NEWS RELEASE: Amy Cohen Named Executive Director for National Association of State Election Directors

Amy Cohen Named Executive Director for National Association of State Election Directors

NASED finds new home at Democracy Works, Inc.

(BROOKLYN, N.Y.) -- Effective today, Amy Cohen, Democracy Works’s Director of Government Outreach, is the new Executive Director for the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED). As a result, Democracy Works will serve as the organizational home for the nearly 30 year-old professional association.

“NASED is a critically important organization, helping state election directors understand what is happening in the field and respond to issues like cybersecurity threats,” said Amy Cohen. “I am thrilled to work with NASED to modernize the organization and improve communication with the membership, so that valuable information and practices are better shared across states.”

NASED members play a key role in ensuring accessible, accurate, and transparent elections in the United States and U.S. Territories, which has increased the importance for communication and coordination among state election administrators. As executive director, Ms. Cohen will work with the NASED executive board and membership to provide general administrative services, conference planning and coordination of meeting logistics, financial management, and website redesign and maintenance.

“Election administrators define our voting experience—from registration and eligibility to the sticker you receive at the polls—in addition to the many responsibilities that voters never see,” said Kathryn Peters, Democracy Works’s Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer. “NASED brings together state election directors nationwide to share best practices and collaborate. In fulfilling Democracy Works's goal to support election officials, I can think of no better partner than NASED.”

Ms. Cohen has wasted no time getting to work, sharing her vision for the coming year with members of the executive board and preparing for the the NASED Winter Meeting taking place February 16-19, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

“NASED is very excited to have Amy on board,” said Judd Choate, NASED president. “She brings a perfect skill set and tremendous experience, but more importantly she has a deep, abiding belief in our mission. NASED couldn’t have picked a better executive director.”

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