About Us

About the Board

The District of Columbia Board of Elections (DCBOE) is the independent agency of the District government responsible for the administration of elections, ballot access, and voter registration. DCBOE consists of three active Board members, an Executive Director, a General Counsel, and a number of support staff who run the day-to-day operations of the Agency.

Michael Bennett Chair

Michael Bennett is an expert in corporate and contract law, information management and cyber security strategy and execution, organizational management and transformation as well as executive leadership and diversity and inclusion consulting. Along with his role as Chairman of DCBOE, Mr. Bennett is Partner and Executive Vice President of Strategy, at Evans and Chambers Technology. He also provides adjunct board service to Howard University and is the former co-chair of the Duke University D.C. Alumni Association. Mr. Bennett retired from BAE Systems Inc. in 2014 as the Senior Vice President of Information Management and the Chief Information Officer. Previously, he also practiced law full-time with Logicon, Inc., EDS Corporation and the US Federal Government for approximately 20 years. A recipient of the Washington Business Journal 2012 Minority Business Leader Award, he holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Duke University. Mr. Bennett received his Juris Doctorate from the George Washington University Law School, and he is licensed by both the Washington, D.C. and Virginia Bars.

Dionna Maria Lewis Member

Dionna Maria Lewis is a Labor, Employment, & Civil Litigation Associate at Tully Rinckey PLLC. Prior to joining Tully Rinckey, Ms. Lewis clerked for Honorable John F. McCabe, Jr. at the D.C. Superior Court on the Felony II docket and was fair lending counsel at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in the Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity. Ms. Lewis is a graduate of the University of Virginia, Drake University Law School, and the George Washington University Law School, where she obtained her LLM (Masters of Law) in Litigation and Dispute Resolution. Ms. Lewis is Chair of the Washington Bar Association Young Lawyers Division; Vice Director of the Diversity Team for the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division; National Affiliate Representative to the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division; Board Member of the Marshall Heights Community Development Organization (MHCDO); and is a Mentor for the Thurgood Marshall Academy in Ward 8. Ms. Lewis has been recognized by the National Bar Association as a 2014 “Top 40 Under 40 Trailblazer” and by the Washington Bar Association Young Lawyers Division as the 2014-2015 “Young Lawyer of the Year.” Ms. Lewis is a resident of Ward 7.

Mike Gill Member

Mike Gill is Chief of Staff to U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Christopher Giancarlo and the Chief Operating Officer of the agency. Through a Commission order, Mr. Gill has been designated as the Chief Regulatory Reform Officer for the CFTC.  He is also responsible for developing and coordinating the commission's harmonization work streams with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Previously, Mr. Gill was an attorney with Crowell & Moring, LLP, where the majority of his work was concentrated in the energy and financial service sectors. He also has a legislative background having served on the staff of Senator John C. Danforth (R-MO), Representative Paul Gillmor (R-5th District, Ohio), and Representative Jim Greenwood (R-8th District, Pennsylvania). Mr. Gill's pro bono experience includes representing undocumented juveniles through the Kids in Need Defense (KIND) program before state and federal courts. He also volunteered for the Archdiocesan Legal Network. In 2016, Mr. Gill was nominated by Mayor Muriel Bowser and confirmed by the city council to a board position at the D.C. Board of Elections, a post to which he was re-nominated and confirmed in 2017. He is a licensed practitioner of both the Washington, D.C., and Maryland Bars, and is a member of the Election Assistance Commission's Standards Board.  Mr. Gill received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Dayton, a Master’s degree in Government from The Johns Hopkins University, and his JD from The Catholic University of America. Mr. Gill, his wife Kristina, and their three children Sean, Brian, and Annika live in Crestwood, D.C.

Alice P. MillerExecutive Director

Ms. Miller served as the chief operating officer for the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC) a position she assumed in June 2008. Ms. Miller oversaw the day-to day operations at EAC in all program areas and served as the EAC’s Acting Executive Director for three years (May 2012-October 2015). During her tenure at the EAC she was responsible for managing an $11.5 million budget. Her leadership role at EAC enabled the agency to serve its mission while developing and integrating policies and procedures aimed at improving efficiency and transparency.

Prior to her tenure at the EAC, Ms. Miller served as the former General Counsel and Executive Director of DCBOE. She served the district’s 340,000 active voters and managed a $5.2 million budget. During her 12 years in this role she was responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of elections, from voter registration to ballot access for candidates and measures.

Ms. Miller has served as the president of the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED). She also served on two of the EAC’s external advisory boards, the Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC), which assists the EAC in developing the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG), and the EAC Standards Board. Before the creation of the EAC, Ms. Miller served on the Election Administration Advisory Panel for the Federal Election Commission. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Election Center.

Ms. Miller holds a Juris Doctor degree from Northeastern University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College.

Kenneth J. McGhieGeneral Counsel

Mr. McGhie is the General Counsel for the Board. He has held that position since February 1997. As the agency's chief legal officer, he is responsible for drafting legislation and regulations, sitting as quasi-judicial officer in hearings involving contested cases before the Board and representing the Board in all civil actions in the courts of the District of Columbia. Prior to joining the agency he worked as a Deputy Staff Director for a US House of Representatives Subcommittee, Debt Manager for the Office of the D.C. Treasurer, and as a tax attorney for the D.C. Department of Finance and Revenue. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Mr. McGhie received his undergraduate degree (BA) from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY, his law degree (JD) from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and a masters in tax law (LLM) from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

Sylvia Goldsberry-AdamsOperations Manager

Ms. Goldsberry-Adams is currently the Election Operations Manager and has been responsible for the specialized requirements associated with the conduct of elections, as well as providing financial and logistical support for all agency operations, since 2002. From July 2008 through July 2009, she served as Acting Executive Director while the Board searched for a permanent director. In her role as Acting Director, she provided oversight and direction over two major elections, the September 2008 Primary and the historic November 4, 2008 Presidential General Election serving over 426,000 active voters. She has resumed her position as Election Operations Manager and continues to play a vital role in supervising and overseeing election operations. Prior to joining the agency she served as a Hearing Officer at the D.C. Department of Human Services and Motor Vehicle Administration. In addition, she worked as a law clerk for a number of federal agencies including the IRS and the US Small Business Administration. A native Washingtonian, Ms. Goldsberry-Adams received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Juris Doctor degree from Antioch School of Law.

Karen F. BrooksRegistrar of Voters

Mrs. Brooks has served as the Registrar of Voters for the District of Columbia's Board of Elections since July 6, 2008. She previously served 11 years in other management positions at DCBOE. In each position, Mrs. Brooks has used her vast election experience to improve policies, processes, and procedures of the voter services branch and inter-related branches of the Board and other District government agencies.

Linda JohnsonAssistant to the Executive Director

Ms. Johnson has served as the Assistant to the Executive Director since 1996. Her position requires her to interact with all DCBOE divisions and with outside government agencies. She came to work for the Board as a temporary worker in 1993 in the Pollworker Recruitment and Training Division to assist that team in the preparations for the 1994 election cycle. She moved to the administrative side one year later.

Mission

The Board's mission is to enfranchise eligible residents, conduct elections, and assure the integrity of the electoral process. This mission, mandated by federal and local statutes, is executed through:

  • The operation of the District's voter registration system
  • Administration of the ballot access process for candidates and measures
  • The delivery of comprehensive public, media, and voter information services
  • Maintenance of technical systems to support voting and ballot tabulation
  • The planning and implementation of each District of Columbia election
  • The performance of legal counsel, rulemaking, and adjudication functions

Goals and History

The District of Columbia Board of Elections (DCBOE) is established under §3 of the District of Columbia Election Act, approved August 12, 1955 (69 Stat. 699; DC Code §1-1001.01 et seq.). DCBOE is vested with authority to administer and enforce the provisions of the District of Columbia Election Act, as amended, and the District of Columbia Campaign Finance Reform and Conflict of Interest Act, approved August 14, 1974 (88 Stat. 446; as codified in DC Code §1-1101.01 et seq. (1981).

The Board is composed of three members, no more than two of whom shall be members of the same political party, who are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council of the District of Columbia. The Mayor designates, from time to time, the Chairperson of the Board. The Board appoints:

  • the Executive Director, who is primarily responsible for the administrative operations of the Board, including personnel liaison, budget submission, accounting, management of data processing systems, procurement of supplies and services, maintenance of voter records, election preparation, and other duties as delegated or assigned by the Board, and
     

  • the General Counsel, who shall be the Board's chief legal advisor and primarily responsible for representing the Board in all judicial proceedings relating to local elections, campaign finance, conflict of interest, lobbying laws, and other duties delegated or assigned by the Board.