Democracy Corps is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to making the government of the United States more responsive to the American people. It was founded in 1999 by James Carville and Stanley Greenberg. Democracy Corps provides free public opinion research and strategic advice to those dedicated to a more responsive Congress and Presidency.
The organization was born out of outrage over the impeachment of President Clinton when the leadership in Congress preferred radical partisanship to addressing the issues which really matter to American families. Following the 2000 election, Democracy Corps rededicated itself after the presidential candidate with the most votes and the most popular policy agenda did not become the President of the United States.
Erica Seifert, Ph.D.
Dr. Erica Seifert is a Senior Associate at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, specializing in U.S. political issues. She primarily conducts research for Democracy Corps. Her other clients include National Public Radio, Campaign for America’s Future, and Public Campaign Action Fund.
Seifert is most recently the author of The Politics of Authenticity in Presidential Campaigns, a history of recent US political culture, American self-representation, presidential candidate images, and political media.
Scott Tiell is an Assistant Analyst for Greenberg Quinlan Rosner specializing in U.S. political issues. He primarily conducts research for Democracy Corps, specializing in strategic messaging and multivariate analysis, and he has directed numerous focus groups all across the country. He also works on Democracy Corps’ Congressional Battleground surveys, which provide key insights and strategy on the battle for control of the House of Representatives. His other clients include National Public Radio, The Los Angeles Times, The University of Southern California Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, The Voter Participation Center, and the Campaign for America’s Future. Prior to joining Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, he served in the office of Congressman David Scott, in addition to working at the Georgia State Capitol. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Tiell graduated cum laude from Emory University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
Laura Swartz is a Project Associate at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner specializing in US political issues. She works primarily on Democracy Corps. Her other clients include Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, the Campaign for America’s Future, Public Campaign Action Fund, and Women’s Voices. Women Vote Action Fund, as well as a few international clients. Prior to joining Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, Swartz was a political fellow at the Women’s Campaign Forum, and a DCCC campaign fellow and field organizer on Congresswoman Betty Sutton’s successful re-election campaign in 2010. She graduated cum laude from Skidmore College.