Meet our team!
Erin Vilardi, Founder & CEO
Erin Vilardi is the Founder and CEO of Vote Run Lead, the nation’s largest and most diverse training program for women to run for office and win. She first launched VoteRunLead as Vice President of Program and Communications at The White House Project, where she served as the VP of Program and Communications. She has served as a Leadership Development Consultant for a range of clients, including Fortune 100 companies, global girls’ initiatives and the U.S. Department of State, reaching women leaders in a dozen international cities. Vilardi is the co-author of the Athena CORE10© – an innovative set of leadership competencies for 21st century women leaders based on the latest research and gender analysis for the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College. She has appeared on the mainstage at Personal Democracy Forum, on CNN, BBC, and Fox News and her work was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire, New York Magazine as well as numerous international and domestic articles on women and leadership. She is an Executive Producer of Ann Richards’ Texas, a documentary about the late pioneering governor.
Amanda O’Donnell, Chief Operations Officer
Amanda O’Donnell is a finance and operations expert who helps innovative and high-growth organizations build capacity to scale and significantly increase impact. She is passionate about empowering women and girls in leadership, bridging digital divides, and increasing diversity in our democratic systems. Amanda is thrilled to have joined Vote Run Lead in 2017 as the organization’s first Chief Operations Officer.Prior to Vote Run Lead, Amanda built over a decade of experience in the technology sector: as a founding member, CFO, and Partner at Control Group, where she developed financial and operational strategies that enabled the company’s transformation from startup to industry leader to acquisition and merger; and as SVP of Finance at Intersection, a Sidewalk Labs company committed to improving the urban experience, and the team leading LinkNYC. Throughout her time in the industry, Amanda has been a leader of Women in Technology initiatives. Amanda graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Environmental Science and earned her MPA from NYU-Wagner. She has been a Board Member of MOUSE, a national youth development nonprofit, since 2015. She is also a proud mom of two native New Yorkers and loves to travel with her family to far-flung places with just one backpack and a Lonely Planet guide.
Pakou Hang, Chief Program Officer
Pakou graduated from Yale University where she studied Political Science, and specifically focused on revolutions in Latin American. She also received a Masters from the University of Minnesota in Political Science with specialities in political psychology and voting behavior. Pakou spent two years in Boston as an Analyst with KLD Research and Analytics, a firm advising socially responsible investments. There she managed the portfolio of the financial services industry and helped create the very first indigenous people’s social screen that evaluated companies on the S&P500, based on their interactions with indigenous communities. Back in Minnesota, Pakou ran the successful 2002 campaign of Mee Moua -- the very first Hmong American elected to a state legislature in America, and thereafter, served as the Deputy Political Director to Senator Paul Wellstone’s 2002 re-election campaign. Pakou has also served as the Election Protection Director for the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party, the National Field Director for the Children's Defense Fund and ran for office herself, albeit, unsuccessfully but unapologetically. Pakou spent the last eight years as Executive Director with the Hmong American Farmers Association. She is a recipient of the prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Award, the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, the Bush Leadership Fellowship and most recently, the Marshall Memorial Fellowship, which strives to bolster trans-Atlantic relations. For many years, Pakou served as a trainer for Wellstone Action, APIAVote, New American Leaders and Vote Run Lead. Her history as an organizer and campaigner and her skills as a political scientist and movement leader make her an ideal addition to the leadership team of Vote Run Lead.
Faith Winter, National Program Director
Faith Winter is currently a Colorado State Representative, Executive Director of Emerge Colorado and consultant for Vote Run Lead. 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 leadership by the Youth Vote Coalition, in 2008 she was named one of the top ten most influential women in Denver by the Denver Examiner, in 2010 she was named Woman of the year by Colorado Business and Professional Women northwest chapter, in 2012 she was named one of the up and coming women leaders to watch by the Denver Post, and in 2014 the Colorado Democratic Party named her rising star. Faith loves organizing because she believes the best way to create change is by building power through people. Faith is a Vote Run Lead alum from Colorado Go Run.
Starre Haas, Trainer Engagement & Development Director
Starre Haas is the Trainer Engagement & Development Director at Vote Run Lead. She earned dual degrees in Accounting & Finance, obtained her Masters in Public Service (MPS) at the Clinton School of Public Service, and is a graduate of the Women's Campaign School at Yale University. Starre is an expert in women's empowerment, southern women's engagement & leadership, women's political & professional leadership, networking & communications, and civic engagement. Formerly, she has served as a Gender Equity Development Associate with the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas resulting in the creation of Arkansas’ first Gender Equity Scorecard for women in the workplace. Her public service achievements have included serving as a Commissioner for the Little Rock City Beautiful Commission, an Advisory Committee Member for the Little Rock Capitol Zoning District Commission, and as President of the Downtown Little Rock Neighborhood Association. Her focus on advancing women in leadership is directly tied to a practice of participation in her home state of Arkansas, where she resides with her husband and two daughters, Ella & Scarlet.
Zanade Mann, Director of Digital Strategy
Zanade Mann is a storyteller, social architect, and leader in digital media and communications with over ten years industry experience in education, marketing and public relations. She loves to create innovative ways to connect people to products and services that bring out the best in all involved. She is a thriving mother to three awesome daughters who bring out the best in her.
Ty P. Shaffer, Lead Graphic Designer & Social Media Manager
Ty P. Shaffer is a conceptual, visual designer with a love for branding, typography, and creative direction. Ty is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design, from where they earned their BFA in Advertising and Graphic Design. After completing their co-op as a design intern at The Switch: National Anti-Human Trafficking Network, they relocated to New York City. They are excited to be a member of the Vote Run Lead team, where they can continue to focus their design career on social justice and equality.
Maria Elena Garcia, Special Projects Manager
Maria Elena Garcia is the Special Projects Manager at Vote Run Lead. Maria Elena previously interned for Vote Run Lead as a Junior Project Manager in the summer and fall of 2017, managing our National 2017 training and alumnae outreach. She recently graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University with a BA in Sociology. Maria Elena is also a scholar in Barnard’s Athena Scholars Program, a program dedicated to training and studying women in leadership. She is dedicated to serving and empowering marginalized communities, particularly communities with women of color. She hopes to pursue a Masters in Public Policy and maybe one day you’ll see her in office.
Mark Vilardi, National Director of Events & Organizing
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 rights, spending his free time volunteering, riding his bike, and enjoying a glass of rosé.
Eliana Scully, Program Fellow
Eliana Scully has always had a passion for activism, having volunteered with Child Protective Services, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Library for the Blind, and her research in Rehabilitation Counseling. Eliana is currently a student at UA Little Rock pursuing a degree in Economics and Psychology. She hopes to move onto getting a Masters in Behavioral Economics in order to help people function to the full extent of their ability. Eliana is pursuing a career in research, social justice, equality, and mental health. In her free time, Eliana enjoys hanging out with her friends, playing with her cats, and making guacamole.
Lydia Wood-Hull, Program & Fundraising Fellow
Lydia is currently a student at Barnard College pursuing a degree in American Studies and a minor in Spanish & Latin American Cultures. At school, Lydia is a member of the Athena Scholars program and writes for Columbia University's Consilience: The Journal of Sustainable Development. She hopes to eventually attend law school and pursue a career in public interest law, environmental law, and litigation. Having lived in Texas for the past six years, Lydia has seen firsthand the underrepresentation of females in political office and its direct impact on communities, and is therefore very excited to intern with Vote Run Lead!
Jeralice Estevez, Program Fellow
Jeralice Estevez is a Dominican high school senior at Academy for Language and Technology and a student of Future and Options Internship Program that helps students to develop working experience and teach professional skills and norms. She is hoping to foray into a new journey after high school in studying Adolescence Education and English while earning an ENL certification to teach Spanish speakers. As a volunteer at Middle School I.S 232 she is gaining experience for her future by helping teachers and students. She loves to read, play games on her phone, and experience new foods. “If the opportunity does not want to get to know you, get to know the opportunity”
Kishori Patel, Program Fellow