Daniel H. Wolf, Esq. (founder, CEO)

Dan Wolf at marina

Dan wrote the world’s first country-specific manual for election observing, A Guide for Election Observers-1984 Nicaraguan Elections, while at Harvard Law School, and conducted further democracy-oriented research during his Ph.D. program at UCSD. In 2012 he was senior adviser for the IEOM Report on Taiwan Elections, Final WWC 12Mar12 of the International Election Observation Mission that monitored the 2012 Taiwan elections. He is a lawyer, political scientist, and social entrepreneur. He has a daughter, 19, with whom he reads, snorkels, and watches BBC’s Sherlock, and likes to sail and body surf. His personal theme song for Democracy Counts is here.
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Anne Wayman (COO)

Anne Wayman

Anne is a life coach and insightful and indomitable. While sailing in the South Seas her boat was shipwrecked. Compared to that experience fixing the hull of American democracy is a cakewalk.
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Chad Baker

Chad Baker (software architect)

Senior software architect Chad Baker draws on a dynamic career with over 20 years working in diverse environments including: defense; rail road infrastructure management; traffic engineering; electrical smart-grid; and financial industries at every level from start-up to enterprise providing unique, real-world perspectives. He is a full-stack developer with experience in large-scale web applications, high-volume IoT processing, machine learning, search engine development, enterprise IEDM/XML data model development, and geospatial technologies. Broad exposure to enterprise software architectures and engineering has given Chad a level of expertise in technology planning and implementation that provides highly integrated, innovative, and holistic solutions.
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Eric Hillis (database design)


Eric joined Democracy Counts in April of 2016, during the fury being generated by the suspected fraud in the primaries involving Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.  He offered to help Democracy Counts to get something working for the California Primary, and ended up developing most of that first version of the software.  He worked with Melissa Schwartz to get something working for the 2016 election, and has been in a mostly consultant role since then.  He has 30+ years of experience in software development and looks forward to being a part of building a more just political system, currently focusing on our untrusted voting system.  Besides writing code, Eric enjoys traveling with his wife Rodica and visits her home country of Romania every year.  He also started jogging again after 15+ years off due to constant leg injuries.  The picture was taken after jogging at Torrey Pines, San Diego, near where he lives.
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Jacob Acosta (front-end developer)

Front-end developer with JavaScript and React experience, he is always excited to learn new things and influence change with technology. He graduated with degrees in comparative religion and philosophy from California State University Chico after deciding he wanted to figure out what it means to live a good life, a component of which is using his skills to help nonprofits amplify their platforms to affect greater change.
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Michael Nelson (accounting, financial planning)

Senior Finance & Accounting Executive with over 20 years’ experience at Fortune 500 corporations, privately-held companies and non-profit organizations. Directed the finance and accounting activities for several multi-million dollar acquisitions and a $100M joint-venture to form a B2B company. Extensive experience on global finance teams at high technology, telecommunications and software companies. MBA in International Finance from University of South Carolina, B.S. degrees in chemistry and biology from UC Irvine. Certified Public Accountant designation from Washington State (currently inactive).

Pulkit K. Agrawal (advisor, sage)


Pulkit graduated from Harvard College and then moved out to San Diego to work in the world of brewing beer!  He is currently the Founder and CEO of The 5th Ingredient, a company that helps breweries track their data from grain-to-glass.  Dan and Pulkit became friends through the Harvard Club of San Diego alumni association, and their similar interests in entrepreneurship, startups, and swimming.  Pulkit loves traveling and has been to 24 countries!
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