Amber Saravia is the Live Outreach Team Lead. She is currently pursuing a Rutgers undergraduate degree in environmental policy with a minor in sustainability. At Rutgers, she’s the Outreach Liaison for the Latin American Womxn’s Organization. She also spent a lot of her time at Rutgers doing grassroots organizing through her work on campus with the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG), a student-led nonpartisan advocacy group that organizes on issues ranging from democracy to public health to higher education affordability. 

Ann Rea  Ann is the Volunteer Onboarding Team Lead. She has led and participated in various grassroots organizations to secure election integrity in New Jersey, working for the purchase of transparent voting systems for NJ counties, non partisan district drawing to end gerrymandering, and on the issue of campaign finance, pay-to-play and getting publicly financed elections in the State. Previously she worked as a textile design coordinator in a global manufacturing company.

April Nicklaus is the Team Lead for Messaging and the Deputy Lead for the Executive Team. She studied environmental policy at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and now works for a network of public interest nonprofit organizations. April has a robust history with grassroots organizing through her work on campus with the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG), a student-led nonpartisan advocacy group that organizes on issues ranging from democracy to environment to consumer protection. 

Barry Bendar is the Data Management Team Lead and an original VCNJ member. He has been an Information Technology professional for 42 years and specializes in Database Administration.  He’s been a Political Activist since 2002 and can see that the only answer to the mess that our electoral system is in, is ranked choice voting. 

Herb Tarbous is a co-founder of VCNJ and is currently a member of the Executive, Speakers' Bureau, and Endorsements teams. He is a retired systems engineer with over four decades of experience analyzing, designing, debugging, and documenting complex systems.  He is a political activist focusing on electoral reform in New Jersey and is passionate about ending the toxic political polarization which plagues us and he is working hard to enable ranked-choice voting as a major step towards the goal of political diversity instead of political polarization.

Jérémie Lumbroso  Jérémie is the Technology Lead and the Policy & Research Lead. Originally from Paris, France, where he lived for 26 years, he is a faculty member in computer science at Princeton University and co-founder of two ed-tech startups for higher education. 

Julia Ercolano is the Art & Video Team Lead. She studied history, anthropology and media at Skidmore College and is pursuing a career in media development. She is passionate about storytelling, education, and social change, and loves to work in the intersections of those spaces.


Kamuela Tillman is the proud and excited Team Lead for the Fundraising Team. As a former Merrill Lynch employee and current special education teacher and grassroots activist, she knows all too well about the importance of putting your money towards a movement for change. She’s fired up to bring ranked-choice voting to the forefront of local and state election reforms in a way that restores the value of the voice of the people while garnering financial support from donors and investors.

Renée Steinhagen is the Executive Team Lead. She has been the Executive Director of New Jersey Appleseed since its inception in 1998, a nonprofit state-based advocacy organization focused on health care, government and corporate accountability, election reform and environmental and community health issues. She welcomes the opportunity to work on a broad-based  grassroots campaign, which involves numerous people with varied backgrounds and skills, all of whom are focused on achieving a systemic upgrade in our federal, state, and local elections.

Veronica Akaezuwa leads Voter Choice NJ's Speakers' Bureau team of volunteers who talk to organizations across the state about RCV. She has a bachelor’s degree in communication from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in economic and political development from Columbia University. In past work, she's held management roles in research and data analysis in multiple media companies. Veronica recently pivoted to a career in public policy where she focuses on innovative approaches to policymaking that increase government transparency and enhance citizen participation.