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… Read more

Amanda O’Donnell, Chief Operating Officer

Amanda O’Donnell is a finance and operations professional experienced in planning, analysis, and management of innovative and high-growth organizations.  She is passionate about empowering women and girls in leadership, bridging digital divides, and increasing diversity in STEM and Government. Amanda is thrilled to have joined VoteRunLead in 2017 as the… 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… 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… 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… Read more

Christina Saint Louis, Program Fellow

Christina Saint Louis is a junior at Barnard College majoring in American Studies with a concentration in Media & Popular Culture and minoring in Political Science. Before joining the VRL team in September, she was a Fundraising & Communications Fellow on a congressional campaign in south Florida. As an aspiring… Read more

Tyler Shaffer, Design Fellow

Ty Shaffer is a conceptual, visual designer with a love for branding, typography, and creative direction. Ty is a recent 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… Read more

Katie Troyer, Local Community Engagement & Events Strategist

Katie has committed her career to ensuring members of historically underserved communities are given access to decision making processes within large institutions. Katie began her career as a campaign field organizer with the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party. Her work on the 2010 Minnesota gubernatorial campaign led to the opportunity… Read more