CHP invests in research and practical interventions that promote healthier discourse, collaboration, and problem-solving across partisan divides.

Our team is continuously researching and vetting the most promising work by practitioners and academics in the depolarization field, and our grantmaking is informed by experts from the fields of psychology, sociology, philosophy, political science, behavioral science, and economics.

Civic Health Project is a fiscal project of Mediators Foundation, a 501c3 charitable organization. All contributions to Civic Health Project and our grantees are fully tax-deductible and DAF-eligible.

Civic Health Project invests in initiatives focused on four pillars of activity:


individuals to broader, more balanced, and more diverse sources of information thereby reducing the “selective exposure” that tends to harden bias.


individuals in “intergroup contact” to dispel negative stereotypes, reduce partisan animus, and foster tolerance for opposing viewpoints.


individuals directly regarding affective polarization’s causes and consequences, to encourage adoption of de-biasing / depolarizing attitudes and behaviours.


and strengthen “cross-cutting identities” that mitigate against partisan affiliation as a primary (and divisive) social identity.

Our Approach

We support transformative, cross-disciplinary academic research into the causes and consequences of eroding civil discourse, especially human behaviour patterns that hinder healthy political decision-making.

We also support the efforts of leading practitioners in disseminating training, tools, and methodologies that are shown to be effective in reducing polarization, increasing empathy and rationality, and improving overall civic health.

We seek to foster collaborative interaction between leading academics and practitioners, ensuring that hands-on approaches to reducing polarization and improving civil discourse are informed by the latest, most compelling academic research.

We use targeting, incentives, and measurement to ensure in a hands-on way that the research and tools we promote are reaching intended audiences and delivering measurable improvements in civic health.

Our Team

Civic Health Project’s team members bring diverse leadership expertise from academia, finance, technology, and the non-profit sector. Collectively, we are dedicated to supporting and showcasing the most promising efforts to reduce partisan animosity and enable constructive, collaborative problem-solving.

Rob Romero

Founding Partner

Rob Romero, Founding Partner

Rob Romero founded Civic Health Project in recognition of the fact that acrimony and incredulity towards opposing views (and the people who hold these views) has deepened in recent years, especially in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.

Rob is a passionate advocate for research, insights, and tools that help human behavior, social media, and democracy to “play better” together, reducing the corrosive forces of polarization. Prior to founding Civic Health Project, Rob supported multiple projects and initiatives to enhance media literacy and civic reasoning.

Rob is currently CEO of Connective Capital, an investor in emerging growth companies. Prior to launching Connective, Rob held leadership roles in marketing and engineering at Cisco and various tech startups. Rob earned his BA in Economics, BS in Electrical Engineering, and MS in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University.

Kristin Hansen

Executive Director

Kristin Hansen, Executive Director

As the Executive Director of Civic Health Project, Kristin is dedicated to accelerating the efforts of academics and practitioners who seek to reduce polarization and improve civil discourse in our citizenry, politics, and media.

In addition to her role at Civic Health Project, Kristin serves on the advisory boards of AllSides, Business for America, and Listen First Project. She also serves as a year-round lecturer in Strategic Communications at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Prior to her current work in civil discourse, Kristin held senior executive roles at Intel, IBM, and multiple start-up software companies. She holds a BA in Political Science and an MA in International Policy Studies from Stanford University, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Ann Reidy

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Ann Reidy, Director of Strategic Initiatives

As Civic Health Project’s Director of Operations, Ann works to identify and help amplify promising, scalable efforts to reduce polarization in American society.

In addition to her work with the Civic Health Project, Ann is the Founder and Director of American Pals, a national schools-based bridging initiative. She is also conducting research on the vast landscape of bridging ventures across the United States.
Ann brings leadership experience in academia, non-profit management, and secondary education to her work at Civic Health Project. She holds a BA in Literature from UC Santa Cruz and a PhD from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Bob Quinn


Bob Quinn, Partner

For more than 25 years Bob has held leadership positions in internet and mobile software development at companies ranging from IBM and Apple to a number of Silicon Valley startups, where his focus has been on AI and health technology.

Prior to his commercial work, Bob carried out research in the application of cognitive social psychology and decision analysis to public health policy at Harvard University. He holds a PhD in cognitive science from the University of Colorado and a BA from Dartmouth College.

Bob joined Civic Health Project with the goal of using his background in technology, social science and healthcare to help diagnose and treat our civic health challenges.

Sofía Politi

Research & Operations Assistant

Sofía Politi

Sofía Politi, Research & Operations Assistant

As Civic Health Project’s Research & Operations Assistant, Sofia supports several operational activities and helps develop new strategic projects. At the present moment, she primarily works on improving our fundraising and communication efforts and promoting the adoption of SCIM (previously called PQ/BQ), an impact measurement tool for bridging interventions.

Sofía holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Government from Torcuato di Tella University in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Prior to Civic Health Project, she was a research assistant on legislative behavior at her Alma Mater and worked at CIPPEC, a prestigious public policy think tank.

Cambria Findley-Grubb

Social Media & Web Marketing Manager

Cambria Findley-Grubb, Social Media & Web Marketing Manager

As the Social Media and Web Marketing Manager, Cambria amplifies the message of decreasing affective polarization through the organization’s social media and web presence.

Prior to Civic Health Project, Cambria worked to leverage community members in volunteerism and civic engagement through the American Red Cross and UNICEF USA. In addition, Cambria completed a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship in Nova Scotia, Canada, studying the impact of education policy on indigenous populations and examining issues of educational justice. Cambria holds a Triple BA in Political Science, Peace Studies, and Religious Studies from Chapman University, and a MA in Political Communication from the University of Florida.

Julia Kamin

Director of Research and Evaluation

Julia Kamin, Director of Research and Evaluation

As Civic Health Project’s Researcher, Julia primarily works on developing “PQ”, a measurement tool designed to measure the impact of media and interventions on reducing or increasing toxic polarization

Based in New York City, Julia works with organizations that leverage social science to improve civic discourse and mitigate toxic political polarization both on and off line. In her dissertation work, Julia used agent based models and experimental designs to examine the dynamics of information polarization in social media. Previously she was research manager at Citizens and Technology Lab, Cornell University, where she conducted field experiments in collaboration with online communities to test the effectiveness of prosocial interventions.

Julia received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Our Academic Research Council

Katherine Cramer

Professor of Political Science

Natalie C. Holton Chair of Letters & Science University of Wisconsin, Madison

Katherine Cramer, Professor of Political Science

Natalie C. Holton Chair of Letters & Science University of Wisconsin, Madison

Katherine Cramer is a Professor of Political Science and Natalie C. Holton Chair of Letters & Science at UW Madison. During the 2018-2019 academic year she is a Visiting Professor with the Laboratory for Social Machines at the MIT Media Lab. She is known for her innovative approach to the study of public opinion, in which she uses methods like inviting herself into the conversations of groups of people to listen to the way they understand public affairs. Her award-winning book, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker, brought to light rural resentment toward cities and its implications for contemporary politics. She is also the author (as Katherine Cramer Walsh) of Talking about Race: Community Dialogues and the Politics of Difference and Talking about Politics: Informal Groups and Social Identity in American Life.

Jonathan Haidt

Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership Business and Society Program

New York University Stern School of Business

Jonathan Haidt, Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership Business and Society Program

New York University Stern School of Business

Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist, Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business, and author. His main areas of study are the psychology of morality and the moral emotions. Haidt is the author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, which examines how morality is shaped by emotion and intuition more than by reasoning, and why differing political groups have different notions of right and wrong. He also co-authored The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, which explores the rising political polarization and changing culture on college campuses, and its effects on mental health.

Shanto Iyengar

Professor of Political Science Senior Fellow

Hoover Institution Stanford University

Shanto Iyengar, Professor of Political Science Senior Fellow

Hoover Institution Stanford University

Shanto Iyengar is a Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and is also a senior fellow (by courtesy) at the Hoover Institution. Iyengar’s teaching and research addresses the role of the news media and mass communication in contemporary politics. He is the author of several books including Media Politics: A Citizen’s Guide, Going Negative: How Political Advertisements Shrink and Polarize the Electorate, Explorations in Political Psychology, and News That Matters: Television and American Opinion.

Robb Willer

Professor of Sociology Director

Polarization and Social Change Lab Stanford University

Robb Willer, Professor of Sociology Director

Polarization and Social Change Lab Stanford University

Robb Willer is a Professor of Sociology, Psychology (by courtesy), and Organizational Behavior (by courtesy), the director of the Polarization and Social Change Lab at Stanford University, and the co-Director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University. Willer’s research has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Annual Review of Sociology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Administrative Science Quarterly, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences.

Our Advisory Council

Laura Maristany

Director of External Affairs

Bitwise Industries

Laura Maristany, Director of External Affairs

Bitwise Industries

Laura Maristany is the Director of External Affairs at Bitwise Industries, an organization which leverages private/public partnerships to develop a skilled and representative workforce through tech apprenticeships. Laura has extensive Capitol Hill and policy making experience having served as chief federal advocate and Director of the Washington, D.C. office for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) and as Executive Director of Legislative Affairs for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). In addition, Laura previously served as the Associate Director for Constructive Politics at Democracy Fund, an independent foundation working to ensure that the U.S. political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

Parisa Parsa

Chief Executive Officer

Parisa Parsa, Chief Executive Officer

Parisa Parsa serves as CEO of, which builds systems that bring underheard community voices and perspectives back to the center of a healthier public dialogue, in partnership with the Laboratory for Social Machines at the MIT Media Lab. Parisa previously served in religious and secular nonprofit leadership roles, most recently as Executive Director of Essential Partners, devoted to creating constructive dialogue across deep divides. She holds an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School.

Duf Sundheim

Leadership Council, California Forward

Former Chairman, California Republican Party

Duf Sundheim, Leadership Council, California Forward

Former Chairman, California Republican Party

Duf Sundheim has played a key role in historic bipartisan reforms, served as advisor to governors and other senior officials, chairman of the California Republican Party from 2003-2007, and has received national and state awards for his efforts.  Duf currently serves as a member of the Federal Court’s Advanced Mediation Practice Group, a member of the Leadership Council of California Forward, a non-partisan non-profit that works for shared prosperity, and Director of Strategic Planning and Legal Counsel for Technifex.

Memberships and Affiliations

Civic Health Project is proud to partner with fellow organizations committed to improving America’s civic health.