Our Team

National Advisory Board
These women and men provide strategic advice and vision for Rise to Run. They represent a diverse set of experiences and come from industries inside and outside of politics. They are advising us in every aspect of the organization — from messaging to geographic priority to partnership development.

Shannon Watts
SHANNON WATTS
Chairwoman of the Rise to Run Advisory Board & Founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Ilyse Hogue
ILYSE HOGUE
President of NARAL Pro-Choice America

Donna Edwards
DONNA EDWARDS
Former Congresswoman for Maryland’s 4th Congressional District

Rep. Pramilia Jayapal
REP. PRAMILIA JAYAPAL
Congresswoman serving Washington’s 7th District. She is the first Indian-American woman in the House of Representatives.

Brittany Packnett
BRITTANY PACKNETT
Education executive, activist, a co-founder of Stay Woke and Campaign Zero, and was a member of President Obama’s 21st Century Policing Task Force. Packnett regularly contributes to Crooked Media’s “Pod Save the People”

Brynne Craig
BRYNNE CRAIG
Former National Deputy Director of State Campaigns and Political Engagement, Hillary for America

Carmen Perez
CARMEN PEREZ
National Co-Chair of the Women’s March & Executive Director of The Gathering for Justice

Megan Smith
MEGAN SMITH
The United States’ third-ever Chief Technology Officer

Bob Bland
BOB BLAND
National Co-Chair of the Women’s March

Sarah McBride
SARAH MCBRIDE
A transgender activist and National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign

Natalie Montelongo
NATALIE MONTELONGO
National Field Director at Voto Latino

Bakari Sellers
BAKARI SELLERS
Former South Carolina House of Representatives from 2006 to 2014; Youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation. Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor in 2014. Political commentator at CNN.

Nanxi Liu
NANXI LIU
The Chief Executive Officer of Enplug, Inc. and youth advisory board member at the Lady Gaga Foundation

Kara Swisher
KARA SWISHER
Co-founder and executive editor of Recode

Symone Sanders
SYMONE SANDERS
Democratic strategist and former National Press Secretary for Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign

Gavin Newsom
GAVIN NEWSOM
Former mayor of San Francisco and the Lieutenant Governor of California

Jamia Wilson
JAMIA WILSON
Activist and Executive Director of Women, Action & the Media

Helen Brosnan, Executive Director
HELEN BROSNAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Feminist activist, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Rise to Run.

Trailblazers
These women are former or current candidates, and former or current elected officials who are leaders in their communities and embody our mission statement and values system. They serve as ongoing inspiration for the young women joining our Hubs and participating in our trainings. Trailblazers demonstrate that women of all different backgrounds, identities, abilities, and faiths can and should run for office.

Nantasha Williams
NANTASHA WILLIAMS
A national organizer of the Women’s March on Washington and former New York State Assembly candidate

Jillian Johnson
JILLIAN JOHNSON
Durham City Councilwoman in North Carolina, director of operations for Southern Vision Alliance and Black Lives Matter activist;

Tracy McCreery
TRACY MCCREERY
A Missouri State Representative and a founding member of the St. Louis Rescue & Restore Coalition

JoCasta Zamarripa
JOCASTA ZAMARRIPA
Wisconsin State Representative and the first Latina elected to the state legislature.

Margo Davidson
MARGO DAVIDSON
The first female and first African American to serve as State Representative of the 164th district of Pennsylvania

Yvanna Cancela
YVANNA CANCELA
Represents the tenth district in the Nevada Senate and executive director of the Immigrant Workers Citizenship Project

Attica Woodson Scott
ATTICA WOODSON SCOTT
Kentucky State Representative and former member of the Louisville City Council

Cora Faith Walker
CORA FAITH WALKER
Missouri State Representative from Ferguson

Laura Moser
LAURA MOSER
Currently running for Congress in TX-07 and founder of http://dailyaction.org

Allyson Carpenter
ALLYSON CARPENTER
A student leader at Howard University and the youngest elected official in the history of the nation’s capital