Vanessa Byrem

  • published 2022 Impact Report Banner Image in 2022 Report 2022-12-07 10:45:12 -0500


  • published 2022 Impact Report Intro in 2022 Report 2022-12-07 10:39:33 -0500

    2022 Impact Report

    Women prevailed in 2022.

    This year, 105 alumnae will be sitting in state legislatures across 23 states. Many of these women were challengers and non-incumbents, running in districts with no woman or person of color representing their constituents. Together, we helped ensure that our communities reach significant victories in bringing more women to decision-making tables. Tables where life-changing impact–policies that affect everyone–can be fully realized. 

    Among the impressive wins of 2022, Together, we helped ensure our community would have significant wins this year, including:  

    • The first full year of our RUN/51 initiative to transform every state legislature in the country into women-led legislative bodies;
    • Finally, the first three Black women to sit in the Minnesota State Senate in its 164-year history —all Vote Run Lead alums;
    • An impressive 363 women ran for office, with a 68% win rate;
    • The launch of State of My Democracy, a tool to understand the representation of women and women of color in your state house and senate;
    • Six Vote Run Lead alums are headed to Congress.

    Check out more highlights from this year.

  • published Learning Accommodations in Campaign Leadership Lab 2022-11-18 12:52:02 -0500

    Learning Accommodations

    We are committed to supporting all participants in their learning experience. If you need accommodation or support of any kind, please let us know on your application form.

  • published Health and Safety in Campaign Leadership Lab 2022-11-18 12:51:36 -0500

    Health and Safety

    We are so excited to return to offering in-person training so we can learn and build community together in the same room. 

    To protect staff and event participants, Vote Run Lead will be implementing the following COVID-19 operating procedures before and during all in-person trainings/events:

    Vote Run Lead requires attendees to be fully vaccinated and have received a booster shot against COVID-19 at least two weeks prior to the start of the event. If accepted, we will ask you to confirm your booster status when you register. Accommodations for religious, medical or any other reason required by law will be considered on an individual basis.

    If you develop symptoms prior to the start of the training we expect that you will test for COVID-19. Please also notify us right away and we will stay in communication about your test results, symptoms and make a call about whether it will be safe for you to still attend. 

    To reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure en route to the training, participants are highly encouraged to wear masks while traveling in public spaces such as airplanes, trains, Uber/Lyft, etc.

    For those feeling in good health, wearing a mask is optional during the training and we encourage you to do what you feel comfortable with, while taking common sense precautions to avoid risk (using hand sanitizer, maintaining distance when possible, etc.).  VRL will provide color-coded stickers for your nametag, to indicate your level of comfort being near people.

    If an attendee, trainer, or staff member reports symptoms during the event, VRL will supply a rapid antigen test. Anyone who tests positive on the rapid antigen test will need to isolate for the remainder of the event. Attendees who test negative on the rapid antigen test will be permitted to continue attending, but will need to wear a mask.

    Please navigate our time together with compassion and respect for each other and yourself.

  • published Waitlist in Campaign Leadership Lab 2022-11-18 12:51:11 -0500


    We will create a waitlist of applicants whom we can grant later acceptance to attend the training, if we receive a cancellation from an accepted registrant, or if accepted applicants do not register by the stated deadline. We will make every attempt to give advance notice of acceptance to those on the waitlist, but this will depend on the amount of notice we get from those who are canceling their registration.

  • published Cancellation in Campaign Leadership Lab 2022-11-18 12:50:39 -0500


    Because this training is application-based and we can accept only 40 applicants, we ask that you let us know as soon as possible if you are accepted and then unable to attend. Please notify us at [email protected].

    We hope you will give us enough notice of cancellation if you are accepted and registered, that we are able to offer the spot to another applicant.

  • published Preparation and Pre-Work in Campaign Leadership Lab 2022-11-18 12:50:20 -0500

    Preparation and Pre-Work

    We will share some materials in advance of the training that we will ask that you read through before you arrive. It shouldn’t take more than an hour and we will send them at least a week in advance. We will also be requesting a few things from you, to share with us before you arrive at the training.

  • published Meals in Campaign Leadership Lab 2022-11-18 12:49:13 -0500


    During the three training days (Thurs, Fri, Sat) we will provide breakfast and lunch, plus coffee and snacks.  We will also be hosting a celebration dinner on Friday night. If accepted, you can share with us any special dietary needs as part of the final registration.

    You will be on your own for dinner Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday night. We encourage you to use this time to get to know fellow participants, or to get some good recovery time, depending on your needs and interests.

  • published Travel in Campaign Leadership Lab 2022-11-18 12:48:53 -0500


    Participants are responsible for booking their own travel and transportation to and from the training venue/hotel.

  • published Arrival and Departure in Campaign Leadership Lab 2022-11-18 12:48:31 -0500

    Arrival and Departure

    We ask that you are present for the entire training and do not arrive late or leave early.

    If you are accepted, you will need to arrive Wednesday, March 8th (check in for hotel rooms begins at 3pm) to ensure you’re able to be present when the training begins at 9am on Thursday, March 9th.

    The training ends at 5pm on Saturday, March 11th. Registration includes a hotel room Saturday night, with the expectation that most will travel home on Sunday. Please do not book a flight before 7:30pm on Saturday.

  • published Schedule/Training Times in Campaign Leadership Lab 2022-11-18 12:48:04 -0500

    Schedule/Training Times

    Final schedule and agenda will be shared closer to the training, but our initial schedule is as follows: 


    Thursday, March 9th:

    Breakfast from 8am - 9am
    Training begins at 9am
    Lunch break: 12pm - 1pm
    Training day ends at 5pm
    Group dinner, panel discussion, celebration: 6pm - 9pm


    Friday, March 10th:

    Breakfast from 8am - 9am
    Training begins at 9am
    Lunch break: 12pm - 1pm
    Training day ends at 5pm
    Break: 5pm - 6pm
    Dinner on your own


    Saturday, March 11th:

    Breakfast from 8am - 9am
    Training begins at 9am
    Lunch break: 12pm - 1pm
    Training day ends at 5pm
    Dinner on your own


  • published Scholarships in Campaign Leadership Lab 2022-11-18 12:47:31 -0500


    To ensure that our training is accessible to everyone, regardless of financial ability, we are able to offer a limited number of need-based scholarships. We can also offer a very limited number of travel stipends to offset travel costs.

    There is a section in the application where you can request a scholarship/stipend.

  • published Cost in Campaign Leadership Lab 2022-11-18 12:46:59 -0500


    $500 Registration fee, to be paid through online advance registration

    The registration fee covers the three days of training, four nights in a single-occupancy hotel room at the Graduate Hotel Nashville (Wednesday - Saturday night), breakfast, lunch, coffee and snacks during each training day, plus a celebration dinner on Friday night.

  • How many people will be accepted to attend?

    This training is part of our RUN/51 initiative, which is currently focused on the states of Minnesota, Georgia and New York. We will be accepting up to 10 applicants from each of these states plus 10 applicants from other states, so a total of 40 applicants will be accepted and take part in the training.

  • Who should apply for Vote Run Lead’s Campaign Leadership Lab?

    This training is designed for aspiring campaign managers, or those who are relatively new to campaign management. Ideally you have some experience with political campaigns, but prior experience is less important than your passion and commitment to helping get values-aligned women elected to public office. As you’re filling out the application, please share with us why this work is important to you and what you want to be able to do after the training.

  • published Thank You For Running - Banner in Election Day 2022 2022-11-10 13:25:02 -0500

  • published Thank You For Running - Right in Election Day 2022 2022-11-10 13:12:24 -0500

    Jen McDonald, FL House of Reps HD65
    Nancy McLean, MN State Senate SD33
    Marilyn Miller, NY State Assembly AD32
    Pam Myhra, MN State Senate SD55
    Kim Nagy, MI State Senate SD31
    Kathleen Newcomb, Broome County Sheriff
    Bee Nguyen, GA Secretary of State
    Willie Mae Oyogoa, GA House of Reps HD44
    Francesca Pagan-Umar, Eden Prairie School Board
    Laura Patch, Walnut Creek City Council
    Kathy Pauly, Stephens County Commissioner D1
    Ruby Powell-Dennis, TN State Senate SD31
    Catherine Pozniak, Cobb County School District School Board D4
    Erin Preese, MN House of Reps HD57B
    Amanda Qualls, IN House of Reps HD49
    Laura Quick, PA House of Reps AD102
    Kindra Ramaker, Olmsted County Commissioner D4
    Debbie Reed, GA House of Reps HD112
    Pat Rhudy, GA House of Reps HD18
    Julie Sandstede, MN House of Reps HD7A
    Michelle Sawyer Mogé, NH House of Reps Rockingham 13
    Erin Schultes, St Joseph County Commissioner D2
    Jen Schultz, US House of Reps MN-08
    Brenda Siegel, VT Governor
    Tammy Siekmann, NH House of Representatives Rockingham 16
    Sarah Slattery, NE State Senate SD2
    Sara Spezzano, NY State Assembly AD133
    Yanne Spry, Cook County Commissioner D1
    Susie Strom, MN House of Reps HD36A
    Chenoa Summers, AR State Senate SD20
    Heather Swiger, OH State Senate SD19
    Carolyn Treadway, MN House of Reps HD19A
    Nathalie Tshioko Nkashama, Worthington City Council Ward 2
    Hanna Valento, MN House of Reps HD33A
    Allyssa Victory Villanueva, Oakland Mayor
    Kelly Westlund, WI State Senate SD25
    Laura Gapske, WI State Assembly AD73
    Bonnie Wright, NH House of Representatives Rockingham 25

  • published Thank You For Running - Left in Election Day 2022 2022-11-10 13:11:07 -0500

    Khin Khin Gyi, Culver City Council
    Nakita Hemingway, GA Commissioner of Agriculture
    Naomi Hyman, MD State Senate SD37
    Nancy Jost, MN House of Reps HD9A
    Shoshanna Kelly, NH Executive Council D5
    Janet Kitui, Edina City Council
    Karen Lindberg Jefferson, Douglas County Clerk and Recorder
    Karen MacLaughlin, Olmsted County Attorney
    Anne Marcotte, Aitkin County Commissioner D5
    Randi McCallian, US House of Reps MO-8
    Cathy Albro, MI House of Reps HD104
    Erika Bailey-Johnson, MN House of Reps HD2B
    Edie Barrett, MN House of Reps HD12A
    Lisa Beck, IN House of Reps HD19
    Sally Boos, MN House of Reps HD6B
    Aleta Borrud, MN State Senate SD24
    Husniyah Bradley, Richfield City Council At Large
    Michelle Brandt, SC House of Reps HD114
    Chris Brazelton, MN State Senate SD29
    Caitlin Cahill, MN House of Reps HD37A
    Tami Calhoun, MN House of Reps HD14A
    Jennifer Carpentier, MN House of Reps HD17A
    Vangie Castro, Rochester City Council D3
    Dorothy Coker, GA House of Reps HD 34
    Amanda Cook, Guilford County Schools school board
    Jackie Craig, MN State Senate SD57
    Elise Diesslin, MN House of Reps HD20B
    Alicia Donahue, MN State Senate SD54
    Kari Dorry, MN State Senate SD12
    Courtney Driver, GA House of Reps HD146
    Carrie Duran, NH House of Reps Carroll 6
    Montenia Edwards, GA House of Reps HD64
    Lena Epstein, University of Michigan Board of Regents
    Kate Falvey, MN State Senate SD19
    Lana Feddema, Stearns County Commissioner D4
    Tina Folch, MN House of Reps HD41B
    Melinda Fountain, IN State Senate SD11
    Kimberly Gane, MI State Senate SD20
    Laura Gapske, WI State Assembly AD73

  • published Congratulations Banner in Election Day 2022 2022-11-10 13:19:37 -0500

  • published Brittany Pettersen in Election Day 2022 Candidates 2022-11-07 15:58:11 -0500

    Brittany Pettersen | US House of Reps CO-07

    Congratulations to the newest member of Congress from Colorado's 7th Congressional District, Brittany Pettersen!