Katherine M. Gehl is a business leader, entrepreneur, author, and speaker. Corresponding with the release of her first book, “The Politics Industry,” co-authored with Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter, and in order to make good on the promise of political innovation found in its pages, Gehl founded The Institute for Political Innovation. 

Gehl is the former president and CEO of Gehl Foods, a $250 million high- tech food manufacturing company in Wisconsin, where she led an aggressive and transformational turnaround, receiving multiple awards, before selling the company in 2015—in part to dedicate more time to political innovation. In 2013 Gehl applied the traditional tools of business analysis for the first time to politics in order to uncover the root cause of its dysfunction—the unhealthy competition in what she called the politics industry. In 2016 she invited Porter to join her in her work, and they co-authored the 2017 Harvard Business School publication “Why Competition in the Politics Industry Is Failing America: A Strategy for Reinvigorating Our Democracy.” Its enthusiastic reception led to their book.

Gehl serves on the boards of Unite America, Business for America, and New America. She is the honorary co-chair of the National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers (NANR). In 2018 Gehl cofounded Democracy Found, an initiative dedicated to establishing Final-Five Voting in Wisconsin for congressional elections. 

Gehl received a BA from the University of Notre Dame, an MA from the Catholic University of America, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

As executive director, Solomon is responsible for the overall growth and strategy of The Institute for Political Innovation. Solomon is a seasoned political innovator committed to IPI's vision to restore healthy competition in American elections and legislation. Previous to joining IPI, Lieberman was Vice President of Strategy at the Better Government Association, Illinois’s only nonpartisan investigative newsroom and civic advocate. At the BGA, Lieberman led all approaches around content, communications, distribution and creative direction, and civic engagement. During his tenure—two stints—the BGA won dozens of local and national journalism awards for high-impact projects, such as a yearlong investigation into the high costs of wrongful convictions, which was featured in The New York Times and won an Edward R. Murrow Award. 

Before joining the BGA, Lieberman was a founding member and chief-of-staff for Intrinsic Schools, one of the most innovative charter school networks in the country. Before Intrinsic, Lieberman spent six years working in journalism, design and digital media. He was the co-founder and creative director of the award-winning online magazine ChicagoSide. 

Solomon has a master’s from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Leadership

Katherine Gehl
Founder & Chairman

Solomon Lieberman
Executive Director

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As the Director of Campaigns, Brian guides and supports state efforts to pass Final-Five Voting. He also plays an integral part in IPI's growing strategy as a member of the senior leadership team. Prior to joining IPI, Cannon served as the executive director of the redistricting reform organization, OneVirginia2021. Cannon successfully led the reform through the legislature twice - once under a Republican majority and once under a Democratic majority.  

Before joining OneVirginia2021, Cannon worked with The Fahrenheit Group and several entrepreneurs in the Richmond area.  While in law school studying election law, Cannon was part of the winning team in the 2011 student redistricting competition in Virginia.  

Cannon has a J.D. and B.A. from The College of William & Mary.  He lives with his wife and two children in Richmond, Virginia.

Brian Cannon
Director of Campaigns

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Rachel serves as key support to Chair Katherine Gehl and works to optimize and accelerate IPI’s exposure, impact, and leverage. In managing IPI’s digital outreach, she is the first point of contact for potential partners interested in bringing innovation to their state’s congressional elections. Rachel also coordinates projects that contribute to advancing IPI’s strategic priorities, including theory and scholarship, state campaigns, and national network development.

Prior to joining IPI, Rachel worked to strengthen the voting power of citizens overseas at Democrats Abroad. Rachel also served as the Head of Campaign Outreach and as a Staff Writer at Women to Win, a nonprofit that advocates for female candidates. She has volunteered with several congressional campaigns.

Rachel has a bachelor’s degree in Politics and Sociology from Newcastle University in the U.K.

Rachel Rappaport
Deputy Chief-of-Staff

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Aaron Menenberg leads the assemblage and mobilization of a national network of leaders from business, philanthropy, politics, think tanks and academia, and other sectors to support the passage of Final Five Voting. Prior to joining IPI, Aaron was President of Join Philanthropic Advisory where he helped business leaders, philanthropists, and non-profit executives advance their reputation, policy, political, philanthropic, and social goals through a variety of public affairs and government relations activities.

Prior to launching Join Philanthropic Advisory, Aaron worked in a variety of government relations, public policy, business development, and research roles for The Public Interest Fellowship, Israel Allies Foundation, Praescient Analytics, the Israeli Ministry of Defense, IBM Corporation, and The Hudson Institute. He is the editor of Good Vitis, a wine blog.

Aaron has a Master’s Degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Washington.

Aaron Menenberg
Director of National Network

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Starlyn Matheny manages the IPI brand, and is a key player in start-ing up and supporting Final-Five Voting campaign efforts across the country. She is responsible for sharing the important work of the organization and engaging supporters both on and offline. Before coming to IPI, Starlyn was the marketing manager for the Better Government Association, a nonpartisan not-for-profit organization based in Chicago that worked for transparency and accountability in government. 

Starlyn also worked at GlobalGiving, an international development nonprofit in Washington, D.C. She has a bachelor's degree in Public Policy Studies with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. 

Starlyn Matheny
Marketing & Communications Director

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Sylvie Doppelt serves as both a strategist and operative to optimize and accelerate IPI’s nationwide political innovation work. In partnership with Chair, Katherine Gehl, she manages strategic relationships and public speaking events to build demand for Final-Five Voting.

Prior to joining IPI, Sylvie served as a Senior Account Executive at NowPow, a growing healthcare startup that builds cross-sector networks to bridge gaps in community care. Sylvie also worked at Maimonides Medical Center, a safety net hospital in Brooklyn, where she managed community health partnerships, Board relations, and fundraising events.

 Sylvie is a Coro Fellows Program alumna in Public Affairs and has a bachelor’s in International Studies and Public Health from Washington University in St. Louis.

Sylvie Doppelt
Chief-of-Staff

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