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,…Read more

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…Read more

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…Read more

Maria Elena Garcia, Operations Fellow

Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, but also loves to call New York her second home, Maria is currently a senior at Barnard studying Sociology and Economics. On campus she serves as Co-President of Mujeres, a cultural support group for Latinas and allies. In addition to attending a women’s college and running a club for Latinas, she is also a part of the Athena Scholars Program. Female empowerment and leadership is a driving force behind…Read more

Isabella Gaspar, Program & Events Fellow

Isabella Gaspar is a rising junior at Boston College majoring in International Studies with a Concentration in Political Science. Isabella is passionate about female empowerment and putting women in office, greatly in part due to her 13 years spent in an all-girls school from kindergarten through 12th grade. Growing up in the heart of Manhattan, Isabella was raised to be an outspoken and driven young woman. On campus she is a representative in BC’s chapter of…Read more

Talia Scott, Program Fellow

Talia developed a true interest in women empowerment and politics after watching the documentary Miss Representation, which helped her realize that she could and would go into politics one day. As a Political Science major, concentrating in Peace, Justice & Human Rights at Haverford College, Talia has pursued her interests in politics by working with non-profits that have allowed her to engage and foster relationships with community members and those often underrepresented. On campus, Talia…Read more

Sarah Howard, Copywriting Fellow

As a rising junior at Marist College, Sarah is pursuing an English major with a concentration in writing, as well as a minor in psychology. She is excited to be a part of the VoteRunLead team this summer writing content for the website as well as helping out the PR and social media team. Between her work with VRL and a part-time job, she enjoys running, traveling, and scribbling everything down in a journal. Her…Read more

Daisy Flores, Program & Events Fellow

Daisy Flores is a rising sophomore at American University majoring in Political Science and Foreign Language and Communication Media with a concentration in Spanish Broadcast Journalism. On campus, she has represented her college class as Vice President and become an active volunteer in the D.C. Public School system. As the current USA National Miss Nation’s Capital Teen, she strives to empower young women through her participation in organizations such as The Crown C.A.R.E.S. and her…Read more

Chaitali Shridhar Pai, Design Fellow

Chaitali was born and raised on the west coast of India. She has lived in Mumbai & Bangalore and is now residing in New York. She is senior at Pratt Institute majoring in Graphic Design. She holds two undergraduate degrees from two colleges in India, specializing in Animation and Visual Communication Design. Chaitali has worked in different areas of human-centered design such as animation, illustration, fine art, gaming, product design and now her interest lies…Read more