New EVEF Advisory Board creates connections, provides direction for expansion and funding

The new Every Voice Engaged product advisory group met for the first time in late July to hear about platform updates, share feedback, and suggest funding ideas and opportunities.

The advisory board is made up of a selective group of Political Science, Communication Studies, Philosophy, and Religion scholars as well as experts in civic media and design, large scale deliberative democracy practice, public issues facilitation, and smart cities. The expertise of this group will be essential in moving the EVE product forward.

“Everyone was impressed with about the high-fidelity prototypes of new EVE features. Even those in the group with less direct experience using EVE were excited about the possibility of new uses and applications of the product,” said Kara Dillard, network engagement and grants manager for EVEF. “It’s a great feeling to share all our hard work with experts and have them respond so positively.”

The advisory group members are:

Dr. Lori Britt
Associate Professor, School of Communication Studies and Co-Director, Institute for Constructive Advocacy and Dialogue at James Madison University.

Dr. Andrea Christelle
Proposal Developer at Dine College and founder of Sedona Philosophy.

Ms. Chelsea Collier
Founder of Digi.City and Editor-at-Large for Smart Cities Connect.

Dr. John Gastil
Distinguished Professor in Communication Arts & Sciences and Political Science and Senior Scholar at the McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State University.

Dr. Eric Gordon
Visiting Professor of civic media in the Department of Comparative Media Studies and Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Professor of civic media and the director of the Engagement Lab at Emerson College.

Dr. Sylvester Johnson
Professor, Department of Religion and Culture, Assistant Vice Provost for the humanities at Virginia Tech and Executive Director of the university’s Tech for Humanity initiative.

Dr. Jonathan Kingzette
Visiting Scholar in the Institute for Democratic Engagement and Accountability at Ohio State University and Data Analyst at Campbell & Company.

Ms. Robin Teater
Past Executive Director of Healthy Democracy Oregon.