At its first meeting this fall, the governing board of the New Haven Democracy Fund, a public campaign finance program, elected Jared Milfred ’16 its chair.
Milfred, who leads Democracy United, a group at Yale promoting good-government, was appointed to the board this summer. His installation gave the body back its quorum, which means it can resume doing official business.
“Now that we once again have enough members to constitute a quorum, I hope we will internalize lessons from last the last election cycle — which was by all measures an extraordinary success — and make several important procedural tweaks to ensure the program’s continued good functioning,” Milfred said in an email.
Last year’s mayoral election saw a record four candidates opt into public financing. Milfred said he will seek to emulate the work of the board’s former chair, attorney Patrician Kane. Beyond building personnel back up, the board will continue this fall looking into the feasibility of extending public campaign financing to aldermanic races.