Caitlin Maple

Research Analyst

Caitlin Maple served as Research Analyst for California Forward. After graduating from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Caitlin began working in the Legislature and developed an understanding of the legislative process in the state's Capitol. Caitlin then transitioned into the role as the research analyst working on California Forward's Election Funding Project. This year-long project funded by the James Irvine Foundation aimed to assess how elections are funded in other states as well as in California's 58 counties in order to discover more equitable and sustainable election funding models.

In addition to conducting research, she was also responsible for writing election-related media content, and briefing organizations, policy makers, and other interested parties on the project. Caitlin also represented California Forward as the program lead on the Future of California Elections conference planning committee, where findings of the Election Funding Project were presented in February 2016.


Increasing voter turnout means putting our money where our mouth is

Solving the tortured election funding problem California's counties experience is key to reducing barriers to voting Read More

California Legislative Wrap-up: Moving transparency and accountability forward

CA Fwd lays out how the cause of encouraging elected officials to be more responsive and accountable took steps forward this year Read More

Blowing the Whistle: It’s Harder Than You Think

California state employee whistleblowers are legally protected, except those working for the Legislature. Yet a widely supported bill to change that has had trouble passing. Read More

California counties worried about cost of June primary—and beyond

With California playing an important role in this year's presidential cycle, the state's long-term election funding challenge has come into sharp focus.  Read More

Upgrading California’s elections for the 21st century

Election reforms and voting tech upgrades make strides toward transforming California's Election Day into a smarter "election period." Read More

CA Fwd shows its UNselfish side this Giving Tuesday

Snapping a selfie means so much more when you're volunteering in your community Read More

Unheard Voices: Why aren’t more Californians voting?

There are many theories on California's low voter turnout but no single magic fix. Luckily there are groups tackling the multiple causes to the increasing problem. Read More