Speaker Series “The US Election System. How it Works and Why it Matters"

10/24/2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Nancy E. Tate, immediate past Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of the U.S., will be speaking at the University of Charleston as part of its continuing Speaker Series. Her topic will be “the US Election System. How it Works and Why it Matters.” The event will take place Tuesday, October 24, at 6:00 p.m. in the Erma Byrd Gallery.

Tate is the co-chair of the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative, a national collaborative effort to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, recognizing the right of women to vote.

Before taking over leadership of the League in 1994, Tate was the Chief Operating Officer at the National Academy of Public Administration, an independent, nonprofit organization working to improve the effectiveness of government at all levels. She has also served as a senior administrator in a management consulting firm and worked at the federal Department of Energy, Department of Education, and Office of Economic Opportunity. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Public Administration.  Tate also serves on the Advisory Committee of  George Washington University’s School of Public Policy and Public Administration and as a citizen representative on the Audit Commission of Arlington County, VA.  She has a BA in political science from Stanford University and a Master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University.

“I came to the League when the issues central to the organization’s mission were thrust onto the national stage following the 2000 election. In the years since, we have mobilized our resources at the national, state and local levels to fight against voter suppression, excessive money in politics, partisan gerrymandering and other challenges and can claim some important successes”, Tate stated. “The challenges continue. But I leave the organization knowing it will continue towards its goal of Making Democracy Work ®, by keeping the power of our democracy in the hands of the people, and working to ensure our elections are fair, free and accessible.”