Democracy Live LEADERSHIP Team

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Bryan Finney, MBA

Founder, President

A native of Seattle, WA, Bryan Finney entered the voting technology world during the Bush/Gore election in 2000. Bryan received his MBA in Technology Marketing and has nearly two decades of experience in the elections and voting technology space. Bryan was nominated and selected as a founding member of the Homeland Security-sponsored Elections Sector Executive Committee. He also Chairs the Elections Sector Emergency Response Group. Bryan has been a speaker at the United Nations, presented to Congress and is a national leader in secure and accessible voting technologies. 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 in 2007. Through a series of strategic partnerships with Microsoft and Amazon and in collaboration with the University of Washington Center for Technologies and Disabilities, Democracy Live has grown into one of the largest providers of cloud and tablet-based voting technologies in the U.S. 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 and CPA. 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, past President of the Attorney-CPA Foundation, past Trustee of Cornish College of the Arts, and past 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 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. 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.

Felicia Erlich

Chief Operating Officer (COO) & Corporate Counsel

As of February 2020, Felicia Erlich Altman adds Chief Operating Officer to her title of Corporate Counsel of Democracy Live. Felicia is responsible for managing the company’s day to day business matters and works closely with Bryan Finney in managing the company’s sales team and strategic corporate initiatives. In her added role Felicia oversees the company’s overall business operations strategy and is involved in designing, planning, and implementing business plans and procedures. Felicia also maintains and manages all relationships with partners and vendors relating to OmniBallot. During her time as Corporate Counsel Felicia has been the project manager for more than 100 election implementations. As Corporate Counsel Felicia was instrumental in establishing Democracy Live’s Business and Legal department as well as, its Human Resources department. She continues to advise the company on legal issues involving contracts, government regulations, trademarks & copyrights and employment law. Felicia is an active member of the Homeland Security- sponsored Election Sector and the Elections Sector Emergency Response Group. As a law student Felicia, focused on entertainment, intellectual property and business law. Felicia interned in the business and legal departments of BET Networks and Funny or Die, Inc. Prior to joining Democracy Live, Felicia was an Associate Attorney with the boutique law firm Rosen Lewis located in Seattle, Washington. She is a member of the California, New York, New Jersey and Washington state Bars. In her spare time, Felicia enjoys cooking, running, hiking, swimming and spending time with family and friends. She is the founder of the food blog thedairyfreekitchen on WordPress and recently added to her accomplishments the completion of her first mini-triathlon.

Lori Augino

Vice President of Government Relations

Vice-President of Government Relations, Lori Augino is a graduate of the University of Washington and lives in the Puget Sound region. She has 28 years of experience leading both state and local elections and leading a national elections non-profit organization. She has dedicated her career to expanding safe, secure, and accessible voting options for voters.

Lori serves as a member of the Committee for Safe and Secure Elections, a participant on the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Task Force on Elections, and a member of the Council of State Government’s Overseas Voting Initiative. Previously, she served as the President of the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED), a member of the Election Assistance Commission’s Technical Guidelines Development Committee, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Elections Critical Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council. She was a founding member of the Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing & Analysis Center.

Previously, Ms. Augino served as the Executive Director for the National Vote at Home Institute where she advocated for the expansion of vote by mail and supported election officials across the country. She served as the Director of Elections for the Washington Office of the Secretary of State where she was responsible for the oversight of all federal, state, and local elections. Prior to serving as Director of Elections, Lori worked for the Pierce County Auditor’s Office for nearly 18 years, where she was named County Election Employee of the Year by former Secretary of State Sam Reed.

Seth Kulakow

Chief Security Officer

Seth is the former CISO at the State of Colorado, Denver International Airport and Cybersecurity Director of Promontory Financial Group where he supported global clients for risk, crisis, business continuity, and IT management solutions. Seth is a nationally recognized cybersecurity expert, championing global transformative information technology, security, and risk programs. Seth has over 20 years of in-depth business and managerial experience interlaced with deep technical understanding across healthcare, government, transportation, finance, technology, and insurance industries for organization of all sizes and geographic locations.

Seth is a graduate of Colorado State University with a bachelor and master’s degree in science. Seth holds a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) certification. He was bestowed an honorary Ph.D. in Science in Technology from the University of Advancing Technology. With Security Clearance, Seth was recognized by the US Secret Service for Cyber Security Program Excellence. Seth is a former guest member of the Aspen Institute’s Cyber Security Group, former DHS advisor, and speaker at numerous prominent cybersecurity, risk, and IT industry conferences.

Advisory Team

Lance Gough

Government Relations Consultant

Lance Gough is a former Executive Director with the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. Throughout his 32 year tenure as Executive Director, Gough was responsible for managing voter registration and election administration for over 1.5 million voters. He managed change during an era of unprecedented changes in election administration. Examples included: the transition from punch cards to optical scanners and touch screens; the introduction of electronic poll books; expanded registration with online and election-day programs; and the launch of in-person early voting, no-excuse Vote By Mail and Secured Drop Boxes. According to Gough, these transformations had a significant and lasting impact on his role as Director. In addition to modernizing administrative processes, Gough has sought to prioritize engagement with voters and ensure accessibility for individuals with disabilities and language barriers.

General Robert (Abe) Abrams

Retired United States Army four-star General

General Robert (Abe) Abrams, is a retired United States Army four-star General who last served as the commander of all United States Forces in Korea. General Abrams served as the commander of the United Nations and U.S. Combined Forces. Responsible for defending Iraq’s first democratically held election, General Abrams understands the importance of secure, accurate and trusted elections. General Abrams previously served as the 22nd commanding General of United States Army Forces Command, the largest command in the US Army with more than 750,000 soldiers under his leadership. The General’s warfighting units included the 3rd Armored Division, 1st Cavalry Division (three tours); 3rd Infantry Division and the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. General Abrams served as a strategic war planner for the Chairman and Joint Chiefs of Staff. General Abrams also served as the Senior Military Assistant to the 24th Secretary of Defense.

Michael Hamilton, MS

Chief Security Consultant

Michael Hamilton is the Founder and CISO of CI Security. In an information security career spanning 30 years, Michael has served as a Cybersecurity Policy Advisor for Washington State, Vice-Chair of the State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Government Coordinating Council (SLTTGCC), Chief Information Security Officer for the City of Seattle, and Managing Consultant for VeriSign Global Security Consulting. In a previous life, he developed algorithms for hyperspectral remote sensing as an Ocean Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Paul Caranci

Government Relations Consultant

Paul F. Caranci served as Rhode Island’s Deputy Secretary of State from 2007 to 2015 where his responsibilities included oversight of that office’s role in Rhode Island elections. Paul also served as a local elected official from his hometown of North Providence from 1994 to 2010. It was in his role as a North Providence Town Council member that he distinguished himself by exposing a deep-rooted political corruption scheme. His efforts working undercover with the FBI resulted in eleven indictments and ten convictions earning him the Margaret Chase Smith American Democracy Award for Political Courage, the highest honor awarded by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS).

Paul has a degree in political science from Providence College and has completed many Master’s-level courses from Roger Williams University. He is an award-winning author of thirteen books including one on how to run for local elective office.

Pam Daniels

Executive Management; International eGovernment Consultant

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 consulting services via USAID contracts. 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!”

Cyrus Krohn

Government Relations and Political Affairs Advisor

Cyrus Krohn has been a cutting-edge communicator, innovator and new media executive focused on digital democracy for over 20 years. Business Insider named him one of the Top 50 digital political strategists in the United States. Krohn led digital political initiatives for technology companies including Microsoft and Yahoo and worked in CNN’s Washington, D.C. bureau producing live prime-time programming. Krohn has worked in the executive branch of US Government in the Old Executive Office Building and managed political campaigns at the federal, state and local levels.

Krohn graduated from University of Lynchburg and served on the Board of Advisors of the George Washington University Institute for Politics Democracy and the Internet and the E-Voter Institute. He has lectured on the impact the Internet is having on the political process at the Personal Democracy Forum, University of Michigan Knight-Wallace Fellows, Johns Hopkins University, American University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, University of Pennsylvania, The Aspen Institute, Harvard and MIT.