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New LWVUS President Celina Stewart
Dianna Wynn new President of LWVUS

We are excited to announce the new leadership team of the League of Women Voters of the United States. Welcome to the new LWVUS President Dianna Wynn and Chief Executive Officer Celina Stewart.

Delegates at the LWVUS National Convention elected Wynn to serve as the 22nd president of the organization on Friday, June 28.

“Dianna’s dedication and passion for the League’s mission combined with her experience on the national board position her for success leading the organization for the next two years,” said Sania Irwin, outgoing president of the LWVUS.

“Since 2022, I have worked with Dianna and have seen her dedication to the League and to the voters we serve. She is a proven leader, and I am confident that under her guidance, the League will continue to make a significant impact on our democracy.”

Wynn first joined the League in 2013 and served as president of the League of Women Voters of Wake County in Raleigh, NC. Before joining the national board, she focused on advocating for fair voting maps in North Carolina and ending gerrymandering in redistricting. When past president Dr. Deborah Ann Turner passed away in January 2024, Wynn was appointed vice president by her fellow board members.

“I am honored to serve as the new president of the League of Women Voters to advance our mission of defending democracy and ensure that everyone’s voting rights are protected,” Wynn said. “I am deeply committed to our work to empower voters, and together with the national office, look forward to leading our organization to build a bigger, bolder and more powerful League of the future.”

Wynn is a communication consultant and former college professor in communication studies. She is also a past president of the ACLU of North Carolina and co-authored several college textbooks, including “Working in Groups” and “THINK Communication.”   

“Dianna brings a wealth of experience, exceptional leadership skills, and most importantly, a deep commitment to the League and our mission,” said Kelly McFarland-Stratman, chief of staff and interim co-CEO of the LWVUS. “We are thrilled to have her serve as our new president of the board and look forward to working with her in this new role as we continue to build the League of the future.”

More than 1,200 members from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and Virgin Islands attended the League’s 56th National Convention, held virtually and in person in Washington, DC, from June 27 to June 30.

The League membership also elected a new national board of directors that will serve through June 2026, including Sania Irwin (vice president), Toni Monette (secretary), Leah Edwards (treasurer), Tracy Adkison, Melissa Breach, Stacey Chavis, Kimberly Hamlin, Vedna Heywood, Jada Hunter, Alexis Juday-Marshall and Brandi Slaughter. 

Monette is a member of the LWV of Greater Omaha and former co-president and director of voter services for the LWV of Nebraska.

Stewart was introduced at the National Convention as the new CEO of the organization. She joined the LWVUS as senior director of advocacy and litigation in April 2018. In this role, she developed and implemented League political strategies and policy positions around election reform and voting rights issues, oversaw prospective litigation for the national and state leagues, worked closely with League grassroots staff in implementing the national agenda, and served as lead lobbyist and liaison with Congress and the Administration for the League. She was promoted to senior director and then to chief counsel of the LWVUS in April 2019 and July 2020, respectively.

Stewart was the keynote speaker (via Zoom) at the LWVNE’s 2021 annual meeting, which was held virtually.

In her new role, Stewart continues her work to build stronger relationships with legal partners as well as strengthening relationships and the visibility of the League and continuing the oversight of the People Powered Fair Maps™ initiative. 

Prior to joining the LWVUS, Stewart was acting chief operating officer and director of philanthropy at an electoral reform nonprofit where she split her time between managing a small development team and the day-to-day operations of the organization. Her experience also includes serving as a litigation consultant to law firms handling complex merger and acquisition transactions, legislative aide at the Michigan Legislature handling the public interest portfolio for the House tax chair, and as legal counsel to then Minority Leader Stacey Abrams at the Georgia House of Representatives. As legal counsel, she assisted in developing and implementing the legislative agenda and was appointed to reapportionment counsel where she led a team of technical mappers and legal assistants to draw alternative redistricting maps in compliance with Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Upon returning to Washington, DC, in 2012, she served as director for the Congressional Black Caucus Institute’s 21st century program, where she oversaw all quarterly conferences and worked with corporate giants and members of Congress to produce the Annual Report, a policy recommendation manual presented to the President of the United States.

Stewart earned her law degree from Western Michigan University Law School and her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Spelman College. She has served on the boards of the Bar Association of DC, the Women’s Bar Association of DC and the National Association of the  Advancement of Colored People (NAACP-DC) and was an American Bar Foundation Law Practice Fellow.

Beyond her professional accolades, Stewart authored an event planning guidebook, the Pocket Planner, and is an avid traveler, foodie and wine-tasting enthusiast.

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