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Emily Baker

Emily Baker is a Campus Vote Project Democracy Fellow at JMU Civic. She is a Junior majoring in Political Science and English with a minor in Political Communication. In addition to her work at the Madison Center, she is President of her sorority, Phi Mu, and serves on JMU’s Student Government Association.

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Anna Connole

Anna Connole is one of two Campus Vote Project Democracy Fellows at JMU Civic. A member of JMU's Class of 2021, she is pursuing majors in Political Science and Communication Studies with a minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. In addition to her work at the Madison Center, Anna serves on JMU's Student Government Association and a member of Campus Vote Project's 2019 Student Advisory Board. 

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Ethan Gardner

Ethan Gardner is a Democracy Fellow at JMU Civic. He majored in Political Science with minors in Public Policy and Administration and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. In addition to his work with the Center, he is Chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee for the JMU Student Government Association and a Brother of the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity.

Pronouns: he/his

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Leeyah Jackson

Leeyah Jackson is the Communications Specialist at JMU Civic, specializing in editing and production of our Democracy Matters podcast. She is a graduate of the School of Media Arts and Design with a concentration in Journalism. Along with her major, she holds double minors in Theatre and British Communications and Media. In addition to her work at JMU Civic, Leeyah is the social chair for Doghouse Productions, a student run film collective on campus. 

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Kearstin Kimm

Kearstin Kimm is the Women Breaking Barriers Democracy Fellow working on education and engagement around the 100th anniversary of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Kearstin is originally from California, but went to high school in Richmond, Virginia before attending James Madison University. She graduated in May 2020 with a degree in Computer Science. She played for JMU Women’s Club Rugby and served as the club’s social chair for two years. Throughout her life she has been passionate about equal rights and violence against women. In the spring of 2018, she co-founded Students Against Sexual Violence, which is a coalition of JMU students who are committed to creating lasting change in JMU’s sexual misconduct policy and in campus culture.

Pronouns: she/hers

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Drew Persinger

Drew Persinger is a Campus Election Engagement Project fellow at JMU Civic. He is a Senior pursuing a major in Political Science with a minor in International Affairs. In addition to his work with the center, he is a Co-Director of Virginia21’s chapter at JMU and a brother of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. He is also continuing research on the US Census and Harrisonburg refugees after presenting at the 2018 JMU Engagement for the Public Good Conference.

Pronouns: He/Him/His

 

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Ryan Ritter

Ryan Ritter is a sophomore from Chesapeake, Virginia majoring in History and International Affairs with a concentration in Middle Eastern comparative politics. He is also pursuing a minor in Modern Foreign Language—Arabic. In addition to his work at JMU Civic, he currently serves as a Student Government Senator, Vice-President of the College Democrats, and President of the Quiz Bowl Team.          
Pronouns: he/his

 

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Katrina Tilley

Katrina Tilley is a Campus Election Engagement Project Democracy Fellow at JMU Civic. Katrina is pursuing majors in Public Policy and Administration and Media Arts and Design with a minor in Theatre. In addition to her work at the center she serves on JMU’s Student Government Association and as a student volunteer board member for OSARP. Her main interest is giving voice to underrepresented groups. She enjoys fashion, watching movies, and being surrounded by great company. 

Pronouns: she/hers

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Mary Tolentino

Mary Tolentino is the Woodson Martin Democracy Fellow at JMU Civic, focusing on the immigrant communities in the Shenandoah Valley. Mary is a Sophmore and pursuing a degree in Health Sciences with a minor in Medical Spanish. As a high school student, Mary discovered an interest in advocating for minority groups through various extracurricular programs. She enjoys spending time in nature and listening to music.

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