Dr. Aaron Belkin, Professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University, is the 1/20/21 Project's Director. Belkin has advocated on behalf of LGBT service members for 20 years, and Harvard Law Professor Janet Halley said of Belkin that, "Probably no single person deserves more credit for the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’" Belkin crafted a novel strategic model for using social science research to inform public opinion, a model that he discusses in his 2011 e-book, How We Won, which Arianna Huffington describes as a "best practices guide for civil rights fights going forward." He has written and edited more than twenty five scholarly articles, chapters and books.
Sean McElwee, co-founder of Data for Progress, is the 1/20/21 Project's Director of Digital Media and Polling. He has spent half a decade bringing cutting edge data analysis to progressive advocacy and his work has been cited by politicians at the national, state and local level. His writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Nation, Vox and The Washington Post.
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