The Executives Behind Democracy Live



Bryan Finney
Founder, President
A native of Seattle, WA Bryan Finney brings nearly two decades of experience both in the technology and political fields. Bryan received his MBA in Technology Marketing and has over a decade of experience in the elections and voting technology space. Starting off as a young staffer in Washington DC and then leading one of the fastest growing Internet companies during the 1990′s, Bryan saw the problems that occurred during the 2000 Gore V Bush election as an opportunity to modernize voting in the U.S. After a decade working in the voting technology space, Bryan merged his political, business and technology background to start Democracy Live. After recruiting some of the leading technologists in the country and through a series of strategic partnerships with Microsoft, Intel, the University of Washington Center for Technology and other key allies, Democracy Live has grown into the largest provider of Web-based balloting in the U.S. resulting in the development of some of the most innovative and proven elections and voting technologies. Bryan likes to say, “Why not fix the big problems, like improving how 200 million people vote in the U.S.”

Joe Brotherton, JD, CPA
Chairman of the Board, Joe Brotherton is a Seattle-based Attorney, CPA and Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Washington. Mr. Brotherton is also a successful entrepreneur across multiple fronts and was named one of Seattle’s “Most Influential” business leaders. Joe is one of the leading investors and thought leaders in the Northwest bringing decades of experience in the technology, legal and investor community. Mr. Brotherton has served on many corporate and philanthropic Boards. Joe is the past President of the University of Washington Law School Foundation, Current President of the Attorney-CPA Foundation, Trustee of Cornish College of the Arts, Trustee of the University of Washington School of Business Foster School Foundation. He and his wife, Maureen have five children and helped found the non-profit Teens In Public Service. Joe and Maureen also perform annual service work in Ethiopia and Uganda. In his spare time, Joe is a longtime volunteer at the prison in Monroe, spending one night a week there with “The Lifers.” Joe describes it as “the best four hours of his week.” Joe started his career as a computer programmer and systems designer and thus has long-standing technological and business experience. As Joe has stated, “Democracy Live will bring efficiency, accuracy, accountability and accessibility to the voting process for every voter in America and every serviceman or woman serving overseas. I am very proud to assist in that effort.”
Joe is a graduate of the University of Washington Business and Law schools where he has taught most of the last 25 years. He is currently teaching at the UW School of Law. In addition, he has taught at Seattle University, Cornish College (Ethics and Law for the Practicing Artist) and, combining his interests in education and prison reform, at the University Behind Bars at the penitentiary in Monroe.

Island Pinnick
Chief Technology Officer

Chief Technology Officer, Island Pinnick, was born and raised in Bend, Oregon. He is a University of Washington graduate and recipient of the UW Mary Gates Award for Excellence. Island graduated at the top of his class with a BS in Mechanical Engineering focusing on Nanotechnology. Island’s passion for technology began at an early age; writing code at the age of 12 and developing a client base before entering high school. With over 10 years of experience in the elections industry, Island led the development for the most deployed cloud-based technology in the U.S. Island developed the first fully accessible, online audio balloting system and the first multimedia, video balloting tool ever deployed in the U.S. Island has developed the system currently deployed in over 400 counties, 96 countries and every continent in the U.S. (Yes, even Antarctica!)
Island has great enthusiasm and a desire to create new technologies while continuing to innovate and create solutions for jurisdictions across the US. “I thoroughly enjoy the constantly changing, ever evolving world of technology and it is my goal to continue to integrate new technology into our elections process.

Cyrus Krohn
Chief Advisor for Digital Political Strategy
From his start working in the White House, to his work at CNN, Microsoft, and as a founding member of Slate Magazine, Cyrus Krohn has been a cutting-edge communicator, digital innovator and new media executive for 20 years. A graduate of Lynchburg College, Cyrus served on the Board of Advisors of the George Washington University Institute for Politics Democracy and the Internet, the E-Voter Institute and as president of the Washington State News Council. In 2013, Mr. Krohn was named one of the Top 50 digital political strategists in the United States. Mr. Krohn served as Director of Digital Strategy for the Republican National Committee’s New Media Division. Cyrus was the Executive Producer at, one of the world’s largest digital media companies. Prior to Cheezburger, Mr. Krohn co-founded Crowdverb and sold the start-up to WPP, the world’s largest communication services group. Cyrus has worked as a Senior Director and Executive Producer at technology companies including Microsoft and Yahoo. He was Slate Magazine’s first employee and then Publisher while the webzine was owned by Microsoft. Cyrus managed the political advertising effort for, the Microsoft Network and was Executive Producer at MSN Video. Cyrus worked in CNN’s Washington, D.C. bureau producing Larry King Live and Crossfire and served in the White House.

Ronald O’Neil
Chief Architect of Voter Systems
Ron O’Neil is the Chief Architect of Voter Systems for Democracy Live. Ron has over three decades of experience in computing technologies, beginning with his work for the National Security Agency and most recently at Microsoft. Since his time at the NSA, Ron has been at the forefront of computing. Prior to working with Democracy Live, Ron spent 18 years working for Microsoft, beginning as Program Manager and ending his time there with the title of Regional Architect for the United States, Public Sector, State and Local Government. During his career, Ron has been instrumental in many publicly impactful projects, pioneering the use of the Internet by state government, bringing modern computing to state and local government entities, providing expertise to state executive officials, leadership for projects in higher education, and designing and architecting extremely complex systems such as the voter registration systems currently in use in Washington State and in New York State. During his last years at Microsoft, Ron was responsible for all Microsoft projects involving state governments in the United States. Ron brings both his advanced skills in computer programming and user interfaces, and his deep knowledge of public sector to his role here at Democracy Live, providing the company with state of the art voting architectures and products.


Jacquelynne C. Harris, CERA
Director of Election Services
Jacquelynne C. “Jackie” Harris, CERA, is the Director of Election Services for Democracy Live. Jackie has worked in the elections industry for over 25 years, serving as the Deputy, and then General, Registrar of Albemarle County, Virginia and as the Fairfax County, Virginia Director of Elections. She has served as President of the Voter Registrars’ Association of Virginia and is a graduate of both the Election Center’s Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA) program through Auburn University and the Certified Professional General Registrar program of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia. In addition to serving as a local elections administrator, Jackie has provided consulting services to the Virginia State Board of Elections and worked as the Policy Director for the West Virginia Secretary of State. While in West Virginia, she received the National Association of Secretaries of State’s Best Practices Paper award for her description of the online voting pilot project conducted during her tenure with the State. Jackie has drafted several pieces of legislation that were adopted by state legislatures and was called to provide expert testimony to the U. S. Committee on House Administration on the topic of voter list maintenance. In 2009 and 2010, Jackie served as part of the official U. S. mission to observe the Presidential and parliamentary elections in Afghanistan. She has been a guest lecturer at American University, George Mason University, the University of Virginia, as well as local community colleges. Jackie resides in Virginia with her husband, Randall, near their five children and four grandchildren.

Pam Daniels
Executive Management; International eGovernment Consultant - USAID
Pam is a national and international eGovernment expert specializing in public sector reforms as well as modernizing government and political processes. She brings 30 years experience in the legal profession and 12 years as an elected countywide official for Snohomish County, WA. As an elected official Pam managed a large countywide eGovernment system. Pam’s extensive experience includes involvement in local, state and national government and politics. Before joining Democracy Live, Pam has provided expert eGoconsulting services to USAID. Pam has been an advocate for improved government systems and public access to information through increased transparency, accountability and process efficiencies. She is passionate about election system efficiencies and voter access to information to improve citizen involvement. “As a former county elected official for 3 terms, I was extremely frustrated at the number of houses I passed in neighborhoods where they were not registered voters when doorbelling. I continue to be concerned about the lack of younger voters and the lack of information readily available to voters about candidates. Working with Democracy Live, I am able to be a part of a superior technology system that is addressing these issues and more!”