Ilir Zherka is a life-long advocate of human rights and civic engagement. Ilir recently joined the National Conference on Citizenship as Executive Director. For the previous ten years, he was the Executive Director of DC Vote. At DC Vote, Ilir organized a coalition of 100 non-profit advocacy organizations to promote civic participation and democracy in the nation’s capital. He also gained political experience working in the Clinton Administration and on Capitol Hill. Ilir has taught emerging leaders at Georgetown University and as an associate with the Human Systems Dynamics Institute.