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When We All Vote's Culture of Democracy Summit


Director/Editor: Laila Iravani

EPs: Kurt Williamson, Warren Oliver

Production Supervisor: Tara Roberts 

Head of Production: Kim Velona

Cam Unit A DP: Chris Velona

Cam Unit A AC: Darnell Bettis

Cam Unit A Gaffer: Zoey Towner

Cam Unit A Key Grip: Andrew Harrold

Cam Unit A Sound Op: Christian Lainez 

Cam Unit A Teleprompter: Walter Rivera 

Cam Unit A PA: Khafira Freeman

Cam Unit B Cam Ops: Rafael Gomez, Daniel Henry, Michel Alanis

Cam Unit B ACs: Brandon Yavas, Taylor Ross, Carolina Vazquez 

Cam Unit B VTR: Mikey Waters 

Cam Unit B Sound Op: Jonathan Mendoza 

Cam Unit B PAs: Jason Urbanski, Shantae Mann

Cam Unit C Cam Op: Symeon Platts

Cam Unit C 1st AC: Alejandro Olmedo 

Cam Unit C Swing: Monica Meija 

Cam Unit C PA: Erick Ligocki


In June 2022 When We All Vote hosted its inaugural Culture of Democracy Summit in Los Angeles. The four-day nonpartisan convening brought together artists, athletes, academics, grassroots organizers, and business leaders to discuss the role different industries play in protecting and strengthening democracy through voter registration, education, mobilization, and culture change. 


Laila Iravani led all video strategy and production for the summit from pre-production to final delivery (scouting, production coordination, video direction, editing, and all post-production needs). Video work would not be possible without the support of a talented crew supplied by HollandWest Productions.

Summit Recap Video 

Editor/Motion GFX: Laila Iravani



MSNBC | New summit encourages youth to vote

ABC 7 | Michelle Obama delivers speech at LA voting summit, urges voters to stay engaged

Fox 11 | Michelle Obama headlines 'Culture of Democracy Summit'

NBC LA | Michelle Obama Speaks at Culture of Democracy Summit

CBS  | Former First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at Culture of Democracy Summit

CBS News | Michelle Obama closes out 4-day Culture of Democracy Summit

Times-News Network


North Brief   

NBC News | As primaries continue, Michelle Obama urges voters to press on


Marie Claire | 5 Practical Things You Can Do to Protect Democracy

Associated Press | Michelle Obama Urges Voters To Stay Engaged In Anxious Times 

Yahoo News 

Washington Post 


SF Gate 


Miami Herald  

SF Chronicle

Star Tribune 

Tulsa World 

Buffalo News



St. Louis Dispatch      

My Northwest

Las Vegas Sun  

The Olympian


Connecticut Post   

The Hour

San Antonio Express News

The Telegraph

Sun Herald    

Lake County Star

The San Diego Union Tribune

Fox News | Michelle Obama warns 'our democracy is fading' in speech boosting voter participation 

Yahoo! News 

Love By Life 

POPSUGAR | Michelle Obama Delivers Powerful Call to Action at When We All Vote Summit

Honest Columnist

Technical Ripon

Buzz News Post


Reporter Wings  

POPSUGAR | Selena Gomez Introduces "Friend" Michelle Obama at When We All Vote Summit

Yahoo Lifestyle

Yahoo Entertainment

Buzz News Post 

Reporter Wings

Honest Columnist  

People | Michelle Obama Joins Selena Gomez in Urging People to Vote: 'No One Has the Luxury to Sit Out'

Yahoo! Entertainment 

People | Selena Gomez Gushes About Being Part of Michelle Obama's 'Voting Squad'

Yahoo! Entertainment 

The Grio |  Michelle Obama delivers impassioned speech on voting: ‘If you don’t…others will!’

Yahoo! News 

The Root | Michelle Obama & When We All Vote Executive Director Warn not to "Sit Out" of Voting

Yahoo! Lifestyle 

International Business Times | Selena Gomez Joins 'Friend' Michelle Obama's Voting Squad: 'Couldn't Be More Proud' 

ABC7 | Michelle Obama delivers speech at LA voting summit, urges voters to stay engaged

NBC Los Angeles | Michelle Obama to Deliver Keynote Speech at Culture of Democracy Summit


NBC San Diego  

Spectrum News 1


OLT News 

EBONY | When We All Vote Executive Director Stephanie L. Young Discusses Michelle Obama’s Culture of Democracy Summit

Telemundo 52 | Michelle Obama en Los Ángeles promueve la importancia del voto en la Cumbre de La Cultura de la Democracia 


The Just Group UK | Michelle Obama Delivers Speech at When We All Vote Summit

The Orange County Register | Michelle Obama urges LA Summit crowd to help ‘expand democracy’

Press Enterprise

Pasadena Star News

Daily Bulletin  

Daily Breeze   

San Gabriel Valley Tribune | Michelle Obama speech among highlights at LA’s Culture of Democracy Summit 

Daily Breeze

Whittier Daily News

Pasadena Star News   

Daily News

Pasadena Star-News | LA voting summit’s lively conversations focus on democracy

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Los Angeles Daily News

The Orange County Register

Daily Breeze

Whittier Daily News

Press Telegram      

Patch | Culture of Democracy Summit Kicks Off With Michelle Obama Monday

Just Jared | Selena Gomez Appears at When We All Vote Summit to Introduce Friend Michelle Obama - Read Her Speech!

Just Jared | Selena Gomez & Bretman Rock Attend When We All Vote’s Culture of Democracy Summit

Geo News | Selena Gomez teams up with Michelle Obama for American democracy


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