Our People

Justine Sarver, Executive Director

Justine Sarver started fighting for progressive causes long before the start of her professional career. She assumed the role of executive director of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center in April 2010. READ MORE >>

Shehn Datta, Political Coordinator 

Shehn serves as the Political Coordinator at BISC.  Her responsibilities include supporting the political team in building partnerships and relationships with stakeholders and providing technical assistance to allies. READ MORE >>

Amy Exelby, Vice President Development & Operations

Amy serves as the Vice President Development & Operations. Her primary responsibilities include developing and implementing BISC’s strategic plans and priorities and overseeing all organizational operations. READ MORE >>

Paria Kooklan, Development Writer and Coordinator

Paria serves as the Development Writer and Coordinator for BISC and the BISC Foundation, working under Deputy Executive Director Amy Exelby to support fundraising efforts for the organization. READ MORE >>

Elizabeth Lucas, Political Director

Elizabeth serves as the political director and her responsibilities include building strategic relationships with state partners and providing assistance to ballot-measure campaigns. READ MORE >>

Ben Morris, Communications and Political Manager

Ben Morris helps develop and execute communications strategies, as well as monitoring and tracking ballot initiative and referenda activity across the country.  Ben is also the point of contact for media inquiries. READ MORE >>

Mandy Vlasz, Director of Operations

Mandy serves as BISC’s Director of Operations. Her primary responsibilities are managing the organization’s operations – including finance and fundraising, as well as providing administrative, scheduling and project assistance to the Executive Director and the Deputy Executive Director. READ MORE >>