As a philanthropist, I believe my private resources should be used to reinforce democratic institutions and facilitate public-spirited reforms. American democracy today feels deeply flawed. Wealth is concentrated in the hands of a small minority, working class wages are stagnant, and, for some, the government feels oppressive and deeply unrepresentative. My philanthropic purpose deals directly with this dissonance. I seek to ensure people distanced from centers of power – whether by physical distance or because of social or historical marginalization – have access to the tools, capital, and empowerment to influence the policies and politics of this country.