Ebony West is a Program Associate at Democracy Fund, an independent foundation working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. In her role, she supports two of the Election Program’s strategies: Pro Voter Reform, which seeks to create a more equitable election system and supports communities defending their voting rights, and Voter-Centric Election Adminstration, which focuses on equipping local election officials with the data, tools, and connections needed to ensure voters’ voices are heard.
Prior to joining Democracy Fund, Ebony was a Program Associate at Triangle Community Foundation in Durham, NC. While there, she worked to establish and strengthen relationships with nonprofit organizations in the region. In addition, she managed the Community Development program and the Sudden and Urgent Needs Fund. She also oversaw community and nonprofit research for the Foundation and developed opportunities for community learning and convening. Finally, she brings previous experience in civic engagement, grassroots organizing, coalitions, and campaigns working on issues including equitable elections, access to higher education, LGBTQ+ rights, economic and reproductive justice.
Ebony graduated from East Carolina University with a BA in political science and a BS in communications. She also holds a Masters of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.