Advisory Board

Marie Wilson, Chair of Advisory Board – New York, NY

An advocate of women’s leadership for more than 40 years, Marie Wilson was president of the Ms. Foundation for Women for 22 years, creator of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work ® Day and author of Closing the Leadership Gap: Why Women Can and Must Help Run the World (Viking 2004). In 1998, Wilson founded The White House Project in order to build a richly diverse, genuinely representative democracy. During its tenure, The White… Read more

Jimmie Briggs, Advisory Board Member – New York, NY

Over the past two decades, Jimmie Briggs has earned a reputation as one of the most respected human rights advocates in the field of journalism. Through extensive travels to countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, the St. Louis, Missouri-native and graduate of Morehouse College has produced seminal reporting on the lives of war-affected youth and children soldiers, as well as survivors of sexual violence. A National Magazine Award finalist and recipient of honors… Read more

Keya Dannenbaum, Advisory Board Member – Greater New York City Area

Keya Dannenbaum is the founder and CEO at Versa, an award-wining company on a mission to keep the press strong and the public informed and engaged. Her passion for public affairs and undying pursuit of meaningful work has taken her on a far-ranging journey, through myriad disciplines and around the world. She has studied and worked in public and international affairs as an undergraduate at Stanford and a doctoral candidate at Princeton; internationally as a… Read more

Marci Harris, J.D., LL.M, Advisory Board Member – Redwood City, CA

Marci Harris, J.D., LL.M, is the co-founder and CEO of POPVOX — a neutral, nonpartisan civic engagement platform that combines legislative data with individuals’ personal stories in a format optimized for the U.S. Congress. The concept for POPVOX arose from her experience as counsel to the Health Subcommittee Chairman for the House Ways and Means Committee throughout the legislative process for U.S. healthcare system reform. Marci began public service work as Tornado Recovery Coordinator for… Read more

Thad Hellman, Board Advisory Member – Minneapolis, MN

Thad Hellman is the Director of State and Local Government Affairs at Target in Minneapolis, MN, where he leads a team of fifteen government affairs professionals responsible for strategically engaging on public policy issues at state capitols and city governments across the country. His team manages relationships with hundreds of elected officials, trade associations, internal business partners, and industry peers, and analyzes an extensive range of policy issues with potential impact to the business. Thad… Read more

Deb Fitzpatrick, Advisory Board Member – Minneapolis, MN

Debra Fitzpatrick directs the Center on Women and Public Policy at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. She leads a partnership with the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota examining the status of women and girls in Minnesota and leads research and outreach efforts in the areas of women and electoral politics, gender and judging, and women-centered non-profits. As part of this work she conducts successful bi-partisan programming work with women legislators and local… Read more

Heidi Sieck, Advisory Board Member – New York City

Heidi Sieck brings 25 years of experience at the intersection of technology and politics, devoting her life to implementing innovations that help women elevate in political leadership. She is the founding Chief Operating Officer of, a new social platform for politics, connecting candidates, political organizations and voters from national to local level. was designed with the first-time woman leader in mind, based on her experience leading women’s advocacy in San Francisco politics and… Read more

Rina Shah Bharara, Advisory Board Member – Washington, DC

Rina Shah Bharara is a strategic consultant, media commentator, & millennial entrepreneur based in Washington, DC. Prior to launching Rilax Strategies – a government and public affairs firm –- Rina spent four years on Capitol Hill serving as a senior staffer to Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-5) and Rep. Jeff B. Miller (FL-1). Her professional background also includes time as a field reporter for a local CBS news station in her native West Virginia, and continues… Read more

Jeff Johnson, Advisory Board Member – Washington, DC

Jeff Johnson is a Washington, DC based award-winning journalist, social activist and political commentator. From his celebrated conversations with marquee world figures in the political, business and entertainment arenas to his grass-roots trench work to inspire the next generation of leaders; investigative journalist, political correspondent, and activist, Jeff continues to be a trailblazing social entrepreneur and authentic voice for change. Johnson has spent the last decade merging the worlds of politics and popular culture including… Read more

Jensine Larsen, Advisory Board Member – Portland, OR

Jensine (Yen-See Nah) Larsen, an award-winning social media entrepreneur and international journalist is the founder of World Pulse. Today World Pulse’s digital communication network is linking tens of thousands of women from more than 190 countries, including those who are speaking out using Internet cafes and cell phones from rural areas and conflict zones -impacting more than 2 million lives. With her finger on the pulse of women’s voices globally, Jensine speaks around the world,… Read more

Jane Swift, Advisory Board Member – Massachusetts

Formerly the Governor of Massachusetts from 2001 to 2003, after having served as Lieutenant Governor as well as a Massachusetts State Senator, Jane has shown a continued commitment to excellence in public education as both an elected official and in the private sector. As a three-term state senator, Jane assisted in crafting the landmark Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993, which introduced accountability, high standards, and innovation into Massachusetts’s public schools. As governor, she implemented… Read more

Lulete Mola- Advisory Board Member- Minneapolis, MN

Lulete Mola is the director of Community Impact for the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. In this position, Lulete leads the implementation and management of the Foundation’s grant making, evaluation, leadership and field building programs that enable large scale systems change. Lulete was active in the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota for several years and original joined the Foundation in 2013 as the Wenda Weekes Moore Intern. In 2014, she became the Reatha Clark King Fellow and… Read more

Erika Alexander, Advisory Board Member

Erika Alexander is an actress, writer and political activist best known for her roles as Cousin Pam on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, and as Maxine Shaw on the FOX sitcom Living Single for which she won two best actress NAACP awards, and Det. LaToya in the 4x Oscar-nominated movie Get Out. She is also the co-creator of the award-winning graphic novel Concrete Park and has been tapped by Joss Whedon to co-write the… Read more

Pakou Hang, Co-Founder and Advisory Board Member – St. Paul, MN

Pakou Hang is a seasoned consultant with expertise in strategic planning, and specializes in civic and voter engagement in New American communities. As a lead trainer and frequent speaker, she has inspired thousands of women and men with her story about her run for office. She has served as the Voter Protection Director for the Minnesota Democratic Party, Deputy Vice President of National Field Operations for the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C., Minnesota Field… Read more

Piper Perabo, Advisory Board Member- NY & LA

Golden Globe nominated Piper Perabo is one of the most talented and versatile actresses working today. Perabo recently joined Awesomeness Films’ YA sci-fi drama, SPONTANEOUS, from writer/director Brian Duffield, as well as Ric Roman Waugh’s ANGEL HAS FALLON, the third installment to the OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN series, starring opposite Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman. Perabo most recently appeared opposite Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Lionsgate’s BLACK BUTTERFLY, a remake of French thriller PAPILLON NOIR… Read more