About COCE

The Center on Civic Engagement's core mission is to advance the full spectrum of nonpartisan civic engagement and voter participation, in order to build political power among underrepresented communities throughout the United States. COCE is a 501(c)(3) organization.


COCE provides hands-on training and technical assistance to non-profit, nonpartisan civic engagement organizations on the local, state, and national levels.

COCE works to help find collaborative opportunities for organizations and campaigns that promote nonpartisan civic engagement programs in underrepresented and emerging majority communities.



John founded (and has since managed) the Center on Civic Engagement in 2013, bringing over 22 years of experience in field, communications, technology/IT recruiting, and strategic planning. His work since and prior to founding COCE has allowed him to apply his unique skills to non-profit campaigns and initiatives all over the country (in over 30 states).

John has extensive experience working with non-partisan organizations. As the principal of Crossroads Campaigns, John was the managing consultant for the We Are America Alliance, an FFF grantee comprised of national and state field groups, beginning in 2009. John founded the Center on Civic Engagement to continue his non-partisan work in the Latino and African American communities, and to begin his work with emerging API groups.

Over the last few decades, John has built and sustained his current client base of over 50 organizations by providing long-term technical assistance and support that is unique to each organization’s needs and situations.


Emily is a Georgia native and got her start working in politics with the Georgia House Democratic Caucus. Since then, she has worked on a Georgia Senate race and a Super PAC in Florida. She graduated from Kennesaw State University where she studied communications and public relations. Occasionally, Emily will put down her phone for a good taco or a good book.


Dane Taylor joined COCE in April of 2012 and brings a diverse technical background to the team. Prior to joining COCE, Dane worked within a technical aspect at Apple for five years, and prior to that, in advertising and in a development and design capacity in such varied industries as banks, non-profits, education, social-media and email marketing. His experience in web/mobile development, graphic communications, publishing and SEO analysis provides a unique set of offerings and possibilities for our clients.

Dane has been interviewed for his experience and technical background by the Wall Street Journal, and has provided training to non-profits and publishing companies.

As a DC native, he grew up on Capitol Hill, and attended school at The University of the District of Colombia.