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Justin Talbot Zorn

Justin Talbot-Zorn is a Policy and Legislative Outreach Director for the NEDC. Justin has served as Legislative Director to three Members of Congress. He brings to NEDC a deep knowledge of bridge-building and passing bi-partisan legislation in Washington.  He is also a media expert and has been an op-ed contributor to publications including The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and CNN.com. A former Fulbright Scholar and current Truman National Security Fellow, Justin earned graduate degrees in public policy and international relations from Oxford University and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. 

 

BEN PTASHNIK

Co-founder, Executive Director  

Ben Ptashnik is a life-long entrepreneur and a former CEO of a successful international import–export company which was acquired by a Fortune 500 Company. He consequently became a philanthropist interested in good government and election reform, and was elected to the Vermont State Senate in 1996, serving on the Senate Government Operations Committee, where he succeeded in passing the groundbreaking Vermont Clean Election Reform Act. He came out of retirement in 2012 to found NEDC, and has served as Executive Director since 2013.  As a former legislator who understands State elections issues, he has helped direct our efforts in DC to balance federal and state interests as NEDC works for elections policy reform.   

 

VICTORIA COLLIER

Co-founder and Communications Director

Victoria Collier directs communications and research for the NEDC and is the publisher of the NEDC website. She is the author of the 2012 Harper’s Magazine cover story “How to Rig an Election” which helped to catalyze NEDC organizing efforts. She has been a public speaker on Election Integrity at the Institute for Policy Studies and as a guest on radio shows nationwide including ABC, and NPR. 

 

JEFF WOLFE

Jeff is a key NEDC Board member and consultant to NEDC for national policy advocacy. Jeff has also Chaired the Distributed Generation Division of the Solar Energy Industries Association since 2005, and serves on the Union of Concerned Scientists National Advisory Board.

He co-founded groSolar, a nationwide solar contractor, where he was CEO for 14 years, and where he remains as Chairman. There he helped break new ground and build the U.S. solar industry. He is Principal of Jeff Wolfe Consulting, providing strategy, planning and execution services as well as market entry and development in the renewable energy industry.  He has a BSME from Cornell University.
 

JAN BENDOR

Jan BenDor is an NEDC Board member and key advisor on county and state election administration issues. Jan is a local elections administrator and reform advocate in Michigan, and a founding member of the Michigan Election Reform Alliance (MERA). MERA’s mission is to ensure "the realization of election processes that consistently uphold the principles of democracy to ensure the confidence of voters and maximize representation of all citizens of the United States of America." She is currently the statewide coordinator. 

Jan served for over a decade as Trustee, Planning Commissioner, and Deputy Township Clerk for Pittsfield Charter Township, where she works for the maintenance of public services, election reform, and promotion of voter registration.    

 

Reverend Rodney Sadler

Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler is an Associate Professor of Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary and associate pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church.  Rev Sadler currently serves on the Executive Committee of the North Carolina NAACP. He has served as Mecklenburg Ministries’ Board member for six years between 2006 and 2012. Rodney is a graduate of Howard University (1989, B.S. Psychology/Philosophy), Howard University School of Divinity (1992, M.Div.), and Duke University (2001, Ph.D. Hebrew Bible and Biblical Archaeology), and has also studied at Hebrew University (1990). He is an ordained Baptist minister and presently serves as Associate Pastor of Mount Carmel Baptist Church and Associate Professor of Bible at Union Presbyterian Seminary.

His activism includes work on voting rights in NC, and with the Community for Creative Non‐Violence in D.C., Durham C.A.N., H.E.L.P. Charlotte, the Middle East Peace Working Group, and the U.S. Africa Ebola Working Group. 
He is a widely published author and editor.   

 

PHIL COTICELLI

Phil Coticelli is a media and conference coordinator for the NEDC. He helped organize the letter to Congress from over 100 election experts asking Congress to secure elections. Phil previously worked with the non-profit Global Health Advocates in Switzerland on grassroots advocacy campaigns that successfully compelled the governments of Malawi and South Africa to remove import taxes on insecticide-treated mosquito nets, transforming the global fight against malaria.  His research was published in PLoS Medicine, a peer-reviewed online journal, and his organizational advocacy papers for have been used throughout the years as required curriculum reading in the Development Studies department at the London School of Economics, where he completed his Master’s degree.