ABOUT US

MISSION STATEMENT

Defend The Vote will fight to preserve our most valuable American right: the right to vote.

WHO WE ARE

Defend The Vote is a political action committee dedicated to preserving our democracy through ensuring voting access, education and protection. Under the Trump administration, we saw a full-blown assault on our democratic values and most explicitly our right to vote. Notwithstanding, the 2020 election had the highest voter turnout in our nation’s history — a result of massive GOTV efforts made by a culmination of civically minded organizations. Without the right to vote, nothing else matters.

Following the 2020 election, when the Trump administration and officials at every level of government attempted to overturn the results in predominantly Brown and Black communities, it exacerbated the existing inequalities and injustices that are so deeply rooted in our voting system. This is nothing new. There have been several strategic attempts to disenfranchise voters throughout our history. It is abundantly clear that ALL of our rights hinge on our right to vote. Defend The Vote will fight to protect our most sacred American right: your voice, our vote.

Brian Lemek

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Brian Lemek is the Executive Director and Founder of Defend The Vote.
A career fundraiser for nonprofits and political campaigns, Lemek has raised over $100 million for causes and candidates that he believes in. Prior to Defend The Vote, he was a member of the Executive Team and led fundraising efforts as the Vice President of Development for Brady, the nation’s oldest and boldest gun violence prevention organization.

In addition to Lemek’s role with Defend The Vote, he is the Executive Director of Brady PAC, an Adjunct Faculty Member at Johns Hopkins University, and a Capstone Advisor at Georgetown University. Lemek is featured regularly in the media and has appeared in major publications including Yahoo Finance, CBS News, PBS, Politico, Ad Week, Real Clear Politics and more.

Lemek graduated with a BA from Colgate University and an MBA from Babson College. Hailing from Providence, Rhode Island, he currently lives in the DC suburbs with his wife and three daughters.