Board of Directors

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Ben Binswanger, Director 

Ben Binswanger is a Member of Free Speech For People’s Board of Directors.  Mr. Binswanger is a long time senior executive with experience in philanthropy, business and government, holding a range of senior positions across such sectors, including serving as vice-president for program and impact at the Skoll Foundation and as the chief operating officer of the Case Foundation.  Mr. Binswanger has also held senior posts in communications and civic engagement at AOL and Time Warner.  Earlier in his career, he served as Campaign Director for U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy and subsequently served for five years as his political director. 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.

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Ben 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.

PalmEakes-NewPamela Eakes, Director

Pamela Eakes is a member of Free Speech For People’s Board of Directors. Ms. Eakes combines a successful career in advertising and marketing with nonprofit executive leadership and organizational development, and a commitment to civic and community service. For over a decade Ms. Eakes served as Founder & CEO of Mothers Against Violence in America (MAVIA), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing violence by and against children. For her work, she received national, state and local recognitions. Prior to founding MAVIA, Ms. Eakes was an advertising executive with Leo Burnett Advertising in Chicago and a principal of Trimpe and Drury. She currently serves on the Boards and Board Committees of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Seattle Children’s and Woodland Park Zoo. Ms. Eakes resides in Seattle and is a Communications and Marketing Consultant. Back to top.

BuffKavelman-newBuff Kavelman, Director

Buff Kavelman is Treasurer of the Free Speech For People Board of Directors and is Founder and President of The Kavelman Group Philanthropic Advisors (TKG). TKG serves individual donors, foundations and nonprofit organizations in strategic planning, board development, philanthropic initiatives, and external affairs. Prior to establishing TKG full-time in 2007, Ms. Kavelman was Executive Director of University Programs and Events in the President’s office at Columbia. Before joining Columbia, Ms. Kavelman launched and directed the Smithsonian’s National Design Awards at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, called one of the most prestigious awards in the United States by The Wall Street Journal. Ms. Kavelman has served on a number of nonprofit boards and advisory committees, including the New York Philanthropic Advisors Network, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Women’s Media Center and the World Trade Organization at 10 Conference on Governance, Dispute Settlement and Developing Countries, and is a member of Philanthropy New York’s Membership Committee. Ms. Kavelman holds an M.S. from Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Historic Preservation. She received a B.A. in History of Art with high distinction and honors from the University of Michigan, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board. Back to top.

Lance-NewLance Lindblom, Director

Lance Lindblom is a member of the Free Speech For People Board of Directors. Previously, Mr. Lindblom was the President and CEO of the Nathan Cummings Foundation, an organization that seeks to build a socially and economically just society that values nature and protects the ecological balance for future generations. Before he joined the staff of NCF, Mr. Lindblom served as a Program Officer at the Ford Foundation, focusing on democratic accountability, economic and social policy, and globalization. Prior to that position, Mr. Lindblom was the Executive Vice President at Soros Foundation’s Open Society Institute/Open Society Fund. For 13 years, he worked at J. Roderick MacArthur Foundation, first serving as Executive Director from 1980-1984 and then as President and CEO from 1984 to 1994. Mr. Lindblom has held several governmental positions, including: Deputy Director of the Chicago Mayor’s Office of Budget and Management, Chief of Special Projects Unit, Senior Program Analyst and Budget Examiner at the Governor’s Office of Illinois Bureau of the Budget, and Economic and Program Analyst at the Illinois Economic and Fiscal Commission of the Illinois General Assembly. Mr. Lindblom graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College. He received a master’s degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University and a J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School. Back to top.

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 Greg Moore, Director

Greg Moore is a member of the Free Speech for People Board of Directors. Greg Moore is the Senior Strategist for the Democracy Initiative and 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. Mr. Moore concurrently serves as the Executive Director of the NAACP National Voter Fund. Prior, Mr. Moore served five years as the Legislative Director (93-94) and Chief of Staff (98-01) to Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), the Ranking Member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee and Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus. 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 Bachelors of Science Degree from Ohio University where he majored in Organizational Communications. He has lectured on several college campuses over his long career in advocating for issues related to equal educational opportunity, civil rights, voting rights and democratic reform. Back to top.

Sanchez-140Stephanie Sanchez, Director

Stephanie is a dedicated public servant with extensive experience in government.  Most recently, Stephanie 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, Stephanie 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, Stephanie 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.  Stephanie attended Phillips Academy Andover and following a year abroad at Cambridge University in England, graduated from Brown University. Back to top.

 

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