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From their web site: "In order for Americans to enjoy the governance they deserve, Americans Elect will organize an Internet-based convention that nominates a presidential ticket for 2012. Every registered voter in America will be eligible to be a delegate. Americans Elect will collect and measure public and delegate views on core national issues and nominate a balanced presidential ticket that will bridge the vital center of American public opinion. The Americans Elect nominees will run on the ballot in all 50 states and will be a competitive alternative to candidates put forth by the Democratic and Republican parties."[1]

This group appears to have formerly gone by the name Unity08. [2]

A collection of critical commentary on this group can be found here.


Accessed November 2011: [3]

  • Peter Ackerman - Chairman
  • Kahlil Byrd - Director; Chief Executive Officer, Americans Elect; former Communications Director, Deval Patrick campaign for governor of Massachusetts
  • Irvine O. Hockaday, Jr. - Director; Retired President and Chief Executive Officer, Hallmark Cards
  • Dennis Blair - Director; Former Director of National Intelligence
  • Eliot R. Cutler - Director; Chair, OneMaine
  • Joshua S. Levine - Director; Chief Technology Officer, Americans Elect; former Chief Technology and Operations Officer of E*TRADE
  • Stephen W. Bosworth - Director; Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
  • Wendy Drake - Secretary; Chief Leadership Officer, Americans Elect; President, The Webster Group
  • Christine Todd Whitman - Director; Former Governor, New Jersey


Accessed November 2011: [4]

  • Elliot L. Ackerman - Chief Operations Officer, Americans Elect; former Marine Corps Officer and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Peter Ackerman -Chairman, Americans Elect
  • Jackie Adams - Chief External Relations Officer and Executive Editor of; former Emmy Award®-winning correspondent for CBS News
  • David Albertson - President, Albertson International, Inc.
  • Judy Albertson - President, Judy Albertson Art Consultants, LLC
  • Melvin T. Andrews - President and Co-Founder of Lakeside Capital Partners
  • Kellen Arno - National Field Director, Americans Elect
  • Michael Arno - Ballot Access Advisor, Americans Elect; President, Arno Political Consultants
  • F. Christopher Arterton - Director of the Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet, George Washington University
  • Daren Bascome - Managing Director, Proverb Ltd.
  • Dennis Blair - Former Director of National Intelligence
  • Gerald W. Blakeley, Jr. - President, Blakeley Investment Company
  • Stephen W. Bosworth - Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University
  • Arturo Brillembourg - President, Farmington Asset Management
  • Hilda Ochoa Brillembourg - President and CEO, Strategic Investment Group
  • John H. Burbank III - Managing Member and Chief Investment Officer, Passport Capital, LLC
  • Kahlil Byrd - Chief Executive Officer, Americans Elect; former Communications Director, Deval Patrick campaign for governor of Massachusetts
  • Denis A. Cortese - Foundation Professor, Arizona State University and Director of the ASU Healthcare Delivery and Policy Program; Emeritus President and CEO, Mayo Clinic
  • Roger Craver - Founder, Craver, Matthews, Smith and Company
  • Eliot R. Cutler - Chairman, OneMaine
  • W. Bowman Cutter - Senior Fellow and Director Economic Policy Initiative, Roosevelt Institute
  • Charles H. Dallara - Managing Director, Institute of International Finance
  • Larry Diamond - Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution and Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford University
  • Wendy Drake - Chief Leadership Officer, Americans Elect; President, The Webster Group
  • Jessica Einhorn - Dean of SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
  • Mark Erwin - United States Ambassador, Retired
  • Brian M. Findlay - Policy Director, Americans Elect
  • Lynn Forester de Rothschild - CEO, E.L. Rothschild
  • Les Francis - Principal/Senior Advisor, Washington Media Group; former Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
  • Carla Hills - Chairman & CEO, Hills & Company; former U.S. Trade Representative
  • Roderick M. Hills - Partner, Hills, Stern & Morley, LLP; former Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Irvine O. Hockaday Jr. - Retired President and Chief Executive Officer, Hallmark Cards
  • Jim Jonas - Founding Partner, Category One Partners
  • Dale E. Jones - Vice Chairman, Heidrick & Struggles
  • David King - Lecturer in public policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government
  • Gary Krisel - Former President, Walt Disney Animation
  • W. David Lawson - Managing Director, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
  • Joshua S. Levine - Chief Technology Officer, Americans Elect; former Chief Technology and Operations Officer of E*TRADE
  • Aaron Lobel - Founder and President, America Abroad Media
  • Lee Lowenstein - Managing Director, Lionstone Capital Management
  • Bertil Lundqvist - General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Starr Companies
  • Sarah Malm - Chief Communications Officer, Americans Elect; former Managing Director, Public Strategies, Inc.
  • Will Marshall - President, Progressive Policy Institute
  • Dale P. Mathias
  • Rafael Mayer - Managing Partner, Khronos, LLC
  • Cara Brown McCormick - President and CEO, Smart Campaigns, Inc.
  • Mark McKinnon - President, Maverick Media; former Advisor to President George W. Bush and Senator John McCain
  • Morton H. Meyerson - Chair, 2M Companies
  • Michael R. Nelson - Visiting Professor, Communications, Culture and Technology, Georgetown University
  • Mark Palmer - President, Capital Development Company, LLC
  • Jordan H. Rednor - Partner, Protagonist, LLC
  • Peter Alan Rinfret - Chief Executive Officer, Iris Wireless
  • Nancy E. Roman
  • Kirk T. Rostron - Managing Partner, The Mount Vernon Group
  • Richard Salomon - Managing Director, East End Advisors
  • [[*Tom Sansonetti - Partner, Holland & Hart; former General Counsel, Republican National Committee
  • Douglas Schoen - Douglas E Schoen LLC; Author and Commentator
  • Tom Serres - CEO, Piryx, Inc.
  • Darry Sragow - Strategic Advisor, Americans Elect, Managing Partner, Los Angeles Office of SNR Denton US, LLP
  • Henry A. Sweetbaum - Chairman, ICSR
  • Nick Troiano - National Campus Director, Americans Elect; Student, Georgetown University
  • George Vradenburg - President, Vradenburg Foundation
  • Ileana Wachtel - Press Secretary Americans Elect; Campaign Research and Press Strategist
  • Lynda C. Webster - Chairman and CEO, The Webster Group
  • William H. Webster - Former director, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency; Chairman, Homeland Security Advisory Council; Retired Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy




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Critical Articles


  1. Home, Americans Elect 2012, accessed January 10, 2011.
  2. Americans Elect Provides 1st Public Statement of its Presidential Goals, Raising Questions, irregulartimes, accessed January 10, 2011.
  3. Who, Americans Elect 2012, accessed November 23, 2011.
  4. Who, Americans Elect 2012, accessed November 23, 2011.
  5. 2012: How Sarah Barracuda Becomes President,, accessed January 10, 2011.