Writer, Editor, Organizer, JD
FairVote Rhode Island Director
Ari grew up in Providence, Rhode Island and concentrated in American History at Brown. In college, Ari co-edited the Brown Daily Herald’s opinion page, wrote for -Post and the Independent, co-coordinated Howard Dean’s campaign on campus, and was a US delegate to the Strait Talk Symposium on US/China/Taiwan relations, among other things. He is the president of his class, and delivered one of two commencement orations in 2006.
After graduating, he managed David Segal’s successful state rep campaign in Providence and East Providence. and followed that with an eight-month stint in Beijing, China, where he worked as an English copy editor for the Beijing Youth Daily.
Ari then returned to the Ocean State, and helped bring FairVote, the national democracy reform group, to Rhode Island. As FairVote Rhode Island director, Ari worked for democracy, advocating for youth engagement, expanded registration opportunities, advance voting methods like IRV and proportional representation, a national popular vote for president, and special elections for vacant U.S. Senate seats. Two bills championed by FairVote RI, one lowering the voter registration age and another changing the process for special elections for US Senate, are now Rhode Island law. Ari also blogged extensively for providencedailydose.com and rifuture.org.
Ari moved to New York City in 2008 to begin law school. Three years later, he graduated magna cum laude from NYU Law, where he was an Articles Editor for the NYU Law Review. Ari is a founding Board Member of Strait Talk. He lives in Brooklyn, and is currently working as a law clerk.
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