Who We Are
Voice Of the People (VOP) is a nonpartisan organization that seeks to re-anchor our democracy in its founding principles by giving ‘We the People’ a greater role in government. VOP furthers the use of innovative methods and technology to give the American people a more effective voice in the policymaking process.
VOP is working to urge Congress to take these new methods to scale so that Members of Congress have a large, scientifically-selected, representative sample of their constituents—called a Citizen Cabinet—to be consulted on current issues and providing a voice that accurately reflects the values and priorities of their district or state. VOP ultimately seeks to create a large standing national Citizen Cabinet of over 100,000 Americans, all connected by the Internet, with a representative sample in every state and district, that will be operated by a congressionally-chartered National Academy for Public Consultation. In the near term, with funds from foundations and individual donors, VOP is establishing interim Citizen Cabinets in several states and districts.
Steven Kull, Founder and President, is a political psychologist and is director of the Program for Public Consultation, School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. For two decades, he has conducted in-depth studies of public opinion on public policy issues, in the United States and around the world. He directs the international polling project WorldPublicOpinion.org, a collaboration of research centers from around the world and has played a central role in the BBC World Service Poll of global opinion.
Kull has worked extensively with officials in the U.S. Congress, the State Department, and the United Nations to develop surveys that help policymakers gain greater insight into the public values and beliefs on policy issues. He has testified to Congress, and conducted briefings for NATO, the UN and the European Commission.
Sought after by journalists seeking information on public attitudes on public policy, Kull has been regularly quoted in numerous publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and USA Today. He has appeared on NBC News, CBS News, CNN, PBS Newshour, BBC, NPR and many other broadcast outlets.
His writing has been published in The Washington Post, Harper’s Magazine, Political Science Quarterly, Foreign Policy, Public Opinion Quarterly and many other publications.
Richard Parsons, Executive Director, is a seasoned public affairs professional with more than 25 years of business, political, communications, public policy, and organizational management experience, including bi-partisan issue advocacy at the federal, state and local levels on business, economic development, public safety and transportation issues.
Rich Robinson, Communications Director, is a media professional with more than 20 years of agency, campaign and DC advocacy experience. Before coming to Washington, he had a successful career in Hollywood as a publicist, journalist and Emmy-winning television producer. He studied journalism at Central Michigan University.
Allison Stettler, Operations Manager, has more than 15 years of experience working with non-profit organizations. Before joining VOP, she served as an information technology and graphic design consultant for several non-profit organizations in the greater Washington region.
Our work is supported by key members of the Program for Public Consultation:
Clay Ramsay, Director of Research
Evan Lewis, Senior Research Associate
Antje Williams, Research Associate
Hon. Michael D. Barnes, former U.S. Representative (D-MD)
Hon. Bonnie Campbell, former Attorney General of Iowa (D-IA)
Hon. Michael N. Castle, former Governor and U.S. Representative (R-DE)
Hon. Byron Dorgan, former U.S. Senator (D-ND)
Hon. Vic Fazio, former U.S. Representative (D-CA)
Hon. Martin Frost, former U.S. Representative (D-TX)
Hon. Nancy Johnson, former U.S. Representative (R-CT)
Hon. James R. Jones, former U.S. Representative (D-OK)
Hon. Jim Nussle, former U.S. Representative (R-IA)
Hon. Bob Packwood, former U.S. Senator (R-OR)
Hon. John Porter, former U.S. Representative (R-IL)
Hon. John Tanner, former U.S. Representative (D-TN)
Hon. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former Lt. Governor (D-MD)
I.M. ‘Mac’ Destler, Saul Stern Professor of Civic Engagement, University of Maryland
Gloria Duffy, Commonwealth Club of California
Jack Faris, Former Vice President, University of Washington
Carlos Gutierrez, Former Sec. of Commerce under George W. Bush, CEO of Kellogg
Katie Hall, CEO of Hall Capital & Chair of the Board of Trustees, Princeton University
Glenn F. Ivey, Former State’s Attorney, Maryland
Lawrence Jacobs, Walter & Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies, University of Minnesota
Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Director, Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania
Marvin Kalb, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Jon Krosnick, Frederic Glover Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences, Stanford University
Gregory G. Lebel, The George Washington University
Lawrence Lessig, Roy Furman Professor of Law and Leadership, Harvard Law School
Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Executive Director, National Institute for Civil Discourse
Benjamin Page, Gordon Fulcher Professor of Decision Making, Northwestern University
Jennifer Potter, Former CEO, Initiative for Global Development
Cindy Simon Rosenthal, Director and Curator, Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center, University of Oklahoma
William Ruckelshaus, EPA Administrator under Richard Nixon & George Bush
Thomas Schelling, Nobel Laureate, University of Maryland
Robert Shapiro, Columbia University
D. Wayne Silby, Founder, Calvert Social Investment Fund
John Steiner, Transpartisan Policy Center
Talia Stroud, Assistant Director, Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation at University of Texas
Richard Tafel, Public Squared, Founder, Log Cabin Republicans
Wendy Willis, Policy Consensus Initiative, Portland State University
Daniel Yankelovich, Public Agenda Foundation
Hon. Bill Frenzel (1928-2014), former U.S. Representative from Minnesota
Voice Of the People
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A government ought to [be]… free from every other control but a regard to the public good and to the sense of the people.
Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 31, January 1, 1788