About Redistricting Partners

Redistricting Partners has been working for the last 10 years on redistricting, racially polarized voting analysis, California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) implementation, and mid-decade redistricting work, primarily in California, for the past decade, with GIS and political experience that goes back more than 20 years.

Redistricting Partners was formed with a focus on engaging in the statewide redistricting process under the new California Redistricting Commission in 2011. This work quickly moved into local municipal redistricting, advising and implementing transitions from at-large election systems to districted election systems for dozens of community college districts throughout the state.

For the last decade, much of our work has been with cities, community college districts, school boards and other kinds of agencies, such as hospital districts, water boards and other special districts.

Our work has also extended to outside organizations working to ensure a fair redistricting process, and protect communities.  This includes groups like Equality California, who have sought to preserve the power of LGBTQ communities within redistricting.

Redistricting Partners is headed by Paul Mitchell, a data consultant based in Sacramento .

Mitchell has conducted the redistricting for more than 35 cities, school boards and community college districts, including the Los Angeles Unified School District, and most recently, the Cities of Santa Ana, Davis and Napa.  The firm’s work on racially polarized voting analysis and demographics has aided dozens of agencies as they navigate the California and Federal Voting Rights Acts.

Mitchell also works with nonprofit organizations, such as the Irvine Foundation, American Civil Liberties Union, the Advancement Project, and others in building community engagement and working throughout California on elections and voting issues.

Mitchell has been regularly cited in the media as an expert on elections and redistricting, including as the subject of a CNN Presents special on the decennial redistricting process, being interviewed on the PBS News Hour election coverage in 2020, participating in the 538 Podcast series on redistricting reform, and as a regular analyst on California-based network TV election coverage.

For the past 8 years, Mitchell has also served as Vice President of the bi-partisan Political Data Inc where he works with both political parties, campaigns, nonprofits and universities, with a specialty in polling and survey data. Mitchell earned his Associates Degree from Orange Coast College, Undergraduate from American University and Masters in Public Policy from USC.

Chris Chaffee
Chief Operations Officer with Redistricting Partners and owner of the Chaffee Group, a political consulting and marketing firm based in Sacramento.

During the 2011-2012 redistricting cycle, Chaffee led a team in tracking the state redistricting process through the newly adopted Citizen’s Redistricting Commission, advising clients on the impact of potential legislative and congressional district lines.  This work extended to local redistricting where he successfully led several redistrictings and was part of a team that managed many more.  In the intervening years since the last decennial redistricting process he continued to work on California Voting Rights Act conversions and districting.

In 2020, Chaffee worked extensively with the California Counts statewide census outreach program and multiple community-based organizations in developing and implementing grassroots strategies to increase the count in traditionally hard to count areas.

Sophia Garcia
GIS and Outreach Director for Redistricting Partners and lead presenter on civic engagement in local redistricting.  Garcia is an experienced GIS analyst with a proven track record of interpreting political and geographical data to empower communities.  She most recently worked for the Dolores Huerta Foundation, where she used GIS data and organizing as tools to impact local redistricting.

Garcia is a nationally-recognized leader in using GIS for Equity and Social Justice and serves as the Co Vice Chair of the URISA Pro Equity Social Justice Equity Committee.

Jacob Thompson Fisher
Chief Technical Officer with Redistricting Partners and contract consultant to organizations on demographics, modeling, analytics and data management.

Thompson-Fisher leads a team doing analysis and design of demographic datasets to be used within the redistricting process, managing and maintaining the software infrastructure for clients, assisting in data management and line drawing, and working with clients on technical aspects of GIS files, data, and other software or hardware issues.

Evan McLaughlin
Vice President of Redistricting Partners, McLaughlin most recently served as Chief of Staff to California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, where he managed legislative efforts to expand voting rights and empower underrepresented communities.

Before his work in the State Capitol, McLaughlin was Political and Legislative Director at the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, where he advised a coalition of community organizations in the region on the statewide, county and city redistricting processes that took place in 2011. In 2020 he led a project of analyzing potential districting plans under a California Voting Rights Act conversion and working with a coalition of agencies to help them understand the impacts of potential scenarios.

Jacob Coblentz
Data Scientist for Redistricting Parnters, JP brings experience working in data analysis, modeling, artificial intelligence and other advanced programming for previous employers ranging from a private artificial intelligence firm, a leading presidential campaign, and a national voter data company.

JP spent two years honing his skills as a Senior Associate at the MIT Election Data and Science Lab where he produced research on topics such as the impact of states using online tools to engage voters and modeling voting service times with machine logs.

Daniel Lopez
A staff line-drawer and project manager for Redistricting Partners, Lopez has experience in redistricting going back to 2011.  In that redistricting cycle, Lopez was tracking the Los Angeles City and L.A. County redistricting processes, conducting analysis and drawing out different mapping scenarios with the goal of increasing the voting power of minority communities.

Since 2012, Lopez served as political director for two successful statewide campaigns and has continued to advise local elected officials in the Los Angeles region.

Gabriella Morales
Support staff for the Chief Administrative Officer, Morales is working on proposals and business development for Redistricting Partners.

Morales is also building skills, tracking statewide and local redistricting processes, managing information that is being presented to clients, and developing skills as a new line drawer for the 2021 cycle.

Alan Yan
Undertaking special projects for Redistricting Partners, Yan has previously worked for Paul Mitchell with Redistricting Partners on data analysis, visualization, polling and other intersections of politics and data.