Introducing FairVote Action’s Board Members

FairVote Action is excited to welcome our board members.

Tom Wathen

Our Chair of FairVote Action, Tom Wathen, is a seasoned public interest leader who has succeeded on a variety of issues at the local, state, national and global level. Tom began his career directing statewide public interest research groups (PIRGs) in Indiana, Colorado, and New York. Currently helping to lead a large global conservation program based in Washington, D.C., he has extensive experience in organizing coalitions and policy campaigns in the U.S. ranging from the New York State bottle bill to the Colorado motor voter law to the Roadless Area Conservation Rule for national forests and reform of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Tom’s efforts have also helped to create parks and other protected areas in Canada, Australia, Chile and in many parts of the ocean.

Tom has a B.S. degree in Public Affairs and a certificate of environmental policy from Indiana University and is a graduate of Harvard Law School. He served as the executive vice president and general counsel of the National Environmental Trust, acting president of Oceana and was a foundation program officer. His past board service includes Vice Chair of Consumer Reports, Treasurer of the National Wildlife Refuge Association, and the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity.

Tom has authored books, reports and articles on trade and the environment, coalition campaigning, proactive philanthropy, auto safety, solid waste, conservation, and small-town democracy. Tom and his wife Li Howard live outside of Washington DC in Maryland, where they raised their two sons Corey and Zack and walk their dog Dax.

Andrew Yang

Vice Chair of FairVote Action, Andrew Yang, was a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and 2021 candidate for mayor of New York City. Named by President Obama as a Presidential Ambassador of Global Entrepreneurship, he is the founder of Humanity Forward and Venture for America. Yang’s New York Times bestselling book The War on Normal People helped introduce the idea of universal basic income into the political mainstream. His recently released book, Forward — Notes on the Future of Our Democracy, outlines forces holding America back from effective governance. In it, he lays out key structural reforms aimed at safeguarding democracy.

Yang is a graduate of Brown University, where he graduated with degrees in economics and political science, and Columbia Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review. Between campaigns, he focused on providing relief to Americans grappling with the impact of the pandemic, and building relationships with candidates and elected officials across the political spectrum. He lives with his family in New York.

Lindsay Donnelly

Lindsay Donnelly is the Secretary of FairVote Action. She is a political professional with nearly two decades of experience in advocacy, public affairs, and persuasion campaigns. As a proud alumna of the government affairs teams at The National Association of REALTORS® and Associated Builders and Contractors, Lindsay is a trusted advisor when it comes to state and national associations and coalitions. Whether it is Lindsay’s familiarity with policy processes, the Hill, ballot initiatives, or partisan politics, Lindsay helps organizations see around the corners and craft more efficient campaigns.

Lindsay’s work has been recognized nationally with multiple Communicator, Pollie, and Reed Awards. She was also named a Rising Star of Advocacy and Public Affairs by DCA Live in 2018.

A Latrobe, Pennsylvania native, Lindsay proudly shares a hometown with Fred Rogers, Arnold Palmer, and the first banana split ever made. She is passionate about leaving a stronger democracy for the next generation and getting more women elected at every level of government.

Alice Underwood

Alice Underwood is the Treasurer of FairVote Action, a recognized leader in the actuarial profession and a sought-after speaker for insurance industry events. She has published dozens of articles on actuarial and insurance-industry topics and has held board and officer positions within a number of insurance industry associations. Her actuarial career has included roles in both the U.S. and Europe; currently she heads the global insurance consulting and technology practice for a leading financial services company.

She holds a B.S. with Highest Honors in mathematics from The University of Texas and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton University. She is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society, a Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst, and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Alice is also a voracious reader of science fiction, a student of history and politics, an unrepentant Trekker, a mediocre seamstress, an avid SCUBA diver, an occasional yogini, an enthusiastic eclipse chaser, and a SoulCycle devotee. She is the co-author of six novels based on Greek mythology and set in the Bronze Age; her most recent “Tapestry of Bronze” novel, Clytemnestra: The Mother’s Blade was released in September 2017. Alice and her husband Mark Kimmey live in New York City, where they cater to the whims of two dictatorial felines.