Cheryl Clyburn Crawford, Executive Director
(617) 542-8683 ext. 211
Cheryl Clyburn Crawford grew up in Boston and has worked for many years in communities of color advocating for voting and civil rights. She joined MassVOTE in 2008. In her official capacity, she directs the Democracy for Nonprofits program and the Civic Engagement Fund, which distributes seed money and technical support to community nonprofit organizations so that they can to make a significant commitment to voter empowerment. From 2010 to 2012, Cheryl directed MassVOTE’s Census and Redistricting Project, which, in cooperation with coalition partners, led over 3,000 people to take part in public redistricting hearings, culminating in new legislative maps that doubled the number of majority-minority districts. Cheryl is a critical public face for MassVOTE, recruiting coalition members, new donors, and volunteers. She sits on the Executive Board of the NAACP-Boston Branch as 2nd Vice President, and is an Executive Board Member and former Chair of the Board of Emerge Massachusetts. Before MassVOTE, Cheryl served as Chief of Staff to State Representative Willie Mae Allen. She is a graduate of Lesley College. Cheryl frequently serves as poll worker for the City of Boston.
Sara Brady, Policy Director
(617) 542-8683 ext. 216
Sara Brady joined MassVOTE in January, 2010. In her capacity as Policy Director she oversees legislative efforts to modernize election laws in Massachusetts, including the historic comprehensive election reform bill signed into law in 2014. Sara also manages communications work as well as non-partisan “Get Out The Vote” activities ranging from voter registration drives, candidate forums, election protection efforts, and more. Prior to joining MassVOTE, Sara was the National Director at Project Vote Smart, a national nonprofit that provides non-partisan political research. Sara graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Black Studies. She also serves as a poll worker for the City of Boston.
Shaughnessy Barboza, Youth Coordinator
(617) 542-8683 ext. 208
Shaughnessy Barboza joined MassVOTE in October, 2008. She started as a member of the Young Civic Leaders and graduated from the program in 2011 after high school. She attended Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York for two years and then decided to make her way back home to Boston. Shaughnessy returned to MassVOTE in June of 2014 as the Youth Coordinator of the Young Civic Leaders Program. She guides youth on a range of projects such as developing workshops on civic engagement, conducting voter registration drives, and lobbying at the State House. Back when she was a member of the program, Shaughnessy was one of the first teens to advocate in Massachusetts for allowing 16 and 17 year-olds to pre-register to vote before they turn 18. Pre-registration was signed into law in 2014. Shaughnessy looks forward to leading the Young Civic Leaders as they turn their attention to a pre-registration implementation campaign for when the law goes into effect in 2016.