Democracy Live Founder, President
Mr. Finney brings nearly two decades of experience both in the technology and political fields. Starting off as a young staffer in Washington DC and then leading one of the fastest growing Internet companies during the 1990′s, Bryan merged his political, business and technology background resulting in the development of some of the most innovative elections and voting technologies. Bryan received his MBA in Technology Marketing and has over a decade in the elections and voting technology space.
Joe Brotherton, JD, CPA
Chairman, Democracy Live
Joe Brotherton is a Seattle Based Attorney, CPA and Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Washington. Joe is also a successful entrepreneur across multiple fronts. Recently named one of Seattle’s “Most Influential,” Democracy Live in particular has a special appeal for Joe.
“I started my career as a computer programmer and systems designer in the 70’s so I have a longtime interest in technology. Democracy Live will bring efficiency, accuracy, accountability and accessibility to the voting process for every voter in America and every serviceman or woman serving overseas. I will be very proud to assist in that effort.”
Mr. Brotherton has served on many corporate and philanthropic Boards and is the current President of the Attorney-CPA Foundation, past-chairman and current Trustee of Cornish College of the Arts, past President of the University of Washington Law School Foundation and Trustee of the Foster School ADF board. He and his wife, Maureen and their five children have been active in Teens In Public Service, of which his wife and daughter, Tia Brotherton Heim, were co-founders. Joe and Maureen also perform annual service work in Ethiopia and Uganda. In his spare time, Joe is a longtime volunteer at the prison in Monroe, spending one night a week there with “The Lifers.” Joe describes it as “the best four hours of his week.”
Joe’s avocation has always been teaching. In his early years, he taught technical subjects including Accounting Information Systems and more recently lectured on Ethics, Law & Commerce. Joe is a graduate of the Business and Law schools at the University of Washington where he has taught most of the last 25 years. He is currently teaching at the UW School of Law. In addition, he has taught at Seattle University, North Seattle and Seattle Central Community Colleges, Cornish College (Ethics and Law for the Practicing Artist) and, combining his interests in education and prison reform, at the University Behind Bars at the penitentiary in Monroe.
Executive Management; Democracy Live, Inc.
International eGovernment Consultant; USAID
Pam is a national and international eGovernment expert specializing in public sector reforms as well as modernizing government and political processes. She brings 30 years experience in the legal profession and 12 years as an elected countywide official for Snohomish County, WA. As an elected official Pam managed a large countywide eGovernment system. Pam’s extensive experience includes involvement in local, state and national government and politics.
Before joining Democracy Live, Pam has provided expert eGoconsulting services to USAID. Pam has been an advocate for improved government systems and public access to information through increased transparency, accountability and process efficiencies. She is passionate about election system efficiencies and voter access to information to improve citizen involvement.
“As a former county elected official for 3 terms (as well as my involvement at the state and federal levels), I was extremely frustrated at the number of houses I passed in neighborhoods where they were not registered voters when doorbelling. I continue to be concerned about the lack of younger voters and the lack of information readily available to voters about candidates. Working with Democracy Live, I am able to be a part of a superior technology system that is addressing these issues and more!”
Hon. Ralph Munro
Ralph Munro was the Secretary of State for Washington State from 1980 to 2001. Under Mr. Munro’s leadership, Washington State saw significant advancement in the efficiency of state election services including absentee voting, voter registration, election reporting and voter information. His notable achievements include implementing the presidential primary allowing independent voters to participate in the nomination process; transitioning election equipment from lever machines to more technologically advanced optical scan systems; designing the “Motor Voter” registration system that offers citizens the opportunity to register to vote at the same time they obtain a driver’s license; and supporting a program that allowed Washington-based Desert Storm troops to vote via fax from the Persian Gulf. Currently, Mr. Munro serves on the Board of Advisors for Democracy Live.