Vinoda Basnayake

Vinoda is one of Washington, DC’s top business entrepreneurs, specializing in the nightlife, hospitality, and lifestyle industries. Vinoda has established himself as a sought-after retail guru whose mission is to open authentic concepts and invest in bold personalities. His hospitality group, Versus, includes such venues as 2018 Nightclub of the Year Heist, nationally renowned cocktail bar Morris American Bar and hotspot Castas Rum Bar.

Vinoda was appointed to be the first Chairman of Nightlife and Culture of DC by Mayor Muriel Bowser.  He has received numerous media honors and recognitions including being named as one of DC’s Most Influential Under 40 by Washington Life Magazine for the past seven years, identified as one of the Top 40 Entrepreneurs Under 40 by Washington Business Journal and profiled for “journeying from party promoter to powerbroker” by the Washington Post.

Vinoda is also the youngest partner at Nelson Mullins LLP, the fastest growing law firm in America. He is ranked in the Legal 500, has been named one of The Hill’s Top Lobbyists and was recognized as Top Lobbyist of 2020 by the National Institute for Lobbying and Ethics.

Vinoda is an honors graduate from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business where he was a double major and double minor. At graduation he received the Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Contribution to the Campus, received the Outstanding Student Leader Award and was selected student graduation speaker by his classmates.  He also received a joint degree from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Business in 2008.

Vinoda was previously appointed Commissioner of the Small and Local Business Opportunity Commission for DC by former Mayor Adrian Fenty, served on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Transition Team for Economic Development, was named to Mayor Bowser’s ReOpen DC Advisory Committee for safe reopening during the pandemic. He was formerly the Chairman of the Board of DC Vote and sits on the boards of the Washington Institute, the Asian American Pacific Islander Victory Fund and the National Children’s Museum.

Shelley Broderick

B.A., cum laude, The American University, 1973; J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1978; M.A.T., Antioch School of Law.

Katherine S. Broderick served as interim and then Dean of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law from August 1998 until June 2018, having previously served as Clinical Director, Associate Dean and faculty member since 1979. In 2011, she was named the Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Chair of Social Justice.

Professor Broderick began her academic career as a clinical faculty member. She directed the Criminal Defense Clinic at the Antioch School of Law for ten years representing more than 2,000 individuals charged with crimes in the Superior and District Courts of the District of Columbia. She also co-directed the Legislation Clinic for four years, supervising students working primarily on health and safety, environmental justice and criminal justice legislation with the D.C. Council. She has taught Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, State and Local Government Law, First Amendment Demonstration Law, and a seminar, “Perspectives on Social Justice.” She taught in Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop, in the Fall Semester, for many years.

Under her leadership during twenty years as dean, major accomplishments included securing the highest level of American Bar Association Accreditation, establishing part-time and LL.M. programs, serving the legal needs of thousands of low-income District residents through the School’s nine legal clinics, moving into a beautifully renovated 100,000 square foot law school building, completing a handsome $1.6 million library expansion project and raising over $15 million for endowed chairs, endowed and annual scholarships, summer public interest fellowships, and clinical programs. In 2015, she forged the first Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Havana and a U.S. law school. Students and faculty members participate in an intensive International Law seminar in Cuba annually when travel to Cuba is permitted.

Professor Broderick chairs the D.C. Task Force on Jails and Justice. This blue ribbon task force is charged with redefining and reinventing the District of Columbia criminal justice system and ensuring that the jail is one part of a just and equitable system. She serves on the Boards of D.C. Appleseed and D.C. Vote. She was appointed in 2008 by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to serve on the District of Columbia’s Access to Justice Commission. She completed four terms serving until 2020. Professor Broderick was named to the Norton Federal Law Enforcement Nominating Commission in 2009 and continues to serve. She also hosts Sound Advice, a UDC cable television show available in 200,000 D.C. households, providing information about legal issues affecting the District’s most vulnerable residents, including predatory lending, domestic violence, AIDS and the District’s abuse and neglect system. She has hosted more than 300 shows over the last 22 years. A committed civil libertarian, Professor Broderick is a past president and served on the Board of the American Civil Liberties Union of the Nation’s Capital for many years. She continues to serve on the Nominations Committee. Professor Broderick was a founder of and ardent participant in the D.C. Consortium of Legal Services Providers, an organization committed to increasing the quantity, improving the quality, and coordinating the delivery of legal services to low-income D.C. residents.

Professor Broderick received the 2020 “Thurgood Marshall Award,” “in recognition of her exemplary legal career dedicated to service in the public interest, in the pursuit of equal justice and opportunity for all Americans,” from the D.C. Bar; the 2018 ”Potter Stewart Award” from the Council for Court Excellence; the 2017 “Heman Sweatt Award” from the National Bar Association; and the 2016 “Education and Leadership Award,” from the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund. She has also received the 2015 “Effective Force in Service of the People Award” from the D.C. Chapter of the National Lawyers’ Guild “in recognition of outstanding leadership” and the 2009 “Deborah L. Rhode Award” from the Association of American Law Schools ‘in recognition of her work to increase pro bono and public service opportunities in law schools.” She was honored with the “Servant of Justice Award” by the Legal Aid Society in 2005. Professor Broderick received the “National Equal Justice Works Outstanding Law School Dean Award” in 2002, and the “William Pincus Award” for “Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Legal Education” given by the Association of American Law Schools in 1999. She was named a Fellow of the American Bar Association in 2000.

Professor Broderick and her late husband John Clegg’s daughter, Isabella, is a 2010 graduate of Wilson Senior High, a D.C. public school and a 2016 graduate of the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Rev. Wendy Hamilton

Rev. Wendy Hamilton is an Ordained minister, social justice advocate and mother of one, currently residing in Washington, DC. Originally from small town southern Ohio (Portsmouth), Rev. Wendy proudly received her Bachelor’s Degree from Howard University (B.S. Human Development, in 1991) and her Master’s Degree from Howard University School of Divinity (M.A. Religious Studies, 2006.) She credits her educational experiences and single motherhood as being two of the most transformative of her life.

Having worked professionally in communications on Capitol Hill, as an adjunct professor of Communications (University of Phoenix and Community College of Baltimore County) and recently as an Executive Assistant to Benjamin Jealous, former President and CEO of the NAACP at the headquarters in Baltimore, Rev. Wendy participated in initiatives on criminal justice reform, civic engagement, economic inequality and environmental justice. Her professional background includes work in the arenas of education, human services/non-profit advocacy, communications, and chaplaincy. She was part-time pastor of Open Door Metropolitan Community Church in Germantown, Maryland and also served as Director of Spiritual and Cultural Outreach for 2020 Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang.

Rev. Wendy is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc; Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, a former candidate for US House of Representatives and current Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC) in Ward 8.

Ximena Hartsock

Ximena Hartsock is the Co-Founder of Phone2Action, the leading public affairs technology company in the US.

Prior to founding Phone2Action she was a member of the executive cabinet of former Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, serving as Deputy Chief of Teaching and Learning and Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation.

During her tenure as parks director, she oversaw renovations of several D.C. public facilities including the completion of D.C.’s state-of-the-art Olympic facility, Wilson Pool, the construction of numerous athletic fields and parks, and the implementation of wellness programs for seniors, youth and families.

Before serving as Parks Director, Dr. Hartsock was Deputy Chief for Teaching and Learning for D.C. Public Schools under the education overhaul led by Michelle Rhee and Adrian Fenty. In that role, she led key reform including the implementation of a comprehensive “Out of School Time” curriculum that served students after school, on weekends, and in the summer. She also led the implementation of a credit recovery program for students at risk of dropping out. These efforts were key in improving D,C.’s historically low graduation rates. She came to that position after working in D.C. Government as an educator and school principal.

Dr. Hartsock’s company Phone2Action is the leading software platform for civic engagement in the United States. The high levels of engagement organizations like Nurses Association, American Emergency Physicians, Restaurants Association have achieved using Phone2Action tools have been instrumental in the passage of legislation especially during the 2020 Pandemic.

Dr. Hartsock has received multiple awards for leadership and public service and has been featured, among others, in Fortune, Forbes The Washington Post, and the New York Times. She has also been listed in “The New guard of DC Business Leaders” by the Washington Business Journal. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington Economic Club, The Board of Industry Leaders of the Consumer Technology Association, and DC Vote.

A native of Chile, she holds a Doctorate in Administration and Policy from The George Washington University.

Jack Jacobson
Chairman of the Board

Jack joined DC Vote following 13 years as an elected official in the District, including five as an ANC Commissioner in Dupont Circle and eight as Ward 2’s State Board of Education Representative, where he served as President and Vice President.

Jack moved to the District over two decades ago to begin his career as a federal lobbyist. His federal policy practice spans a wide range of issue areas including education, voter enfranchisement, climate change, and telecommunications.

Jack and his husband, Kevin, believe in giving back to their communities and in the importance of public service. They support various philanthropic organizations and are patrons of the arts. They enjoy cooking, travel, and hosting dinner parties with friends. They live in Dupont Circle with their pets, Ghost and Seven.

Aviva Kempner

Washington, DC based filmmaker Aviva Kempner makes award winning documentaries about under known Jewish heroes for over 40 years. The Spy Behind Home Plate, a film on baseball player and OSS spy Moe Berg,  was released in May, 2019. She wrote, directed and produced Rosenwald, a documentary about how philanthropist Julius Rosenwald partnered with Booker T. Washington in establishing over 5,000 schools for African Americans in the Jim Crow South. She also made Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, about Gertrude Berg who created the first television sitcom and the Emmy nominated and Peabody awarded The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, about the Hall Famer who faced anti-Semitism during the 30s. She also produced the award-winning Partisans of Vilna, about Jews fighting the Nazis. She made Today I Vote for My Joey at the AFi directing workshop for women in 2002.

She is presently making a film on screenwriter, playwright, journalist, and novelist Ben Hecht, who was a dedicated activist for the cause of exposing the horrors of the Holocaust to the American public and in the quest for survivors to find a permanent home in Palestine.  She is co-directing Imagining the Indians, a documentary on  the movement to remove Native American names, logos, and mascots from the world of sports and beyond.

Kempner is also making Pissed Off, a documentary short exploring the underpublicized struggles faced by female lawmakers in Congress who advocated for equal access to restroom facilities in the United States Capitol. From its inception, Congress excluded women, both in participation and plumbing.

A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Kempner is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the DC Mayor’s Art Award, WIFV Women of Vision Award and Media Arts Award from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. She founded the Washington Jewish Film Festival Washington, DC.

She is a voting rights and statehood advocate for Washington, D.C. and proudly serves on the board of DC Vote.

John Klenert
John Klenert

John was born and raised in New York City and came to Washington DC in 1967 to attend Catholic University of America where he earned his BA and MA degrees in American History.

A long time supporter of DC Vote, he is now serving his second stint on its Board of Directors. He proudly has been arrested for civil disobedience while participating in a rally for the rights of his fellow citizens here in the District of Columbia. Besides DC Vote, he also is a long time member of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund Campaign Board and the Gertrude Stein Club.

John is a longtime Ward Two resident and in his spare time enjoys travel, the Shakespeare Theatre and cheering for both the Nats and the Caps.

Claudia McKoin

Ms. McKoin has over 30 years of experience in the private and public sectors in the areas of government relations, lobbying, public affairs and community relations, and Human Resources management. She is a knowledgeable business professional in the areas of policy and program development and government relations. She has worked with federal and local governments including regulatory agencies, corporations and nonprofits. Over the span of her career she has built a network of contacts with policymakers, and business and professional leaders.

Ms. McKoin currently serves as a government relations/lobbying consultant for various clients. Most recently she served in a Mayoral appointment as a Commissioner on the District of Columbia Rental Housing Commission. In this capacity she adjudicated contested landlord/tenant cases appealed from the Office of Administrative Hearings. She was also responsible for updating and revising the rental housing regulations contained in the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations. Prior to her appointment as a Commissioner

Ms. McKoin served as the Director of Federal Relations for the Council of the District of Columbia. In this capacity she represented the Council and District Government on legislative and policy issues before Congress and the Federal Executive Branch. During that time she worked closely with DC Vote in advocating for the passage of the DC Voting Rights Act. Prior to joining the Council, Ms. McKoin served as Director of Government Relations for Verizon Communications. She represented Verizon before the District Government and the Federal Government. Ms. McKoin also served as Director of Issues Management where she analyzed and developed company policies which were used in the company’s government relations initiatives. Ms. McKoin’s career also included positions in telecommunications regulation, community and public affairs, and human resources.

She is a member of the Dean’s Diversity Council for the Washington College of Law at American University, member of the DC Bar’s DC Affairs Section, the Capital City Chapter of The Links, Inc. and The Links National Committee on Legislative Issues and Public Affairs, member of The Federal City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., member of the Washington Chapter of The Girl Friends, Inc., and member of the District of Columbia Bar and Maryland State Bar.

She holds a BA in Business Administration from Howard University, an MBA from George Washington University and a Juris Doctor from the Washington College of Law at American University.

Tim Murphy

Driven by his love for Washington, DC, Tim joined the board of DC Vote to contribute to the community he cherishes. Residing in DC’s Shaw neighborhood, he has called the city home since 2012 and is dedicated to ensuring that DC residents receive the representation they deserve.

With a robust 10-year background in nonprofit marketing, Tim has championed causes such as cannabis legalization, harm reduction, and First Amendment rights. With DC Vote, Tim focuses on leveraging digital channels to mobilize support for statehood. He is currently optimizing the organization’s technology stack to enhance outreach and advocacy efforts.
Beyond his professional and board commitments, Tim is an avid learner and enthusiast of philosophy, gardening, technology, and movies — with a particular fondness for Denis Villeneuve’s films.

His professional journey includes managing teams and building marketing departments from the ground up.

Derek Musgrove

George Derek Musgrove, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is the author ofRumor, Repression, and Racial Politics: How the Harassment of Black Elected Officials Shaped Post-Civil Rights America. With Chris Myers Asch, he is the co-author of Chocolate City, A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital, a Kirkus Best Book of 2017. Most recently, he a web-based map of Black Power activism in the nation’s capital between 1961 and 1998. His commentary and opinions have appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, National Public Radio and theRoot. He lives with his wife and sons in Washington, D.C.

Ravi Perry
Vice Chair

Dr. Ravi K. Perry joined the Department of Political Science at Howard University in August 2019 as Chair and Professor.  Previously, Dr. Perry was Chair of the Department of Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth University and was a member of the faculty at Mississippi State University and Clark University (Worcester, MA).  Dr. Perry holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Brown University, each in political science. An expert on Black politics, minority representation, urban politics, American public policy, and LGBT candidates of color, Dr. Perry is the editor of 21st Century Urban Race Politics: Representing Minorities as Universal Interests, a book that discusses the efforts of African American, Latino and Asian mayors to represent the interests of minorities in historically White cities in the United States. His second book, entitled Black Mayors, White Majorities: The Balancing Act of Racial Politics, focuses on the challenges Black mayors face in representing Black interests in majority White, medium‐sized cities in the state of  Ohio.  His third book, published with his mother, is The Little Rock Crisis: What Desegregation Politics Says About Us. In it, Perry and Perry frame the story of the Little Rock 1957 desegregation crisis through the lens of memory. Over time, those memories – individual and collective – have motivated Little Rockians for social and political action and engagement. Currently, Dr. Perry is finishing a book that introduces the lives and campaigns of Black, and openly lesbian and gay elected officials in the United States.

Perry is Immediate Past President of the Association for Ethnic Studies, and a member of the Executive Council for the Urban Politics Organized Section of the American Political Science Association. Perry is a former member of the Executive Council for the Sexuality and Politics Organized Section of the American Political Science Association and the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. Previously, Perry was also a member of the Board of Directors and Affiliate Equity Officer for the ACLU of Mississippi, and was also one of the first openly gay branch presidents of color in the history of the NAACP in Worcester, Massachusetts.

In his limited spare time in the District, Dr. Perry, a ward 7 resident, also enjoys playing tennis, volunteering, and is a member of Metropolitan AME Church. Dr. Perry is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Dr. Perry is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including being recognized as one of the Andrew Goodman Foundation’s 50 “Hero Citizens;” Out Magazine’s “Hidden 105” and The Advocate’s “193 Reasons to Have Pride,” and “40 under 40.

Rudy Seikaly

A refugee from Lebanon wounded as a teen during the country’s civil war, Seikaly is now founder and CEO of MCN Build, a “purpose-driven” construction company. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the firm specializes in building schools and the adaptive reuse of public facilities. (It also works on libraries, museums, fire stations, health care centers, community centers, and more.) He serves on the board of trustees of Bread Inc., the Charter Schools Development Corporation, Teach for America, and the Federal City Council, and chairs the MCN Build Foundation, his firm’s nonprofit arm, which builds schools and libraries on a pro bono basis in underserved areas around the world.

Daniel Solomon

Daniel is a trustee of the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation and a board member of the University of the District of Columbia School of Law Foundation, and is a co-founder and board member of DC Vote. His funding focuses on civil, human, and political rights and social justice. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. He lives in Northwest Washington, DC, wife his wife Jane and their two sons.

Bruce V. Spiva

Bruce V. Spiva is a prominent attorney and community leader. Over the past three decades, he has tried cases and argued appeals in courtrooms across the country, including arguing against vote suppression in the United States Supreme Court in 2021. His practice has spanned a wide range of substantive areas, including voting rights and Congressional redistricting, civil rights, antitrust, First Amendment, and commercial litigation. In 2022, in his first run for public office, Bruce came in second in the Democratic primary for Attorney General of Washington, D.C.

In addition to founding his own law firm where he practiced for eleven years, Bruce has held several leadership positions as a partner at two national law firms. Bruce served as the Managing Partner of the D.C. Office and on the Executive Committee of Perkins Coie LLP, a firm with more than 1200 lawyers and $1.1 billion in revenues.

For decades, in the courtroom, in the Congress, and in the streets, Bruce has fought for statehood and local autonomy for the people of Washington, D.C. He has served as the chair and is a current board member of DC Vote, an organization dedicated to securing statehood for the people of the District of Columbia. Bruce was honored as a DC Vote Champion of Democracy in 2012. He is also on the board of the D.C. Statehood Pac and former chair of Statehood Yes! In 2007, he testified before the U.S. Congress in favor of the proposed D.C. Voting Rights Act.

Bruce has published, spoken, and testified on antitrust, voting rights and many other important legal and public interest issues. He has long been active in civic and professional service organizations. In addition to his statehood advocacy, Bruce serves on the board of Civic Influencers, an organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of voting by young people nationwide, and on the advisory boards of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies and the American Antitrust Institute. He has served on the board of the DC Bar Foundation, and as co-chair of the Litigation Section of the DC Bar.

Bruce graduated from Harvard Law School in 1992, where he served as an editor and the Treasurer (now called Vice President) of the Harvard Law Review. He graduated with a BA in history from Yale University in 1988. After law school, he clerked for the late Honorable Jerome Farris on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Since then, Bruce has been trying to heed his parents’ example and call to use the training and skills he learned in school and the values he learned at home to help those in need. He lives in the Crestwood neighborhood of Washington, D.C. with his wife and two sons, who are in college.

Joe Sternlieb
Treasurer of the Board

Joe Sternlieb came to Washington, DC in 1986 and worked as an organizer and lobbyist for a nuclear arm control PAC and civil rights organizations.  In 1989, after being elected to his local ANC, made a career pivot to focus on local issues – earning a masters degree in city planning from MIT – and returning to DC as the staff director to the DC Council Committee on Economic Development.   Joe was involved in some of the major economic development initiatives of the city’s financial recovery during the fiscal crisis of the 1990’s including the DC Business Improvement District, Convention Center and Downtown Arena legislation.  Over the last 28 years he has been involved in launching, leading, or assisting initiatives to make the District a more livable, sustainable, successful, and equitable city with a focus on transportation, economic development, voting rights, housing and public education.  He led the planning and development of the DC Circulator system, creation of Georgetown Heritage, and a number of other visible public projects in the city.  He has served on multiple Mayoral task forces, Boards and Commissions, on a wide range of topics including affordable housing preservation, green building regulation, special education, and library renewal.  He is currently the CEO of the Georgetown Business Improvement District, and chairs the Board of DC Sustainable Transportation.  Joe co-founded DC Vote with Daniel Solomon in 1998.

Robinson Woodward-Burns

Robinson Woodward-Burns is a native Washingtonian and an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Howard University. He is an expert on statehood and state constitutionalism and is the author of Hidden Laws: How State Constitutions Stabilize American Politics, published in 2021 by Yale University Press. He is writing a second book, on voting rights under the American state constitutions, with support from a Library of Congress Kluge Fellowship. He has written on statehood and civil rights in a variety of academic journals and in The Atlanticand The Washington Post. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and M.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, and a B.A. in Government from the College of William and Mary.