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."

President

Kyle Dell

Responsible as the chief executive officer of the organization, the president has primary responsibility for the financial, operational and strategic success of the organization to realize its mission. Kyle is a graduate of Kalamazoo College and also earned a master’s and doctoral degrees in political science from Boston College. Before his twenty-year career as a professor and dean in higher education, Kyle served on the Vote Smart staff as director of the National Political Awareness Test (now the Political Courage Test).


"the best job I’ve ever had (before Vote Smart!) was working in a vineyard in the Italian Alps."

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"

President Emeritus

Richard Kimball

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"

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!"

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Operations Coordinator

Lucas  Hallmeyer

Lucas is responsible for coordinating our office management tasks and outreach, recruitment, and placement for our Internship Program


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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SysAdmin/DevOps

Mark Mangoba


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Director of Officials Research

Katie Thompson


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."

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Research Associate

Bibi Miller

Bibi is a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she majored in political science. Since joining Vote Smart in 2021, she has monitored legislative activity in all fifty states. Prior to Vote Smart, Bibi worked in politics as a writer, consultant, and fundraiser. In her free time, Bibi enjoys drawing (winning the occasional award), writing, and singing. And of course, she loves to research!


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Research Associate

Craig Snead


Director of Elections Research

Noah Andrew

Oversees the research process and staff within the Biographies, Political Courage Test, and Campaign Finance research programs. 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"

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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."

Research Associate

Nick Israel

Nick grew up in San Diego, California, and attended the University of Washington (graduated in 2015 with a BA in Political Science and History) and Georgetown University (graduated in 2016 with a MA in American Government). He joined VoteSmart in January 2022 to work on the Issues Positions research in the Elections and Candidates Department, where he researches the issue stances for every congressional candidate running in the 2022 elections.


"I want to visit every state capitol."

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Research Associate

Jeremy Whitley

Jeremy received his B.A. with a double major in Economics and Peace Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Afterwards, he gained his LL.M. in International Human Rights from the National University of Ireland at Galway, with a First-Class Honors on my dissertation regarding social-cultures impact on human rights development. Before Vote Smart he also worked as part of a law clinic through Bond University doing legal-research for the Center of Justice and Accountability to aid in the prosecution of Liberian and Cambodian war-criminals. Jeremy joined the Vote Smart Team November of 2021 in the Elections Monitoring Problem.


" I know three different Martial Art Forms"

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Research Associate

Anthony Giuggio

Anthony was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2021 with a degree in Political Science. He joined Vote Smart in early 2022 and works in the profiles department where he performs candidate research.


"I am an avid baseball fan and have been to games at 8 stadiums in 3 different countries."

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."

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