The Jack '76 and Carol '76 Kramer Endowed Lectureship
Dr. Stephanie Singer, Data Strategist
April 17, 2019, 1:45 pm, Wadsworth Auditorium
Democracy: Your Path to Power
About Dr. Stephanie Singer, Consultant - Verified Voting; Former Chair, Philadelphia County Board of Elections
Stephanie Singer has assembled, analyzed and explained data for private business, public agencies, campaigns and election oversight as an Elections and Government Data Expert. She serves as a consultant for Verified Voting, the only national not-for-profit, non-partisan voting integrity organization focused exclusively on the critical role technology plays in election administration, working on various projects, including creating web content and materials to promote sound post election audits. Her podcast “Defend Democracy!” is available on iTunes and Anchor.fm and on the Campaign Scientific webpage. In 2017 she served as Project Lead for Free & Fair, a new player in the election technology market bringing the best in computer security and high-assurance design to the voting process, on the development of a risk-limiting-audit system for the Colorado Department of State.
Singer studied math and computer science at Yale and Stanford, earned a Ph.D. from New York University. Her first career was in academia where she was on the faculty at Haverford College for eleven years, during which time she created and taught courses, wrote several research papers and her first book on symmetry in physics, and earned tenure in the Mathematics Department. After her departure she finished a second book on symmetry in quantum mechanics. Physicists like her books because they explain the mathematics in terms they understand; mathematicians like her books because they show the underlying connections between mathematics and physics.
She then moved to her second career as a Data Strategist/Entrepreneur. Singer owned and ran two businesses, Campaign Scientific and Wise Acre Real Estate. One provided custom data work to political organizations and small businesses. The other provided education, support and research for real estate investors.
Many years of years of volunteer work on election-related issues led Singer to her third career as an elections and government data expert. Her efforts included prompting the Pennsylvania Department of State to lower its voter file price to $20 from $1340 and prompting the Philadelphia County Board of Elections to release its raw election results data in electronic form. From 2012-2016 she served on the Philadelphia County Board of Elections improving communication, modernizing processes, rooting out corruption and protecting voters’ rights. She won the post by defeating a 36-year incumbent in a citywide election. Singer co-chaired the statewide Election Reform Committee of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania and is an active member of the national Election Verification Network. Her work in office included playing a critical role in proving the unconstitutionality of Pennsylvania's Voter Photo ID law, which was enacted in 2012 but ruled unconstitutional in 2014. After leaving elected office in early 2016, Singer has worked on a variety of data strategy and election-related projects, including work with the City of San Francisco and the City of Jackson, MS, funded by the Knight Foundation. She worked on election verification projects in the for-profit (Free & Fair) nonprofit (Verified Voting and government (Orange County Registrar of Voters) sectors and is an active member of the national Election Verification Network.