Meet the Team

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

Daniel G. Newman

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.

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Frank Bass, Contributing Editor at MapLight

Frank Bass

Frank has been a reporter and editor for more than 25 years, beginning as a young journalist in Alabama, where he shared a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the state’s infant mortality epidemic. He was the Texas Headliners Foundation Reporter of the Year for a series of features and investigations at the Houston Post. Bass also has worked at the Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press, where he directed computer investigations and shared the Gerald Loeb Award for a series of stories on mishandling of small business loans related to the September 2001 terror attacks in Washington and New York. He is the author of three books on data-driven investigations: The Associated Press Guide to Internet Research and Reporting; Health is Everything; and Guide to the Census.

Laura Curlin, Director of Product at MapLight

Laura Curlin

Laura oversees the organization's data projects and software product design. 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 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.

Samantha Harris, Operations Associate at MapLight

Samantha Harris

Samantha supports reconciliation of MapLight's monthly financial statements, as well as gift processing. 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. Originally from Oakland, Samantha currently resides in the Pacific Nowrthwest with her husband, Scott and corgi, Burt.

Tien Lu, Operations Director at MapLight

Tien Lu

Tien manages Voter’s Edge, a comprehensive online California elections guide, and leads operations for all organizational functions. Her background includes a diverse range of experiences in social justice and arts nonprofits, from racial justice and arts activism to oral history and community engagement. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and an MA in Social Documentation from U.C. Santa Cruz.

Nancie McCraw, Director of Engineering at MapLight

Nancie McCraw

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.

Tyler Kuromiya Parker, Data Analyst at MapLight

Tyler Kuromiya Parker

Tyler is responsible for data analytics and quality assurance. Prior to joining MapLight, he worked as a mechanical design engineer. Tyler has a B.A. in Mechanical Engineering Technology. He resides in the outskirts of Bellingham, Washington with his wife and son. The Pacific Northwest is the perfect location to pursue his favorite activities: hiking, biking, and reading books. On weekends, he can usually be found working on projects around the house or in the garden.