Mark Vilardi

  • Vote Run Lead Statement on the Nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson


    Vote Run Lead Statement on the Nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

    We commend President Biden’s selection of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who is nominated to serve as the sixth woman and first African American woman on the Supreme Court in the history of the United States. There has only ever been one woman of color – four women total – out of the 115 Supreme Court Justices. Building a more reflective democracy, from our statehouses to the Supreme Court, is a step closer to building the democracy we all deserve. 

    This is a watershed moment in our nation’s history as an eminently qualified Black woman has been nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Jackson comes with distinguished credentials, a powerful personal history and a clear dedication to the law. 

    This nomination is a win for Black women, whose representation in leadership has not matched their contributions to our democracy. It is a win for women and girls to have a champion for women’s issues strengthening the Court. It is a win for all Americans, as we recognize this judicial leader for her deeply substantive and powerfully representative service. 

    We are joyfully celebrating this nomination, which is not only a campaign promise fulfilled but also a step towards fulfilling the promise of our American democracy. 

    Vote Run Lead looks forward to a fair and transparent nomination process. 

  • published Sarah Howard in Meet The Team 2022-02-08 14:40:17 -0500

    Sarah Howard | Data Associate

    Sarah is a lifelong Georgian with a deep commitment to a politically engaged South with equal representation, access, and transparency in government. Her political advocacy includes local campaign work and leading data for Informed Georgians for Justice - a project aimed at bringing visibility to the work and stances of county level elected officials. Sarah holds a degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Georgia Tech and brings unique research expertise to her role, coming from five years of research/development in chemical and polymer processing methods. Her time in industry has made her fiercely passionate about giving women confidence to use their voices, and the tools and words to advocate for themselves and for others. She currently lives in the Atlanta area and spends her time outside of work caring for her plants, spending time with her partner and dog, and riding her bike very fast down mountains.

  • published Julie Spiniello in Meet The Team 2022-02-07 17:31:30 -0500

    Julie Spiniello | RUN/51 Project & Research Fellow

    Julie Spiniello is a graduate student at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey studying public administration. She recently graduated from Saint Peter’s University as an undergraduate in 2021 as a political science major with a minor in Spanish. As a political science student, Julie found her calling to feminist political theory and advocating for social justice During the pandemic, Julie successfully organized and moderated a virtual gender-based violence awareness panel and created a website for survivors to safely share their stories. Recently, Julie completed an internship with the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services to conduct research that designs medical programs inclusive to undocumented women and children. During her free time, Julie enjoys walks with her dog Lucy and visiting art museums.

  • published RUN/51 Rundown: Endorsement Questionnaire in Resources 2021-11-29 11:31:05 -0500
  • published Hannah Perkins in Meet The Team 2021-11-12 16:46:19 -0500

    Hannah Perkins | State Director, GA

    With an extensive background in campaigns, Hannah has worked in Georgia politics for over five years. An organizer at heart, she is committed to empowering others and creating sustainable change in Georgia. Prior to her current role at Vote Run Lead, Hannah worked as the Political Director for the Georgia AFL-CIO where she led Labor’s Georgia campaign for the 2020 General and 2021 Senate Runoff, served as the Labor Coordinator for Warnock for Senate, and advocated for working people as a Labor lobbyist at the Georgia General Assembly. Before joining the AFL-CIO, she ran winning campaigns for a number of progressive, barrier-breaking candidates to local and state offices across Georgia through effective voter engagement programs. Outside of work, Hannah represents young Georgians to the Democratic Party of Georgia and the Young Democrats of America as a National Committee Representative, focusing on creating space and amplifying young people within the party.

  • published Marina Martinez in Meet The Team 2021-09-27 16:19:02 -0400

    Marina Martinez | Communications and Digital Media Manager

    Marina is from Tucson, Arizona, and moved from her beloved desert town to study International Relations in Edinburgh, Scotland. A final-year (and first-generation) student, Marina found her niche driving most of her political research through feminist international relations theory, though she is always keen to explore environmental policy and its gendered implications. On campus, Marina helps lead Girl Up Edinburgh, broadening our understanding of gender inequality and intersectionality by working with individuals from across the globe. When she has some free time, Marina loves to admire the dogs at her local park, go for wanders around town, bake obscene amounts of bread, and create playlists for every mood. 

  • published EUNICE NAZAR in Meet The Team 2021-06-10 23:09:10 -0400

    EUNICE NAZAR | Operations Associate

    Born in the Philippines and raised in the Bronx, Eunice Nazar, Class of 2022, is a double major in History and Peace & Justice Studies with a minor in Political Science at Manhattan College. On-campus, she serves as the Second Deputy Speaker-Elect for the Senate, the School of Liberal Arts Vice President for Student Government, Student Representative for the Board of Trustees Enrollment Management Committee, Student Representative for the Campus Life Committee, and the Diversity Council Subcommittee/Curriculum Committee. Eunice works at the Center of Academic Success as a History Fellow and Tutor. She is also one of 212 college students nationwide to be named the Newman Civic Fellow for the 2021-2022 academic year. Focused on uplift for the most marginalized communities, her professional and personal life focuses on addressing, mitigating, and dismantling the root cause of social problems, supporting social justice initiatives, and serving underrepresented communities. 

  • published MYSTI IRWIN in Meet The Team 2021-05-13 18:25:12 -0400

    MYSTI IRWIN | Director, Learning & Leadership

    Mysti has been leading impactful training programs and events and developing curriculum for over a decade. She is the previous director of Camp Wellstone, Advanced Campaign Management School, and Rootscamp for Wellstone Action (now Re:power). Mysti is committed to helping develop and center BIPOC leaders who champion progressive values and fights for as well as creates laws that affirm justice, equity and opportunities for everyone. She operates with a deep commitment to inclusive justice and being explicit about dismantling racism, sexism, corporate power, homophobia, transphobia, and all forms of oppression – while embracing that as a white person, this requires a lifetime of listening, learning and growth. Mysti graduated from Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota with a degree in Political Science and Women's Studies. She is also a documentary filmmaker and is passionate about using video as a medium for storytelling, education, and change-making. Mysti is currently based in Portland, OR where she is eating all the vegan food and spending as much time as possible in the woods.

  • published ALTHEA CAVANAUGH in Meet The Team 2021-05-13 18:09:41 -0400

    ALTHEA CAVANAUGH | Director, Data

    As Vote Run Lead’s first Data Director, Althea Cavanaugh maintains the organization’s database and uses data and analytics to promote efficiency and effectiveness. She brings her technical expertise from six years in academic neuroscience, combined with experiences in field organizing and political technology on Presidential and Congressional campaigns in the 2020 election cycle. Having worked on the campaigns of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Minnesota U.S. Representative Angie Craig, Althea is passionate about electing women to public office up and down the ballot. She holds bachelors and masters degrees in neuroscience from Bowdoin College and University of California Berkeley. She resides in Somerville, Massachusetts, where she spends her free time on her pandemic hobbies of yoga, knitting, and spending as much time outside as possible.

  • published BETH PETERSON in Meet The Team 2021-05-13 18:02:23 -0400

    BETH PETERSON | Senior State Director, MN

    Beth Peterson is passionate about reducing poverty in rural, Northeast Minnesota. She has successfully advocated for policy changes that directly affect the ability of women and girls to move to self-sufficiency, from early childhood education and access to non-traditional career pathways. Beth has run numerous political campaigns and she served one-term as City Councilor in Eveleth, Minnesota. She holds a bachelor’s degree in applied psychology from the University of Minnesota--Duluth and is a founding Board member of Rural and American Indigenous Leadership (RAIL). Beth also sits on the Apple Tree Learning Center Board and the Aurora Food Shelf Board and is a former member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Northeast Advisory Team. As a wife and mother to three, Beth enjoys volunteering in the community with her family. Her children provide her daily occasions to learn about the human condition.

  • published JESSICA BARNES in Meet The Team 2021-05-13 17:36:12 -0400

    JESSICA BARNES | Operations Project Manager

    Jessica Barnes grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, but in 2005 Hurricane Katrina forced her to move from New Orleans to Alpharetta, Georgia. She dedicated her free time to playing volleyball, which eventually earned her a scholarship to play volleyball at Delaware State University. After earning her Bachelors of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management, she moved to Baltimore, Maryland to start her career at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel where she was a Banquet Supervisor and later joined the hotel sales team. In 2016, Jessica relocated to Boston, Massachusetts to pursue her Masters of Science in Leadership and Administration with a concentration in Executive Leadership and Organizational Development while planning events in Corporate Citizenship at Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship. Jessica spends her free time working on her e-commerce store and gifting for those suffering from pet  and human grief. In 2020, she relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida to support her partner who relocated there due to COVID-19 negatively impacting hospitality jobs in Boston.

  • published ERICA PINES in Meet The Team 2021-05-13 17:31:04 -0400

    Erica Pines | Head of Georgia State Strategy

    Erica is a long time activist and fighter for democratic reform. She served as the Chair for the Fulton County Democratic Party, as well as the President of the Castleberry Hill Neighborhood Association and Vice-Chair of Neighborhood Planning Unit-M. Erica has also served on the City of Atlanta's powerful Zoning Review Board and worked on many Georgia political campaigns. Erica received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration degrees from Georgia State University and she is a proud graduate of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta’s Neighborhood Leadership Institute. Georgia born and bred, Erica is fiercely loyal to the Atlanta Falcons.

Events & Operations Manager at VoteRunLead & Internship Coordinator at VoteRunLead