About the Democracy Project

At the intersection of state capitols and grassroots movements, the Democracy Project builds people power by developing, expanding, and deepening the capacity of state legislators to protect and fight for a democracy that reflects and serves “We, the People.” 

Progress towards this vision is rooted in our purpose of cultivating a diverse, national cohort of legislative champions with policy research, messaging guidance, strategic support, and by bridging partnerships between legislators, democracy advocates, and directly impacted communities.

Our vision is to build an inclusive, transparent, participatory, and equitable democracy of, by, and for the people.


  • In-State and Virtual Trainings and Briefings
    SiX trains and briefs legislators on democracy policy and communications topics, both formally and informally. Depending on your needs, briefings can include our democracy partners or communications experts.
  • Policy & Messaging Technical Assistance
    SiX provides policy research and messaging guidance on a broad range of democracy issues: from census and redistricting, to voter registration reform, and more. Email us to request policy resources, legislative research, talking points, or other communications materials tailored to support your work on democracy.
  • Bill Trend Analyses
    Democracy Champions have exclusive access to bill trend analyses on democracy issues across the nation.
  • Connections to Peers
    SiX connects Democracy Champions to other legislators who have spearheaded key democracy policies in their own states. Legislators can exchange information and lessons on policy design, communications, and legislative strategy.
  • Connections to Experts and Advocates
    SiX directly connects Democracy Champions with our partners in the democracy field—helping you take your policy knowledge and design to the next level.
  • Communications & Media Support
    Through sign-on letters, op-eds, social media, and general communications support, SiX provides opportunities to strengthen your collective voice as legislators on democracy issues.

Democracy Team

Carmen López

Senior Democracy Director

Carmen López is the State Innovation Exchange’s Senior Democracy Director and an organizer at heart. She is deeply committed to creating a world in which all people thrive and reach their potential and believes the path toward creating a more equitable and just society requires a thriving, participatory, resilient democracy. Read More.

Sunila Chilukuri

Democracy Director

Sunila Chilukuri is a Director of Democracy with SiX. In this role, she helps state legislators nationwide champion reforms for an equitable, inclusive, and participatory democracy. Prior to joining SiX, Sunila worked with several organizations that advocate for democracy and voting reforms in the US and abroad. Read More.

Lauren Bealore

Democracy Director

Lauren‘s experience in the fields of policy and advocacy has allotted her to have a career that spans across the areas of political strategy, policy implementation and civic engagement. As Director of Democracy, she helps state legislators nationwide champion reforms for an equitable, inclusive, and participatory democracy.  Read More.

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