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Change the Rules

Because changing the rules changes everything.


Our mission is to reform the American political system by providing citizens with a tangible way to achieve fundamental change by being objective and “strategic.”


Our vision is a system with competition, where every vote counts, and money plays its proper role. We have created a route to these practical solutions.


Entrepreneurially-oriented donors enable Change the Rules to educate the public on how to enact a set of structural reforms and address problems with “one-click”.

Our CEO & Board

Tom Curren

Change the Rules Creator & Founder

CTR is founded and managed by Tom Curren. Tom is also founder of Hawthorne Consultants, a firm specializing in the integration of strategy and organization change.

For more 20 years, Tom Curren has been developing a successful practice in aligning top teams, improving strategy execution, and shifting organizational cultures. He works primarily at the CEO and Division President level as a consultant, “thought partner,” coach and facilitator. He has done substantive work in media, oil and gas exploration, leisure products, health care, home building, financial services, retail, travel and industrial products.

For 13 years, Tom served as the Senior Vice President, Corporate Planning and Business Development at Marriott Corporation, where he contributed significantly to Marriott’s long-term growth. During Tom’s tenure, sales increased from $1 billion to $7.5 billion, with a compound profit growth rate of 17%. Tom was a member of the Finance Committee and considered one of the top 10 executives in the corporation. He created and introduced Courtyard by Marriott, currently a $ 500+ million business and the most preferred brand in the moderate lodging market.

Tom has also been employed by McKinsey & Company, first as an Engagement Manager in the New York Office, and subsequently as a Fellow at the McKinsey Change Center, where he helped pioneer more comprehensive ways to improve performance and strategy execution.

Tom began his career learning about marketing at Compton Advertising as an Account Executive on Procter and Gamble’s soaps and detergents business.

He has served as an officer in the United States Navy, managing 120 employees at a naval station and operating off the coast of Vietnam on the USS Tappahannock.

Tom holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton Graduate Division at the University of Pennsylvania, with honors and a double major in marketing and finance. He has a B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

Chris Mahai


Chris Mahai is President of Aveus, a global strategy and operational change consultancy division of Medecision. Through Aveus Chris has led client engagements around the world. In this capacity, Chris has worked with more than 100 companies from global giants to startups across most major industry categories. Her background is as diverse as her interests, with significant experience as a corporate executive, entrepreneur, consultant, investor, writer, speaker, and board member. Prior to Aveus she held corporate executive roles in the financial services, media, and professional services businesses.

In addition to Change the Rules, Chris serves on the Board of Directors of the Macquarie (Australia) MGU Fund (NYSE: MGU), the National Council of GrayWolf Press, one of the foremost independent presses in the world, and the Advisory Board of Ad Fontes Media, a new start up whose mission is “making news consumers smarter and news media better.”

Chris is the author of BOLD: Essential Leadership for Transformative Change, released in September 2018 and an earlier book, ROAR: Strengthening business performance through speed, predictability, flexibility and leverage.

Chris hold degrees from Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies; University of Minnesota, Master’s in Business Administration; University of Wisconsin, Superior, Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Economics (Highest Honors); and Northwestern University N.M.C. Advanced Executive Program.

Adam Hartung


Adam Hartung is an accomplished senior executive and Director who has generated more than $20 billion in total revenue growth and value creation for public and private firms, including Fortune 100 companies. He has held broad international leadership roles including sales and marketing, corporate development, M&A, intellectual property and licensing experience. For the last eight years Adam has written a leadership column for (with over 50,000readers) as well a leadership columnist for six years for CIO Magazine.

His book, Create Marketplace Disruption: How to Stay Ahead of the Competition (Financial Times Press, 2008), helps leaders and managers create evergreen organizations that produce above-average returns.

Adam holds a degree from Wichita State University, BBA, Summa Cum Laude. He graduated with Distinction with an MBA from Harvard Business School (1982).

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