VoteRunLead is a training powerhouse for women looking to run for local and state office. 

About Us

With more than 26,000 women trained to run for office, VoteRunLead is the largest and most diverse campaign and leadership program in the country. Our mission is to educate diverse women to unleash their independent political power, seek public office and transform American democracy. We work to equip women with the right know-how, trainings and how-to’s to help them enter politics with a purpose. We believe that by empowering women to run as they are, they will build a campaign based on their own passion, their own ideas and their own values.

How We Do It

VoteRunLead’s unique campaign and leadership trainings are practical, actionable, nonpartisan and individualized. Our recent survey, found in Marie Claire magazine, reported that 56% of the women polled said they don’t think as many women run for office as men because no one has ever encouraged them to run. Well, VRL wants to change that narrative by training women to run for office regardless of their political experience or “permission” to do so. We believe women have the talents to achieve their political ambition and to be unapologetic about it. These award-winning trainings are designed to encourage women to “RUN AS YOU ARE” and win. Our cutting-edge online tools put campaign resources and live political experts within reach. We have nearly 60 training resources available on our website for our partners and VoteRunLead alum to use and share.

But our work doesn’t stop there.

We also combine the results of our online and in-person trainings onto a social media platform for women to access our vast support network of VoteRunLead alums. This is part of our commitment to provide continuous support to all of our trainees along their political journey. 

Why This Matters

We are in urgent need of a more inclusive and diverse government.  A 2014 study found that of over 42,000 elected officials nationwide, from President to the county level, 90% are white, in a country that is 37% people of color. Additionally, 71% of elected officials are male, even though men comprise only 49% of the population of the U.S. Now through 2020, our focus is clear: recruit and train 30,000 women to run for political office. This is a historic time, when women are stepping up in droves to run for office and make impactful change. Thousands of women are ready to take the helm and have already reached out to VoteRunLead for campaign training. With each election being just as important as the next, we are committed to building a strong, sustainable network of women who are ready to vote, ready to run and ready to lead.

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Meet the Team

Erin Vilardi, Founder and Executive Director

Erin Vilardi is the Founder and Director of VoteRunLead, a national organization leveraging technology and training to accelerate the number of women in civic and political leadership. She first launched VRL as Vice President of Program and Communications at The White House Project, establishing the largest national political training program… Read more

Amanda O’Donnell, Chief Operating Officer

Amanda O’Donnell is a finance and operations professional experienced in planning, analysis, and management of innovative and high-growth organizations.  She is passionate about empowering women and girls in leadership, bridging digital divides, and increasing diversity in STEM and Government. Amanda is thrilled to have joined VoteRunLead in 2017 as the… Read more

Faith Winter, Training Coordinator

Faith Winter is currently a Colorado State Representative, Executive Director of Emerge Colorado and consultant for VoteRunLead. Faith has spent her entire career inspiring people to action whether it is the thousands of women she trained to run for office at The White House Project, the young voters she turned… Read more

Mark Vilardi, Events & Operations Manager

Growing up, Mark lived in a household filled with strong women, solidifying his passion for and belief in gender equality. For over a decade, Mark has worked almost every possible position in the hospitality and restaurant industry in New York City, fine-tuning his management and organizational skills. Mark is an… Read more

Maria Elena Garcia, Operations Fellow

Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, but also loves to call New York her second home, Maria is currently a senior at Barnard studying Sociology and Economics. On campus she serves as Co-President of Mujeres, a cultural support group for Latinas and allies. In addition to attending a women’s college… Read more

Christina Saint Louis, Program Fellow

Christina Saint Louis is a junior at Barnard College majoring in American Studies with a concentration in Media & Popular Culture and minoring in Political Science. Before joining the VRL team in September, she was a Fundraising & Communications Fellow on a congressional campaign in south Florida. As an aspiring… Read more

Tyler Shaffer, Design Fellow

Ty Shaffer is a conceptual, visual designer with a love for branding, typography, and creative direction. Ty is a recent graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design, from where he earned his BFA in Advertising and Graphic Design. After completing his co-op as a design intern at The… Read more

Katie Troyer, Local Community Engagement & Events Strategist

Katie has committed her career to ensuring members of historically underserved communities are given access to decision making processes within large institutions. Katie began her career as a campaign field organizer with the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party. Her work on the 2010 Minnesota gubernatorial campaign led to the opportunity… Read more

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