BOARD OF DIRECTORS & STAFF

AMBASSADOR ANDREW YOUNG, CHAIRMAN

Ambassador Young has held a wide range of leadership positions. He was a top aide to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the civil rights movement before being elected to three terms as Representative for the Fifth Congressional District of Georgia. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed him as the United States’ Ambassador to the United Nations. Mr. Young then served two terms as Mayor of the City of Atlanta and was a Co-Chairman of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. He is Chairman of the Southern Africa Enterprise development Fund, Co-Chairman of GoodWorks International, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Drum Major Institute.

NORMAN J. ORNSTEIN, CO-FOUNDER

Norman Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He is a contributing editor and writer for The Atlantic, and has been an election eve analyst for CBS News and BBC news. He served as a senior counselor to the Continuity of Government Commission and co-directed the AEI-Brookings Project on alternatives to the Independent Counsel Act. Mr. Ornstein led a working group of scholars and practitioners that helped shape the law, known as McCain-Feingold, that reformed the campaign financing system. He was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004. He is Chairman of the Board of the Campaign Legal Center.

 His many books include Intensive Care: How Congress Shapes Health Policy (AEI, 2006); The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track, with Thomas E. Mann (Oxford University Press, 2006, named by the Washington Post one of the best books of 2006 and called by the Economist "a classic"); and the New York Times bestseller, It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism, also with Tom Mann, published in May 2012 by Basic Books, and updated in a paperback version in September 2013, named Book of the Year by Ezra Klein’s Wonkblog, one of the ten best books on politics in 2012 by The New Yorker, and one of the best books of 2012 by the Washington Post. An expanded edition, retitled “It’s Even Worse Than It Was,” was published in spring 2016. His latest book, with EJ Dionne and Tom Mann, “One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate and the Not-Yet-Deported was published by St Martin’s Press in September 2017, and was immediately on the New York Times and Washington Post best seller lists.

Ornstein has a BA from the University of Minnesota and an MA and PhD from the University of Michigan. He received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from his alma mater in 2007. Ornstein was spotlighted as one of 2012’s 100 Top Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine. @normornstein

WILLIAM B. WACHTEL, CO-FOUNDER

Mr. Wachtel is the founding partner of Wachtel & Missry, a law firm comprised of approximately 30 attorneys specializing in domestic and international business transactions and litigations. He is also the founder of Drum Major Institute established by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his father Harry Wachtel. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont (B.A. 1975, magna cum laude) and Columbia University (J.D., 1979); Phi Beta Kappa; Harlan Fiske Scholar. Mr. Wachtel was the legislative assistant to United States Senator P.J. Leahy from 1974-75. He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the American Bar Association.

MARTIN LUTHER KING III, CO-FOUNDER

The elder son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Martin Luther King, III has taken the torch lit by his father and continued the quest for equality and justice for all people. Since early adulthood, he has motivated audiences around the world with his poignant messages of hope and responsibility. His vision of a positive future built upon the principles taught by his father has touched thousands from Mozambique to Mississippi. A human rights advocate, community activist and political leader, Mr. King has been actively involved in significant policy initiatives to maintain the fair and equitable treatment of citizens at home and abroad. @officialmlk3

MIMI MARZIANI

Mimi joined Why Tuesday? in 2011, and in 2013 became a member of the Board of Directors with responsibility for operations. She currently serves as the President of the Texas Civil Rights Project. Ms. Marziani previously directed voting rights programs for multiple political campaigns and committees, also overseeing compliance with election law. In 2014, Ms. Marziani led the first coordinated, statewide voter protection program for progressive candidates and groups in Texas.

Before moving to Texas, Ms. Marziani spent several years as Counsel for the Democracy Program of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, where she litigated election law cases in federal courts across the country, including before the U.S. Supreme Court. In that role, she worked to promote voting rights and regulate money in politics through legislative counseling, academic research and communications strategies. Ms. Marziani has also served as a litigation associate of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where she represented corporate clients in all types of complex civil litigation while maintaining an active pro bono practice. She clerked for Magistrate Judge James C. Francis, IV of the Southern District of New York.

Ms. Marziani teaches “Election Law and Policy” at the University of Texas School of Law and serves on the NYU Board of Trustees. Ms. Marziani has also taught constitutional law at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Policy and at NYU’s campus in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Ms. Marziani graduated cum laude from NYU School of Law, and received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University. @mimimarziani

THOMAS ROSSMEISSL

In 2007, Tom helped launch the Why Tuesday? video blog and the organization’s online strategy, which he continues to oversee. He is a partner at Trippi Norton Rossmeissl Campaigns where he has helped pioneer the use of new media technologies and strategies for a variety of domestic and international campaigns, non-profit organizations and corporations. Internationally, Tom has developed comprehensive mobile, text messaging and communication strategies for advocacy organizations and political campaigns in Brazil, the EU, Nepal, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe. Domestically, Tom directs campaign television ad production and online fundraising strategies for political clients, most recently serving as a key member on the successful Jerry Brown for Governor (CA) campaign. @trossmei

DAN ROBERTI

Dan Roberti serves on the board of Why Tuesday?. He has served as an adviser to Why Tuesday? where he played an integral role in developing its policy initiatives. He also spearheaded Why Tuesday?’s 2014 “Fix It Now” campaign and has consistently advocated for common sense solutions to increase voter turnout.  In addition to his work with Why Tuesday?, Dan serves on the board of the Drum Major Institute and is a senior vice president at MWWPR specializing in public affairs and issues management.  In the wake of hurricane Katrina Dan helped organize relief efforts for James Carville before transitioning into a political role during the 2006 campaign cycle. Dan earned his B.A. in political science from Loyola University New Orleans in 2004 and then dedicated a year to working with the homeless in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. He also holds a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University New Orleans.

ZOE SIEGEL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Since 2017, Zoe has been the Chief Strategy Officer of Drum Major Institute, Why Tuesday?’s affiliate organization. At DMI, she has overseen various advocacy outreach programs and vocally encouraged voter turnout among high school students. With a background in nonprofit work, she organizes the inner workings of politically driven campaigns. Zoe holds a B.S. in Applied Psychology and Global Public Health from New York University. She is a member of Columbia University’s Global Mental Health Program Young Professionals Board. Most recently, she has joined Columbia University’s Council for the Advancement of Global Mental Health Research as a founding member.