Date: Dec 10, 2019Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Reinvigorating Our Democracy – Make Government Work!

Tue, 6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM UJA-Federation Conference Center
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Reform Elections Event to take Next Steps based on Gehl-Porter Findings

Many of us are frustrated in feeling that our government is not dealing effectively with major issues for healthcare, education, infrastructure, immigration and wealth inequality. Congress has a less than 15% approval rating, yet more than 90% of incumbents get re-elected. The U.S. ranks near the bottom of developed countries in voter turnout. We need to establish a more representative government.

What previously has not been obvious is how much of the problem is due to failure of the politics industry to fairly represent American voters, and that innovation in our electoral system can provide solutions to our quandary. A core group of business and law school alumni, calling ourselves Reform Elections Now, is organizing an action-oriented follow-up to the inspiring presentation by Katherine Gehl and Michael Porter on October 23rd here in New York.

From 6:30 – 8:30 pm on Tuesday, December 10, members of the Reform Elections Now team will present a brief recap of key points in the Gehl/Porter presentation and then lead a discussion of potential solutions. While our emphasis will be to leverage the following political process areas, the focus will be tailored to the needs and readiness of individual states, where change is actually made.

• Gerrymandering
• Open, Closed and Nonpartisan Primary Elections
• Ranked Choice Voting
• Sore Loser Laws
• Campaign Financing
• Voter registration and restrictions

We invite you to attend this informative and stimulating program and join in the conversation. We shall share with you how we believe we can be effective by working through our nascent organization, Reform Elections Now. Our basic principles are to be non-partisan, objective in viewing pluses and minuses of various political innovations, and cognizant of the need to prioritize action based on maximum potential impact.

Please note that no refunds will be issued.

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Date: Dec 10, 2019Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


UJA-Federation Conference Center130 E. 59th Street
New York, NY
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  • 20 / Member/Member Guest (limit one)
  • Free / Patron Members
  • 50 / Non-Member


Photeine Anagnostopoulos, Donna Bascom, Paul Biddelman, David Carmel, Elizabeth Fairfax Brown, Oz Griebel, Mary Hainsworth, Lisa Mann, Jean-Louis Maserati, Omar Nazem, Thomas Rozinski, Dara Shapiro, Peter Siris, Dudley Slater, Jim Stynes, Miyun Sung, Lee Waite, Kwame van Leeuwen


The HBS Alumni Non-Partisan Initiative to Make Government Work!: Peter Siris '68, Bill Rosser '62, Mike Otten '67, Lucy Kennedy '77, Herb Kaplan '65, Ron Randall '66, Robin Weaver


UJA-Federation Conference Center

130 E. 59th Street, New York, NY, 10022