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Meet the Team

Daniel G. Newman, President And Co-Founder at MapLight
Laura Curlin, Director of Product at MapLight
Samantha Harris, Operations Associate At MapLight
Tien Lu, Operations Director at MapLight
Tyler Kuromiya Parker, Data Analyst at MapLight
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Daniel G. Newman, President and Co-founder at MapLight

Daniel G. Newman
PRESIDENT AND CO-FOUNDER

Daniel, a national expert on government accountability and money in politics, has led MapLight since its founding in 2005. Daniel 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. He is the author of Unrig: How to Fix Our Broken Democracy from Macmillan/First Second Books.

Daniel’s innovative use of technology to reveal influence on government earned him recognition as a World Affairs Council Civic Innovator in 2014. He has led the organization to awards including a Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism; a James Madison Freedom of Information Award; a Library Journal Best Reference Award; and a Webby Award nomination for Best Politics Website.

Previously, Daniel was an entrepreneur and political organizer. He authored three books on speech recognition software and founded Say I Can, a speech recognition firm. He has served as a consultant to various political and nonprofit groups, including the Center for Voting and Democracy, Israel Venture Network, and the Mental Health Association of San Francisco.

Daniel received an MA degree in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, where he attended on a National Science Foundation Fellowship and researched how people think about political and ethical issues. He holds a BA degree in biomedical ethics from Brown University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Daniel was a 2011-2013 Edmond J. Safra Network Fellow at the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, addressing the issue of institutional corruption.

Laura Curlin, Director of Product at MapLight

Laura Curlin
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT

Laura oversees the organization's data projects and software product design. Her work includes developing tools to make campaign finance, lobbying, and ethics data more accessible. Her work 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.

Tien Lu, Operations Director at MapLight

Tien Lu
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Tien manages the day-to-day operations for all organizational functions. Her background includes a diverse range of experiences in social justice and arts nonprofits, including oral history collection and community outreach. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Social Documentation.

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Samuel Erickson
PRODUCT MANAGER

Samuel supports MapLight software products as a product manager, translating complex requirements into intuitive experiences. He holds a B.A. in Chemistry and a Masters in Information Management and has a deep interest in all things information architecture, accessibility, and information security.

Tyler Kuromiya Parker, Data Analyst at MapLight

Tyler Kuromiya Parker
DATA ANALYST

Tyler is responsible for data analytics and quality assurance, assuring the functionality and accuracy of MapLight's data and systems. Prior to joining MapLight, he worked as a mechanical design engineer. Tyler has a B.A. in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Samantha Harris, Operations Associate at MapLight

Samantha Harris
OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE

Samantha supports MapLight's financial operations. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in Gender Studies and has held operational roles in several organizations spanning reproductive rights, childhood literacy, and access to secondary education.

Daniel G. Newman
Samantha Harris
Laura Curlin
Tien Lu
Tyler Kuromiya Parker
Samuel Erickson
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