Statewide Voting Rights Champion and Civil Rights Leader Cheryl Clyburn Crawford leaves MassVOTE to become Campaign Manager for the Committee to Elect Tanisha Sullivan for Secretary of State

April 26, 2022 — Today, Tanisha Sullivan announced that Cheryl Clyburn Crawford, the leading voice in voting rights advocacy in vulnerable communities across Massachusetts will take the helm in leading her campaign for Secretary of State for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

“I am elated to have Cheryl Clyburn Crawford by my side as we bring our message to voters across the Commonwealth. Cheryl has been on the front lines of the voting rights and democracy fight in Massachusetts for nearly two decades. She is well seasoned in the local and national political eco-system; and she brings the strategic lens, community based relationships, and sense of urgency we need to win this race,” said Sullivan. “The fight for a full democracy in Massachusetts has never been more urgent for working families and BIPOC, disability, LGBTQ and immigrant communities from North Adams to New Bedford. Cheryl understands the fight and what it will take to win.”

Cheryl joined MassVOTE in 2008, and most recently served as its Executive Director. MassVOTE is a voting rights organization founded in 2001 to fight for political, racial and economic equality with a mission to increase voter turnout, modernize elections laws and engage the next generation of leaders in Massachusetts. Cheryl is a lifetime member of the NAACP and founding board member and former Chair of EmergeMA. Cheryl sits on the Women’s Pipeline for Change’s Oversight and Planning Board and is an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

“My work on the front lines in the uphill fight to advance voting rights in Massachusetts informed my decision to join this campaign. For too long, as a voting rights advocate in Massachusetts, I have seen first hand the impact of stalled voting rights progress on communities of color, our rural communities and gateway cities. Tanisha is a visionary, proactive leader with the equity lens needed to make this office the hub of democracy and opportunity it should be,” said Clyburn Crawford. “Her fearless fight, tenacity, and desire to do the work will make the difference for communities across the Commonwealth and increase civic participation. At this urgent moment in our democracy, there is no one who is better suited to be Secretary of State in Massachusetts – the Chief Democracy Officer- than she is. I’m here to help make that happen.”

About Tanisha Sullivan

Tanisha is an attorney, former Chief Equity Officer in the Boston Public Schools and President of the NAACP Boston, who has led a career dedicated to service — from working in community and across the ideological spectrum to deliver on civil rights and social, economic, and racial justice, to decades as a practicing lawyer in corporate firms and life science companies. A Brockton native, she’s running for Massachusetts Secretary of State because it’s time to realize the full potential of this office in the fight to protect voting rights, increase government transparency and accessibility, engage the electorate, and build a stronger, more vibrant democracy for all.

Learn more about Tanisha and her campaign at and @Tanisha4MA on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.