Area(s) of Expertise
- Money & Influence
- Ethics & Accountability
- Gerrymandering & Representation
- Voting & Elections
Viki Harrison joined Common Cause in January 2012. She is currently Common Cause’s Director of Constitutional Convention and Protecting Dissent Programs, previously serving as Director of State Operations (2018-2022) and as the Executive Director in New Mexico (2012-2018). Harrison leads our work on stopping a dangerous constitutional convention that would rewrite the entire Constitution and working collaboratively with partners to protect our right to free speech in this country. Harrison shepherded Common Cause New Mexico from a single-staffed office to a full time, two-person organization with contract organizers and researchers on various campaigns. Under her leadership, CCNM passed resolutions against Citizens United, advanced voter registration, campaign finance reforms, and overhauled state ethics.
She has built successful lobbying campaigns, election protection programs, local ballot measures, published research and reports, and created coalitions for democracy in New Mexico. She then worked with a dozen Common Cause states providing direct support on campaigns, fundraising, policy, and program development. Harrison is no stranger to non-profit management, advocacy and government relations. Before joining Common Cause, she was the Executive Director of NM Repeal, where she led a successful campaign to abolish the death penalty in New Mexico.
Earlier in her career, she was the Program Manager for Animal Protection of New Mexico, and part of the team that secured a ban on cockfighting in the state. Harrison graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico with B.A. degrees in Women’s Studies and African American Studies.