Who we are
The Foundation for Independent Voter Education (FIVE) is a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to restoring the importance of open dialogue in our democracy.
FIVE strives to:
- strengthen independent-minded citizen engagement in politics,
- educate key stakeholders within our political system to the importance of constructive compromise, and
- to do so in a way that is unfiltered by the partisanship that often drives larger public dialogue.
What we do
FIVE is committed to the belief that democracy functions best when the most people participate. Unfortunately, today’s political climate discourages such a participatory democracy and alienates independent-minded voters, who feel out of touch with the extreme partisanship of today’s politics. The news currently being presented by traditional media outlets only furthers to alienate independent-minded voters by presenting only right-wing and/or left-wing perspectives to truly complex, multifaceted political issues.
FIVE created the Independent Voter Network (IVN) to be a new kind of news network. IVN provides unfiltered political news and policy analysis across the political spectrum. IVN has a unique, multi-site platform that allows independent contributors from all sectors of industry and all walks of life to publish their own stories, which then reach a large, national and international audience. IVN also provides a forum for users to engage in political dialogue and rational commentary, in hopes of elevating the level of our public discourse.
Noel Egnatios is a San Diego, California-based attorney focusing on intellectual property matters and business litigation. She worked at Cooley LLP in San Diego for five years, and worked and traveled abroad in the Middle East region during 2011-2012. She is currently serving as legal counsel for several online jewelry retailers and is a board member of the Independent Voter Project. She was awarded the Wiley W. Manuel Award for pro bono legal services by the California State Bar in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Steve is a San Diego, California based political and community leader, and co-creator of the ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES film series. From 1982 through 2003, Peace served in the California State Capitol, as a Member of the State Assembly, a State Senator and as the Director of the California Department of Finance. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of a number of non-profit organizations including the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Open Oceans Global, and the Independent Voter Project. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Authentify, Inc., a privately held company specializing in secure Internet-based financial transactions.
Regina is a San Diego, California based attorney with over 23 years of professional experience as a political, government, and non-profit leader. She is currently the Senior Vice President, Business Development with Information Management Resources, Incorporated (IMRI), an information technology and engineering company headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California. Regina previously served as Chief of Staff to the Honorable Jerome E. Horton, Chairman of the California State Board of Equalization, and Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She recently received the Distinguished Government Service Award from the California Legislative Black Caucus.
Floyd is currently the President and CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) in Washington, D.C. He retired as National Executive Director/CEO of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) in June of 2012. He is a past mayor of the City of Pleasanton, California, and a past California State Assemblyman. He has done extensive work in venture capital work and with international business, primarily with Japanese companies. He taught Economics at Chabot College in Hayward, California, for ten years.
Stephen is a California resident and lifelong activist in the areas of child protection and crime prevention. He is currently the director of Governmental Affairs for the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA). Prior to this, he worked within the California Youth Authority for 26 years as a youth correctional officer. He also served as a jet mechanic and plane captain in United States Marine Corp. Stephen currently serves as vice chair for Protect, a national non-profit dedicated to protect children from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, is the President and founding member of Minorities In Law Enforcement 4 Kids (Mile4kids), is a board member of Child Abuse Prevention Center (CAPC) and is a founding member of the Governor’s Cup Foundation.
An East Coast native, Dan Howle is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he majored in history and political science.
Mr. Howle’s professional career began in 1974 when he accepted a position with Assemblyman Lou Papan in the California State Assembly. In 1976, Dan joined the staff of the Speaker’s Office of Majority Consultants in the State Assembly. As a Senior Consultant, Dan provided training and development for newly elected legislators and staff. From 1979 to 1981 Mr. Howle held the position of Chief Consultant to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.
Dan left state government service and moved to the private sector in 1981 when he became Manager of State Government Relations for the AMFAC Corporation. His responsibilities included government relations in five western states.
Dan returned to public affairs in 1991 as Executive Director of the Urban County Caucus. He left that position in 1994 to become Vice President for the Tobacco Institute where he remained until late 1999. His transition back to public service was completed when he became Chief of Staff to California State Senator Steve Peace.
Dan recently retired after 16 years as Director of State Government Relations for a major pharmaceutical manufacturer, Eli Lilly and Company. He has accepted the position of Executive Director and Chairman of the Board of the Independent Voter Project. In addition, Mr. Howle serves on the Boards of the California Governor’s Cup Foundation, the Foundation for Independent Voter Education, and the National Association of Non-partisan Reformers.
FIVE is a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to promoting independent voter education and restoring the importance of open dialogue in our democracy.
FIVE operates as a result of the generosity of its donors. If you would like to contribute, please consider making a tax-deductible donation today.
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