Cynthia Terrell is a founder and Secretary of the Center
for Voting and Democracy.
Terrell has worked in the area of voting system reform in
this country and abroad, traveling in 1993 to New Zealand to
support that country's successful referendum to adopt a
proportional voting system. She also has directed the
research for several reports produced by the Center,
including analyses of the 1994 and 1996 congressional
elections and the 1992 presidential elections.
Before helping to found the Center, Terrell worked
extensively as a political consultant around the country,
working as campaign manager and field director for campaigns
for the U.S. President, U.S. House and U.S. Senate, for
governor and for state and city-wide initiative efforts.
Among these campaigns were a proposed equal rights amendment
in 1992 to the Iowa state constitution, the 1992
presidential campaign of Sen. Tom Harkin, Douglas Wilder's
1989 gubernatorial victory in Virginia and former
Congresswoman Jolene Unsoeld's congressional campaign in
1990. Terrell also researched the state initiative process
for the Fund for the Feminist Majority.
Terrell is a mother of three children and active in civic
affairs in Takoma Park, Maryland. She graduated with a B.A.
in political science from Swarthmore College in 1986.