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. She also manages non-partisan “Get Out The Vote” activities ranging from voter registration drives, candidate surveys, candidate forums, and election protection efforts. Prior to joining MassVOTE, Sara worked for 5 years at Project Vote Smart, a national nonprofit that provides non-partisan political research. There she served, most recently, as National Director. 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.
Ola Awogboro, Youth Coordinator
(617)542-8683 ext. 208
Ola Awogboro joined MassVOTE in October, 2013 as the Coordinator for the Young Civic Leaders Program (YCL). The YCL program is an internship for area public school students in grades 10-12. These students learn about and participate in various forms of civic engagement. They use the knowledge gained to empower other youth around the importance of civic engagement through workshops. The Young Civic Leaders Program stresses academic excellence by tracking the current academic standing of all participants, and providing college preparation assistance. The Young Civic Leaders gain valuable professional skills through all activities that they engage in. Previously Ola worked in the Boston Public School system and on local political campaigns. Ola graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Sociology and Community Health.