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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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.… 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… 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… 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… Read more