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Shai Robkin - President

For most of my life, I have owned and operated my own companies. Together with my wife, I opened in 1981 the first bookstore/coffee shop in all of Israel. When, after selling the store in 1984, we moved to Atlanta, the city where we were both born and raised, I bought a library supplies company and started a library technology company. I was able to grow both companies to successful exits and for the past few years, have been teaching and consulting in the field of behavioral economics, helping organizations and individuals better understand what influences our decision making. More than anything else, I have learned that it is the decision-making environment that has the greatest influence on what people do. If we want our political representatives to better address the real needs of the people and temper the partisanship and tribalism that oftentimes makes that impossible, we need to change how we change the way we elect our leaders.

 

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Bill Bozarth - Treasurer

Bill Bozarth has lived in Georgia since 1977, and in Atlanta since 1988. After retiring from IBM in 1995, Bill has held a number of other jobs in various fields while pursuing a parallel career in good government advocacy both at the state and local level. He served as the executive director of Common Cause Georgia from 2002 to 2010, where he worked with the Georgia General Assembly to pass stronger ethics laws and ensure fair and open elections.  He has over 20 years of service in various boards and authorities in the City of Atlanta including the past four years on the board of the Atlanta Development Authority. Bill has extensive experience with Georgia elections, working as a contract technician supporting ES&S voting hardware and software from 2012 to 2020. In addition to working in the elections of several candidates going back as far as 1993, Bill ran himself as an Independent candidate for the Georgia General Assembly in 2014. He brings almost three decades of experience in advocacy for  an improved democracy and election process reform.

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Beth Nathan - Secretary

Near the end of a career in information processing, my attention turned to socio-political causes, becoming deeply involved in the League of Women Voters and serving as LWV-Georgia President, 1999-2001. I lobbied at the GA Capitol on campaign finance reform and on women's issues. I gravitated to Voter Service & Voter Education work and pushed (~2000) to make Alternate Voting Systems a focal study both in Georgia and nationally. Between 1998 & 2016 I was also an Assistant Poll Manager, a civic association board president, an aide to a Georgia legislator, an appointed member of several county government committees, and a database consultant to several political campaigns (local to Congressional).

 

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Daniel Baggerman - Board Member

I grew up in Georgia and have lived here my whole life. Though I've had the privilege of traveling around the US, there is no better place I could call home. By day, I implement tax accounting software, and when I'm not doing that, I'm furthering Better Ballot Georgia's mission. In my free time, I enjoy playing cards with friends, country dancing, and sawing my fiddle.

 

 

Robert Prather - Board Member

I have been a political obsessive for more than thirty years, since I started watching CNN in college in the late 1980s.  I even spent a couple of years as a blogger in the early 2000s.  Regardless of role, I care very deeply about the current state of our democracy and want a more representative government for our people.  I work in project management.

 

 

Michael Kenig - Board Member

Membership Outreach Director for the National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers (NANR). I work to support the member organizations of NANR at both the national level and at a local level here in GA. I believe we should have representatives that represent us and a critical element to achieving this is having elections that are decided with some level of support from a majority and not just a plurality.

 

 

Harry Underwood - Board Member

A website designer and political organizer by profession, I have lived in Georgia since 1993, the Columbus area since 2013. A graduate of Middle Georgia State College (now University), I was a web designer and local organizer for Jim Barksdale for U.S. Senate (2016), Valerie Haskins for State Senate (2018) and Mark Jones for District Attorney (2020). I have worked for Black Voters Matter Fund as a local organizer.  A member of the Columbus, GA Mayor's Commission on International Relations & Cultural Liaison Encounters (CIRCLE), I have served since 2020 as Secretary for the Young Democrats of Georgia, and as Communications Director for Colgay Pride of Columbus, GA.