Erin Vilardi, Founder & CEO

Erin Vilardi is the Founder and CEO of VoteRunLead, the nation’s largest and most diverse training program for women to run for office and win. She first launched VoteRunLead as Vice President of Program and Communications at The White House Project, where she served as the VP of Program and Communications. She has served as a Leadership Development Consultant for a range of clients, including Fortune 100 companies, global girls’ initiatives and the U.S. Department of State, reaching women leaders in a dozen international cities. Vilardi is the co-author of the the Athena CORE10© – an innovative set of leadership competencies for 21st century women leaders based on the latest research and gender analysis for the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College. She has appeared on the mainstage at Personal Democracy Forum, on CNN, BBC, and Fox News and her work was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire, New York Magazine as well as numerous international and domestic articles on women and leadership. She is an Executive Producer of Ann Richards’ Texas, a documentary about the late pioneering governor.
Contact: info@voterunlead.org

Heather Barmore, Director of Public Affairs

Heather Barmore is a digital and political communications professional who currently serves as Director of Communications for VoteRunLead. Prior to joining VoteRunLead she was the Director of Advocacy at Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) and the Director of Digital Communications for Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, DC. She has also held positions with the Democratic National Convention Committee and the Democratic National Committee. Her political career began with an affinity for watching CSPAN’s Senate coverage, a passion she holds to this day. Heather is an advocate for women in politics and excellent storytelling. Her work has been featured in The Guardian, Refinery29, The Huffington Post and Mic. Heather has been on the Advisory Board of Running Start, a nonpartisan movement of young women leaders since 2014. Though a native upstate New Yorker, Heather will soon be calling New York City home.
Contact: heather@voterunlead.org

Amanda O’Donnell, Chief Operating Officer

Amanda O’Donnell is a finance and operations expert who helps innovative and high-growth organizations build capacity to scale and significantly increase impact. She is passionate about empowering women and girls in leadership, bridging digital divides, and increasing diversity in our democratic systems. Amanda is thrilled to have joined VoteRunLead in 2017 as the organization’s first Chief Operations Officer.Prior to VoteRunLead, Amanda built over a decade of experience in the technology sector: as a founding member, CFO, and Partner at Control Group, where she developed financial and operational strategies that enabled the company’s transformation from startup to industry leader to acquisition and merger; and as SVP of Finance at Intersection, a Sidewalk Labs company committed to improving the urban experience, and the team leading LinkNYC.  Throughout her time in the industry, Amanda has been a leader of Women in Technology initiatives. Amanda graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Environmental Science and earned her MPA from NYU-Wagner. She has been a Board Member of MOUSE, a national youth development nonprofit, since 2015.  She is also a proud mom of two native New Yorkers. She resides in Brooklyn, works in Harlem, and loves to travel with her family to far-flung places with just one backpack and a Lonely Planet guide.
Contact: amanda@voterunlead.org

Faith Winter, National Program Director

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 out in 2004, or engaging her constituents on important issues facing Westminster. In 2004 Faith was named one of 30 people under 30 showing political leadership by the Youth Vote Coalition, in 2008 she was named one of the top ten most influential women in Denver by the Denver Examiner, in 2010 she was named Woman of the year by Colorado Business and Professional Women northwest chapter, in 2012 she was named one of the up and coming women leaders to watch by the Denver Post, and in 2014 the Colorado Democratic Party named her rising star. Faith loves organizing because she believes the best way to create change is by building power through people. Faith is a VoteRunLead alum from Colorado Go Run.
Contact: info@voterunlead.org

Maria Elena Garcia, Special Projects Manager

Maria Elena Garcia is the Special Projects Manager at VoteRunLead. Maria Elena previously interned for VoteRunLead as a Junior Project Manager in the summer and fall of 2017, managing our National 2017 training and alumnae outreach. She recently graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University with a BA in Sociology. Maria Elena is also a scholar in Barnard’s Athena Scholars Program, a program dedicated to training and studying women in leadership. She is dedicated to serving and empowering marginalized communities, particularly communities with women of color. She hopes to pursue a Masters in Public Policy and maybe one day you’ll see her in office.
Contact: maria@voterunlead.org

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 advocate for LGBTQ and equal rights, and currently pursuing a degree in social work. His free time is spent volunteering, riding his bike, and enjoying a glass of rosé.
Contact: mark@voterunlead.org

Tyler Shaffer, Lead Graphic Designer & Social Media Manager

Ty Shaffer is a conceptual, visual designer with a love for branding, typography, and creative direction. Ty is a 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 Switch: National Anti-Human Trafficking Network, he relocated to New York City. He’s excited to be a member of the VoteRunLead team, where he can continue to focus his design career on social justice and equality.
Contact: ty@voterunlead.org

Starre Haas, National Program Manager

Starre Haas is the National Program Manager at VoteRunLead. She earned dual degrees in Accounting & Finance, obtained her Masters in Public Service (MPS) at the Clinton School of Public Service, and is a graduate of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. Starre is an expert in women’s empowerment, southern women’s engagement & leadership, women’s political & professional leadership, networking, and civic engagement. Formerly, she has served as a Gender Equity Development Associate with the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, a Commissioner for the Little Rock City Beautiful Commission, an Advisory Committee Member for the Little Rock Capitol Zoning District Commission, and as President-elect of the Downtown Little Rock Neighborhood Association. Her focus on advancing women in leadership is directly tied to a practice of participation in her home state of Arkansas, where she resides with her husband and two daughters, Ella & Scarlet.
Contact: starre@voterunlead.org

Katie Paris, Graphic Design & Social Media Associate

Katie graduated from Bowdoin College in May 2018 with Visual Arts and Neuroscience majors. During her time in college she worked with and lead a group called “Safe Space,” in which students became trained advocates for those in the campus community who have been affected by sexual and gender violence. She also worked as the Graphic Designer for the college’s Student Activities Department. She is excited to continue pursuing a Graphic Design career while also working to support women’s empowerment and presence in government.
Contact: kathryn@voterunlead.org

Sophie Cappello, Media & Communications Fellow

Sophie Cappello is currently a student at Yale University where she is majoring in History. Throughout her time in college she has worked with the Yale College Democrats as a campaign captain, has edited for Yale’s undergraduate political magazine and was selected as a Women in Government fellow. She currently serves as the City Director of the Yale College Council where she oversees the relationship between the city of New Haven (her hometown!) and Yale University. A fervent writer, Sophie enjoyed her time as a speechwriting intern on Capitol Hill and as a communications intern on the successful Ned for CT gubernatorial campaign. When she is not busy writing papers, Sophie can be found playing lacrosse or listening to Pod Save America. She’s thrilled to be joining the VoteRunLead team this summer.
Contact: sophie@voterunlead.org

Elena Taeyaerts, Program & Fundraising Fellow

Elena Taeyaerts is currently majoring in Political Science and minoring in both Psychology and Economics at Barnard College. She is proud member of the Athena Scholar program which empowers women to invest in their leadership skills. Previously, Elena has worked as a research intern for an attorney general campaign in Illinois, ensuring that the candidate was aware of the issues valued by his constituents. Valuing the importance of field work, she has also canvassed and phone banked for several local campaigns in NY and NJ. Prior to Barnard, Elena lived in France for four years and had only experienced the French education system (even though she’s American).
Contact: elena@voterunlead.org

Delilah Kutler, Program & Fundraising Fellow

Delilah is currently a student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison where she is majoring in Political Science and minoring in both Criminal Justice and Chemistry. Her studies have focused on women in politics, international political affairs, and juvenile justice reform. She was elected as the president of the Jewish Experience at Madison (J.E.M.) where she held classes and moderated conversation about what it means to be a woman in the jewish community that has the voice and the skills to speak for equity. She will be moving to Washington D.C. in August 2019 to participate in a co-op program in order to finish her degree. She hopes to use her time in the District to explore possible career options where she can advocate for social justice issues within communities that often lack a substantial voice in politics such as women, people of color, and juveniles. She is a native New Yorker and her favorite color is sparkles.
Contact: delilah@voterunlead.org

Ireland Twiggs, Program & Fundraising Fellow

Ireland is currently majoring in both Peace & Justice and Religious Studies as well as minoring in Arabic at Manhattan College. She is a member of the W.I.S.E program which strives to develop female emerging leaders, and empower them to advance professionally. Ireland has served as a “Woman in Faith Fellow” and currently works as an assistant to the director at the “Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center”. She is the cofounder of her campuses “Dining For Women” chapter and currently serves as her class vice president at Manhattan College.  Additionally, she serves as the Vice President of Philanthropy for Sigma Delta Tau, where she specializes in organizing and executing fundraisers for chosen philanthropies. Ireland is very passionate about social justice and during her free time she loves reading memoirs and listening to Maggie Rogers.
Contact: ireland@voterunlead.org

Katie Clark, National Program Fellow

Katie Clark was born and raised in a suburb of Flint, Michigan, but moved to Texas during high school and fell in love with the south. She graduated from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and has always been at the forefront of social justice engagement. She was a Volunteer Coordinator for Planned Parenthood, a Campus Ambassador for Half the Sky, and an Intern for the Peace Corps during her undergraduate career. After graduation, Clark completed a year of service as a Donor Liaison AmeriCorps VISTA at Our House in Little Rock, Arkansas. Clark is currently pursuing her Master of Public Service from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service as well as her Master of Public Health from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Clark plans to continue engaging in research and social awareness activities related to women’s health issues in the overarching areas of public health and public policy.