A small group of
young Catholics came together in the Spring of 2004 to promote the
U.S. Bishops statement on Faithful Citizenship. These dedicated
people of faith were concerned that public debate surrounding the
Catholic vote in the 2004 Presidential Election was beginning to
focus on only a narrow range of issues, and wanted to develop an
online resource to highlight the richness of Church teaching on
matters of political importance.
Born of this vision,
the Catholic Voting Project is a growing association of concerned
professionals from across the country. We are entirely a volunteer
effort, and every aspect of our workfrom research to writing
to media relations to web designis performed in-house on a
very limited budget. The Catholic Voting Project is based in Washington
and New York.
Jessie Barba received her Bachelor's Degree in Women's
Studies from New York University and has worked in public
relations ever since. She is now a communications manager
at a cancer organization, as well as an integral part of the
Catholic Voting Project's public relations team. Jessie is
an active member of Holy Name Roman Catholic Church on the
upper west side of Manhattan, where she leads the young adult
ministry and sings in the choir. She is also a hospice volunteer.
Jennifer Hojaiban is a Catholic activist who lives
in the Washington DC area. She has an Art History degree from
Fordham University, where she participated in numerous service
projects through her Campus Ministry office. She has also
worked as a Lobby Associate at NETWORK, a National Catholic
Social Justice Lobby. Jennifer is an online editor with the
Catholic Voting Project.
Chris Korzen is the Catholic Voting Project's webmaster
and spokesperson. Currently finishing a Master of Theological
Studies degree at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge,
MA, Chris is also producing a radio series on the Catholic
priesthood. He has worked as a systems consultant and in a
volunteer capacity organizing young Catholics around social
justice issues. Chris is a graduate of the College of the
Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and the Salt Institute for Documentary
Studies in Portland, ME. He lives in Cambridge.
Jesse Perillo has his Masters in Theological Studies
from Weston Jesuit School of Theology. He has been active
in many projects that seek to educate people in Catholic social
teaching, and has also worked as care provider for developmental
disabiled children. Jesse is a researcher and editor for the
Catholic Voting Project
Bridget Purdue worked on anti-hunger initiatives in
Los Angeles, CA and voter education projects in Washington,
DC. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University
of Notre Dame and recently relocated to Columbus, OH to attend
law school at the Ohio State University. Bridget is a contributing
researcher for the Catholic Voting Project.
Mark Torma has made a career out of working for national
Catholic organizations, having served on staff at NETWORK,
the Center of Concern, and the Pallotti Center. He has also
served as a volunteer with the Holy Cross Associates. Mark
handles Internet relations for the Catholic Voting Project.
He lives in Washington, DC.
Jeanine Valles is a contributing researcher for the
Catholic Voter Guide. She received degrees in Political Science
and Theology from the University of Notre Dame, and since
graduation has worked on local and national anti-poverty initiatives
in Miami and Washington, DC. She is currently a first year
law student at the University of Notre Dame.
Joe Wright compiled much of the research found in
the Catholic Voter Guide. He is a Ph.D. student in Political
Science at UCLA, studying Comparative Politics and Political
Methodology, specializing in comparative political economy
of developing countries. Joe has worked as a campus minister
at the Catholic Student Center at Washington University in
St. Louis and taught economics and geography at DeSmet Jesuit
High Schoool in St. Louis. He has also worked as a teaching
and research assistant in the Political Science Department
at UCLA and has conducted research on the domestic labor market,
health insurance coverage, and child-care assistance with
the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington,
D.C. Joe is a member of the Latin American Studies Association,
and the American Political Science Association.