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 work—from research to writing to media relations to web design—is performed in-house on a very limited budget. The Catholic Voting Project is based in Washington and New York.

Volunteer Staff

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.

E-mail: jessie@votingcatholic.org

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.

E-mail: jennifer@votingcatholic.org

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.

E-mail: chris@votingcatholic.org

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

E-mail: jesse@votingcatholic.org

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.

E-mail: bridget@votingcatholic.org

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.

E-mail: mark@votingcatholic.org

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.

E-mail: jeanine@votingcatholic.org

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.

E-mail: joe@votingcatholic.org


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