Meet the Team
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.
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.
Jehmu Greene, Interim Communications Director
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 VoteRunLead. She previously served as president of WakaWaka, a global social enterprise working to bring solar power to people living without access to electricity; president of Rock the Vote, where under her leadership membership grew from 1,500 to over 1 million and young voter turnout had the highest increase ever recorded in between two presidential elections; president of the Women’s Media Center where she designed the Name It, Change It campaign to fight sexism against women candidates and trained progressive women to amplify their voices in the media; director of women’s outreach and Southern political director at the Democratic National Committee; National Director of Project Vote and Executive Director of Texas Young Democrats. She has worked on over twenty political campaigns at the local, state and national level and served as an advisor and national surrogate for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. Jehmu was appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the United States National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). She splits her time between New York City, Austin, and Twitter: @jehmu.
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.
Starre Haas, Program Manager
Starre Haas is the Program Manager for the Rural Women’s Initiative at Vote Run Lead. She earned dual degrees in Accounting & Finance and is pursuing a Masters in Public Service (MPS) at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and a graduate of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. She is passionate about empowering women in leadership and civic engagement. Starre served as a Gender Equity Development Associate with the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas and as a Commissioner for the Little Rock City Beautiful Commission. She also served as an Advisory Committee Member for the Little Rock Capitol Zoning District Commission and was elected in 2016 as President of the Downtown Little Rock Neighborhood Association. She is an active Council Member with Eleanor’s Legacy in New York City and is a Consultant with Running Start in Washington D.C. Her focus on building civic engagement in communities is directly tied to a practice of participation in her hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas, where she lives with her husband Jordan and daughters, Ella and Scarlet.
Reena Nazir, Executive & Program Administrator
Reena joined the VoteRunLead family in 2018 with the goal of empowering women to get involved in politics and create real change. As Executive and Program Administrator, she has the privilege of supporting the VRL Executive team and Advisory Board and is working to facilitate impactful partnerships. Before working at VoteRunLead, Reena spent most of her career in NYC as an auditor in the financial services sector, working at various international banks and capital market firms. She served on internal committees and led initiatives for women-focused networking groups, where she grew existing programs that equipped participants with leadership skills and cultivated firm-wide discussions on embracing and accepting diversity. Most recently, she led the day-to-day operations for multiple accounting work streams at WeWork, a fast-growing startup. Reena earned her BBA in Accounting at The University of Texas at Austin.