Who We Are

The Every Voice Engaged Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that helps citizens, governments and nonprofit organizations solve problems that are unsolvable without civic engagement. Our mission is not just to create a more informed public, but a more engaged and activated public, capable of driving audacious solutions. We target issues that are complex, divisive and multifaceted, bringing ordinary citizens into the conversation with governments, nonprofits and industry to solve challenging issues such as municipal budgeting, community redevelopment and urban planning and natural resource planning (such as the current water crisis in California).

Luke Hohmann, Acting Executive Director

Luke Hohmann is the Acting Executive Director of Every Voice Engaged. Luke Hohmann is the Founder and CEO of Conteneo Inc., the leading provider of Unified Collaboration Solutions. The author of three books with long titles, Luke’s playfully diverse background of life experiences has uniquely prepared him to design and produce serious games. Luke graduated magna cum laude with a B.S.E. in computer engineering and an M.S.E. in computer science and engineering from the University of Michigan. He is also a former United States National Junior Pairs Figure Skating Champion.

Henning Holst, Intern

Hennig Holst is an Intern at Every Voice Engaged, volunteering to work on participatory budgeting projects. He is engaged in the organization of our website and the event organization. Further, he is an International Management student at WHU, Germany’s leading business school.










Laura Richardson, Director of Partnerships

Laura brings is the Director of Partnerships at Every Voice Engaged. She brings 20 years of sales and management experience to Every Voice Engaged, including seven years at Uptime Resources where she ran the IT professional services division. Her team managed all aspects of technology for small and mid-sized businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to Uptime Resources, Laura was the business development director at E-Color where she and her team launched an image and color optimization engine to improve the reliability of online images used by large e-commerce sites from companies like Bloomingdales and J Crew. The seeds for her love of technology were planted during the four years she spent with ObjectSpace. As Sales Director for both the East and then the West Coast, she helped large Fortune accounts successfully adopt object-oriented technology and iterative development practices which was very rewarding.