|2017 Steering Committee|
Paul M. Nick, President
Paul M. Nick serves as the Executive Director of the Ohio Ethics Commission where he oversees the state-wide responsibilities of the Commission. Mr. Nick joined the Ethics Commission in 1995 as its Investigative Counsel, was promoted to Chief Investigative Attorney in 2000 and then appointed as the Executive Director since 2011. Before joining the Ethics Commission staff, Mr. Nick served with the Columbus City Attorney’s Office as an assistant city prosecutor and then assistant city attorney in the civil division. Mr. Nick received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his Juris Doctor from the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University.
Shipra Verma, CPA CA, President-Elect
Ms. Shipra Verma is the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Manitoba. Ms. Verma joined Elections Manitoba in 2004 and in 2009, she was appointed to the position of Deputy Chief Electoral Officer. In 2010, she took on the additional role of Acting Chief Electoral Officer and in July 2013, she was appointed Chief Electoral Officer. As an independent officer of the Legislative Assembly, the CEO conducts provincial general elections and by-elections under The Elections Act and The Election Financing Act. The CEO also provides compliance assistance to political entities and ensures public disclosure of their expenditures and contributions. Through the public education mandate of the office, the CEO also delivers public education and information programs to foster democratic participation.
Jeff Sigurdson joined the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board as Assistant Executive Director in 2000. The Board regulates and discloses the financial activity on state level committees, registers lobbyists and provides disclosure of lobbyist disbursements, and collects and discloses economic interest statements of public officials. Prior to joining the Board Mr. Sigurdson worked for twelve years in the Election Division of the Minnesota Secretary of State. At the Secretary of State he worked in a number of positions administering elections, voter registration, and redistricting for the state. Mr. Sigurdson was appointed as acting Direction of Elections in 1999. He received his Masters in Public Administration from the University of Wyoming in 1986.
Michael Sullivan, Immediate Past President
Michael Sullivan is currently serving his fourth six-year term as Director of the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance. Appointed unanimously by a bi-partisan commission to his first term in 1994, he is the only Director to be reappointed in the 42-year history of the office. Prior to his appointment in 1994, Mike served as City Clerk in Newburyport, Mass., and was the President of the Massachusetts City Clerk’s Association. In 2008, he served as the President of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL). A graduate of Tufts University, Mike is also a member of the Association of New England Football Officials and the North Short Baseball Umpires Association. He received the COGEL Outstanding Service Award in 2011 and was inducted into the Lynn English High School Hall of Fame in 2013.
Term of office expires December 2017
Matthew Bobys is Counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Washington, D.C. He advises business clients across numerous industries on matters relating to government affairs at the federal, state, and local levels, with particular emphasis on laws relating to campaign finance, pay-to-play, lobbying, government ethics, gifts and entertainment, and conflicts of interest. He repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He received a B.A. in Religion and Sociology from Grinnell College, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Anton Boegman is the Deputy Chief Electoral Officer (Electoral Operations) at Elections British Columbia. He has been with Elections BC since March, 2004. His responsibilities include corporate planning, risk management and performance measurement, as well as overall electoral event planning, readiness and delivery. Prior to joining Elections BC, Anton worked privately as a consultant, and for a variety of organizations including the Department of National Defence and Royal Roads University. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada, has an MBA, and is a certified project management professional (PMP).
Jared DeMarinis is the Director of Candidacy and Campaign Finance for the Maryland State Board of Elections, where he is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of State candidacy and campaign finance laws. In 2013, he helped draft House Bill 1499, the Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2013, which completely overhauled pay-to-play and campaign finance laws in Maryland. The bill closed the controversial contribution "LLC loophole” and slate transfers, increased civil penalties and provided greater disclosure of political activity of 501(c) and 527 organizations.
In addition, Mr. DeMarinis is a leader in field regarding the use of new technologies in campaigns. He was one of the first in the nation to draft and pass regulations regarding the use of social media, Internet advertisements by campaign accounts, and political contributions by text message.
Additionally, he has served as an international election monitor for the parliamentary elections in Armenia (2007) and the presidential election in Azerbaijan (2013).
Mr. DeMarinis is a graduate of Villanova University and Rutgers University - School of Law - Newark.
Kristin E. Izumi-Nitao was selected as the sixth Executive Director for the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission which was established in 1973 to ensure the integrity and transparency of the campaign finance process. In November 2013, the Commission received the State of Hawaii Office of Information Management and Technology, "Transparency and Accountability: Open Government” award as a result of implementing real-time data visualization charts created from the contribution and expenditure reports filed by candidate and noncandidate committees.
She was formerly with the Department of the Attorney General serving as the administrator for the Internet and Technology Crimes Unit in Hawaii and the territory of Guam. During her tenure, her unit received the Judge C. Nils Tavares Award in 2007, Team of the Year at the Department of the Attorney General in 2008 and 2009, and was recognized by the Hawaii Joint Police Association, Salute to Women in Security and Law Enforcement, in May 2006. Prior to supervising this unit, she served as the legal advisor to the Board of Trustees of the Hawaii Employees’ Retirement System, was a deputy prosecutor, and served as a law clerk for the Chief Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court and for a circuit court judge.
She received a B.A. in Political Science and Art History from Wellesley College, and her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law.
He is a graduate of the University of Southern California and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
Term of office expires December 2019
Lee Ann Pelham
LeeAnn Pelham began serving as Executive Director of the San Francisco Ethics Commission in January 2016. She leads of staff of 22 in administering and enforcing campaign finance, ethics, and lobbying laws for the City and County of San Francisco, and administers a $7 million voter-approved partial public financing program for qualified City candidates.
Previously, she served on the staff of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, including as its Executive Director from 2001 to 2011 where she led the design and implementation of local political reform that garnered national recognition from the American Society for Public Administration for delivering “outstanding contributions to responsible conduct in public service.” From 2013 to 2015, LeeAnn was Director of Ethics and Corporate Governance for the Santa Clara Valley Water District, where she provided executive direction for that agency’s efforts to advance ethical behavior, accountability, inclusive leadership, and organizational performance.
Prior to her work in local government, LeeAnn conducted performance audits for the non-partisan California Auditor General’s Office to improve the effectiveness of governmental entities and operations. She also was a Senior Political Organizer on the national staff of Common Cause in Washington, D.C. She served as a Member of the Government Ethics Advisory Committee at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, was a member of the California Fair Political Practices Commission 2010 Chair’s Political Reform Act Advisory Task Force, and served as Program Chair for the 2009 and 2010 COGEL Annual Conferences. LeeAnn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan.
Term of office expires December 2020
John Schaaf joined the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission as its Counsel in 2004. At the Commission, he issues ethics opinions, conducts ethics training, and publishes the Ethics Reporter, a monthly summary of developments in ethics law in Kentucky and around the nation. For 16 years, beginning in 1988, Mr. Schaaf was the General Counsel for the Legislative Research Commission, the administrative and staff agency for the Kentucky General Assembly. He provided legal counsel to legislative leaders and committees, and was Staff Director for the Task Force on Governmental Ethics, which developed Kentucky’s Code of Legislative Ethics, and analyst for the Task Force on Education Reform, which drafted the Kentucky Education Reform Act. Prior to his work with the Legislature, Mr. Schaaf served as Director of Legal and Legislative Services for Kentucky’s Auditor of Public Accounts, worked several years with a Louisville law firm, and as editor of a weekly newspaper. He earned a journalism degree from the University of Kentucky and a J.D. from the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law.
Amy earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston College and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law (Chicago). In July 2016, she completed the Certified Public Management (CPM) Program, administered by the Florida Center for Public Management in the Askew School of Public Administration at Florida State University.
Term of office expires December 2020
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