Ian Vandewalker serves as Senior Counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program where he works on money in politics and voting rights. He has authored or co-authored nationally recognized reports and articles, including Getting Foreign Funds Out of America’s Elections (April 2018), and Stronger Parties, Stronger Democracy: Rethinking Reform (September 2015), as well as a recurring series of analyses of spending in U.S. Senate elections. His work has been featured in press outlets across the nation, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, MSNBC, Newsweek, and the Los Angeles Times. He has also published academic articles in the fields of election law and civil liberties. He has testified before Congress and in state and local legislatures.
Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Mr. Vandewalker served as a legal fellow at the Center for Reproductive Rights, where he litigated constitutional cases in state and federal courts across the country. Before that, Mr. Vandewalker served as the Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellow in Nonprofit Law at the Vera Institute of Justice and clerked for the Honorable Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York. He earned his JD cum laude in 2008 from New York University School of Law, where he was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow. He holds a master’s degree in philosophy from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree from New College of Florida.