About Us

More Voice DC is dedicated to expanding the voice of Washingtonians in the political process and making sure that DC residents are educated about how to most effectively use their voice.

Team

Sean Dugar

Sean Dugar

Executive Director

Sean Dugar is a political and non-profit consultant with two decades of experience. Sean has worked with a number of nonprofit “Good Government” and social justice organizations organizing around issues such as police accountability, expanded access to the ballot box, and voting systems like Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). 

To date, Sean has worked on or managed over a dozen candidate and issue campaigns, including coordinating Democratic Party and African American outreach for California State Treasurer John Chiang, organizing faith conversations in support of marriage equality, rallying Bay Area communities in opposition to the death penalty and in favor of criminal justice reform, as well a campaign that registered over 10,000 new voters in Alameda County in 2004.

Contact: ed@morevoicedc.org

Organizers

Lon Walls

Lon Walls

Community Engagement Advisor

Lon Walls, Community Engagement Advisor for More Voice DC, is president of Walls & Associates, Inc., a public relations, public affairs and community outreach firm established in 1993.

Lon’s client list has included American the Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AT&T, Bank of America, Denny’s Restaurants, DuPont, Freddie Mac, NAACP, National Urban League, Black Women’s Roundtable, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, District of Columbia’s Office of the People’s Counsel (OPC), Pfizer, Shell Oil, United Medical Center and U.S. Army.

Lon has served as the Communications Director for the District of Columbia’s Fire & Emergency Medical Services. In addition, he was detailed to the Communications Office for District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray to provide the Mayor’s Office with strategic counsel and crisis communications support.

In 1990, Lon received a White House appointment to serve as the Director of Media Relations & Special Projects for the Secretary of Transportation.

Before his Presidential appointment, Lon spent more than 10 years in the field of health care public affairs and public relations, working for the Children’s National Medical Center, Inova Fairfax Hospital and Greater Southeast Community Hospital. He began his health care career with the American Red Cross, serving as a media relations specialist for the organization’s National Headquarters.

Lon is a past president of the Capital Press Club, the nation’s oldest African-American press organization, and a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. He received a Bachelor of Arts in history and English and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, both from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He is also a lifetime member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Abiola Agoro

Abiola Agoro

Lead Organizer

Abiola Agoro is a multidisciplinary strategist and visual artist with a background in community organizing, political strategy, civil rights advocacy, artistic execution, and fashion design. Abiola’s work has been commemorated by organizations such as the NAACP and Nike with Abiola being named a 2018 NAACP Organizer of the year and a 2021 top 10 Harlem’s Fashion Row x Nike Summit Designer.

Additionally, Abiola offers free classes and programming through her nonprofit, Disturbing Inequity, in collaboration with multiple activists and organizations. The group seeks to eradicate systemic and social inequities that affect marginalized people through disturbing and deconstructing institutional boundaries.

Kenyatta Smith

Kenyatta Smith

Organizer, Ward 7

Kenyatta Smith is a native Washingtonian & Ward 7, resident. She has extensive experience in Community Organizing, Grass-Roots Mobilization, Project Management, and Education. Kenyatta has led Art, Fashion, and Special Event Projects for multiple organizations. She is committed to education and upliftment through political activism, civic engagement, and art. One of her many missions in life is to uplift the hard-to-reach communities through art education & pure love.

Lobbying

Claude E. Bailey

Claude E. Bailey

Claude Bailey represents private sector clients whose business interests require frequent interaction with District of Columbia government agencies. Claude’s work involves high-profile real estate development projects, zoning and land use, and local legislative and regulatory matters, among others. He draws from his rich experience as an attorney with the DC government to counsel major companies and nonprofit organizations on local legislative and regulatory issues. He is familiar with all members of the Council of the District of Columbia, along with many senior officials in the executive branch and DC’s independent agencies.


Contact: cebailey@Venable.com

Profile: https://www.venable.com/professionals/b/claude-e-bailey

Communications

Octane Public Relations

Board

Jaqueline Castañeda

Jaqueline Castañeda

DC Latino Caucus

Jaqueline Castañeda is an experienced researcher and advocate. Jaqueline is on the board of the DC Latino Caucus, holds the Deputy Communications Director position, and is the liaison for Rank the Vote DC. As a proud D.C. native, Jaqueline involves herself in activities that will empower and support the city and all D.C. residents.

Sean Dugar

Sean Dugar

More Voice DC, Chair

Sean Dugar is a political and non-profit consultant with two decades of experience. Sean has worked with a number of nonprofit “Good Government” and social justice organizations organizing around issues such as police accountability, expanded access to the ballot box, and voting systems like Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). 

To date, Sean has worked on or managed over a dozen candidate and issue campaigns, including coordinating Democratic Party and African American outreach for California State Treasurer John Chiang, organizing faith conversations in support of marriage equality, rallying Bay Area communities in opposition to the death penalty and in favor of criminal justice reform, as well a campaign that registered over 10,000 new voters in Alameda County in 2004.

Contact: ed@morevoicedc.org

 

Bri McGowan
Sam Bonar

Brianna McGowan & Sam Bonar

Rank the Vote DC, Secretary

Bri McGowan and Sam Bonar are Co-Directors of Rank the Vote DC: a local, grassroots, multi-racial coalition actively advocating, educating, and organizing to pass Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) in DC. We have over 30 advocates from all 8 Wards of the city and 15 local organizations in our coalition. We’re crafting a city-wide education and community outreach campaign centered around equity, accessibility, and civic mutual aid.

Bri and Sam helped start Rank the Vote DC as a project of their collective called Delicious Democracy: DC’s Creative Advocacy Lab. They intersect culture, politics, & technology to build community power. They do grassroots advocacy, civic mutual aid, mushroom gardening, and transformative educate about the culture of power. They do this by infusing strategic political advocacy with relationships, play, food, creativity, arts, games, and humor. Delicious Democracy is building a community to boldly envision a future that defies the status quo.

Delvone Michaels

Delvone Michaels

Working Families Party

Delvone Michaels is a Senior Strategist with Working Families, where he leads the national organization’s work on criminal justice reform and money in politics advocacy. 

As the founding director of DC Working Families, he led a broad coalition of labor unions, community organizations, and activists to victories that raised the district’s minimum wage to $15 an hour and established the first public financing system in our nation’s capital.  

Delvone received his B.A from Norfolk State University, his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law, and in 2012 he earned a dual Master’s in Campaign Management and PACs and Congress at the George Washington University.

Khalid Pitts

Khalid Pitts

FairVote

Khalid Pitts is a seasoned political and public relations strategist with over two decades of experience directing national political and legislative campaigns, non-profit executive management, and leading national advocacy programs. Pitts’ background includes senior level positions at the Sierra Club (national political director); the Service Employees International Union (director of strategic campaigns), USAction (president and board chair) and the consulting firm Democracy Partners (principal).

 

Pitts is a co-author of several journal articles, commentary pieces and a book. He has built two highly successful small businesses in the District and has consulted with several business trade associations and advocacy groups.