Lucy Burns Institute Welcomes First Chief Content Officer

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Fast-Growing Civic Education Nonprofit Strengthens Leadership Team

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Ron will be a key asset as LBI continues to grow our ability to deliver high quality, accessible political information.

The Lucy Burns Institute announced today that award-winning journalist Ron Donoho has joined the organization to guide the development of their expanding portfolio of civic education resources. Donoho comes with a wealth of experience, having spent the past 18 years as an executive leader in the media industry. Joining the Institute in advance of the 2014 midterm elections, Donoho is expected to provide key strategic and creative leadership.

Donoho, who is the former Executive Editor of San Diego Magazine and the former Editor-in-Chief of, joins the Lucy Burns Institute (LBI) as Chief Content Officer, a newly created position. In this role, Donoho will be responsible for editorial strategy and oversight of LBI’s online content. Donoho says, “I am excited to join the team at LBI, where I look forward to furthering LBI’s mission of empowering people to meaningfully engage in democracy.”

According to Leslie Graves, President of LBI, “At this juncture in LBI’s growth, it is critical to bring aboard an experienced editorial leader with a proven track record of results. I’m confident that Ron will be a key asset as LBI continues to grow our ability to deliver high quality, accessible political information.”

LBI publishes two interactive online encyclopedias: Ballotpedia, which covers local, state, and federal politics, and Judgepedia, which covers the state and federal judiciaries. In recent years, LBI has increased its annual budget from $1 million to over $3 million. The organization currently employees 60 people.

About LBI

The Lucy Burns Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. The mission of the Lucy Burns Institute is to empower people to engage in democracy by delivering exceptionally high quality information that is easy to access. Founded in December 2006, LBI’s 180,000 online articles have amassed over 355 million page views.

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