2018 Fellow

Maria Yuan

Maria Yuan is the Founder of IssueVoter, a non-partisan platform that offers everyone a voice in our democracy by making civic engagement accessible, impactful, & efficient.

Maria’s political experience includes introducing and passing a bill as a constituent, working in a State Representative’s office in Texas, and managing and winning one of the most targeted races in Iowa – an open seat in a swing district. Maria’s professional experiences include recruiting, social enterprise, investment banking, strategy, and corporate development. Maria has consulted the San Francisco Conservation Corps, PlaNet Finance, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Urban Outfitters. She has served on the boards of Gibney Dance and The University of Texas Co-Op, and was a founding member of Friends of the Children NY’s Young Professionals Board.

Maria earned degrees from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania and The University of Texas at Austin. Maria’s writing has appeared in Huffington Post and The Hill, and she has spoken at SXSW, The Social Innovation Summit, Shearman & Sterling, UBS, NYU, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Project Description

IssueVoter is an innovative, non-partisan platform with a mission to give everyone a voice in our democracy by making civic engagement accessible, efficient, and impactful. The time between elections is when the work that impacts our lives gets done. IssueVoter answers the question, “The election is over, now what?” Individuals use IssueVoter to get alerts about new bills related to issues they care about, send opinions to their Representative before Congress votes, and track how often s/he represents them. Companies, organizations, and candidates partner with IssueVoter to encourage year-round civic engagement with their employees, customers, members, or constituents.

Through IssueVoter, anyone can:

  1. Stay Informed year-round: through targeted alerts before Congress votes on issues they care about – IssueVoter summarizes bills in plain language, along with what both sides are saying.
  2. Make Your Voice Count: send an opinion directly to a rep – in just one click, and
  3. Keep Politicians Accountable: Track a rep’s votes and bill outcomes – helping anyone make an informed decision at election time.

IssueVoter is the only site that offers a truly personalized representative scorecard and has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, MTV, PBS, & more.