David Edward Burke
David Edward Burke started Citizens Take Action because after working in Congress and on numerous political campaigns, he learned that no matter what issue voters care about, big money in politics stands in the way of progress. He chose to focus on that problem because it was the biggest one he thought he could help sovle. And he wrote the Restore Democracy Amendment because he believes that we need a constitutional amendment propopsal that offers the right combination of power and viability.
Before starting Citizens Take Action David graduated from UCLA in 2004 with a BA in Political Science and received his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in 2009, winning the award for best attorney in the Aiken Gump Mock Trial Competition and for outstanding oral advocacy in the school’s Moot Court Competition. He has previously worked in the United States Congress, coordinated statewide ballot initiatives in California, clerked for two Superior Court judges, and served as the Chief Operating Officer of a nonprofit that uses the legal system to help animals. He is also a former alumnus and Governing Board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the New Leaders Council.
In 2016 David formed Citizens Take Action, to focus on systemic political changes, including getting big money out of politics and increasing for civic engagement. In his current role with Citizens Take Action he supports policies and programs that enhance the voices of individuals within our political system. David has had articles published in or been interviewed by Salon, The Huffington Post, El Confidencial, LA Progressive, OC Lawyer Magazine, and other media outlets. He is married and currently resides in Los Angeles.
As a veteran of political campaigns for over a decade, Brianne has seen the influence of big money in politics firsthand. To date, she has been involved in campaigns in six different states and she has balanced her love of activism with her career in law.
Brianne received her BA from Columbia and her J.D. from St. John’s University Law School in 2011. While studying at St. John’s she clerked for a District Court Judge and was recognized with awards for both her brief writing and appeallate advocacy skills. After law school Brianne worked as Counsel for Catterton Partners and Highbridge Capital Management, Fiduciary Counselling, and Harmatz Investment, Inc.
She is currently working as a Political Organizer in Minnesota and she lives in Minneapolis with her adorable dog Gidget.
Jonathan brings an extensive political and legal background to his position as a Director and Treasurer of Citizens Take Action. He graduated from UCLA School of Law in 2008, where he served as the co-editor in chief of the Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs. After law school Jonathan worked as an attorney specializing in corporate and regulatory law, and became Legal Counsel for the Kosrae State Chief Justice in the Federated States of Micronesia. While there, he successfully obtained grant funds to implement the first law against domestic and family violence in the state. Jonathan also served as the Regional Voter Protection Coordinator in Ohio during the 2012 Presidential Election.
His career, life experiences, and political background inspired Jonathan to advocate for political reform, and specifically to reduce the influence of big money in politics. Despite his busy schedule, Jonathan remains active in local politics in Orange County, and consistently volunteers to support causes and campaigns in his community.
Having spent much of her collegiate career studying security and social justice, Olivia Powell is especially interested in preserving the voices of individuals within the U.S. political system. She joined Citizens Take Action because she believes that this can only be achieved with the elimination of big money in politics and an increase in civic engagement.
Olivia is a junior Political Science/ International Relations and Asian Studies double major with a minor in Mandarin Chinese at Carleton College. She also works with Carleton’s political science department conducting research on national and global security issues and policy. Olivia is a member of the varsity volleyball team and is passionate about backpacking, photography, and journalism.
Upon graduation, she hopes to attend law school and pursue a career in public policy or diplomacy.
Max Chase joined the Citizens Take Action team after he realized that if he wants change to happen in the world, he has to work for it himself. As a novice just beginning to get politically involved, Max is enthusiastic and optimistic about potential progress while learning about the issues firsthand.
Max is a senior at Vanderbilt University majoring in Economics with a minor in Corporate Strategy who became interested in law after the 2016 election left him wondering how he can make more of an impact. He spent his most recent semester in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he learned about the most majestic instrument of all, the bagpipes. Max has also worked as a camp counselor and as a social media marketer, and he is committed to using his skills for good, spreading the word about the Restore Democracy Amendment, fixing the Electoral College, and other reform initiatives. He is a diehard Dodgers fan and ramen enthusiast.