Focus

Our Team
Staff
Cindy Black
Executive Director

Cindy Black has been the Executive Director of Fix Democracy First since 2016. She was also the Campaign Director for WAmend’s successful statewide 2016 ballot Initiative 735 campaign, making Washington the 18th State to call for a U.S. Constitutional amendment to end court decisions like Citizens United. She is active with several coalitions across the state, including the WA Voting Justice Coalition, WA Campaign Finance Coalition, and Honest Elections Seattle. Cindy is committed to helping pass pro-democracy legislation and building an active citizen’s movement here in Washington State, through ongoing coalition building, common sense reforms, and public outreach.

Board
Linda Brewster
Chair

Linda is the former WAmend Chair. She grew up in Canada, but moved after graduate school to the United States. After 20 years without a political voice, she became a citizen in 2000, and vowed to roll up her sleeves for the changes she wanted to see. As a psychologist, Linda abhorred the role insurance companies play in the health care she was able to offer her patients and the pre-existing conditions they were saddled with. It was clear to her that big money (and the political leverage that purchases in the US) was impacting the care people were receiving.

Ken Dammand
Vice-Chair

Ken is a retired Everett firefighter, paramedic and fire captain. He’s been active in Firefighter’s Local 46 and various community groups. In his previous lives, he was the drummer in the 60’s era rock band Fragile Lime, a reluctant soldier, a scholar (Ph.D. in developmental psychology), an adjunct professor, dishwasher, and just about everything in between. He serves on the newsletter committee and chairs the resource development committee.

David Bangs
Treasurer

David is a principal at Energy Friendly Holdings. After graduating from the University of Washington in 1985 with a degree in Electrical Engineering, David went on to manage several groups as a software developer at Microsoft. He received an MBA in Sustainable Business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute and founded a non-profit called Home Performance Washington to promote whole-house energy efficiency programs in the state.

Linda Bock
Secretary

Linda Bock was born and raised in the southeastern part of the United States and is happy to be a transplant from the right coast to the left coast. Her work with I-735 is her first major foray into the world of politics and was the top signature gatherer, collecting over 21,000 signatures! Every day working with WAmend she is constantly reminded of Margaret Mead’s words to “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” She is truly one of those committed citizens.

Erik Connell

Erik is an Attorney with the law firm Lee Smart. He graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law, where he served as the Business and Marketing Editor for the school’s law review and made the Dean’s List. Erik has previously worked on election reform issues as a steering committee member for Fair Elections Seattle’s Proposition 1 campaign, and for FairVote, including in their national headquarters in the Washington, DC area, and as the campaign manager against three ballot measures in Pierce County, Washington. Prior to that, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland, working on HIV/AIDS education.

Jim lee

Jim is the founder and Executive Director of the Citizens Institute for Public Policy. He led the “Safer Spokane” campaign to require crude oil shipments through Spokane to have a reduced volatility, which ultimately led to a State law accomplishing the objective statewide. He served on the Board of “Spokane Moves to Amend” (S.M.A.C.), which was the group working for I-735 (and subsequently folded into Fix Democracy First). He is currently working on a project to convert Avista Utilities to a non-profit, customer-owned cooperative. Jim has three grown children and 4 grandchildren.

John King

John has served as President of Fix Democracy First, as well as chair of its policy (legislative) committee. He is a Washington native and a retired attorney. In addition to having engaged in private law practice, he has been a naval officer, counsel to a U.S. Senate committee, a law school adjunct professor, and a board or committee member of various civic groups. He is a former president of the Western Washington Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and a recipient of the national Arthritis Foundation’s distinguished service award. John is the author of Captive Notions, a book of original aphorisms, and a recreational basketball player. He has three grown children and six grandchildren.

Kathy Sakahara

Kathy Sakahara is a lifelong political activist. She ran for the WI House of Representatives at age 23 and has been fascinated by the political process ever since. She has been an advocacy leader with the League of Women Voters of Washington for seven years. She has served as Vice President of Advocacy and currently leads the League’s Democracy Team, and personally lobbies on elections, voting rights, and campaign finance. Kathy had a successful career as a presentation coach and trainer to Fortune 500 executives and technical experts. Her specialty was teaching scientists, engineers and other technical specialists to present complex information in a clear, understandable way that facilitated decision-making. She carried that work into her nonprofit career, providing speakers’ bureau consulting, communication, advocacy, and media training to many progressive nonprofits across Washington.

Norm Conrad

Former chair of the corporate personhood/clean elections committee for MoveOn.org’s Seattle Council and former Coordinator for the reported #1 council in MoveOn. Co-founder of WAmend and chair of the committee that wrote I-735. Norm was instrumental in helping write the initiative language and is a great source of historical and constitutional information.

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