About Making Every Vote Count
Making Every Vote Count is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that believes that the people should select the President of the United States through a national popular vote. We advocate for reforms that ensure that every vote cast in a presidential election counts—and counts equally—in determining who becomes President. We support the adoption of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, and believe that allocating electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote will inspire civic engagement across the United States by ensuring that the voices of all voters—not just voters in battleground states—are reflected in presidential campaigns and in the candidate who ultimately assumes office. We seek to invigorate a national movement behind this important election reform issue through direct and grassroots legislative advocacy, legal argument, and public discourse. We support and coordinate with organizations that share our commitment to the fundamental value that the person who wins the most votes nationwide, not in a handful of battleground states, should be elected President.
Directors & Advisors:
Reed E. Hundt is the former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and CEO of the Coalition for Green Capital, a non-profit headquartered in Washington, D.C. He is currently an adviser to the Covington law firm, and on various corporate and nonprofit boards, including Intel Corporation, Smart Sky Networks, and the Connecticut Green Bank. His publications include Zero Hour: Time to Rebuild the Clean Power Platform (Odyssey Editions, 2013), The Politics of Abundance: How Technology Can Fix the Budget, Revive the American Dream, and Establish Obama’s Legacy, an e-book co-authored with Blair Levin (Odyssey Editions, 2012), In China’s Shadow: The Crisis of American Entrepreneurship (Yale University Press, 2006) and You Say You Want A Revolution: A Story of Information Age Politics (Yale University Press, 2000). He and his wife Betsy live in Chevy Chase, MD.
Vice President & Director
Jake Fuentes is formerly Head of New Products for the Consumer Bank of Capital One, responsible for new product development across the organization. Previously, Jake was Co-Founder and CEO of Level Money, a financial management company acquired by Capital One in 2015. Launched in 2013, the award-winning Level Money application has helped millions of consumers manage tens of billions of dollars in spending. Prior to starting Level Money, Jake managed international product development for Visa.
Jake serves on the Board of Directors for EARN.org, holds multiple patents, and has appeared on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. He is a graduate of the Stanford University School of Engineering.
Treasurer & Director
Blair Levin serves as a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Metropolitan Policy Project of the Brookings Institute. He also serves as the Executive Director of Gig.U: The Next Generation Network Innovation Project, an initiative of three dozen leading research university communities seeking to accelerate the deployment of next generation networks. He also serves as a consultant to the investment community and to numerous small communications enterprises.
From 2009-2010, Mr. Levin oversaw the development of the FCC’s National Broadband Plan. He is the co-author of “The Politics of Abundance” (2012) and, with Denise Linn, of “The Next Generation Connectivity Handbook: a Guide for Community Leaders Seeking Affordable, Abundant Bandwidth” (2014) as well as numerous articles on telecommunications policy. From 1993-1997 Levin served as Chief of Staff to FCC Chairman Reed Hundt. Previously, Mr. Levin practiced law in North Carolina, where he represented new communications ventures, as well as local governments. He is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.
Judge Lisa Foster (ret.)
Lisa Foster was the Director of the Office for Access to Justice. Before joining the Department, she served for ten years as a California Superior Court Judge in San Diego where she presided over criminal, civil and family law departments. After serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Marianna R. Pfaelzer of the Central District of California, Foster began her legal career as a Staff Attorney at the Center for Law in the Public Interest in Los Angeles and later joined the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. She also served as the Executive Director of California Common Cause and was Of Counsel to the law firm of Phillips & Cohen, representing whistleblowers under the federal and California False Claims Acts. Foster also taught courses on sex discrimination, federal courts and election law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Diego School of Law. Foster received a B.A. in American Studies from Stanford University and J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
Jon Blake headed the Communications and Media practice for Covington & Burling for many years, and served on the firm’s Management Committee, including as Chair, at key points in the firm’s development. In his practice, one of his most noteworthy cases was defending the Washington Post’s television station licenses against efforts by the Nixon Administration to punish the Post for its pivotal role during the Watergate scandal. More generally, Mr. Blake has devoted much of his practice to advising clients and whole industries on strategies for coping with or taking advantage of change. Thus, he was instrumental from the earliest days in developing the policy, legal and technical framework for new services and new technologies like digital television and the mobile phone industry. From their emergence nearly 20 years ago, he and the firm have played a leading role in net neutrality issues.
The firm’s communications practice has also been deeply involved in such controversial issues as the relationship between local broadcasters and the major national networks, and between local broadcasters and pay services such as cable and satellite systems.
These major projects have required deep and creative engagement in alliance-building, inter-industry collaboration, shaping government policy, legislation, litigation, agency rulemaking, and messaging to the public.