We are dreamers, activists, strategists, and movement leaders—each bringing a unique perspective to the fight for women’s representation.

Board of Directors


Erin Vilardi

Board Chair

Faith Winter

Board Treasurer

Rhonda Briggins

Board Secretary

Patricia Torres Ray

Board Member

Heidi Sieck

Board Member

Vote Run Lead Action is where VRL values get to work

Vote Run Lead Action trains pro-democracy, anti-racist, and feminist women to address the long-standing underrepresentation of women in legislatures. As a nonpartisan but values-aligned and mission-driven body, Vote Run Lead Action advocates for key issues affecting women, amplifies our alumni’s accomplishments, and promotes and defends democracy.

Vote Run Lead, our educational arm, was founded in 2014 with a passion and purpose to invite, uplift and train women to run for office. Vote Run Lead Action emerged in 2023 as the organization’s executives, founders and board of directors realized that our community needed a stronger voice and more powerful public engagement.

When candidates and campaign managers attend our training, Vote Run Lead Action encourages them to speak freely and honestly about what inspired them to step up, and what motivates them to stay in the fight even when it gets challenging. VRLA believes in right and wrong, and we are not afraid to stand up, speak up, and show up for women and marginalized people who deserve to be not only heard, but fairly represented in our government.

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