Rise to Run in the News

Featured press:

Women defying Trump are signing up to run for office in record-busting numbers

“Helen Brosnan, co-founder and national organizer for Rise to Run, an organization that recruits young women for public office straight out of high school and college, spoke of the importance of women in politics…”


“They talk to Rise to Run National Advisory Board member Brittany Packnett about representation in politics, getting women in office and what we can be grateful for these days.”


“NEW GROUP — RISE TO RUN, a new organization that is aiming to push young, progressive women to run for office has officially launched. The group is training high school and college-aged women and was founded by Shannon Watts and Helen Brosnan. The national advisory board includes Brynne Craig, Donna Edwards, Ilyse Hogue, Sarah McBride, Natalie Montelongo, Gavin Newsom, Brittany Packnett, Symone Sanders, Megan Smith, Kara Swisher, Jamia Wilson….”

Press archive:
7/19/17 Vogue Magazine

6/1/17 Indiana Daily Student

6/1/17 Bustle

5/23/17, Bloomington Community Radio (Bloomington, IN)

4/28/17 The Daily Cardinal (Madison, WI)

Jan 30 SOTU Response Press Release
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Contact: Helen Brosnan

[email protected]



#PeoplesSOTUResponse to Air Responses from Renown Grassroots Activists,

Featuring Special Celebrity Guests

Activists are staging a response to the President’s State of the Union Address on Tues., Jan 30, in response to a petition to CNN requesting equal time for those working on resistance efforts. In 2011, CNN aired an online response to the SOTU from the Tea Party after the official Republican SOTU response. The petition for a people’s response now has over 40,000 signatures.

The #PeoplesSOTUResponse, which will be live streamed on NowThis (@NowThisNews) after the Democratic response by Rep. Joseph Kennedy, will be hosted by activist, educator and writer, Brittany Packnett.

Other responders include Executive Director of United We Dream, Cristina Jimenez; Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center; Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL; Sarah McBride, National Press Secretary for Human Rights Campaign; Co-Founder of Campaign Zero, Samuel Sinyangwe; Co-Founder of People For Bernie and Strategic Advisor to the National Women’s March, Winnie Wong; healthcare activist Ady Barkan; Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Amanda Litman, Executive Director of Run for Something; and Sasha Stashwick, Senior Advocate at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

In addition, a prominent celebrity, figure, or online influencer will join the beginning of each video to introduce each activist. The introducers include Patton Oswalt, Wil Wheaton, Debra Messing, Piper Perabo, Javier Munoz, Jason Kander, Kendrick Sampson, W. Kamau Bell, Misha Collins, Sarah Silverman, and more.

May 22 Launch Press Release
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Announcing Launch of RISE TO RUN: New Organization That Will Mobilize and Train Young, Progressive Women to Run for Office

First-Ever Nationwide, Community-Based Organization Focused Solely on Preparing Progressive High School and College-Aged Women for Office

Contact: Shannon Watts, [email protected]

(Denver, Colorado and Washington, DC) May 22, 2017 – Progressive female leaders representing a wide range of policy perspectives are coming together to launch a new national organization, Rise to Run, which will train and encourage progressive high school girls and college-aged women to run for office. Rise to Run is the first and only grassroots and community-based organization that is progressive, exists both on and offline, and is focused solely on this critical age group of females.

“For generations, American girls and young women have had too few female role models to look to in positions of political power – both in their communities and in the White House,” said Shannon Watts, Chair of the Rise to Run National Advisory Board and founder Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “The dream of a female political revolution didn’t die on November 8, 2016. In fact, the election outcome provided the inspiration for Rise to Run, which will activate the next generation of political leaders….” Click here for the full pdf.