Civic Influencers™ Press Briefing, Featuring: Maxim Thorne, CEO, Tableau Foundation, and other technology industry leaders

Civic Influencers™ is hosting a Town Hall on October 21st at 12:00 pm EST to announce its laser focused data driven approach to increase and protect youth civic power and voting power, especially for Black, Indigenous and Youth of Color.  

Civic Influencers has partnered with Tableau Foundation to build a more data driven strategy. Together we will strengthen the whole youth voting community, center racial equity and justice in the advance of next month’s state elections in Virginia and New Jersey, and the 2022 midterm elections, building momentum to future state and presidential elections. Our increased investment allows Civic Influencers’s data analytics and laser focus to empower young people both on and off campus, bringing special attention to the Organizing, Advocacy and Learning needs of young people, particularly Black, Indigenous and Youth of Color (BIYoC) populations, Civic Influencers is also mobilizing a diverse group of funded 600+ youth Civic Influencers across the country.  

WHAT: Press Briefing, Featuring: Maxim Thorne, CEO, Tableau Foundation, and members of the Civic Influencers Board

WHEN: Thursday, October 21st  at 12:00 pm EST

WHERE: Virtual via Zoom line. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IHnZ3uX_QI2cYaD_9uV23A


  • Liz Ricci, Chair of Civic Influencers Board of Directors
  • Maxim Thorne, CEO of Civic Influencers
  • Neal Myrick, Global Head of the Tableau Foundation
  • Channing Nesbitt, Co-lead on Tableau’s Racial Justice Data Initiative
  • Members of Civic Influencers Board
  • Ariana Khan, Senior at Eastern Michigan University studying public administration, mathematics, and statistics, one of our Civic Influencers since January 2020


Sharon Bloyd Peshkin, Professor of Journalism in the Communication Department at Columbia College Chicago and creator of Columbia Votes

Maxim Thorne will be available for comments and interviews in advance of the town hall.

WHY: Right now, lawmakers are taking steps to limit the access and opportunity for young people to exercise their voting rights. Currently, over 425 voting bills have been introduced in 49 states, 33 of which have already been signed into law. These laws often target  BIYoC populations through  gerrymandering predominantly Black colleges, banning polling sites,prohibiting voter registration on campuses and rejecting student IDs as voter IDs. The intent is to discourage BIYoC voters because of the role young people played  in important elections in 2020 and in January 2021. How young people, particularly young people of color overcome these barriers will have a massive impact on the state elections this November and the 2022 midterm elections. 

Civic Influencers provides a solution. The organization/ network is working with campus leaders on  data-driven campaigns to help young people hold onto their civic power and fully exercise their constitutionally protected right to vote. 


Civic Influencers, a national nonpartisan nonprofit operating locally across the country, on and off campus, in local communities and states, that empowers young people to build their civic power and increase voting rates amongst their peers. They frame their work through an Organizing, Advocacy and Learning model that equips young people with the skills to dismantle barriers to voting while developing their identities as voters and participants in our democracy.