The 2018 Advisory Board

 The 2018 CIR Advisory Board members unanimously selected Question 1, An Initiative Petition for a Law Relative to Patient Safety and Hospital Transparency, for citizen review during a meeting at the Massachusetts State House on July 17, 2018.

The 2018 CIR Advisory Board members unanimously selected Question 1, An Initiative Petition for a Law Relative to Patient Safety and Hospital Transparency, for citizen review during a meeting at the Massachusetts State House on July 17, 2018.


“I am hopeful that that the CIR process itself will showcase the role that deliberative democracy can play in our self-government and inspire more citizens to actively participate in our democratic system.”

-Meryl Kessler, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts


The 2018 Advisory Board

Rachael Cobb, Professor of Government, Suffolk University, MassVOTE Board Member

Michael Dukakis, Professor of Political Science, Northeastern University, former Governor of Massachusetts

Patrick Field, Managing Director, Consensus Building Institute

Archon Fung, Academic Dean, Harvard Kennedy School

State Representative Brad Hill, 4th Essex District, Assistant Minority Leader

Phil Johnston, President, Johnson Associates, former MA state legislator, former MA Secretary of Health and Human Services, former chair of the MA Democratic Party

Meryl Kessler, Executive Director, League of Women Voters of Massachusetts

Senator Patrick O’Connor, Plymouth and Norfolk District, Minority Whip

George Pillsbury, Senior Consultant, NonProfit Vote, MassVOTE Board Chair

Alan D. Solomont, Dean, Tisch College of Civic Life, former US Ambassador to Spain and Andorra