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2018 Steering Committee
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Shipra Verma, CPA, CA, President

Ms. Shipra Verma is the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Manitoba. Ms. Verma joined Elections Manitoba in 2004 and in 2009, she was appointed to the position of Deputy Chief Electoral Officer. In 2010, she took on the additional role of Acting Chief Electoral Officer and in July 2013, she was appointed Chief Electoral Officer. As an independent officer of the Legislative Assembly, the CEO conducts provincial general elections and by-elections under The Elections Act and The Election Financing Act. The CEO also provides compliance assistance to political entities and ensures public disclosure of their expenditures and contributions. Through the public education mandate of the office, the CEO also delivers public education and information programs to foster democratic participation.

Ms. Verma has electoral experience in all areas of electoral management including operations, campaign finance, education and communication and information technology. She has worked extensively on legislative amendments, including the rewrite of The Election Financing Act in plain language in 2013. She has also served as an international election observer for the presidential election in Ukraine in 2014.

A Certified Public Accountant with credentials in Canada, the United States and India, Ms. Verma has several years of experience in public accounting and professional services.

Term of office expires December 2019

Amy McKeever Toman, President-Elect

Amy McKeever Toman is the Deputy City Attorney for the City of Tallahassee.  She previously served as the Executive Director of the Florida Elections Commission, the statewide agency charged with enforcing Florida's campaign finance laws and ensuring transparency in Florida's elections. Amy began her law career as an Associate in the civil litigation departments of Williams & Montgomery, Ltd., and then Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, both in Chicago, Illinois.  She began her service to the State of Florida in 2004 and has worked for several government entities, including the Florida Senate and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, where she served as the Chief Ethics Officer and the Public Records Coordinator.

Amy earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston College and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law (Chicago). In July 2016, she completed the Certified Public Management (CPM) Program, administered by the Florida Center for Public Management in the Askew School of Public Administration at Florida State University. 

Term of office expires December 2020

Paul M. Nick, Treasurer and Immediate Past President

Paul M. Nick serves as the Executive Director of the Ohio Ethics Commission where he oversees the state-wide responsibilities of the Commission. Mr. Nick joined the Ethics Commission in 1995 as its Investigative Counsel, was promoted to Chief Investigative Attorney in 2000 and then appointed as the Executive Director since 2011. Before joining the Ethics Commission staff, Mr. Nick served with the Columbus City Attorney’s Office as an assistant city prosecutor and then assistant city attorney in the civil division. Mr. Nick received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his Juris Doctor from the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University.

Term of office expires December 2018

Steve Berlin

Steve Berlin was appointed as the Executive Director of the Board of Ethics and confirmed by the City Council in December 2008. Before that appointment, he served as the Board’s Acting Executive Director, from October 2006, and began his City career in September 1993 as the Board’s Deputy Director. In his years with the City, he has implemented several changes to the City’s ethics and campaign financing laws, including a recent major overhaul, under Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and has advised tens of thousands of City employees, officials, lobbyists and contractors on complying with the letter and spirit of the City’s ethics laws.

Steve appears regularly at conferences and panels as an expert on ethics in government, has authored several articles, was recently elected to a 3-year term as a member of the Steering Committee of COGEL (the Council on Government Ethics Laws, an international organization), and heads COGEL’s Publications Committee. In June 2012, he served as a State Department Legislative Fellow in the Republic of Georgia, advising officials there on establishing and maintaining government ethics institutions, and also served as an adviser to the Lt. Governor's committee to rewrite the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association's Government Lawyer Committee.

He received his J.D. in 1984 from Northwestern University's School of Law, and received his B.A. in history, cum laude, from Amherst College in 1980. In 1991, he earned an M.A. in Ethics from the University of Chicago’s Divinity School. He began his legal career with Altheimer & Gray in 1984 and then worked for Rudnick & Wolfe (now DLA Piper), both in Chicago. He also worked as Research Attorney for the American Judicature Society, and was a Fellow with the Park Ridge Center for Health, Faith and Ethics. From 1991-2013, he taught Business Ethics and the Arts as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia College Chicago.

Steve is both a Cubs and White Sox fan, living proof that this is indeed possible.

Term of office expires December 2021

Matthew Bobys

Matthew Bobys is Counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Washington, D.C. He advises business clients across numerous industries on matters relating to government affairs at the federal, state, and local levels, with particular emphasis on laws relating to campaign finance, pay-to-play, lobbying, government ethics, gifts and entertainment, and conflicts of interest. He repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He received a B.A. in Religion and Sociology from Grinnell College, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Term of office expires December 2020

Anton Boegman

Anton Boegman is the Chief Electoral Officer of Elections British Columbia. He has been with Elections BC since March, 2004. His responsibilities include corporate planning, risk management and performance measurement, as well as overall electoral event planning, readiness and delivery. Prior to joining Elections BC, Anton worked privately as a consultant, and for a variety of organizations including the Department of National Defence and Royal Roads University. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada, has an MBA, and is a certified project management professional (PMP).

Term of office expires December 2020

Jared DeMarinis

Jared DeMarinis is the Director of Candidacy and Campaign Finance for the Maryland State Board of Elections, where he is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of State candidacy and campaign finance laws. In 2013, he helped draft House Bill 1499, the Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2013, which completely overhauled pay-to-play and campaign finance laws in Maryland. The bill closed the controversial contribution "LLC loophole” and slate transfers, increased civil penalties and provided greater disclosure of political activity of 501(c) and 527 organizations.

In addition, Mr. DeMarinis is a leader in field regarding the use of new technologies in campaigns. He was one of the first in the nation to draft and pass regulations regarding the use of social media, Internet advertisements by campaign accounts, and political contributions by text message.

Additionally, he has served as an international election monitor for the parliamentary elections in Armenia (2007) and the presidential election in Azerbaijan (2013).

Mr. DeMarinis is a graduate of Villanova University and Rutgers University - School of Law - Newark.

Term of office expires December 2018

David Goodis

David Goodis is Assistant Commissioner with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, which oversees the province’s freedom of information and privacy legislation. David is a graduate of Western University’s law school, and has represented the office in hearings before all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada. He previously held the positions of Director of Legal Services and Senior Adjudicator with the IPC. David has been a long-standing contributor to COGEL’s FOI program area, and is on the faculty of two law schools in Ontario. David is also the author of an annual compilation of FOI cases under Ontario’s freedom of information law.

Term of office expires December 2021

Kristin E. Izumi-Nitao

Kristin E. Izumi-Nitao was selected as the sixth Executive Director for the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission which was established in 1973 to ensure the integrity and transparency of the campaign finance process. In November 2013, the Commission received the State of Hawaii Office of Information Management and Technology, "Transparency and Accountability: Open Government” award as a result of implementing real-time data visualization charts created from the contribution and expenditure reports filed by candidate and noncandidate committees.

She was formerly with the Department of the Attorney General serving as the administrator for the Internet and Technology Crimes Unit in Hawaii and the territory of Guam. During her tenure, her unit received the Judge C. Nils Tavares Award in 2007, Team of the Year at the Department of the Attorney General in 2008 and 2009, and was recognized by the Hawaii Joint Police Association, Salute to Women in Security and Law Enforcement, in May 2006. Prior to supervising this unit, she served as the legal advisor to the Board of Trustees of the Hawaii Employees’ Retirement System, was a deputy prosecutor, and served as a law clerk for the Chief Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court and for a circuit court judge.

She received a B.A. in Political Science and Art History from Wellesley College, and her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law.

Term of office expires December 2018

Ashley Kemp

Ashley Kemp is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Ethics Commission having previously served as its Deputy Director. The Commission enacts Ethics Laws for the State of Oklahoma and enforces those laws. During her time at the Commission, the Commission rewrote and replaced the Ethics Laws for the State of Oklahoma, implemented a new online reporting system, a robust continuing education program, and initiated an intermediate level of enforcement of its Rules using Compliance Orders and an administrative hearing process. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law, Ashley previously served as General Counsel to the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Deputy General Counsel to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, and Assistant General Counsel to the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

Term of office expires December 2021

Darrin Lim

Darrin Lim is a Co-Founder and Partner of Politicom Law LLP in California. Mr. Lim specializes in political law compliance, including campaign finance, lobbying and governmental ethics laws. Mr. Lim advises large companies and executives throughout the U.S. to address their political and governmental interactions. Prior to his service on the Steering Committee, Mr. Lim Co-Chaired COGEL’s Program Committee for several years. He has regularly presented at the organization’s annual conference and has co-edited the COGEL Blue Book: Campaign Finance Update for over 10 years.
He is a graduate of the University of Southern California and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. 

Term of office expires December 2019

Lee Ann Pelham

LeeAnn Pelham began serving as Executive Director of the San Francisco Ethics Commission in January 2016. She leads of staff of 22 in administering and enforcing campaign finance, ethics, and lobbying laws for the City and County of San Francisco, and administers a $7 million voter-approved partial public financing program for qualified City candidates.

Previously, she served on the staff of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, including as its Executive Director from 2001 to 2011 where she led the design and implementation of local political reform that garnered national recognition from the American Society for Public Administration for delivering “outstanding contributions to responsible conduct in public service.” From 2013 to 2015, LeeAnn was Director of Ethics and Corporate Governance for the Santa Clara Valley Water District, where she provided executive direction for that agency’s efforts to advance ethical behavior, accountability, inclusive leadership, and organizational performance.

Prior to her work in local government, LeeAnn conducted performance audits for the non-partisan California Auditor General’s Office to improve the effectiveness of governmental entities and operations. She also was a Senior Political Organizer on the national staff of Common Cause in Washington, D.C. She served as a Member of the Government Ethics Advisory Committee at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, was a member of the California Fair Political Practices Commission 2010 Chair’s Political Reform Act Advisory Task Force, and served as Program Chair for the 2009 and 2010 COGEL Annual Conferences. LeeAnn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan.

Term of office expires December 2019

Executive Director:

Christina Bauders