John Bonifaz is the Legal Director of Voter Action. Prior to joining Voter Action, John worked for more than a dozen years with the National Voting Rights Institute (NVRI), an organization he founded in 1994. NVRI served as a prominent legal and public education center dedicated to protecting the right of all citizens to vote and to participate in the electoral process on an equal and meaningful basis. From 1994-2004, John served as NVRI’s executive director and from 2004-2006, John served as NVRI’s general counsel. In January 2007, NVRI became formally affiliated with Demos, a New York-based public policy research and advocacy group, and John served as a Senior Legal Fellow at Demos in its Democracy Program until May 2007 when he joined Voter Action. From 1992-1993, John served as the staff attorney for the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Responsive Politics, a leading research authority on the influence of private money in federal elections. He is the co-author, with Jamin Raskin, of articles in the Yale Law & Policy Review and the Columbia Law Review, which set forth the constitutional basis for NVRI’s affirmative litigation work. John received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1992 and his B.A. from Brown University in 1987. In 1999, in recognition of his ground-breaking work with the National Voting Rights Institute, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awarded John with a prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.