Meet The Team

Erin Vilardi, Founder and Executive Director

Erin Vilardi is the Founder and Director of VoteRunLead, a national organization leveraging technology and training to accelerate the number of women in civic and political leadership. She first launched VRL as Vice President of Program and Communications at The White House Project, establishing the largest national political training program readying women for public office and civic life, training over 15,000 women. She has served as a Leadership Development Consultant for a range of clients, including the Yahoo! Business and Human Rights division and Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she developed the Athena CORE10© – an innovative set of leadership competencies for 21st century women leaders based on the latest research and gender analysis. She has worked with a diverse 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 serves on the Advisory Boards of Girl Meets World, the New American Leaders Project, and Democracy.com and is on the Leadership Teams of Vision2020 and Political Parity. She is an Executive Producer of Ann Richards’ Texas, a documentary about the late pioneering governor. She has appeared on CNN, BBC, and Fox News and her work was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine as well as numerous international and domestic articles on women and leadership. Get in touch: info@voterunlead.org

Faith Winter, Training Coordinator

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. Get in touch: info@voterunlead.org

Christie Chirinos, Beespace Fellow

Christie Chirinos is the Beespace Fellow for VoteRunLead. Christie’s interest lies in the intersection of technology, business and social change. Outside of her involvement with Beespace and Vote Run Lead, she is one half of WordPress product & development company Caldera Labs, which works to provide powerful and accessible technology solutions to small and medium enterprises using the famed content management system. In the past, she has worked towards promoting financial literacy among young adults and underserved communities through her own former organization, and towards promoting gender equity in STEM through the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, which was founded by one of the USA’s pioneering female architects. Christie received her Master of Business Administration degree from Florida State University, specializing in information systems management. She currently lives in Manhattan’s East Village, which she says is the perfect place for her to pursue her non-work interests, music composition and dance. Get in touch: christie@voterunlead.org

Paige Lin, Design Consultant

Paige Lin is a visual communications graduate student at Pratt Institute. She created her first poster in middle school to promote a playwriting workshop she organized to help girls find their voices. In college she lived in the Sisterhood House, a theme house on campus uniting female students from various walks of life to get together and provide services to the local community. Her recent exploration into women’s social issues through design work inspired her mission to represent unheard female voices through visual communication and social media. One of her campaigns, for example, was called “No Girl Left Behind”, a campaign that addressed the unjust treatment of young girls in India who are forced to abandon their education at a young age to be sold into marriage. Paige believes gender equality is a key global issue to address in the 21st century. Get in touch: graphics@voterunlead.org

Mark Vilardi, Operations Associate

Mark Vilardi is the Operations Associate at VoteRunLead. 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. Get in touch: mark@voterunlead.org