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Public Event

MassForward: Advancing Democratic Innovation and Electoral Reform in Massachusetts


November 13, 2019

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM


The Edgerley Center for Civic Leadership at the Boston Foundation

75 Arlington St., 3rd Floor, Boston

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Low voter turnout. Non-competitive elections. Officeholders who don’t necessarily reflect the diversity of the communities they represent. The critiques of current election policies are easy to cite, but how serious are they? And what are the solutions?

Please join the Boston Foundation for a forum exploring new research by MassINC and the Tisch College of Civic Life that examines the extent of our challenges and their roots, and presents a comprehensive set of reforms and innovations to fortify democracy at the state and local levels.

The opening presentation will be followed by a conversation with a panel of leaders who offer a wide-range of perspectives on workable solutions to these pressing challenges.

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Paul S. Grogan, President & CEO, The Boston Foundation

Presentation of Report
Peter Levine, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs & Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship
& Public Affairs
, Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University

Panel Discussion
Jay R. Kaufman, Retired State Representative (D), 15th Middlesex District
   Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Beth LindstromFormer Executive Director, Massachusetts Republican Party

Keith Mahoney, Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs,
   The Boston Foundation (Moderator)

Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson, PhD, Interim Director, Center for Women in Politics & 
   Public Policy; Interim Director, Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy
Graduate Certificate Program at UMass Boston 

Pavel Payano, Councilor-at Large, City of Lawrence

Closing Remarks
Juana Matias, Chief Operating Officer, MassINC

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