Leadership

Our Board Members and Leadership Team are Texans committed to Texas. We are here to serve this great state.


Board of Directors

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greg Armstrong

Secretary/Treasurer

 

 

Chief Operating Officer, Signorelli Company; previous roles: President & CEO, WEDGE Inc.; Certified Public Accountant with national accounting firms specializing in tax and financial consulting to the real estate industry. Greg earned a Bachelor of Business in Accounting at the University of Notre Dame.

 

“The problems we face as a society require thoughtful leadership, active collaboration, and reasonable compromise. I believe RCV rewards thoughtful dialogue and intellectual persuasion and disincentivizes divisive bravado. I can’t think of anything more rewarding than participating in influencing this important positive change to get our democracy back on firm ground.”

 

Jay Friedman

Member

President, Goodway Group; venture partner and investor. Jay earned a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Journalism and Spanish at the University of Wisconsin.

 

“I believe most politicians begin with good intentions, but our election system incentivizes negative campaigning and extremism. These work well in a plurality election system but not in a ranked choice voting system. Good ideas, candidates who implement good ideas, and citizens are all winners with ranked choice voting.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathryn Hite de Sousa

Member

Co-founder, Ranked Choice Voting for Texas; Director, Schlumberger. Kathryn earned a Master of Business Administration from Texas McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Systems and Information Engineering at the University of Virginia.

 

“Since as a country we celebrate competitive open markets, several years ago I researched how to encourage more competition on our ballot and elect officials who better reflect the preferences of the majority of the voters. Ranked choice voting tackles the root causes. As a bonus, it can also lower the cost of elections!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joanne Richards

Vice Chair

Retired Professor, University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy; founder, Common Ground for Texans. Joanne earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Physiology and a Bachelor of Science at Iowa State University.

 

“By eliminating runoff elections, ranked choice voting saves money for taxpayers and candidates and voters don't need to wait for a second election later to determine the winner. Candidates campaign on issues rather than denigrating their opponent. What is not to like about ranked choice voting?”

 

Harriet Wasserstrum

Chair

Co-founder, Ranked Choice Voting for Texas; retired President, American Leadership Forum-Houston; retired Vice Chair, JPMorgan Chase-Texas Region. Harriet earned a Master of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology at Barnard College of Columbia University.

 

“There is so much that Americans agree on, but something needs to change to help ensure that candidates who win have broad voter support and are more likely to engage in dialogue that leads to problem solving rather than gridlock. RCV won’t solve all of our problems but can have a positive impact in Texas.”

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Mary Beth Gilbert

Member

Mary Beth practiced health care law and closely follows federal and state health policy. She has spent years volunteering for Make-A-Wish, NAMI Great Houston, MD Anderson Hospital, and as a guardian ad litem for Child Advocates. She is a politics and policy enthusiast active in Principles First, Braver Angels and No Labels. Mary Beth graduated from Marquette University and the University of Texas Law School.

 

 

"I support ranked choice voting to save the money spent on low turnout runoffs and to ensure candidates are elected by a majority of voters rather than a plurality of voters. Instant runoff voting can improve the tone and tenor of campaigns as candidates try to earn support of a broad swath of voters."


Team Leads

Executive

Harriet Wasserstrum

Rank the Vote Liaison

David Green

Technology/Data

Michael Brand

Fundraising

 

Supporter Outreach

 

Social Media

Austin Vidich

Local Chapters

Joanne Richards

Live Outreach

David Green

Messaging/Graphics

John Thomson


Local Chapters

Houston

Dallas/Fort Worth

Austin

Randy Kepner Cynthia Becker Katie Eaton