Featured Member: Quorum, Improving Transparency Between Citizens and Their Government

Quorum is a public affairs software platform that empowers organizations to launch grassroots advocacy campaigns, manage stakeholder engagement, and monitor legislation and dialogue in Washington DC, Brussels, all 50 states, and thousands of U.S. cities. With Quorum, advocacy groups, trade associations, corporations, and nonprofits can make an impact on issues they care about.

Our co-founders, Alex Wirth and Jonathan Marks, started Quorum as undergraduates at Harvard. Alex had spent a summer on Capitol Hill trying to find legislators who would cosponsor a resolution to implement a Presidential Youth Council, but he struggled to identify which members would help champion the issue. So he went to his roommate Jonathan, a chemical and physical biology major, who spent the summer mapping protein networks. Jonathan thought, you can probably map issues and relationships in Congress like you map proteins? But to create these networks of legislators, Alex and Jonathan needed the data to identify the connections—who is cosponsoring legislation with who, which issue does each member work on most frequently, who mentions who on social media and in floor statements?

Since that whiteboard moment in a dorm room, Quorum has rapidly grown from a congressional analytics tool to a six product software company spanning grassroots advocacy, legislative tracking, and stakeholder engagement.

The free flow of data has fueled innovation across multiple industries and professions. In the world of public policy, however, advocacy professionals have been left to scour across disparate data sources and services in search of the information they need to be successful. Quorum is closing that gap. We’re working to centralize all the legislation, statements, and social media posts policy makers in the U.S. and European Union are publishing online.

Data transparency and reducing barriers to access have been key ingredients to the success of Quorum’s platform over the past three years. Whether it’s advocating for the release of legislative data in machine-readable form or educating policy makers on the value of publicly accessible data, we are proud supporters of initiatives that improve the overall transparency between citizens and their government.