Alicia Kolar Prevost is Director of the Voter Study Group, an initiative of Democracy Fund. The Voter Study Group is a collaboration of public opinion experts, analysts and scholars from across the political spectrum whose goal is to help policy makers and thought leaders better understand the evolving views of American voters.
Alicia has devoted her career to the study and practice of campaigns and elections. Before joining Democracy Fund, Alicia was the founding executive director of We Vote, a volunteer-driven civic tech startup that is creating a personalized digital voter guide to help voters make decisions based on the policy issues they care about most. Alicia was also the founding executive director of Defend Our Future, an initiative of Environmental Defense Fund and a groundbreaking campaign to organize young voters around climate change. Defend Our Future was honored as a “Political Game Changer” by the Pluribus Project, an initiative of the Aspen Institute, for its pioneering work using vote pledges to increase turnout among first time voters. Alicia has also worked at the Democratic National Committee — where she helped the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee write the rule that governs online voting — the 2004 Democratic National Convention Committee in Boston, the Michigan Democratic Party, and the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.
Her first and favorite campaign job was working as staff assistant and driver for the longest serving member of Congress, John D. Dingell. Alicia has also been an adjunct professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs and an instructor and lecturer at the Campaign Management Institute. She is the author of “The Ground Game: Field Organizing in Political Campaigns” in the fifth edition of Campaigns and Elections, American Style, and is co-author of “Walking the walk? Experiments on the effect of pledging to vote on youth turnout,” an analysis of the randomized controlled experiment that she led in the 2016 elections.
Alicia serves on the Advisory Board of the All In Campus Democracy Challenge, an initiative to increase voter turnout among college students.