Advisory Board

The Vote16USA Advisory Board consists of academics, policymakers, and other professionals who provide strategic advice that helps guide our work to lower the voting age on the local level.


Abby Kiesa

Abby Kiesa is the Director of Impact at CIRCLE, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, a national research center which focuses on young people in the United States, especially those who are marginalized or disadvantaged in political life. CIRCLE’s scholarly research informs policy and practice for healthier youth development and a better democracy. CIRCLE is part of the Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University.


Daniel Hart

Daniel Hart is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Faculty Director of the Institute for Effective Education at Rutgers University. His research focuses on the development of civic competence, identity,  personality, and morality, particularly among youth in urban areas.


Joshua Douglas

Professor Joshua A. Douglas teaches and researches election law, civil procedure, constitutional law, and judicial decision making. His most recent scholarship focuses on the constitutional right to vote, with an emphasis on state constitutions, as well as the various laws, rules, and judicial decisions impacting election administration.  He has also written extensively on election law procedure


Patrick Paschall

Patrick Paschall is a city council member in Hyattsville, MD. He led the effort to make Hyattsville the second jurisdiction in the United States to lower the voting age in municipal elections to 16, a measure which passed in 2015. In his professional career, Patrick is the Executive Director at FreeState Legal Project, Maryland’s legal advocacy organization for the low-income lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community.


Allentza Michel

Allentza Michel is a public interest consultant who works in civic design, community and organizational development. She helped lead the push to lower the voting age in Cambridge, MA in the early 2000’s, in which the city council voted in favor of the policy numerous times but was rebuffed when the state legislature failed to grant the city’s home rule petition.


Austin Plier

Austin Plier is the Communications and Outreach Specialist at FairVote, a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to make democracy fair, functional, and more representative. Austin coordinates the development and implementation of FairVote’s overall communications strategy, and works to advance FairVote’s reforms by developing advocacy strategies for policymakers and stakeholders.


Connie Flanagan

Connie Flanagan is a professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her scholarship and teaching concerns the factors that motivate people of all ages, but especially youth, to engage in civic affairs and in the preservation of the commons that we share.


Daniela Mrabti

Daniela Mrabti is the Program Coordinator at the Alliance for Youth Action, a national network of youth-led, local organizations building young people’s political power. Daniela supports partner organizations on the Eastern side of the United States helping them build capacity and succeed in their civic engagement programs and issue campaigns. Daniela also manages digital communications and various national civic engagement programs.


Jacob Carrel

Jacob is a student at Harvard Law School. He formerly worked as the Projects Associate for the Foundation for Civic Leadership, helping advise and catalyze projects that focus on elevating the next generation of leaders. Jacob has experience in student organizing, and brings a passion for equity and engaging young people.