The Fulcrum Democracy Forum Meets Sara Gifford, Co-Founder and COO of ActiVote

By Brian Clancy, Citizen Connect, Co-founder: A Project of the Bridge Alliance

Sara is the co-founder and COO of ActiVote.  ActiVote is changing the way citizens engage with their government.  Their easy to use nonpartisan app educates voters on important issues, when and where they can cast their vote, connects them with their elected officials, and allows them to make their voice heard by quickly answering key polling questions.

Sara believes our democracy is at its best when as many people as possible participate. ActiVote empowers all Americans to be active in our democracy by helping voters create the habit of voting. We are focused on empowering low-propensity voters by providing easy access to your elections and what candidates really stand for, while filtering out all the noise. With our #DailyDemocracy you can take one small action every day, increasing your civic engagement day by day!

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Brian has been deeply involved in America’s civic renewal movement for more than a decade now. His signature accomplishments include launching Citizen Connect – a powerful online platform that puts 600 nonpartisan organizations working to address our toxic politics at every American’s fingertips. Brian is also a board member at the Listen First Project – the organization that hosts the groundbreaking National Week of Conversation and highly innovative programs like America Talks.

Among other career adventures Brian was the CFO of Fidelity Management and Research, led the team that launched and was responsible for systems planning and analysis at the world’s largest investment management organization. He also has a strong social entrepreneurship track record that includes co-founding the Center for Financial Inclusion. The Center has become a global thought leader in poverty alleviation via microfinance and has partners and funders that have included the Gates Foundation, McKinsey, Mastercard, Harvard Business School and the World Bank. He also has experience in the rough and tumble world of city and state politics through his tenure as President of the Boston Public Library Foundation. Brian did his undergraduate work at Cornell University and has an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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