Elevating democracy beyond the binary fiction.
The Foundation for Independent Voter Education (FIVE) is a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to restoring the importance of open dialogue in our democracy. FIVE strives to strengthen independent-minded citizen engagement in politics, to educate key stakeholders within our political system to the importance of constructive compromise, and to do so in a way that is unfiltered by the partisanship that often drive larger public dialogue.
FIVE conducts research and outreach campaigns to help educate voters about their election rights. As part of this mission, FIVE funds the Independent Voter Network (IVN), a news organization focused on providing information to and fostering communication between independent-minded voters, public officials, civic leaders, and journalists so they can participate in the news cycle by publishing directly to IVN.
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The IVN board is made up of a group of experienced community leaders and professionals who are dedicated to fostering open, non-partisan participation in our political system.
Noel Egnatios is a San Diego, California-based attorney focusing on intellectual property matters and business litigation. She worked at Cooley LLP in San Diego for five years, and worked and traveled abroad in the Middle East region during 2011-2012. She is currently serving as legal counsel for several online jewelry retailers and is a board member of the Independent Voter Project. She was awarded the Wiley W. Manuel Award for pro bono legal services by the California State Bar in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Steve is a San Diego, California based political and community leader, and co-creator of the ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES film series. From 1982 through 2003, Peace served in the California State Capitol, as a Member of the State Assembly, a State Senator and as the Director of the California Department of Finance. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of a number of non-profit organizations including the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Open Oceans Global, and the Independent Voter Project. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Authentify, Inc., a privately held company specializing in secure Internet-based financial transactions.
Regina is a San Diego, California based attorney with over 23 years of professional experience as a political, government, and non-profit leader. She is currently the Senior Vice President, Business Development with Information Management Resources, Incorporated (IMRI), an information technology and engineering company headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California. Regina previously served as Chief of Staff to the Honorable Jerome E. Horton, Chairman of the California State Board of Equalization, and Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She recently received the Distinguished Government Service Award from the California Legislative Black Caucus.
Floyd is currently the President and CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) in Washington, D.C. He retired as National Executive Director/CEO of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) in June of 2012. He is a past mayor of the City of Pleasanton, California, and a past California State Assemblyman. He has done extensive work in venture capital work and with international business, primarily with Japanese companies. He taught Economics at Chabot College in Hayward, California, for ten years.
Stephen is a California resident and lifelong activist in the areas of child protection and crime prevention. He is currently the director of Governmental Affairs for the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA). Prior to this, he worked within the California Youth Authority for 26 years as a youth correctional officer. He also served as a jet mechanic and plane captain in United States Marine Corp. Stephen currently serves as vice chair for Protect, a national non-profit dedicated to protect children from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, is the President and founding member of Minorities In Law Enforcement 4 Kids (Mile4kids), is a board member of Child Abuse Prevention Center (CAPC) and is a founding member of the Governor’s Cup Foundation.
Rossanna is an Austin, Texas-based public affairs and communications expert. She is currently the Managing Partner of ROSS Communications Inc., an Austin-based public affairs and strategic communications firm that has served multi-national, national, state and local clients since 1993. Prior to that, Rossanna worked as a press secretary and communications director for various politicians in Texas. She began her career as a reporter for several prominent Texas newspapers. She currently sits on the Board of Regents for the Texas State University System, is a member of the Executive Committee of the Texas Association of Business and serves as chairman of the Clements Legislative Scholars, a program of the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute.
Dan is a lifelong political advocate and businessman, hailing from the East Coast and currently residing in Austin, Texas. Dan served as a staff member and consultant in the state legislature from 1974-1981 and 1991-2003, acting as Chief of Staff for FIVE’s own Steve Peace for several of those years. He also founded what is now C & L Stairs and Millwork, a millwork company located in Sacramento, California. He currently serves as Director of State Government Relations for the pharmaceutical company, Lilly USA. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Independent Voter Project.
FIVE is committed to the belief that democracy functions best when the most people participate. Unfortunately, today’s political climate discourages such a participatory democracy and alienates independent-minded voters, who feel out of touch with the extreme partisanship of today’s politics. The news currently being presented by traditional media outlets only furthers to alienate independent-minded voters by presenting only right-wing and/or left-wing perspectives to truly complex, multifaceted political issues.
FIVE created the Independent Voter Network (IVN) to be a new kind of news network. IVN provides unfiltered political news and policy analysis across the political spectrum. IVN has a unique, multi-site platform that allows independent contributors from all sectors of industry and all walks of life to publish their own stories, which then reach a large, national and international audience. IVN also provides a forum for users to engage in political dialogue and rational commentary, in hopes of elevating the level of our public discourse.
IVN established and operates according to four clear Etiquette Guidelines, which all editors, contributors, and participants must respect:
IVN began as caivn.org, and during the 2008 and 2010 election cycles averaged 150,000 unique visitors each day. The new IVN.us network was BETA tested at the end of 2011, and was officially launched in January 2012. During the 2012 election season, IVN.us reached over a 1.5 million visitors.
At IVN, solutions are more persuasive than talking points, and participation is not conditioned on your party affiliation.
Write a story for IVN and help contribute to the diversity of viewpoints in the public forum. IVN is recognized as a Google News search result, so you can ensure your viewpoint will be heard.
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FIVE is a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) charitable organization that relies upon the donations of people and organizations such as you to promote independent voter education and involvement in politics.
FIVE is a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to promoting independent voter education and restoring the importance of open dialogue in our democracy. FIVE operates as a result of the generosity of its donors.
If you would like to contribute this worthy cause, please consider making a tax-deductible donation today.