Peer-to-Peer Review

During Peer-to-Peer review, each applicant will score and comment on five other applications using the four criteria included in the scoring rubric: transformative, innovative, feasible, and scalable. This is the same scoring rubric that the Evaluation Panel will use in their review.

Scores will be calculated using an algorithm that ensures a level playing field for all applicants. In addition to scoring each application on the four criteria in the scoring rubric, Peer-to-Peer reviewers will also provide a final numerical score, ranging between 0-100, representing an overall impression of the entire application. We ask that each Peer-to-Peer reviewer carefully read the applications given to them and provide meaningful feedback. The Peer-to-Peer review will result in a rank order of all valid submissions. Based on the rank order of scores, a subset of top-scoring applications will move forward to the Evaluation Panel.

Evaluation Panel

Evaluation Panel judges will score and provide feedback on the applications assigned to them using the scoring rubric, and each valid application will receive five sets of reviews with scores that have been statistically normalized to ensure a level playing field. Informed by the resulting rank order of applications after Evaluation Panel review, up to five Finalists will be selected.

Sefa Aina

Associate Dean & Director of the Draper Center, Pomona College
Meet  
Sefa

Samar Ali

Research Professor of Political Science & Law, Vanderbilt University
Meet  
Samar

Aimee Allison

President, Democracy in Color
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Aimee

Carol Anderson

Charles Howard Candler Professor & Chair of African American Studies, Emory University
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Carol

Ana Marie Argilagos

President & CEO, Hispanics in Philanthropy
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Ana Marie

Thomas Asher

Director of Research & Engagement at Columbia World Projects, Columbia University
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Thomas

Nila Bala

Senior Staff Attorney, Policing Project, New York University of Law
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Nila

Daniella Ballou-Aares

Founder & CEO, Leadership Now Project
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Daniella

Ian Bassin

Co-Founder, Protect Democracy
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Ian

Edwin Bender

Executive Advisor, OpenSecrets, & former Executive Director, National Institute for Money in Politics
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Edwin

Khaled Beydoun

Law Professor, Wayne State University School of Law
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Khaled

Jocelyn Bissonnette

Director of Special Projects, Funders Committee for Civic Participation
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Jocelyn

Allen Blue

Co-Founder & Vice President of Product Management, LinkedIn
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Allen

Jean Bordewich

U.S. Democracy Program Officer, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
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Jean

Pamela Boveland

Professor of Sociology & Social Statistics, University of Houston-Downtown
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Pamela

LaTese Briggs

Vice President & Chief Philanthropy Officer, The Executive Leadership Council
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LaTese

Amanda Brown Lierman

Executive Director, SuperMajority & SuperMajority Education Fund
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Amanda

Donnie Charleston

Director of Public Policy & Advocacy, E Pluribus Unum
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Donnie

Hong Cheng

Professor & Dean, School of Communication, Loyola University Chicago
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Hong

Cindy Cohn

Executive Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
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Cindy

Alma Couverthie

National Organizing Director, League of Women Voters
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Alma

Jeffrey Davis

Founder & CEO, Exploring 4 Solutions
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Jeffrey

Larry Diamond

Senior Fellow, Stanford University Center on Democracy, Development, & the Rule of Law
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Larry

Aaron Dorfman

President & CEO, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
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Aaron

Henry Farrell

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute Professor of International Affairs, SAIS Johns Hopkins
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Henry

Rob Fersh

Founder/Senior Advisor, Convergence Center for Policy Resolution
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Rob

Jason Fichtner

Vice President and Chief Economist, Bipartisan Policy Center
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Jason

Aria Finger

Founder, DoSomething Strategic
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Aria

Nadia Firozvi

Assoc. Director, Just & Inclusive Society, Democracy Fund
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Nadia

Ester Fuchs

Professor of International & Public Affairs and Political Science; Director, Urban and Social Policy Program, Columbia University
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Ester

John Gastil

Professor, Political Science, Penn State University
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John

Joe Goldman

President, Democracy Fund
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Joe

Shane Murphy Goldsmith

President/CEO, Liberty Hill Foundation
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Shane Murphy

Jessica González

Co-CEO, Free Press
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Jessica

Gracia Goya

Vice President for Latin America, Hispanics in Philanthropy
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Gracia

Amanda Hollis-Brusky

Associate Professor & Chair of the Politics Department, Pomona College
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Amanda

Lee-Sean Huang

Co-Founder & Creative Director, Foossa
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Lee-Sean

Emma Humphries

Chief Education Officer & Deputy Director, CivXNow, iCivics
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Emma

Jaylani Hussein

Executive Director, CAIR MN
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Jaylani

Jamila Jefferson Jones

Professor, Wayne State School of Law
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Jamila

Alicia John-Baptiste

President & CEO, SPUR
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Alicia

Willis Johnson

Senior Fellow, Bridge Alliance
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Willis

Alice Johnson Cain

Executive Director, The Moriah Fund
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Alice

John Jost

Prof. of Psychology & Politics, Co-Director, Ctr. for Social & Political Behavior, NYU
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John

Claudia Juech

Vice President, Data and Society Patrick J. McGovern Foundation
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Claudia

Tom Kalil

Chief Innovation Officer, Schmidt Futures
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Tom

Joshua Kalla

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Yale University
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Joshua

Lisa Kaplan

CEO, Alethea Group
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Lisa

Michael Karanicolas

Executive Director, UCLA Institute for Technology, Law & Policy, UCLA Law
Meet  
Michael

Emily Kirkpatrick

Executive Director, National Council of Teachers of English
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Emily

Rachel Kleinfeld

Senior Fellow, Democracy, Conflict, & Governance Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Meet  
Rachel

Pete Laugharn

President & CEO, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
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Pete

Daniel Jae-Won Lee

Former Executive Director, Levi Strauss Foundation
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Daniel Jae-Won

Eli Lehrer

President, R Street Institute
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Eli

Peter Levine

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs & Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Tufts University’s Jonathan Tisch College of Civic Life
Meet  
Peter

Kristin Lord

President & CEO, IREX
Meet  
Kristin

Brooke López

Co-founder & Features Director, Lone Star Parity Project
Meet  
Brooke

Maya MacGuineas

President, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
Meet  
Maya

Jennifer McCoy

Distinguished University Professor of Political Science, Georgia State University
Meet  
Jennifer

Stephen Menendian

Assistant Director & Director of Research at the Othering & Belonging Institute, UC Berkeley
Meet  
Stephen

Thessalia Merivaki

Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University
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Thessalia

Travis Moore

Founder & Director, TechCongress
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Travis

Adam Morfeld

Founder & Executive Director, Civic Nebraska
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Adam

Anne Moses

President & Founder, IGNITE National
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Anne

Wanda Mullen

Professor of Texas & Federal Government, Houston Community College
Meet  
Wanda

Nancy Neiman

Professor of Politics Interim Chair, Department of Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Scripps College
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Nancy

Daniel Newman

President & Co-Founder, MapLight
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Daniel

Tram Nguyen

Co-Executive Director, New Virginia Majority
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Tram

Adav Noti

Senior Director, Trial Litigation & Chief of Staff, Campaign Legal Center
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Adav

Nicholas Nyhart

Former President & CEO, Public Campaign/Every Voice Center
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Nicholas

Jhody Polk

Founder & Director, Legal Empowerment & Advocacy
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Jhody

Zeenat Rahman

Executive Director, Institute of Politics, University of Chicago
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Zeenat

Rakesh Rajani

Vice President, Programs, Co-Impact
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Rakesh

Edgar Ramirez

President & CEO, Chicago Commons
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Edgar

Raye Rawls

Senior Public Service Faculty, J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, University of Georgia
Meet  
Raye

Nell Richardson

Attorney
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Nell

Rebecca Sandefur

Professor in the School of Social & Family Dynamics, Arizona State University
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Rebecca

Micah Sifry

Co-Founder & Former President, Civic Hall
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Micah

Danielle Silber

Director of Strategic Partnerships, ACLU
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Danielle

Josh Silver

Co-founder & CEO, RepresentUS
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Josh

Anne-Marie Slaughter

CEO, New America
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Anne-Marie

Pamela Smith

Senior Advisor & Former President, Verified Voting
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Pamela

Jon Steinman

Communications, Protect Democracy
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Jon

Jasmine Sudarkasa

Executive Director, The Curve Foundation
Meet  
Jasmine

Tomicah Tillemann

Executive Director, Digital Impact & Governance Initiative, New America Foundation
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Tomicah

Vanessa Tucker

Program Officer, US Democracy, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
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Vanessa

Carole Wacey

President & CEO, Women Creating Change
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Carole

Marni Watkins

Partner, 1909 Group
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Marni

Cheryl Williams

Vice President, Women's Congressional Policy Institute
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Cheryl

Jason Wojciechowski

Creative Director, CoreLab
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Jason

Selection Committee

In partnership with Lever for Change, the Selection Committee will review the top-scoring submissions and select up to five Finalists based on considerations that may include, but are not limited to, Evaluation Panel resulting rank order, organizational capacity, geographic diversity, and feasibility. The Selection Committee will select up to five Finalists and the recipients of the two $10 million Stronger Democracy Awards while Cipora & Vlado Herman will select the Finalist recipient of the $2 million grant.