Kam Franklin of the Gulf Coast soul band The Suffers is joining HeadCount’s Board of Directors!
She joins a group that also includes Bob Weir of Dead & Company, John McCrea of CAKE, SiriusXM radio personalities Jonathan Schwartz and Stefani Scamardo, former Obama White House official Alyssa Mastramonoco, Republican strategist Gordon Hensley, and Marc Brownstein of The Disco Biscuits.
“I’m very pleased to be joining the HeadCount board,” said Kam. “I look forward to working alongside some of the most knowledgeable individuals in the music industry to further the HeadCount mission of promoting participation in democracy.”
Franklin is the first female musician to join HeadCount’s board.
Beyond her work as a singer-songwriter, she is an activist, writer, motivational speaker and actress. Both Forbes and Vice have featured Kam for her activism and business ventures that seek to create an inclusive environment in the arts for females from all backgrounds. Fronting The Suffers, she has performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
“Kam Franklin is a very important addition to our Board of Directors” said Andy Bernstein, HeadCount’s co-founder and Executive Director. “I first met Kam on our The Future Is Voting college tour last fall, and knew right away that she could have a tremendous positive impact on our organization.”
2018 marked HeadCount’s most successful Midterm Election ever, registering over 80,000 voters and deploying at nearly 2,000 events. Partner artists and tours included Beyonce and Jay-Z’s OTR II tour,, Vans Warped Tour, Drake, Dave Matthews Band and Panic! At The Disco HeadCount also joined forces with with brands like Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia and Levi Strauss & Co. as well as the March For Our Lives student movement.
“Kam is an awesome addition to the HeadCount family,” said Brownstein of The Disco Biscuits, who is, HeadCount’s co-founder. “HeadCount is about making sure everyone’s voice is heard. And Kam has quite the voice to be heard.”