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The POPVOX Team

Marci Harris

Cofounder / CEO

A former Congressional staffer and lawyer, Marci says that her “first startup was a town,” as she led Jackson, TN’s rebuilding efforts following a 2004 tornado. She received a B.A. in International Relations from Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland and attended law school at the University of Memphis (J.D.) and the American University Washington College of Law (LL.M). From 2007-2010, she worked in the U.S. House of Representatives covering tax, trade, and health for a senior Ways and Means member.

Marci serves on the board of LaunchTN and CityInnovate, the advisory boards of VoteRunLead and Citizinvestor, and is a mentor at theCO in Jackson, Tennessee. She was named one of Fast Company magazine's Top 100 Most Creative People in Business (2012), received a Tribeca Film Festival Award for Creative Disruption (2012), and was listed as one of DC's “Tech Titans” by Washingtonian magazine (2013), a 2013 "FastCase 50,” and a 2014 “Digital Citizen of the Year.” She was an inaugural Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Ash Center in 2016 and was a 2017 New America California fellow.

 

 

Rachna Pultz Choudhry

Cofounder / CMO

Rachna co-fouded POPVOX after ten years of advocacy and lobbying for several national non-profit organizations. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UCLA, and a Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. She is based in Washington, D.C. and hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2014, she was named the Digital Citizenship Project’s #6 Digital Citizens of the Year.

 

 

Ben Harris

COO / CFO

Ben graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2001 where he earned a BS in Aviation Technology. He is an FAA Certified mechanic and commercial pilot. He is a “CO:founder” of theCO in Jackson, TN, a public-private partnership co-work, makerspace and code academy designed to bring cutting edge technology and education to rural West Tennessee. Ben is a 2005 graduate of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce "Leadership Jackson" program, and a proud Boy Scout Cubmaster.

 

 

Bryan Dease

Senior Developer

Bryan has a passion for all areas of web technology from coding and deploying websites to maintaining servers and working on mobile platform solutions. In his own words his goal is to “support great design with solid code under the hood”. His main areas of expertise are PHP (Laravel), MySQL, Javascript, HTML5 and CSS. Bryan has worked with interactive studios based both in St. Louis and Tennessee. Most recently, with Anode in Nashville, he built interactive exhibits for the Country Music Hall of Fame. In his spare time he enjoys playing guitar, traveling and attending Nashville Predators games.

 

 

William Donnell

Designer

William is founder and lead “designtist” of experience design firm Sodium Halogen. Over the past 12 years, William’s distributed team has worked remotely with startups from San Francisco to DC, as well as with established companies such as Chick-fil-A and Mars Pets, to create amazing brand experiences for the web and mobile with their “Designtific Method.”

 



The POPVOX Board

Marci Harris

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