Staff

Bo Shuff
Executive Director

Bo Shuff serves as the Executive Director for DC Vote having been promoted from Director of Advocacy in June of 2017. Bo has spent the last twenty years on the front lines of both electoral and advocacy politics. From being a member of the Gore election team in Florida in 2000 to being on the staff of HRC from the Lawrence decision through the 2006 Marriage Amendments, Bo somehow finds himself engaged in some of the hottest political moments. In addition to organizational advocacy work his electoral efforts led to a progressive majority in the Washington State Senate and, as Campaign Manager, the election of Mayor Muriel Bowser. He joined DC Vote in 2016 with an eye to achieving full equality for the residents of the 51st State, Washington DC.

Barbara Helmick
Director of Programs

Answering a help wanted ad titled Activist in 1973, Barbara has been a grassroots organizer ever since. She was a pioneer in the development of the door-to-door model for progressive organizations, such as Clean Water Action, Working America, USAction, and the ERA Fund. Barbara has served as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, was on the Democratic State Committee and is active in the LGBTQIA community, serving on the Mayor’s Advisory Commission 2012-2016. In 2015, Barbara brought to DC Vote a professional canvassing team, that after a successful summer project returned in 2016 to canvass through to election day. She became Program Director in March 2017. Barbara believes that with a strong organizing strategy and energized people power, DC will become the 51st state.