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Meet the leaders of change: John Palmer

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David Nevins is co-publisher of The Fulcrum and co-founder and chairman of the board Bridge Alliance Education Fund.

John Palmer has been a long-time advocate of electoral reform and advocating for a more level playing field for candidates outside the two major parties. He sits on the board of the National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers, an umbrella organization for democracy reform, and currently chairs the board of Rank the Vote, an organization that promotes the adoption of ranked choice at the national level.

Palmer and his wife, Mary, were key financial supporters of the Committee for Rated Choice Voting, the Maine-based organization that led the 2016 campaign resulting in the adoption of the first statewide use of RCV.


Palmer has supported several other democracy reform organizations and efforts, including American Promise, FairVote, the ProRep Coalition, RepresentUs and UniteAmerica.

Professionally, Palmer is co-founder of Hanover Partners, a San Francisco private equity firm. He currently serves on the boards of two companies in the Hanover portfolio and has served on the boards of twelve previous companies in Hanover.

The Palmers live in San Francisco with three children, and spend a lot of time in Maine during the summer.

I had the great opportunity to interview Palmer in April for the CityBiz series “Meet the Change Leaders.” To learn the full scope of his work for democracy reform, watch:

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