Press

For press inquiries please email info@votetocracy.com or call 917.517.0132
 

Mission Statement

Our purpose is to make Congress easy and relevant for citizens. Everyday.  By doing so, we will create VoteTocracy, a form of democracy where citizens directly impact legislation and use bill by bill voting to choose candidates in elections.

 

Quotes

Sourcing Political Information
"Nearly two-thirds (64%) of the public say they prefer getting political news from sources that don’t have a particular point of view, compared with 26% who would rather get news from sources that share their political perspective. This is on par with opinions since 2006."   Pew Research Center News Consumption Survey 2012
 
Communicating With Congress
In 2004, the House and Senate, combined, received more than 200 million postal and email messages. However, a large percentage of the communications to Congress are now mass form messages – multiple copies of exactly the same text sent under different constituents’ names. This has led a majority of congressional staff to feel that e-mail and the Internet have reduced the overall quality of constituents’ messages. Additionally, many staff believes that these mass form messages are sent without the constituents’ knowledge and approval. Thus, while more messages are being sent to Congress than ever before, it seems that less actual communication is occurring. Another problem facing Member offices is that while the volume of communications received by congressional offices has multiplied over the last few years, the number of staff employed by Senators and Representatives has remained approximately the same for more than twenty years. In other words, congressional offices are trying to do more work with roughly the same number of staff they had in the late 1970’s3. (3 Norman J. Ornstein, Thomas E. Mann and Michael J.Malbin, Vital Statistics on Congress 2001-2002 (Washington, DC: The AEI Press, 2002): 126. Communicating with Congress
 
 

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Team and Bios

David Kraljic - Co-Founder

David is a veteran creative and strategic leader with 15 years of experience driving the development of digital marketing programs and digital product development. During his career, David has been a Creative Director at fortune 500 companies. As digital Creative Director at Group DCA, he was responsible for leading the pioneering company's user experience (UX). Later, as the Executive Director of UX and Product Development, he planned, launched and managed over 300 digital marketing programs for brands at the top 20 pharmaceutical, biotech and device manufacturing companies and helped successfully commercialize three new digital products for the company. In addition to having won dozens of awards for his innovative work at Group DCA, he played a leadership role that helped grow the company from a small interactive boutique to a major interactive agency which was subsequently acquired. David holds a BFA in graphic design from the Art Institute of Boston. He is also a graduate of the Founders Institute, a global start-up incubator program.

 

 

Richard Livolsi - Co-Founder / CTO

Richard Livolsi is a 13 year veteran in the web development field. He began his career at a NJ interactive marketing firm servicing top 20 Pharmaceutical clients, starting as a Flash Developer and ending his time there as Senior Architect. Rich is knowledgeable in all aspects of the web stack from database management to HTML front-end technologies. He has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and is constantly learning new technologies while brainstorming potential business ideas. When not spending his time in front of a computer, you can find him out on a tennis court or relaxing at home watching his favorite tv show The Honeymooners. Rich earned a BS in Computer Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

 

 

Charles Saldarini - Managing Partner

Chuck Saldarini is a services veteran, focused in bio-pharmaceuticals (meet him on Linked In) until this particular endeavor captured his imagination. VoteTocracy appealed to an abiding interest in politics and its opportunity a good fit with his experiences leading businesses through incubation, start-up and growth. The challenges are similar to those he has navigated previously in leading PDI, a provider of outsourced commercial services, from its inception through peak revenues of $365M and a successful IPO, accomplishing a turnaround of Sentrx leading to its subsequent successful acquisition or providing interim executive leadership at Octagon Clinical Research Solutions resulting in Accenture’s acquisition. When not working or volunteering on one of several Executive Boards, Chuck is still on the move, actively competing in several triathlons each year. He earned his B.A. with honors from Syracuse University.

 

 

Erin Carson - Lead Analyst

Erin Carson is a policy analyst based in Washington, D.C. with a focus on program evaluation and legislative and regulatory analysis. She currently provides policy analysis for the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) – a non-profit, nonpartisan research and policy group evaluating teacher policies at the federal, state and local level. She is also the senior policy advisor for Energy Solutions Forum (ESF) – an energy policy research firm that supports investment decisions across the energy industry.  Prior to her consulting work, Erin was an analyst and senior analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office – a nonpartisan investigative agency that reports to Congress – where she worked on a diverse portfolio of energy, defense, and international affairs audits. Erin holds a Masters in Public Policy and a Masters in International and Intercultural Communication from the University of Denver, where she was a Governor Lamm Scholar, and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Colorado. 

House Committee Assignments:
Agriculture, Energy and Commerce, Natural Resources, Education and the Workforce, Financial Services, Appropriations, Budget
Senate Committee Assignments:
Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Energy and Natural Resources, Environment and Public Works, Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Aging, Finance, Appropriations, Budget

 

Kellie Lunney  - Senior Analyst

Kellie Lunney is a 13 year veteran working as a Washington multimedia reporter and editor covering national politics and policy, Congress, and federal agencies.  She has written for the Atlantic Media Group, Government Executive (www.govexec.com), and has been published frequently in National Journal and Defense One. Kelly has been cited in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Roll All, Washington Business Journal and Fiscal Times and has multimedia appearances on CSPAN’s Washington Journal, PostTV and NPR. Kellie holds a B.A. from Colgate University with a double major in Political Science and French and is bilingual.

House Committee Assignments:
Armed Services, Ethics, Oversight and Government Reform, House Administration
Senate Committee Assignments:
Armed Services, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Ethics

 

Jasminee Persaud - Senior Analyst

Jasminee Persaud brings over a decade of experience in economic policy and research working with private, public and non-profit organizations in both domestic and international settings. She provides research and strategic direction to non-profits as an Independent Consultant. Prior to her consulting work, Jasminee was a Senior Analyst with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) where she worked on issues related to international affairs, financial markets and community development. Prior to GAO, Jasminee managed both domestic and international projects, including leading confidential benchmarking studies for The Conference Board, conducting macroeconomic research and analysis for The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and serving in the U.S. Peace Corps in Bolivia. Jasminee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Barnard College and a Masters in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

House Committee Assignments:
Intelligence, Homeland Security, Foreign Affairs
Senate Committee Assignments:
Intelligence, Foreign Relations, United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control

 

Allison Glatfelter - Senior Analyst

Allison Glatfelter is a politico with over 10 years of experience. Allison is bringing her political work experience including: campaign work, polling and advocacy (fancy word for lobbyist) to her work at VoteTocracy.  She has a lot of experience writing about current topics facing Congress today. She has worked for non-profits and in corporate America, Democrats and Republicans. Allison holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Cincinnati.

House Committee Assignments:
Transportation and Infrastructure, Small Business, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Judiciary, Veterans' Affairs
Senate Committee Assignments:
Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Science, Space, and Technology, Ways and Means, Indian Affairs, Veterans' Affairs

 

Brandon Silva  -  Engineer

Brandon Silva is software engineer with a passion for the interactive.  He is proficient in JavaScript, Node.js, MongoDB, Threejs, Backbone, jQuery, Python, Redis, HTML and CSS3. When not working on VoteTocracy is a major fan of e-sports.

 

 

 

 

Nicholas Lindsay - Engineer

Nick Lindsay is a software engineer with a dual interest in computer science and political science, the later honed as a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps, where he served two combat tours in Iraq. At VoteTocracy he is involved in data sourcing, aggregation, and extraction along with our efforts in search and server management. In his free time, Nick enjoys playing golf and video games of many genres, as well as, watching classic horror movies.

 

Jennifer Kilburn Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Kilburn is an Administrative Assistant with over 15 years of experience. In 2010 Jennifer started to work as a freelance Administrative Assistant, since then she has worked in many different industries and has worked with some of the fastest growing companies in the U.S.