About

The Modern Policy Institute


What do you know about your representatives in government?

You probably know what they tell you.

…but do you know how they’ve voted? Who gives them money? Who they give money to?

The Modern Policy Institute was founded by individuals who have fought to drag local government into the 21st century. We have identified three key barriers to modernization:

1. Uninformed Voters

It’s the information age. There’s more information than ever before. But the ability to connect with others around the world distracts us from important issues. In today’s world, it’s easier to find information about an internet celebrity than your hometown mayor.

2. Information Imbalance

An information imbalance exists between voters and politicians. Political candidates amass more and more information about voters while making their own actions and finances more and more opaque. Voters should be entitled to privacy, not candidates.

3. Cost of Entry

An information imbalance exists between voters and politicians. Political candidates amass more and more information about voters while making their own actions and finances more and more opaque. Voters should be entitled to privacy, not candidates.

How do we Modernize?

We believe that by providing the right tools and information, we can help candidates and voters make government transparent, efficient, and fair.

Who Are We?


David Esrati

David Esrati, President & Founder

Specializes in branding, competent web strategies using open source tools, and effective community building. Dayton, Ohio political muckraker and maverick candidate.

Sarah Seagraves, Treasurer

Sarah is the proprietor of 67b Bookkeeping. As a QuickBooks Online Certified ProAdvisor, Sarah ensures sure our books & financial reports are in order.

Kim McCarthy

Kim McCarthy, Board Member

Kim McCarthy is an accountant with nearly three decades of experience as a business owner and operator. She is a community organizer and activist. Kim is a two-time candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives.

Dan Curran, Board Member

President Emeritus, University of Dayton. Ph.D in Sociology. Served as an educator and community leader. Extensive experience with nonprofits, event planning, and strategic planning.

Dan Curran
David Lawrence

David Lawrence, Board Member

 A well read, well traveled, student of educational transformation. Focused on strategies for urban school district turnarounds, wrap-around services for collective impact, and student and parent engagement on all levels.

Aquiles La Grave, Board Member

Chief Strategy Officer at TradeUp and founder of Brandzooka. Award-winning product leader, entrepreneur, and investor. Mentors start-ups and writes for AdAge and DowJones.

Aquiles La Grave
Diane Wenbi Lai

Diane Wenbi Lai, Board Member

A creative engineer who combines manufacturing and quality experience with strong leadership and communication skills. Has experience in all levels of product development and is adept at improving and building corporate culture.