Free Speech For People, a national non-profit non-partisan organization, is a catalyzing leader in the country challenging big money in politics, confronting corruption in government, fighting for free and fair elections, and advancing a new jurisprudence grounded in the promises of political equality and democratic self-government.  Through our cutting-edge legal advocacy, public education, and organizing work, we are at the forefront of a movement across the country to defend our Constitution and to reclaim our democracy.

Since our founding in January 2010, on the day of the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC, we have launched innovative and groundbreaking legal actions to ensure people can participate equally and meaningfully in our democracy; advocated for model legislation to defend our core democratic principles and our Constitution; advanced new laws to end the big money dominance in our elections and promote political equality for all; worked with lawmakers at the federal, state, and local level to provide key legal expertise and analysis on matters related to our democracy; challenged corruption at the highest levels of our government; and engaged in public education and organizing in communities across the country to reclaim our democracy for we, the people.

Through all of this work, Free Speech For People is a leading force in the country for defending our Constitution and fulfilling the promise of political equality for all and the vision of self-government: of, by, and for the people.

Our Mission

Free Speech For People works to renew our democracy and our United States Constitution for we the people. Founded on the day of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, Free Speech For People envisions a democratic process in which all people have an equal voice and an equal vote. We advance this mission with the following innovative, effective, and complementary strategies:

  • We catalyze and help lead the movement to amend the U.S. Constitution to overturn the Supreme Court’s rulings in Citizens United v. FEC and Buckley v. Valeo, and the doctrines underlying those rulings;
  • We engage in legal advocacy in the courts to advance a new jurisprudence on money in politics and to confront the misuse of the U.S. Constitution to claim corporate exemptions from our laws;
  • We develop and advocate for model laws and other tools to challenge big money in politics and to make corporations responsible to the public;
  • We challenge corruption at the highest levels of our government and lead bold campaigns for accountability under the law;
  • We fight for free and fair elections, for reliable and secure voting systems, and for the bedrock principle that, in a democracy, all voters must have their votes properly counted.

Board of Directors

BEN BINSWANGER

DIRECTOR

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Ben Binswanger is a member of the Free Speech For People Board of Directors. He has held senior leadership positions in the government, business, and nonprofit sectors. Mr. Binswanger began his career as a political consultant for numerous Democratic candidates, and worked for more than five years as Senator Edward Kennedy’s senior political advisor in Washington.

After serving as the senior communications officer at Telespectrum Worldwide, a publicly traded direct marketing company, Mr. Binswanger joined America Online, Inc. (AOL) in 1999 as vice president for corporate communications. At AOL, he managed a variety of communications projects for Steve Case and other executives, launched the company’s first employee intranet, and then managed AOL and Time Warner’s employee giving and volunteer programs after the merger of the two companies.

In 2003, Mr. Binswanger became the Chief Operating Officer of the Case Foundation, a private family foundation focused on supporting social innovators and investing in the integration of civic engagement and social media.  He later joined the Skoll Foundation as Vice President for Program and Impact, managing a team dedicated to advancing the work of later stage social entrepreneurs from around the globe.

Mr. Binswanger has also served on the boards of Demos, the National Voting Rights Institute, Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement and Network for Good.

JOHN BONIFAZ

CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT

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John Bonifaz is the Co-Founder and President of Free Speech For People.  Mr. Bonifaz previously served as the Executive Director and then General Counsel of the National Voting Rights Institute, an organization he founded in 1994, and as the Legal Director of Voter Action, a national election integrity organization.  Mr. Bonifaz has been at the forefront of key voting rights battles in the country for more than two decades: pioneering a series of court challenges, applying political equality principles, that have helped to redefine the campaign finance question as a basic voting rights issue of our time; initiating and leading a legal strategy for revisiting Buckley v. Valeo in the courts; leading the fight in the federal courts in Ohio for a recount of the 2004 presidential vote in that state; and prevailing in federal court in Pennsylvania on the eve of the 2008 election to ensure that Pennsylvania voters would receive emergency paper ballots when they faced long lines caused by voting machine breakdowns.  In addition to his work in the field of voting rights and democracy advocacy, Mr. Bonifaz has also served as co-counsel in international human rights and environmental litigation, including litigation to hold the Chevron-Texaco oil company accountable for its widespread destruction of the Ecuadorian Amazon.  Mr. Bonifaz is a 1992 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and a 1999 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

BEN CLEMENTS

CHAIRMAN; CHAIR OF THE BOARD’S LEGAL COMMITTEE; AND SENIOR LEGAL ADVISOR

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Ben Clements serves as Chairman of Free Speech For People; Chair of the Board’s Legal Committee; and Free Speech For People’s Senior Legal Advisor.  Mr. Clements is an attorney, author, and advocate for political and governmental reform and the founder of the Boston firm Clements Law.  Mr. Clements has been an attorney in the private and public sectors for more than thirty years and his expertise includes constitutional law, criminal law, civil rights law, business law, campaign finance, elections law, and government ethics.  His clients have included victims of discrimination, victims of fraudulent business and financial practices, business executives and professionals, senior government officials, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and the state and federal governments.

Before founding Clements Law, Mr. Clements practiced at a large Boston law firm, co-founded two boutique litigation firms, served as a federal prosecutor, and served as the first Chief Legal Counsel to Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick.

Mr. Clements is a member of the board and a legal advisor to the anti-gun violence organization, Stop Handgun Violence, and a member of the advisory committee to the Boston Lawyers Chapter of the American Constitution Society.  He has also worked closely and collaborated with a variety of other legal and advocacy organizations, including Common Cause of Massachusetts and the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.  Mr. Clements previously served as the Chair of the Massachusetts Governor’s Task Force on Public Integrity, a bi-partisan committee that led to landmark legislation overhauling the state ethics, lobbying, and campaign finance laws.

Mr. Clements graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College and summa cum laude from the Cornell Law School.  Following law school, he served as a law clerk for the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

VENU GUPTA

DIRECTOR

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Venu Gupta is a member of the Free Speech For People Board of Directors. Ms. Gupta is a leader with 15+ years of experience building strong teams, turning around fundraising to achieve multi-million dollar wins, and implementing strategy for focused, forward-thinking nonprofits. Ms. Gupta is currently the CEO of Venu Gupta & Associates, an equity forward organizational and revenue design consultancy. Prior to this, Ms. Gupta was Director of Development for the Midwest at Mother Jones and Vice President of Development at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, where she led a team that increased revenue 70% over 4 years. She came to fundraising from a career building diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments for racially and ethnically diverse lawyers. Ms. Gupta was the Executive Director of the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms for seven years, and before this, the Director of Diversity Education & Outreach at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.  She practiced briefly at Sachnoff & Weaver (Reed Smith LLP) after clerking for The Honorable David H. Coar of the Northern District of Illinois.
 
Ms. Gupta is a graduate of both Harvard Law School and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and she is a certified mediator. She lives in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago and shares a home with her husband, two kids, and the best au pair in the world, and she lives two blocks away from her parents and father-in-law. Ms. Gupta hopes to support communities of color and live in radical love, communal healing, and collective power for as long as possible.

 

JOIA MUKHERJEE

DIRECTOR

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Dr. Joia Mukherjee is a member of the Free Speech For People Board of Directors. Dr. Mukherjee is a physician, clinical researcher, and educator trained in Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and public health at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the Division of Global Health Equity and in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She founded and directs the Masters in Medical Science in Global Health Delivery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Mukherjee mentors residents in the Global Health Equity program at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and fellows from Children’s Hospital and other Harvard teaching hospitals.  She teaches infectious disease, global health delivery, and human rights to health professionals and students from around the world. She is the author of Introduction to Global Health Delivery: Practice, Equity, Human Rights, a textbook published in 2017 by Oxford University Press. Dr. Mukherjee’s academic scholarship focuses on the treatment of HIV, TB, mental health and the strengthing of health systems in impoverished settings.  She is also a sought after teacher in human rights.

Since 2000, Dr. Mukherjee has served as the Chief Medical Officer of Partners In Health, an international medical charity with programs in the United States, Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Kazakhstan and the Navajo nation.  As Chief Medical Officer of PIH, Joia coordinates and supports PIH’s efforts to provide high quality, comprehensive health care to the poorest and most vulnerable. She advises various grassroots organizations throughout the world and has consulted for the World Health Organization and other international agencies on health systems strengthening, human resources for health, the treatment of HIV, and the treatment of drug resistant tuberculosis in impoverished settings. She has won numerous awards for her teaching and health delivery work, and holds four honorary degrees. Dr. Mukherjee is an activist, singer, and mother who believes the world can and must change.

DEBORAH HAYES STONE

TREASURER

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Deborah Hayes Stone serves as the Treasurer of Free Speech For People’s Board of Directors.  Ms. Hayes Stone is a clinical psychologist who received her BA from Brown University in Comparative Literature, and PsyD in Child-Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University.  She has a private practice in the Boston metro-west area in which she sees adults and teens.

In addition to serving on Free Speech For People’s Board of Directors, Ms. Hayes Stone also serves on the Board of Trustees of Partners In Health, an international non-profit organization working in settings of poverty around the world to build health systems and provide a preferential option for the poor in health care.  As a Trustee of Partners In Health, Ms. Hayes Stone is engaged with the organization’s mental health work in Haiti, Rwanda, and across its other sites.  Further, Ms. Hayes Stone serves on the Board of Poetry in America, a new public television series and multi-platform digital initiative that brings poetry into classrooms and living rooms around the world.

JENNIFER TAUB

DIRECTOR

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Jennifer Taub is a member of the Free Speech For People Board of Directors. Ms. Taub is a Professor of Law at Western New England University. She is a legal scholar and advocate, devoted to making complex business law topics engaging inside and outside of the classroom. Her research and writing focuses on corporate governance, banking and financial market regulation, and white collar crime. Similarly, her advocacy centers on “follow the money” matters  –– promoting transparency and opposing corruption.

Her new book, Big Dirty Money: The Shocking Injustice and Unseen Cost of White Collar Crime (Viking) was published on September 29, 2020. Taub was a co-founder and organizer of the April 15, 2017 Tax March where more than 120,000 people gathered in cities nationwide to demand President Donald Trump release his tax returns. She is a professor of law at the Western New England University School of Law where she teaches Civil Procedure, White Collar Crime, and other business and commercial law courses, and was the Bruce W. Nichols Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School during the fall 2019 semester. She formerly was a professor at Vermont Law School.

An authority on the 2008 mortgage meltdown and related financial crisis, Taub is also an emerging expert in white collar crime. In addition to Big Dirty Money, she is co-author with the late Kathleen Brickey of Corporate and White Collar Crime: Cases and Materials, 6th edition (Wolters Kluwer 2017). Relatedly, she has appeared on cable news programs including MSNBC’s Morning Joe and CNN Newsroom to discuss the Special Counsel investigation into links between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign.

In the area of banking and financial market regulation, Taub’s book Other People’s Houses: How Decades of Bailouts, Captive Regulators, and Toxic Bankers Made Home Mortgages a Thrilling Business was published in May 2014 by Yale University Press. Recognized as accessible and informative, OPH was honored by the Massachusetts Center for the Book as one of the 2015 finalists in the nonfiction category. Other People’s Houses was favorably mentioned by Nobel Laureate, Robert Shiller in his 2015 edition of Irrational Exuberance. Taub testified as an expert before the United States Senate Banking Committee and a United States House Financial Services Subcommittee. She also co-organized a conference and co-lead a panel discussion at the Financial Stability Law Workshop at the U.S. Treasury Department, hosted by the Office of Financial Research.

In addition to Other People’s Houses, Taub has written extensively on the financial crisis. Her publications include “The Sophisticated Investor and the Global Financial Crisis” in the peer-reviewed Corporate Governance Failures (UPenn Press, 2011) and a case study on AIG in Robert A. G. Monks and Nell Minow’s fifth edition of Corporate Governance (Wiley, 2011). In response to Roberta Romano, she presented and wrote “Regulating in the Light: Harnessing Political Entrepreneurs’ Energy for Post-Crisis Sunlight Hearings” (St. Thomas L. Rev. 2015). Additional works include the chapter “Delay, Dilutions, and Delusions: Implementing the Dodd-Frank Act” in Restoring Shared Prosperity (2013) and “What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Banking,” in the Handbook on the Political Economy of the Financial Crisis (Oxford, 2012). She wrote entries on “Shadow Banking” and “Financial Deregulation” for the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Business, Labor and Economic History (Oxford, 2013) and the chapter “Great Expectations for the Office of Financial Research,” in Will it Work? How Will We Know? The Future of Financial Reform (2010). In addition, she has published Reforming the Banks for Good in Dissent (2014). Her article, “The Subprime Specter Returns: High Finance and the Growth of High-Risk Consumer Debt,” was published in the New Labor Forum (2015). And, she recently wrote a book chapter on “New Hopes and Hazards for Social Investment Crowdfunding” in Law and Policy for a New Economy (Edward Elgar, 2017).

Taub’s corporate governance work often focuses on the role of institutional investors, including mutual funds. Her article “Able but Not Willing: The Failure of Mutual Fund Advisers to Advocate for Shareholders’ Rights,” published in the Journal of Corporation Law (2009) was presented at a conference jointly sponsored by the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and the Oxford Said Business School. Her article “Managers in the Middle: Seeing and Sanctioning Corporate Political Spending after Citizens United” was presented at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU and later published in the NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy (2012). Taub’s article, “Is Hobby Lobby a Tool for Limiting Corporate Constitutional Rights,” was presented at Harvard Law School and later published in a symposium issue of Constitutional Commentary in 2015 on Money, Politics, Corporations, and the Constitution (2015).

Taub has also ventured into the area of legal education and pedagogy. This includes her article “Unpopular Contracts and Why They Matter: Burying Langdell and Enlivening Students,” published in the Washington Law Review (2013). She is a co-author with Martha McCluskey and Frank Pasquale of “Law and Economics: Contemporary Approaches,” published in Yale Law & Policy Review (2016). With McCluskey and Pasquale, Taub is a co-founder of APPEAL (the Association for the Promotion of Political Economy and the Law), a research network linking economists, legal scholars, and policy makers concerned with inequality and instability who view markets and the government as mutually constituted. She has also developed a model syllabus for course on Financial Stability.

In 2017, Taub received the Vermont Law School, Women’s Law Association Phenomenal Woman Award in the faculty category. She also served as chair of the Section on Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Services for the 2017 AALS annual meeting. Prior to joining academia, Taub was an associate general counsel with Fidelity Investments. She received her BA degree, cum laude, from Yale University, with distinction in the English major, and her JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School where she was the Recent Developments Editor at the Harvard Women’s Law Journal. She was a visiting professor at the University of Illinois College of Law for a short course in 2015 and a visiting fellow at the Yale School of Management during the 2016 spring semester. She was a visiting professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law during the 2019 spring semester.

Taub has written pieces for a variety of platforms including The Washington Post, CNN opinion page, Slate, the New York Times Dealbook, Dame Magazine, The Baseline Scenario, Race to the Bottom, Pareto Commons, The Conglomerate, and Concurring Opinions.

Ben Binswanger, Director

Ben Binswanger is a member of the Free Speech For People Board of Directors. He has held senior leadership positions in the government, business, and nonprofit sectors. Mr. Binswanger began his career as a political consultant for numerous Democratic candidates, and worked for more than five years as Senator Edward Kennedy’s senior political advisor in Washington.

After serving as the senior communications officer at Telespectrum Worldwide, a publicly traded direct marketing company, Mr. Binswanger joined America Online, Inc. (AOL) in 1999 as vice president for corporate communications. At AOL, he managed a variety of communications projects for Steve Case and other executives, launched the company’s first employee intranet, and then managed AOL and Time Warner’s employee giving and volunteer programs after the merger of the two companies.

In 2003, Mr. Binswanger became the Chief Operating Officer of the Case Foundation, a private family foundation focused on supporting social innovators and investing in the integration of civic engagement and social media.  He later joined the Skoll Foundation as Vice President for Program and Impact, managing a team dedicated to advancing the work of later stage social entrepreneurs from around the globe.

Mr. Binswanger has also served on the boards of Demos, the National Voting Rights Institute, Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement and Network for Good. Back to top.

JohnBonifaz-NewJohn Bonifaz, Co-Founder and President

John Bonifaz is the Co-Founder and President of Free Speech For People.  Mr. Bonifaz previously served as the Executive Director and then General Counsel of the National Voting Rights Institute, an organization he founded in 1994, and as the Legal Director of Voter Action, a national election integrity organization.  Mr. Bonifaz has been at the forefront of key voting rights battles in the country for more than two decades: pioneering a series of court challenges, applying political equality principles, that have helped to redefine the campaign finance question as a basic voting rights issue of our time; initiating and leading a legal strategy for revisiting Buckley v. Valeo in the courts; leading the fight in the federal courts in Ohio for a recount of the 2004 presidential vote in that state; and prevailing in federal court in Pennsylvania on the eve of the 2008 election to ensure that Pennsylvania voters would receive emergency paper ballots when they faced long lines caused by voting machine breakdowns.  In addition to his work in the field of voting rights and democracy advocacy, Mr. Bonifaz has also served as co-counsel in international human rights and environmental litigation, including litigation to hold the Chevron-Texaco oil company accountable for its widespread destruction of the Ecuadorian Amazon.  Mr. Bonifaz is a 1992 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and a 1999 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Back to top.

Picture1Ben Clements, Chair of the Board; Chair of the Board’s Legal Committee 

Ben Clements serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Free Speech For People, as well as Chair of the Board’s Legal Committee and a member of the Legal Advisory Committee.  Mr. Clements is a former federal prosecutor and a former Chief Legal Counsel to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.  He is a founding partner of the Boston law firm, Clements & Pineault, LLP, representing persons and entities in white collar criminal proceedings, state and federal enforcement proceedings, complex business litigation, and appeals, and providing advice in connection with political campaigns, government ethics, and related areas.  His clients have included business executives and professionals, senior government officials, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, non-profit institutions, and state and federal governments.  Mr. Clements is a member of the board and a legal advisor to the anti-gun violence organization, Stop Handgun Violence, and a member of the advisory committee to the Boston Lawyers Chapter of the American Constitution Society.  He has also worked closely and collaborated with a variety of other legal and advocacy organizations, including Common Cause of Massachusetts and the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.  Mr. Clements previously served as the Chair of the Massachusetts Governor’s Task Force on Public Integrity, a bi-partisan committee that led to landmark legislation overhauling the state ethics, lobbying, and campaign finance laws.  Mr. Clements graduated from Dartmouth College (cum laude) and Cornell Law School (summa cum laude). Back to top.

Marguerite Dorn, Treasurer

Marguerite Dorn serves as the Treasurer of Free Speech For People’s Board of Directors. Ms. Dorn is a graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School. She began her law career with the Boston firm Nutter, McClennen & Fish, and she remained in private practice for seven years.

The bulk of Ms. Dorn’s career has been built in public international law. Ms. Dorn has taught at both Suffolk University Law School (where she founded the International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Project) and at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. She directed programs at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights; led a fact-finding mission to South Africa; oversaw student-based research and writing for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda; and acted as a trial monitor for the ground-breaking decision in Akeyesu (first international decision establishing rape as a war crime).

In 2010, Ms. Dorn founded a consulting and coaching firm that focuses on women’s leadership and advancement. Marguerite’s work addresses the barriers that impede women’s progress, primarily in the workplace. Her firm offers training, presentation, coaching, consulting and scholarship, with emphasis on optimizing work-family blending, maximizing communication skills, and navigating unconscious bias. Marguerite also teaches law-based course at Wheelock College. Back to top.

Greg Moore-140x160Greg Moore, Director

Greg Moore is a member of the Free Speech For People Board of Directors. Mr. Moore is one of the nation’s leading voting rights leaders and advocates. Dating back to 1983, Mr. Moore has a long and distinguished history of political empowerment and issue advocacy, serving in a number of various leadership positions throughout his many years of grassroots organizing and program development at the local, state and national level.  This history includes serving as the Executive Director of the NAACP National Voter Fund; Senior Strategist for the Democracy Initiative; the Legislative Director (93-94) and Chief of Staff (98-01) to former Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), the Ranking Member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee and Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus; and the Executive Director of the Citizenship Education Fund, the civic educational arm of the National Rainbow Coalition. Mr. Moore is also the President and CEO of GTM Consulting Services, a Washington, DC and Cleveland, Ohio based political consulting firm that specializes in program development, public-policy analysis, issue advocacy and election services. Mr. Moore holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Ohio University where he majored in Organizational Communications. He has lectured on several college campuses and in communities across the county over his long career in advocating for issues related to equal educational opportunity, civil rights, voting rights and democratic reform. Back to top.

Joia Mukherjee, Director

Dr. Joia Mukherjee is a member of the Free Speech For People Board of Directors. Dr. Mukherjee is a physician, clinical researcher, and educator trained in Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and public health at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the Division of Global Health Equity and in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She founded and directs the Masters in Medical Science in Global Health Delivery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Mukherjee mentors residents in the Global Health Equity program at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and fellows from Children’s Hospital and other Harvard teaching hospitals.  She teaches infectious disease, global health delivery, and human rights to health professionals and students from around the world. She is the author of Introduction to Global Health Delivery: Practice, Equity, Human Rights, a textbook published in 2017 by Oxford University Press. Dr. Mukherjee’s academic scholarship focuses on the treatment of HIV, TB, mental health and the strengthing of health systems in impoverished settings.  She is also a sought after teacher in human rights.

Since 2000, Dr. Mukherjee has served as the Chief Medical Officer of Partners In Health, an international medical charity with programs in the United States, Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Kazakhstan and the Navajo nation.  As Chief Medical Officer of PIH, Joia coordinates and supports PIH’s efforts to provide high quality, comprehensive health care to the poorest and most vulnerable. She advises various grassroots organizations throughout the world and has consulted for the World Health Organization and other international agencies on health systems strengthening, human resources for health, the treatment of HIV, and the treatment of drug resistant tuberculosis in impoverished settings. She has won numerous awards for her teaching and health delivery work, and holds four honorary degrees. Dr. Mukherjee is an activist, singer, and mother who believes the world can and must change. Back to top.

Stephanie Sanchez, Director

Stephanie Sanchez is a member of the Free Speech For People Board of Directors. Ms. Sanchez is a dedicated public servant with extensive experience in government.  Most recently, Ms. Sanchez worked with Stand For Children in Massachusetts as the Campaign Manager to launch a high-quality Pre-K campaign and as the Boston Director organizing parents to become better advocates for their children in the Boston public school system.  Prior to that, in 2013-14, she served as the Campaign Manager for the Massachusetts Nurses Association’s Patient Safety Act and Hospital Financial Transparency ballot initiatives. In 2012, Ms. Sanchez helped elect Elizabeth Warren to the US Senate while also serving as a strategic advisor for Marjorie Decker’s successful election as a Massachusetts State Representative.  After graduating in 2005 from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Stephanie managed Marjorie’s re-elections in 2005, 2007 and 2009 to the Cambridge City Council.

Before graduating from the Kennedy School of Government, Stephanie served as the Executive Director of the College Democrats of America at the Democratic National Committee.  In that capacity, she also served as the advisor to the DNC Chairman on Youth Outreach.  In 2000 and 2002, Ms. Sanchez was the Democratic nominee for the US House of Representatives from Connecticut’s Fourth Congressional District.

She grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, and served as president of the Connecticut Young Democrats.  Prior to running for Congress, Stephanie served as a Selectwoman in  Greenwich from 1997 to 1999. Ms. Sanchez attended Phillips Academy Andover and following a year abroad at Cambridge University in England, graduated from Brown University. Back to top.

Deborah Hayes Stone, Director

Deborah Hayes Stone is a member of the Free Speech For People Board of Directors.  Ms. Hayes Stone is a clinical psychologist who received her BA from Brown University in Comparative Literature, and PsyD in Child-Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University.  She has a private practice in the Boston metro-west area in which she sees adults and teens.

In addition to serving on Free Speech For People’s Board of Directors, Ms. Hayes Stone also serves on the Board of Trustees of Partners In Health, an international non-profit organization working in settings of poverty around the world to build health systems and provide a preferential option for the poor in health care.  As a Trustee of Partners In Health, Ms. Hayes Stone is engaged with the organization’s mental health work in Haiti, Rwanda, and across its other sites.  Further, Ms. Hayes Stone serves on the Board of Poetry in America, a new public television series and multi-platform digital initiative that brings poetry into classrooms and living rooms around the world. Back to top.

Jennifer Taub, Director

Jennifer Taub is a member of the Free Speech For People Board of Directors. Jennifer Taub is a Professor of Law at Vermont Law School, where she teaches courses in Contracts, Corporations, Securities Regulation, and White Collar Crime. Formerly an associate general counsel at Fidelity Investments, she is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School. Her research focuses on corporate governance and financial market regulation. Professor Taub is the author of the book Other People’s Houses (Yale Press 2014) which suggests that the 2008 crisis was a repeat performance of the S&L debacle of the 1980s. In 2016, she testified before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs concerning bank capital and liquidity requirements and before a subcommittee of the House Committee on Financial Services concerning capital formation, transparency, and regulatory accountability.  She is also the co-author of Corporate and White Collar Crime, Cases and Materials6th ed. (Wolters Kluwer 2017). In addition to scholarly publications in journals and peer-reviewed books, her writing has been featured on a variety of blogs including the New York Times’ Dealbook and the Baseline Scenario. She has served as a legal analyst on CNN and has been interviewed for print, radio and video media including by the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, Bloomberg, NBC, ABC, CBSMoneyWatch, MarketPlace Radio, WNYC, New England Public Radio, and Vermont Public Radio. Back to top.

Staff

KRISTIN BARRALI

DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT

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Kristin Barrali is the Director of Advancement at Free Speech For People. Ms. Barrali has decades of experience in nonprofit fundraising and communications and was most recently the Director of Advancement at 826 Boston, a youth writing and publishing organization. In her eight-year tenure at 826 Boston, she led the expansion of the organization’s revenue by more than 200%, successfully spearheaded the organization’s first capital campaign, and secured many large, multi-year gifts. Before joining 826 Boston, Ms. Barrali worked for the Nonprofit Quarterly Magazine and held several leadership positions at that publication in fundraising and operations and became the magazine’s publisher in 2011. Ms. Barrali began her career in finance and administration at United For A Fair Economy, where she caught the bug for fundraising. What motivates Ms. Barrali is connecting people with causes they care about, and bringing vital resources to social movement organizations. She received her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Appalachian State University in North Carolina. She has dedicated the entirety of her career to working for social justice.

JOHN BONIFAZ

CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT

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John Bonifaz is the Co-Founder and President of Free Speech For People. Mr. Bonifaz previously served as the Executive Director and then General Counsel of the National Voting Rights Institute, an organization he founded in 1994, and as the Legal Director of Voter Action, a national election integrity organization. Mr. Bonifaz has been at the forefront of key voting rights battles in the country for more than two decades: pioneering a series of court challenges, applying political equality principles, that have helped to redefine the campaign finance question as a basic voting rights issue of our time; initiating and leading a legal strategy for revisiting Buckley v. Valeo in the courts; leading the fight in the federal courts in Ohio for a recount of the 2004 presidential vote in that state; and prevailing in federal court in Pennsylvania on the eve of the 2008 election to ensure that Pennsylvania voters would receive emergency paper ballots when they faced long lines caused by voting machine breakdowns. In addition to his work in the field of voting rights and democracy advocacy, Mr. Bonifaz has also served as co-counsel in international human rights and environmental litigation, including litigation to hold the Chevron-Texaco oil company accountable for its widespread destruction of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Mr. Bonifaz is a 1992 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and a 1999 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

OSKE BUCKLEY

DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE

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Oske Buckley is the Director of Administration and Finance for Free Speech For People. Ms. Buckley has served as the Administrative Assistant for Voter Action. Prior to joining Voter Action, Ms. Buckley worked as the Development Associate and Administrative Associate for the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri, where she managed the organization’s donor database, engaged in event planning, coordinated and supervised volunteers, and carried out numerous administrative responsibilities. Ms. Buckley received her BA from Hendrix College in 2005, MPA from Evergreen State College in 2013, and holds a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP) certificate.

EDWARD ERIKSON

COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT

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Edward Erikson is a Communications Consultant for Free Speech For People. He is the Founder and President of Erikson Communications Group.  Mr. Erikson specializes in the integration of social, earned and paid media across all platforms in order to tell stories, engage people and advance issues. He has been featured in CNN, Politico, Huffington Post, TechPresident, Bill Moyers and other outlets. He has taught courses in Political Theory, American Political Thought, Media and Politics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and was the recipient of the 2012/2013 Distinguished Teaching Award. He received his MA in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University.

RON FEIN

LEGAL DIRECTOR

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Ron Fein is the Legal Director for Free Speech For People. Mr. Fein previously served as Assistant Regional Counsel in the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s New England office, where he received the EPA’s National Gold Medal for Exceptional Service, the National Notable Achievement Award, and several other awards. Mr. Fein supervised the office’s Clean Air Act practice and won several major cases, including a first-in-nation air quality permit for an offshore wind farm and a nationally recognized settlement requiring a power plant to virtually eliminate its use of a local river. Mr. Fein previously clerked for the Honorable Kermit Lipez of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Honorable Douglas Woodlock of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.  He has also worked as an independent consultant to non-profits, as deputy campaign manager of a congressional campaign, and in software development, for which he was awarded nine patents. Mr. Fein graduated Order of the Coif from Stanford Law School and summa cum laude from Harvard College.

ALEXANDRA FLORES-QUILTY

CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR

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Alexandra Flores-Quilty is the Campaign Director for Free Speech For People. Ms. Flores-Quilty previously served as the Executive Director of By the People, a pro-democracy grassroots campaign that organized to impeach and remove Donald Trump from office. Ms. Flores-Quilty got her start in organizing as a student when she served as Chair of the Oregon Student Association (OSA) where she was a part of winning instate tuition for undocumented Oregonians and developing OSA’s electoral program that broke records around the country in voter registration and turnout. Later she served as the elected President of the US Student Association (USSA) where she worked with Senator Bernie Sanders’s office to introduce federal legislation for free higher education and organized the 2015 Million Student March. Ms. Flores-Quilty was a co-founder of #AllofUs, that built political power behind progressive candidates. Ms. Flores-Quilty is a Lead Trainer at the Momentum Training Institute where she has trained and supported social movements in the US and around the world.

SUSAN GREENHALGH

SENIOR ADVISOR ON ELECTION SECURITY

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Susan Greenhalgh is the Senior Advisor on Election Security for Free Speech For People. Ms. Greenhalgh has previously served as vice president of programs at Verified Voting and at the National Election Defense Coalition, advocating for secure election protocols, paper ballot voting systems and post-election audits. Recognized as an expert on election security, she has been invited to testify before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and has been an invited speaker at meetings of the MITRE Corporation, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Mid-West Election Officials Conference, the International Association of Government Officials, the Election Verification Network and the E-Vote-ID conference in Bregenz, Austria. She is a frequent source for reporters from TheNew York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Politico, USAToday, Associated Press, National Public Radio and other leading news outlets. She has appeared on CNN and MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, and various other television news shows. She has a BA in Chemistry from the University of Vermont.

ROSEMARY HAMINGTON

ADMINISTRATIVE AND DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT

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Rosemary Hamington is the Administrative and Development Assistant for Free Speech For People.  Ms. Hamington has a Masters in Music from the University of Illinois and a B.M. from Western Washington University.  After hurricane Harvey hit in Houston, she decided to focus more on helping her community.  This is why she started volunteering at the Houston Food Bank as a Data Entry Assistant for their donor services department.  She also served an AmeriCorps term of 1,700 hours as Volunteer Engagement Specialist with Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity in the Seattle area.  Some highlights of this role were conducting volunteer orientations, and planning volunteer appreciation events, week-long volunteering trips for college students nationwide, and a film series with discussions about affordable housing.  Her other administrative experience includes working for H&R Block as a Client Service Professional.

BEN HORTON

LEGAL FELLOW

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Ben Horton is a Harvard Public Service Venture Fund Fellow with Free Speech For People. During law school, Mr. Horton interned with Protect Democracy, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Klein Center, and American Promise. Prior to law school, Mr. Horton worked in secondary and higher education in the Boston area. Mr. Horton graduated with a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. from Boston College, and a B.A. from Skidmore College.

COURTNEY HOSTETLER

SENIOR COUNSEL

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Courtney Hostetler is the Counsel for Free Speech For People. Previously, Ms. Hostetler served as staff attorney for South Coastal Counties Legal Services, where she helped low-income clients recover damages for wage theft and employment discrimination, and obtained special education services for traumatized children. Ms. Hostetler also worked at Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLC and ACLU Massachusetts, where she focused on eliminating discriminatory discipline practices in public schools. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Hostetler managed the Close Up Foundation’s national youth voting program and worked as a research analyst for the Genocide Intervention Network. Ms. Hostetler clerked for the Honorable James L. Dennis of the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ms. Hostetler graduated with a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.Phil from Oxford University, and a B.A. from Colgate University.

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