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Our Board

 

pam anderson

Pam Anderson currently serves as the Executive Director of the Colorado County Clerks Association, a non-profit professional association which represents the 64 elected and appointed county Clerk and Recorders in the state of Colorado. The Clerk & Recorders are responsible for several functions including administration of coordinated, state and federal elections, recording of all land records and marriage licensing, motor vehicle titling and registration, and Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners.

Pam was elected the Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder in 2006, and re-elected in 2010. Previously she served as the elected City Clerk for the City of Wheat Ridge. Jefferson County, Colorado is located west of Denver with approximately 422,000 registered voters and is politically diverse (1/3 R, 1/3 D and 1/3 U). She has a B.A. in History, Master’s Degree in Public Administration and is a CERA-certified election professional.

Pam is owner of Consilium Colorado, LLC., a consulting firm that specializes in public/private leadership, program management specializing in elections administration, and political affairs. She is on the Board of the Center for Technology and Civic Life, has served as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado, Denver and an advisory member of the Pew Center Performance Index of Elections Advisory group. She is Past- President of the Colorado County Clerks Association, and she led the CCCA when the Colorado General Assembly passed model election reforms, known as the Colorado Voter Access and Modernization Act (COVAME).

Pam enjoys spending time outdoors in beautiful Colorado with her husband, Jay, and two children Sylas, 18 and Kathryn, 16. She is an avid sports fan and loves to read, travel and cook.


Trey Grayson

Trey Grayson has served as the President & CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce since July 1, 2014.

Active in the community, especially in the educational space, Trey current serves on the boards of directors of Leadership Kentucky, Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program, the Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky, ArtsWave, Health Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board, Gateway Community and Technical College Foundation, as well as several other boards by virtue of his position with the Chamber, including the Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, NKU Foundation and OKI Regional Council of Governments.

Nationally, Trey is active with the US Chamber of Commerce, and its Committee of 100, and the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, serving on its board of directors.

From 2011 to June 2014, he served as the Director of Harvard University's Institute of Politics.  While at Harvard, Trey was known as an expert on the political views of millennials and the role of technology in politics and government, as well as for his extensive involvement on campus, including service as a freshman academic adviser, faculty fellow for the men’s basketball team, and Kirkland House Senior Common Room member.

Prior to his time at Harvard, he was a two-term Secretary of State of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The youngest Secretary of State in the country at the time of his election, Trey was recognized as a national leader in government innovation, business services, election administration and civic education.  He served as Chair of the Republican Association of Secretaries of States and the President of the National Association of Secretaries of State. 

Trey remains engaged in election administration, with his service on the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration following the 2012 election and the Commission’s follow-up work to implement its recommendations, as well as serving as a founding board member of Democracy Works, best known for its innovative voter registration service, TurboVote.

Before entering politics, he was an attorney with the law firms of Greenebaum Doll & McDonald and Keating, Muething & Klekamp.  Trey received an A.B. in Government from Harvard College in 1994 and a JD/MBA from the University of Kentucky in 1998.  He resides in Boone County with his wife, Nancy, and his daughters, Alex and Kate.


jeff jonas

As Founder and Chief Scientist of Systems Research & Development (SRD), Jeff Jonas created Non-Obvious Relationship Awareness (NORA) – a sophisticated application which integrates diverse data sources allowing Las Vegas casinos to better understand with whom they were really doing business. This technology caught the eye of In-Q-Tel, the venture capital arm of the CIA, leading to one of two rounds of venture capital for SRD and ultimately led to IBM’s acquisition of SRD in January 2005. IBM continues to use this NORA-class technology (now called IBM InfoSphere Identity Insight) to address world-class problems, e.g., early detection of fraud for a financial services company, saving them $200M to date.

Prior to July 2016, Jonas was an IBM Fellow and Chief Scientist of Context Computing. In this capacity, Jonas led a team focused on next-generation “context computing.” Code-named “G2,” this technology is being used in innovative ways, e.g., to modernize voter registration in America in a joint effort with Pew Charitable Trusts, which keeps voter lists up to date and registers more voters; helping the Singaporean government better protect the Malacca Straights (which carries half the world’s oil supply and one-third of the world’s commodity shipments) with a maritime domain awareness system.

In August of 2016, Jonas announced the launch of his next start-up (currently in stealth mode) to further advance Context Computing and G2.

A highly sought after speaker, Jonas travels the globe discussing innovation, national security, and privacy with government leaders, industry executives, and think tanks. He is on the boards of the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) and Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and a Distinguished Engineer of Information Systems (adjunct) at Singapore Management University (SMU). As an industry thought leader, Jonas contributes to The Wall Street Journal's "The Experts" column on technology topics.


Kirk Jowers

Kirk Jowers is dōTERRA International’s Vice President of Corporate Relations and European Markets. Prior to joining dōTERRA, Kirk served as the University of Utah’s Chief Advisor to the Office of Global Engagement, Director of Federal Relations, and Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, where he was described by the Salt Lake Tribune as being the “most quoted man in Utah.” He also has served on more than 25 boards and committees, including as a founder of Count My Vote and Real Women Run, Chairman and General Counsel of Mitt Romney’s Commonwealth PACs, and a member of Utah Governor Herbert’s Advisory Team, Utah Attorney General Reyes’ Advisory Committee, and Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz’s Kitchen Cabinet. As a partner in the Washington, DC law firm of Caplin & Drysdale, Kirk provided legal and political advice to political parties, more than 30 congressional and gubernatorial candidates, Fortune 500 corporations, non-profit organizations, and five presidential campaigns. A noted lecturer, commentator, and author, Kirk is a University of Utah and Harvard Law School graduate, the 2007 recipient of the University of Utah’s Par Excellence Award and 2016 recipient of the American Diabetes Association’s Father of the Year Award. Kirk and his wife Kristen have five children.


Kevin Kennedy

Mr. Kennedy served as Wisconsin’s Chief Election Official from August 17, 1983 until June 29, 2016.  No other individual has served longer in that capacity.  Under his leadership, Wisconsin was consistently recognized as a leader and innovator in the administration of elections, lobbying and campaign finance.  Mr. Kennedy was in private practice in Madison before joining the Wisconsin State Elections Board on April 1, 1979.  He began his legal career as an assistant district attorney in Washington County, Wisconsin.

A Madison, Wisconsin native, Kevin graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School in 1976.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Letters and Science in 1974.

In addition to his service to the people of Wisconsin, Mr. Kennedy has been active in a number of professional organizations, including the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL), the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED), Election Center, the State Bar of Wisconsin, and the Dane County Bar Association.  He has testified before Congress, several federal and state legislative bodies as well as numerous private organizations active in the fields of campaign finance, elections, ethics and lobbying.  Kevin is a Certified Elections and Registration Administrator (CERA). 

In 2016 Kennedy received NASED's distinguished service award and was inducted into Election Center's Election Hall of Fame.


Ray Martinez

Ray Martinez is president of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT), which serves the state and federal policy interests of Texas’ regionally-accredited, nonprofit independent institutions of higher education. Prior to joining ICUT, Ray served as chancellor of WGU Texas and has held senior government relations positions at Rice University and with the Texas A&M University System. Ray previously served as the director of the Higher Education Committee in the Texas Senate.

Ray also has substantial experience working in Washington, D.C. Throughout most of the 1990’s Ray worked in the administration of President Bill Clinton, where he held numerous appointed positions, including regional director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and deputy assistant to President Clinton as part of the White House staff. From 2003-2006, he served as one of four commissioners on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, a bipartisan federal agency responsible for assisting state and local governments to improve the process of election administration. President George W. Bush nominated Ray to serve as a commissioner and he was subsequently confirmed by the U.S. Senate for this position.

Ray has taken his extensive experience from working in the halls of government into the college classroom. From 2007-2013, he served as an adjunct professor of public policy at the University of Texas School of Law and the LBJ School of Public Affairs, where he taught a course on election law and policy. His writings and commentaries on a variety of election law issues have been printed in various periodicals, including the New York Times, Baltimore Sun, Roll Call , and the Election Law Journal.

A native of Alice, Texas, Ray received his bachelor’s degree from Southwestern University and his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. Ray and his wife, Beth, reside in Austin and they have two children, Sofia Grace and Lorenzo Elder.