Meet Our Staff

National Board Chair

Jessica Arrigoni

Responsible for Vote Smart's National Board. Jessica has a master's in political science from Truman State University and formerly served as the Director of Vote Smart's National Political Awareness Test (now the Political Courage Test).

"I lived in Vote Smart's only cabin without running water for two years."


Richard Kimball

Responsible for fundraising and the integrity of Board-approved policies and standards. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Richard served on the staffs of Congressman Morris K. Udall, Senator Walter F. Mondale, and Senator Daniel P. Moynihan. He is also a former Arizona State Senator and Corporation Commissioner.

"Has a world class collection of Daffy Ducks"

Senior Advisor, Founding Board Member

Adelaide Kimball

Responsible for Major Giver Development and Media. Adelaide is a graduate of the University of Texas and holds master's degrees in American history and library science from the University of Arizona. She is a former archivist for the Arizona Historical Society and has previously directed Vote Smart's National Political Awareness Test (now the Political Courage Test).

"Former Betty Crocker Homemaker of the Year award winner"

National Director

James Wypych

Responsible for day-to-day oversight of all Vote Smart programs, staff, operations, facilities and administration. James was born in Wellington, New Zealand. He graduated from Drake University in 2016 in International Relations and joined Vote Smart in March 2017.

"I was an Academic-All American at Drake University for soccer!"

Operations Coordinator

Noah Andrew

Noah is responsible for coordinating our office management tasks and outreach, recruitment, and placement for our Internship Program. In 2021, Noah graduated with his MA in Women and Gender Studies from University of Northern Iowa. His masters degree was interdisciplinary and he wanted to continue to challenge himself. With his love of information and continuously learning about politics that brought him to Vote Smart in May 2021.

"I am a drag king in the Des Moines Metro Area"

Information Technology Director

Travis Flatt

Responsible for web development, user support, and system administration. Travis lives in and works remotely from San Antonio, TX. His first programming experience was in BASIC on a Commodore 64.

"I started performing live music at age 18."

Full Stack Developer

Matt Dublin

Responsible for web development, user support, and system administration. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Matt's previous areas of focus have been bioinformatics and media asset management.

"I'm a big fan of spoonerisms."

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Mark Mangoba

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Director of Officials Research

John Fox-Cameron

John received a B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations and Political Behavior as well as a certificate in Political Risk Analysis from the University of Iowa. Before that, however, he attended Des Moines Area Community College and received an Associate of Arts degree. Joining Vote Smart in July 2019, he works to research elect officials public statements. He then went to the Key Votes department until October 2021 where he was selected to be the Director of Official's Research overseeing all officials research departments.

"I won two Blue Ribbons before the age of 10 at the Iowa State Fair by participating in two separate Chess Tournament."

Research Associate

Thomas Stone

Thomas is responsible for tracking, analyzing, and summarizing major legislation in congress and all 50 states. Thomas graduated early from Iowa State University in 2017 with a B.S. in History and a Minor in Sociology. Originally from Des Moines, Thomas is a Projectionist for the IMAX Theater at the Science Center of Iowa and first joined the VoteSmart team as an intern before starting full time in July.

"I walked across the stage at my college commencement ceremony before I turned 21."

Research Associate

Nick Gerhardt

Nick is responsible for categorizing and researching politician's public statements. Nick graduated from Iowa State University in 2017 with a degree in Political Science. He grew up in Ankeny and joined Vote Smart in July of 2017.

"I finished my Undergrad in just under 3 years."

Research Associate

Neal Jensen

Responsible for updating ratings and endorsements from special interest groups. Originally from California, Neal has a degree in Political Science from the University Of Montana.

"I've played guitar for 16 years."

Research Associate

Johanan Tai

Responsible for tracking and maintaining special interest groups data. Johanan graduated from Drake University in 2018 with a B.S.B.A in Data Analytics and Information Systems and joined Vote Smart in April 2019.

"I grew up formally learning to play three musical instruments: classical piano, classical guitar and the cello."

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Research Associate

Jake Smith

Jake grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and attended Drake University where he received his B.A. in politics. He joined Vote Smart in October of 2021 as a research associate on the Public Statements team in Officials Research.

"I used to work at the Iowa Craft Beer Tent at the Iowa State Fair."

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Research Associate

Wyatt Hintermeister

Wyatt graduated from Wartburg College in 2021: BA in Political Science, International Relations and Spanish.
and he grew up in Tama Iowa. He has passions outside of Politics including Archeology and anthropology, Sociology, Psychology and Linguistics. He joined the Vote Smart team in October for 2021 as a research associate on our Public Statements team in Officials Research.

"I have had the chance to sing in 12 different countries."

Research Associate

Conner Tiland

Conner is involved with tracking and researching primary, general, and special elections happening across the country. He studied Political Science at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. Conner joined Vote Smart in May of 2019.

"I lived in Taipei, Taiwan, for four years of my youth."

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Research Associate

Tristan Goodwin

Tristan grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He came to Iowa to attend Cornell College, and graduated in 2018 with bachelor's degrees in Politics and German. He joined Vote Smart in early 2020, where he is responsible for maintaining candidate profiles.

"I've been a bagpiper since age 10 and am part of a competition-grade band in Grinnell, Iowa"

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Research Associate

Sean Grande

Sean was born in Salisbury MD and got a BS in Political Science from Ferrum College. He joined the Vote Smart Team in October of 2021 as a Research Associate in the Profiles department under Elections and Candidates research.

"Sean played football all throughout college."

Director of Membership

Andrew Havens

Oversees donations and membership communications. Andrew graduated from Cornell College in 2017 with a degree in Politics. He is originally from Illinois and joined Vote Smart in February of 2019.

"I collect Presidential campaign buttons in my spare time."

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Membership Associate

Lori Hunt

Lori is originally from Des Moines Area and has vast experiences that brought her to Vote Smart in September of 2021 as a Membership Associate. In her role she oversees donations and membership communications.

"I have driven a fire truck and I went through the West Des Moines Fire Department Citizens Academy."