Common Cause Promotes Dan Vicuña to Director of Redistricting and Representation

As first Latino in role, Vicuña to lead organization’s next era of fight for fair maps 

Washington, DCCommon Cause announced today that longtime policy staffer Dan Vicuña will lead the organization’s anti-gerrymandering work as Director of Redistricting and Representation. He succeeds Kathay Feng in this role after she was named Common Cause’s Vice President of Programs. Vicuña steps into the position on the heels of the 50-year-old organization’s major Supreme Court victory in Moore v Harper, and as the first Latino in the role.

“For nearly a decade, Dan has been an integral part of our fight for fair maps that strengthen the voice of all Americans,” said Marilyn Carpinteyro, Common Cause interim co-president. “He brings a wealth of experience successfully advancing redistricting reforms and legal actions in the states. Dan is passionate about bringing us closer to a multi-racial, participatory, and representative democracy and he understands how ending partisan and racial gerrymandering is critical to that vision.”

Since 2014, Vicuña has anchored the organization’s litigation work to challenge partisan and racially gerrymandered maps such as North Carolina and New York, and secure fair maps in states such as Minnesota and Michigan. He has also organized extensive cross-partisan amicus brief support for Supreme Court cases, including the Arizona-based case of Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission and the Wisconsin-based case Gill v. Whitford. As states from Oregon to Ohio have built grassroots support for redistricting reforms on the ballot, Vicuña has been instrumental in working with local advocates to shape inclusive and community-centered policies. 

“Fair maps are essential to holding our leaders accountable to our communities’ needs,” said Vicuña, Common Cause director of redistricting & representation. “Ending gerrymandering is foundational to securing our right to fair representation, no matter where we live, what language we speak, or what political party we belong to. I’m committed to furthering Common Cause’s long track record of winning redistricting reform at every level of government.”  

He has appeared widely on television and radio, including NBC News, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and The Washington Post , and most recently his writing has appeared in the Albuquerque Journal, where he is leading Common Cause’s work to help the New Mexico Supreme Court determine whether that state’s congressional districts were drawn fairly.  

Prior to joining Common Cause, worked on voting rights advocacy as a staff attorney at the Fair Elections Legal Network (now the Fair Elections Center). He has also had stints at Alliance for Justice, WineAmerica, political campaigns in California and New Hampshire, and the League of Conservation Voters.  

A native Californian, Vicuña holds a law degree from American University and a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA. 


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