Democratic Governance

Miles Rapoport

Harvard Ash Center Appoints Miles Rapoport, Longtime Democracy Advocate, as Senior Fellow

January 19, 2017

Cambridge, MA -- Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation today announced the appointment of Miles Rapoport as its inaugural Senior Practice Fellow as part of the Center’s new Senior Practice Fellowship in American Democracy.

Rapoport, a longtime organizer, policy advocate, and elected official, brings to the Ash Center four decades of experience working to strengthen democracy and democratic institutions in the United States. Prior to his appointment to the Ash Center, Rapoport was most recently president of the independent grassroots

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Archon Fung with Technology and Democracy Fellows

Ash Center Announces 2016-17 Technology and Democracy Fellows

August 16, 2016

Cambridge, MA— The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to announce its new cohort of Technology and Democracy Fellows—technologists committed to improving the health of American Democracy. This year’s Fellows are especially passionate about building the capacity and new tools needed by civic activists, community organizers, local government officials, and journalists who are so critical to making democracy work.

Under the direction of Archon Fung, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship and

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Tiana Epps-Johnson

Ash Democracy and Technology Fellow Tiana Epps-Johnson Launches Digital Toolkit for Election Officials

June 16, 2016

Cambridge, MA --  Tiana Epps-Johnson, a Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the Harvard Kennedy School, today launched the Election Toolkit for local officials administering elections across the United States.

The Election Toolkit, developed in part during Epps-Johnson's tenure as a fellow at the

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Solomon Kahn

Ash Fellow Launches New Campaign Finance Data Tool

May 23, 2016

Cambridge MA -- Solomon Kahn, a Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School today launched Explore Campaign Finance, a new free and publicly accessible web platform housing decades worth of campaign finance data.

Explore Campaign Finance is an open source tool, which compiles the last 25 years of campaign finance data and puts it online in a new user friendly format. Kahn’s tool, developed in part during his Ash fellowship, allows the public to

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Ash Center Establishes Technology and Democracy Fellowship

February 22, 2016

Cambridge, MA— The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to announce the establishment of the Technology and Democracy Fellowship.  Designed to build connections between the Kennedy School and the worlds of technology, policy, and government, the fellowship supports practitioners and students in developing their skills and understanding of major concepts related to technology and governance.

Technology and Democracy Fellows will design and lead a series of hands-on workshops for Harvard Kennedy School students on a broad

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Peter Quilter

Peter Quilter, Senior Latin America Policy Expert Joins Harvard Ash Center

February 8, 2016

Cambridge, MA -- The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the Harvard Kennedy School today announced the appointment of longtime Latin America policy expert Peter Quilter as senior non-residential fellow. 

Quilter, who most recently served as the secretary for administration and finance at the Organization of American States (OAS) joins the Ash Center where he will focus on issues surrounding both the growth and retrenchment of democracy in the Western Hemisphere. “Peter’s perspective as a thought leader on Latin America policy will

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New Ash Center Book is First Comprehensive Examination of Participatory Budgeting in U.S.

January 25, 2016

Cambridge, Mass. – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Brookings Institution Press are pleased to announce the publication of Ash Center fellow Hollie Russon Gilman’s first book:

Democracy Reinvented: Participatory Budgeting and Civic Innovation in America

The first comprehensive academic treatment of participatory budgeting in the United States, Democracy Reinvented situates it within a broader trend of civic technology and innovation. This

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Ash Center Announces Winners of #Tech4Democracy Showcase and Challenge

October 9, 2015

Cambridge, MA -- The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the Harvard Kennedy School focused on the intersection of government and technology, today announced the winners of its #Tech4Democracy Showcase and Challenge.  Over 350 people attended #Tech4Democracy, a HUBweek event, and voted for 28 different 

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