Equity in Democracy


Persistent and unyielding in our commitment to a just multiracial democracy, Public Wise fights to secure a government that reflects the will and protects the rights of the people.

We accomplish this through education, research, organizing, funding, and partnerships that support more voting and more equitable representation.


Public Wise envisions a democracy that is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people, with government that is representative, accountable, trusted, and transparent.

Areas of Work


We conduct and publish innovative, non-partisan research to fill gaps in the existing body of voter rights research and serve as a publicly available resource to advocates, academics and policymakers. 

Capacity Building

We provide financial and operational support (funds+) to strengthen the work of frontline organizations engaged in litigation, advocacy, outreach and education.


We collaborate with partners to improve voting rights policies and budget initiatives on the federal, state, and local levels through advocacy and direct lobbying.

Our Team

Christina Baal-Owens

Executive Director

Maria Cruz Lee

Digital Communications Director

Katelyn Israelski

Partnerships Director

Jessie Kalbfeld, PhD

Research Director

Sara Moore, PhD

Senior Research Associate

Kayla Pasacreta

Digital Content Manager

Eli Szenes-Strauss

Political Director

Jessica Hall

Operations Director

Our Board

Andy Bernstein
Board Member

Kristen Dart
Board Member

Jacob Faber
Board Member

Shijuade Kadree
Board Member

Eric Laufer
Board President

Stephanie Miliano
Board Member

Sean O’Shea
Board Member