Board of Directors

Jehmu Greene, Board Chair & Founding Board Member – Austin, TX

Jehmu Greene is an evangelist for social good, an award-winning media and advocacy strategist, proud Texan and recent candidate for Chair of the Democratic National Committee. Heading into her eighth year as a Fox News Political Analyst, Jehmu unapologetically defends progressive values and policies on the network. She co-founded Define American with Jose Antonio Vargas, an initiative that uses media and culture to elevate the immigration reform conversation and is a founding board member of… Read more

Shannon M. Garrett, Co-Founder and Board Member – Holland, MI

Shannon M. Garrett is the Founder and President of SMG Strategies. Operating under a personal mission statement of “Honor. Empower. Amplify.,” Shannon is a nationally recognized trainer, strategist, civic engagement consultant and leadership coach. Shannon’s commitment to advancing equity and inclusion in civic life has introduced her to communities throughout the United States, where she has worked alongside thousands of candidates, elected officials, social activists and civic-minded organizations. Her consulting firm, SMG Strategies, combines over… Read more

Rhonda Briggins, Co-Founder and Board Member – Atlanta, GA

Rhonda Briggins, J.D. dedicates her life to public service through her role as a community advocate, political strategist, and servant leader. She serves on various boards of directors such as the Bridge Crossing Jubilee, VoteRunLead, DeKalb Workforce Development, and DeKalb Housing Authority Advisory Committee. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and she is the Regional Social Action Coordinator for the Southern Region which includes Alabama, Bahamas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee.… Read more

Liz Johnson, Co-Founder and Board Member – Duluth, MN

Liz Johnson is a co-founder and board member at VoteRunLead, a national organization that supports the aspirations of women who want to transform our country and democracy through their participation as leaders. As a former Director of Community and Operations at VRL and Director of Rural Programs at The White House Project, Liz has worked with countless women leaders to inspire, inform and equip them to pursue positions of influence and elective office. A leader… Read more

Stephanie Berger, Treasurer and Founding Board Member – New York, NY

Stephanie Berger is a veteran of three presidential campaigns and an expert, teacher and trainer in the field of fundraising and non-profit development. Stephanie laid the groundwork for starting Berger Hirschberg Strategies by working for 16 years as a political fundraiser. She served as the California Finance Director for Al Gore’s presidential campaign, Finance Director for the Democratic National Convention, Finance Director for John Kerry, and Vice President of Development for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric… Read more

Dawn Crandall, Founding Board Member – Lansing, MI

Dawn Crandall holds leadership positions across nonprofit, political and the private sector. She is the Political Affairs Director for the Home Builders Association of Michigan. Her professional path was led by her passion for the legislative and political arena, starting off as an intern for then Senator Connie Binsfeld, later working for former State Senator Norm Shingle and as the legislative aide to State Representative Bev Hammerstrom. Crandall’s early career covered the Senate Finance Office,… Read more

Crystal Patterson, Board Member – Washington, DC

Crystal Patterson is the Government & Politics Outreach Manager with Facebook. As a senior level communications and political professional with extensive experience in strategic communications, including earned and paid media, new media, social networking, rapid response and crisis communications, as well as fundraising and development communications, polling, research and activist engagement, Crystal is uniquely qualified to help guide VoteRunLead’s technology-based training modules and outreach. Prior to her years with Facebook, Crystal was the communications director… Read more

Vanessa Cooksey, Board Member – St.Louis, MO

Vanessa Cooksey has long been a leader promoting responsible community engagement and philanthropy for the private sector, from Cartoon Network to Anheuser-Busch to her current role at Wells Fargo Advisors (WFA). She directs the philanthropy efforts of WFA across the nation and the Wells Fargo Foundation in St. Louis. Their vision is to help communities succeed financially through investments in financial education, healthy aging, arts and culture and workforce development initiatives. Her accomplishments include supporting… Read more