About | Our Staff

Mike Burns

National Director


Michael Burns is the National Director for Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project.  He spent over five years working in electoral politics prior to law school, including two years as the Executive Director of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee.

Khaula Zafar

Communications Director

Khaula is based in Columbus, Ohio where she attended The Ohio State University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Evolution and Ecology, with minors in Political Science and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Raaheela Ahmed is the Deputy Director for Fair Elections Center's  Campus Vote Project. She is an experienced activist and organizer from Maryland and an elected official on the Prince George's County School Board, who has worked with several nonprofit organizations including America Reads*America Counts and New American Leaders.

Raaheela Ahmed

Deputy Director

Rachel Clay

Southeast Regional Manager

Rachel graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.A. in political science and a B.A. in women’s studies. While at Appalachian State, Rachel worked for two years as an organizer for Ignite NC...

Kassie Phebillo

Curriculum & Research Coordinator


Kassie Phebillo is the Curriculum & Research Coordinator for Campus Vote Project. She is a Communication Studies PhD Candidate at the University of Texas Austin, where she studies the intersection... 

Dylan Sellers

National HBCU Manager

Dylan Sellers is a husband, brother, son, and community activist. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he has served as a member of the Children’s Defense Fund-New Abolitionist Association, the Cleveland Community Police...

Sumaiya Ahmed Sheikh

Michigan, State Coordinator

Sumaiya Ahmed Sheikh comes from a long history of community service, marketing & communications, and civic engagement. Prior to joining Campus Vote Project, Sumaiya served as the Executive Director of the Michigan Muslim Community Council...

Chuck Black

Pennsylvania, State Coordinator

Chuck Black is the Pennsylvania Coordinator for the Campus Vote Project. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science in project management...

Ciarra Malone

Georgia, State Coordinator       


Born and raised in Atlanta, Ciarra is a recent graduate of Kennesaw State University (KSU), with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a double minor in International Affairs and African/ African Diaspora Studies.

Madeline Doane

Virginia, State Coordinator

Madeline Doane is a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where she double majored in Political Science and International Studies with a concentration in Latin America. She has been active in the Richmond and VCU...

Alexis Crosby

Ohio, State Coordinator

Alexis is a Cleveland native who has worked intensively in education, specifically in empowering youth and providing equitable access to marginalized kids in the areas of work force development and technology ..

Bianca Avery 

Texas, State Coordinator

Louisiana born and Texas raised, Bianca is an educator, political strategist, and community organizer based out of Dallas,Texas. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University (WHOOP!) and completed her graduate studies in ...

Kristin Hansen

Wisconsin, State Coordinator

Kristin Hansen is a skilled organizer with experience working with the Wisconsin Muslim Civic Alliance, the ACLU of Wisconsin, and other community organizations. She also has performed party political organizing activities in Wisconsin at the local and state levels. Kristin has a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Carroll University

Morgan Spicer

Florida, State Coordinator

A recent graduate from the University of Florida with degrees in political science and international studies, Morgan has worked extensively to increase voter registration, turnout, and education among students in the Gainesville area. She is excited to expand her work across Florida and to help empower students with the tools and resources they need to become engaged in the democratic process.

Alicia Cook

North Carolina, State Coordinator  


A Graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, Alicia is a Virginia native with a passion for student voting rights and participation. Having worked on multiple non-partisan and party campaigns. Alicia has developed a wealth of knowledge and is excited to bring her talents to .....

Emma Godel

National Intern


Emma is on track to earn a bachelor's degree in political science from Allegheny College in 2021. At Allegheny, she's heavily involved in electoral efforts, and organizes every year to increase voter turnout and enfranchisement. Recent projects include amplifying .....

Sumaiya Asghar

National Intern


Sumaiya is a freshman at Michigan State University, where she plan to graduate in 2024. While double majoring in Supply Chain Management and Experience Architecture. she is also a part of many student organizations - including Women in Business Student Association, as well....

Izzy Goodchild-Michelman

South Carolina Intern


Izzy is on track to earn a bachelors degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Harvard University. On campus, she works as a Microbial Sciences Initiative Fellow to create free, quality science resources for K-12 students. She is also contributing writer for the ....

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