MapLight provides effective software solutions to state and local governments, specializing in campaign finance disclosure and voter information systems. MapLight also provides software applications and civic data to nonprofit, research, and media organizations.

Founded in 2005, MapLight has a track record of reliability and innovation. As a nonprofit organization ourselves, public service is at our core.

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MapLight consistently delivered innovative, powerful, customized software, on schedule, that truly advanced the public interest in the state. I urge anyone who is looking to expand their civic technology offerings to consider partnering with MapLight.

Former Chief of Staff 

California Secretary of State

MapLight performed in an outstanding way on all aspects of our project. In addition to delivering the project on-time and on-budget, MapLight staff was knowledgeable, communicative, and easy to work with. MapLight exceeded all our requirements and built an application that not only meets our requirements but that our staff and entire statewide membership are proud of. I wholeheartedly recommend MapLight to any organization taking on a significant software development project, especially projects that have complex data requirements and architecture or require a collaborative process. The team there is truly exceptional.

Executive Director 

League of Women Voters of California


Daniel G. Newman

Daniel G. Newman

President & Co-Founder

Daniel, a national expert on government accountability and money in politics, has led MapLight since its founding in 2005. Newman has appeared in hundreds of media outlets, including CNN, CBS, MSNBC, FOX Business, and NPR. He led a ballot measure campaign establishing public funding of elections in Berkeley, California, and was named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business.

Laura Curlin

Laura Curlin

Director of Product

Laura Curlin oversees the organization’s data and research projects. Her work includes analyzing the money behind our political system, developing tools to make campaign finance data more accessible, and ensuring the accuracy of the MapLight’s databases. Her work is focused on federal and California campaign finance data, but has included research in a variety of states, counties, and cities. Previously, she worked to pass a public campaign financing ballot measure in 2016 as treasurer of the Berkeley Fair Elections Coalition. Her previous experience also includes work on the Transparency in Political Spending Act as a member of Rhode Islanders for Fair Elections. Laura received a B.A. from Brown University with concentrations in Political Science and Middle East Studies.


Nancie McCraw

Director of Engineering

An experienced engineering leader, Nancie oversees software development, technical infrastructure, and other engineering work. Nancie incorporates diversity, inclusion, and accessibility into the engineering and architectural vision of her teams. Nancie has extensive experience in the government space, including with the City of Asheville, North Carolina and supporting the National Centers of Environmental Information at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Nancie and her spouse enjoy their home in the mountains of western North Carolina with their cats, and sometimes, sheep.