The Membership, Engagement & Structure (MES) Steering Committee was appointed to develop a vision for the League’s future. Among the questions they are tackling: How are we delivering on our critical mission work, and what would it really take to significantly improve our impact? What about the League’s organizational structure is working well? Where do changes need to be made to maximize our organization-wide visibility and impact? The Committee will be working over the next year to develop recommendations. Watch for updates through the League Update and other League communications.
Carrie L. Davis
In February 2012, Carrie Davis joined the League of Women Voters of Ohio as Executive Director, bringing to the League her extensive experience as an advocate for voting rights and good government at the Statehouse, in the courtroom, and in local communities. Prior to joining the League, Carrie served as staff counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, where she worked on a variety of issues including voting rights, free speech, criminal justice, racial justice, LGBT rights, reproductive freedom, and government accountability.
Carrie has litigated numerous election law and good government cases including the 2008 case Project Vote v. Brunner that obtained a court order keeping open the Ohio window for simultaneous registration and early voting. She was also part of the legal team in the case Boustani v. Blackwell that struck down a 2006 Ohio law requiring naturalized citizens to produce a certificate of naturalization if challenged at the polls.
Carrie is a native Ohioan and has a BA in philosophy and public policy from Albion College and a JD from Case Western Reserve University. Carrie interned on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. as part of a Women in Public Policy program and later worked as a Congressional Aide. Carrie returned to Ohio to attend law school and enter public service. During law school, Carrie worked as a legal intern with the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education and served as Editor-in-Chief and Bureau Chief of The Internet Law Journal.
Amy Hjerstedt was elected as a Director to the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) for the 2016-2018 term at the 2016 LWVUS National Convention. Amy has served on four LWV boards—Portland, OR (LWVPDX), San Diego, CA (LWVSD), Eastern Upper Peninsula, MI (LWVEUP (state unit)), and Arlington, VA (LWV-Arlington). In 2013, Amy founded LWVEUP. In addition to her local League work, Amy served on a state study committee—LWVC Initiative and Referendum. She also co-Chaired the Young People Task Force, served as a LWVUS Diversity Advisor, and served as a Shur Fellow/National Coach to NY, FL, TX, and WI and helped coach PA and MN. Amy has an A.A. in Liberal Arts from College of Alameda (2006), a B.S. from Portland State University (2008), and a Master’s of Arts in Political Science from American Public University (2012). Before college, Amy served in the U.S. Coast Guard as a boatswain’s mate second class, a small boat instructor, and a boarding team member. Amy went to high school in Buffalo, Missouri and served her Coast Guard career in northern California. Amy has two young sons, Lucas, 4 and Gabriel, 7. She is married to Michael, an active duty Coast Guard officer, and they live in Arlington, VA.
Dr. Sondra Cosgrove is a thirty-year resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, where she is a tenured history professor at the College of Southern Nevada. Sondra earned her PhD from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in 2004 with an emphasis in the U.S. West. She currently teaches a wide-variety of courses; including U.S Survey, Nevada History, Native American History, History of Mexico, Latin America History, and Latin American Studies. At CSN Sondra also Chairs the Native American Alliance and Co-Chairs the Women’s Alliance.
Through both of the Alliances Sondra facilitates events and programing that enhance the lives of CSN’s diverse faculty, staff, and student populations. One of the signature events Sondra organizes each year is a Status of Women symposium, which coincides with International Women’s Day.
Sondra’s civic activities include serving as the President of the League of Women Voters of Las Vegas Valley, the First Vice President of the League of Women Voters of Nevada, an ACLUNV board member, a City of Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commissioner, and the member of the Nevada Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Through speaking engagements, voter registration drives, and League of Women Voters educational and advocacy activities, Sondra helps her community become informed about important political, economic, and social topics as well as ways to be more engaged in civic life.
Ann M. Luther
Ann currently serves as Treasurer of the League of Women Voters of Maine and chairs the LWVME Advocacy Committee. She served as President of LWVME from 2003 to 2007 and as co-president from 2007-2009. In her work for the League, Ann has worked for greater public understanding of public policy issues and for the League’s priority issues in Clean Elections & Campaign Finance Reform, Voting Rights, Ethics in Government, Ranked Choice Voting, and Repeal of Term Limits. Representing LWVME at Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, she served that coalition as co-president from 2006 to 2011. She remains on the board of MCCE and serves as Treasurer and chair of the Program Committee. She is active in the LWV-Down East MAL unit. She was the 2013 recipient of the Baldwin Award from the ACLU of Maine for her work on voting rights and elections. She joined the League in 1998 when she retired as product manager at SEI Investments. Ann was a founder of the MDI Restorative Justice Program, 1999 – 2000, and served on its Executive Board.
Robyn and her husband have been residents of Clarkdale AZ since 1997. Robyn is the managing partner in her family’s business, ALCORA MARBLE L.L.C., a custom bath and kitchen products business located in Clarkdale. As a member of the League of Women Voters for 40 years, Robyn has held many positions including local and state president in California and currently on the board of the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley and past President of the League of Women Voters of Arizona. Robyn is on the board of directors and active in Made In Clarkdale, a local arts organization, active in Clarkdale Downtown Business Alliance and is the past-chair of the Verde Valley Regional Economic Organization and currently a board member. Robyn has served on the Town of Clarkdale’s Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment, and currently serves as vice-chair of Clarkdale’s Design Review Board.
Chris Carson (LWVUS President)
Chris Carson was elected as the 19th president of the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) and the chair of the Board of Trustees of the League of Women Voers Education Fund (LWVEF) in June 2016. Ms. Carson has been a member of her local league for over 30 years, serving all of its leadership roles.
In January 2005, Ms. Carson joined the Board of the League of Women Voters of California (LWVC) as Government Director. There she was responsible for education and advocacy in the areas of Redistricting, Campaign Finance, and Elections/Voting Rights issues. After her board service, Ms. Carson became LWVC's Redistricting Program Director, leading its redistricting reform efforts, serving as one of the drafters of California's historic redistricting reform, and spearheading LWVC's effort to pass this ballot measure. She also worked on effective implementation of this reform, interacting with a statewide coalition, including voting rights and minority language groups. Ms. Caron continues to serve as an advisor to Leagues around the state on local redistricting reform. Ms. Carson is also serving as LWVC's Campaign Finance Director, monitoring proposed state legislation, working with LWVC's Board and staff on legislative campaigns and coordinating grassroots advocacy for bills we support.
Concurrently, she is serving on the LWVUS Campaign Finance Taskforce, developing materials for use by local Leagues on this issue. Ms. Carson also served on the LWVUS Immigration Study Committee. And she served on the California Advisory Committee for the update of the state's HAVA compliance plan. Ms. Carson is a third generation California native. With a B.A. from Immaculate Heart College and an M.A. in History from the University of Southern California, Ms. Carson taught American history and government. She worked later as Director of Education for Heritage Square Museum.