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What is Ranked-Choice Voting, and Why Should New Yorkers Understand it?

Susan Lerner is one of the city’s leading experts on ranked-choice voting. As Executive Director of the nonprofit Common Cause, she was instrumental in the campaign, during the New York City ballot initiative, to bring ranked-choice voting to New York City primaries and special elections. That measure, as part of a slate of Charter Commission recommendations, passed last November and goes into effect in 2021. While an overwhelming majority of New Yorkers voted in favor of the change, there is still a lot of confusion about what it is, how it will work, and who stands to benefit.


Susan Lerner is the Executive Director of Common Cause New York. Susan joined Common Cause in December, 2007. She is responsible for setting priorities, strategy, lobbying, serving as a spokesperson, fund-raising and leading the team for the New York organization. Before joining Common Cause, Susan served from 2003-07 as executive director of the California Clean Money Campaign. As a member of the New York and California bars, she was a litigator for almost 20 years. Susan has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Chicago and a law degree from the New York University School of Law.




Cheryl Cohen Effron

Cheryl Cohen Effron spent most of her career as a New York-based real estate developer. Ms. Effron left full-time real estate work to dedicate her time to tri-sector (government, non-profit and corporate) solutions for urban issues. Ms. Effron is currently board chair of Greater NY, a non-profit she co-founded during the financial crisis in 2009 which pairs civic leaders in the business world with the heads of non-profit organizations in two-year one-on-one strategic partnerships.


Jamie Rubin

Jamie Rubin is a veteran of federal and state government and a longtime investment professional. He served in the Clinton Administration, then spent 15 years on Wall Street as an investment banker and partner with two global private equity firms. Jamie rejoined the public sector in 2012. Jamie is now CEO of Meridiam NA, a developer of large infrastructure projects in the US and Canada. Jamie is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School. He and his wife, author and podcaster Gretchen Rubin, live in New York City with their daughters and a dog.