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.


Leadership Team

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.

Allison Stettler, Operations Manager, has more than 25 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:

  • Evan Lewis, Senior Research Associate
  • Francesca Martens, Public Opinion Research Fellow
  • Austin Koeppel, Public Opinion Research Fellow
  • Antonia Dolan, Public Opinion Research Intern

Advisory Board

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

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

Robert Shapiro, Columbia University

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


In Memoriam

Hon. Bill Frenzel (1928-2014), former U.S. Representative from Minnesota

Thomas Schelling (1921-2016), Nobel Laureate, University of Maryland

Daniel Yankelovich (1924-2017), Public Agenda Foundation


Major Funders

The Circle Foundation

The Democracy Fund

Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Hewlett Foundation

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Contact Us

Voice of the People
1301 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 232-5075

Email: info@VOP.org
Twitter: @VOPorg