It’s just impossible to thank by name all the people who have made my 20 years as Advocates president such a pleasure. (As a Liberator Online reader, you’re high on that list yourself.)
But I must acknowledge three very special people who have made my work immensely more successful, satisfying and joyful. In fact, I could not have done it without them.
Dagny Smith has been office manager for the Advocates for 15 of the 20 years I have been president. In that role, she kept the office running smoothly, made sure orders and donations were processed quickly and efficiently, and maintained the highest standards of customer service. But that’s just the start. As a representative of the Advocates at conferences across the country, she introduced thousands of people to the Quiz, OPH, and other Advocates programs, and instructed hundreds of college students on how to grow their campus outreach programs. She contributed many excellent ideas for Advocates’ programs, and she has done layout for the Liberator Online for years. If you’ve had any interaction at all with the Advocates, you’ve benefited immensely from Dagny’s expertise and caring.
Evelyn Hanson has been Advocates business manager and accountant for 13 years. Thanks to her, all things financial have been maintained at the highest level of quality and best practices. Evelyn made sure all records and reports were prepared impeccably, all deadlines for tax filings and nonprofit reporting requirements were met, and management was provided with accurate budgets, forecasts and analysis needed for decision making. But there’s much more. Evelyn’s dedication to the Advocates led her to also do extensive volunteer work, especially in the areas of prospect research and fundraising. Evelyn has further helped me enormously with brainstorming, strategizing and exploring new ideas.
James W. Harris has worked with the Advocates longer than anyone else (including me). He began in 1991 (!) as editor of the print version of the Liberator, and has edited the Liberator Online since its start nearly 20 years ago. He has been the writer or chief editor of almost everything that has been written for the Advocates since he came on board. More, he’s had key roles in virtually every major Advocates project of the past two decades. His work refining and documenting the World’s Smallest Political Quiz was profusely praised by Quiz creator Marshall Fritz. In countless ways Jimmy has contributed immensely to the Advocates’ success.