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.
Ursula Gaymes, Youth Coordinator
(617) 542-8683 ext. 211
Ursula Gaymes joined MassVOTE in August of 2014 as the Young Civic Leaders Program Coordinator. She graduated from Regis College with her bachelors in Political Science with a concentration on International Relations and a minor in Sociology. She is the Founder and First President of Regis College’s Black Student Organization, which she continues to advise, where she brings experience working around issues of diversity, social justice, and community engagement. Prior to joining MassVOTE, she volunteered with the Boston Branch NAACP and was the Youth Outreach Coordinator for their Pipeline to Leadership Summer Program. She brings experience from working in the Massachusetts Statehouse interning in the Governor Patrick’s Office of Constituent Services.