Board Management

Clifford D. Tatum, Executive Director

Tatum was appointed the Board's Executive Director in October 2011, after having served in private law practice and as a consultant to the Board since 2008 in meeting the mandates of the Help America Vote Act, the National Voter Registration Act, the Uniform Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Tatum previously served as the Interim Director of the Georgia State Elections Division and as an Assistant Director of Legal Affairs for the Georgia Secretary of State. Previously, Tatum was an active trial attorney practicing commercial and general litigation in Atlanta Georgia. He also served as Deputy Solicitor General for the City of East Point in the State of Georgia. Tatum is an alumnus of Thomas M. Cooley Law School and has a degree in Administration of Justice from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Kenneth J. McGhie, General Counsel

McGhie is the General Counsel for the Board. He has held that position since February 1997. As the agency's chief legal officer, he is responsible for drafting legislation and regulations, sitting as quasi-judicial officer in hearings involving contested cases before the Board and representing the Board in all civil actions in the courts of the District of Columbia. Prior to joining the agency he worked as a Deputy Staff Director for a U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee, Debt Manager for the Office of the D.C. Treasurer, and as a tax attorney for the D.C. Dept. of Finance and Revenue. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Mr. McGhie received his undergraduate degree (BA) from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY, his law degree (JD) from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and a masters in tax law (LLM) from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

Sylvia Goldsberry-Adams, Operations Manager

Goldsberry-Adams is currently the Election Operations Manager and has been responsible for the specialized requirements associated with the conduct of elections, as well as providing financial and logistical support for all agency operations, since 2002. From July 2008 through July 2009, she served as Acting Executive Director while the Board searched for a permanent director. In her role as Acting Director, she provided oversight and direction over two major elections, the September 2008 Primary and the historic November 4, 2008 Presidential General Election serving over 426,000 active voters. She has resumed her position as Election Operations Manager and continues to play a vital role in supervising and overseeing election operations. Prior to joining the agency she served as a Hearing Officer at the DC Department of Human Services and Motor Vehicle Administration. In addition, she worked as a law clerk for a number of federal agencies including the IRS and the US Small Business Administration. A native Washingtonian, Ms. Goldsberry-Adams received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Juris Doctor degree from Antioch School of Law.

Karen F. Brooks, Registrar of Voters

Brooks has served as the Registrar of Voters for the District of Columbia's Board of Elections since July 6, 2008. Previously, Mrs. Brooks served eleven years in other management positions at the Board of Elections. In each position, Mrs. Brooks has used her vast election experience to improve policies, processes, and procedures of the voter services branch and inter-related branches of the Board of Elections and other District government agencies.

Kathy Fairley, Special Assistant

Fairley serves as Special Assistant, responsible primarily for coordinating the Board's voter outreach activities. Previously, Ms. Fairley served as Registrar, managing the District's ballot access process, centered on strong customer service. Ms. Fairley has over fifteen years of election management and training experience. Ms. Fairley has been instrumental in developing and coordinating special outreach projects and training programs for petition circulators, community groups, voter registration agencies and other government agencies, and voters.

Linda Johnson, Assistant to the Executive Director

Johnson has served as the Assistant to the Executive Director since 1996. Her position requires her to interact with all Board of Elections divisions and with outside government agencies. She came to work for the Board as a temporary worker in 1993 in the Pollworker Recruitment and Training Division to assist that team in the preparations for the 1994 election cycle. She moved to the administrative side one year later.

Darlene Lesesne-Horton, Data Systems Manager

Lesesne-Horton has served as the Data System Manager since May 1988. Prior to her current position, she served as an absentee ballot clerk and data entry supervisor. She has thirty years of election experience ranging from absentee processing, data entry supervision, election data management and ballot tabulation.

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  • General Election: 11/4/2014
  • Primary Election: 4/1/2014

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