messaging and communication strategies for advocacy organizations and political campaigns in Brazil, the EU, Nepal, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe. Domestically, Tom directs campaign television ad production and online fundraising strategies for political clients, most recently serving as a key member on the successful Jerry Brown for Governor (CA) campaign. @trossmei
Andrea Batista Schlesinger
Former Policy Advisor, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, New York City
President, Whalerock Industries
The White House
Founder, National Voting Rights Institute, and Legal Director, Voter Action
President, Long Trail Media
Global Business Development Lead, Microsoft
Partner and Principal, Picture Motion
Rev. James Forbes
Founder and Chairman, Healing of the Nations Foundation
Director, Google News Lab
Leo Hindery, Jr.
InterMedia Partners, LLP
President, Citizens for Self Governance
Co-Founder / Former National Coordinator, Tea Party Patriots
Co-host, TakePart Live on Pivot TV
Kenneth B. Mehlman
Head of Global Public Affairs, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., and Former RNC Chairman
Deputy Publisher, Los Angeles Times
VP, Concord Music Group
Steven M. Pesner
Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer Feld LLP
Founder, Personal Democracy Forum
Political Director to Russell Simmons
President, Sugerman Communications Group
President, BlueFront Strategies, and Former White House Director of Political Affairs
President, The Treglia Group, and President, L.A. City Ethics Commission
President, Trippi and Associates
Tova Andrea Wang
Senior Democracy Fellow, Demos and Democracy Fellow, The Century Foundation
Former Correspondent, CBS and MTV News
Andrew Young III
President, Young Solutions
Operations Director, MADE Fashion
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