Maria Elena Garcia

Development Manager & Executive Coordinator

Maria Elena Garcia leads as the Development Manager & Executive Coordinator at Vote Run Lead. She wears many hats in supporting the events, operations, executive, communications and fundraising teams. As Development Manager, she works alongside the CEO, COO and consultants in donor cultivation, corporate partnerships, and scaling our fundraising strategies. As Executive Coordinator, Maria Elena is the CEO's right-hand person serving as a liaison between the board of directors and advisory board, scheduling robust press opportunities for the organization, and contributing to Vote Run Lead's work culture. One of the jobs she is most proud of is leading our fellowship program. Maria Elena has expanded the program to include new positions, partnerships, geographic reach, and a living wage. Maria Elena actually began her work with Vote Run Lead as a summer and fall intern. She is a graduate of Barnard College, the women’s college of Columbia University, where she completed a B.A. in Sociology with a focus on gender, race and ethnicity. She is also an Athena Leadership Scholar and as an undergraduate explored how women lead and how gender affects leadership styles and strategies. Maria Elena cares about faith, intersectional feminism, and mental wellness.

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