John Dobard is Manager of Political Voice at Advancement Project California. He leads efforts to eliminate racial and economic disparities in political participation and government responsiveness through policy advocacy, actionable research, and facilitating data-based collaborative action among community organizers, government officials, and researchers. Previously, John served as Advancement Project California’s Manager of Strategic Initiatives. In that capacity, he co-created the Political Voice program and worked with coalitions across the state to use the California Voting Rights Act to secure equitable electoral systems. He also oversaw several key organization-wide initiatives, including an initiative to urge the Los Angeles Unified School District to adopt a student need index to guide allocation of Local Control Funding Formula dollars. Prior to joining Advancement Project, John volunteered as a Research Fellow at the California Community Foundation, where he provided research on community indicators projects around the country; and prior to that he was a Lecturer at the University of Chicago, where he taught courses in the Department of Political Science and Social Sciences Collegiate Division. Originally from the San Bernardino area, John attended Riverside City College and received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He also earned a master’s degree and doctorate in political science from the University of Chicago.