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RepresentWomen is a close-knit research-based advocacy group that works to increase women's representation and leadership by identifying and promoting systems-based reforms to the recruitment processes, voting systems, and legislative practices used in the United States so that more women can RUN, WIN, SERVE & LEAD! To achieve our goal of reaching gender parity for women in politics, RepresentWomen partners with allies across the country and political spectrum who help to amplify our work by putting what we've researched into practice. 

Board

Mehrnaz Teymourian
Board Chair & International Development Expert
Mehrnaz Teymourian is an international development expert. During her 30 year tenure at the World Bank she designed strategies and multi-sectoral programs to help communities respond to development and growth challenges. Mehrnaz’s...
Onida Coward Mayers
Chair & MiRam Group VP
Onida Coward Mayers is Vice President of the MiRam group, former Director for New York City’s Voter Assistance at the Campaign Finance Board, and an award-winning communications executive. For the past 10...
Michelle C. Whittaker
Board Treasurer & Communications Specialist
As a communications strategist, Michelle has over 15 years of experience in for-profit and nonprofit communications. Her expertise is in strategic messaging, constituency engagement, online engagement, and media outreach. Prior to joining DIEF, Michelle was the...
Rina Shah Bharara
Board Secretary & Millennial Entrepreneur
Rina Shah Bharara is a strategic consultant, media commentator, & millennial entrepreneur based in Washington, DC. Prior to launching Rilax Strategies – a government and public affairs firm –- Rina served as...
Amalia Perez
Board Member & Paralegal
Amalia Perez is a recent Fulbright scholar and graduate from Brown University where she wrote for the Brown Political Review. A native of Maryland, Amalia served in student government at Montgomery Blair...
Amber McReynolds
Board Member & National Vote At Home Executive
Amber McReynolds is one of the country’s leading experts on election administration and policy. During her career, she has proven that designing pro-voter policies, voter-centric processes, and implementing technical innovations will improve...
Dania Korkor
Board Member & Counsel to FEC Commissioner
Dania serves as Counsel to FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub. Previously she worked as staff attorney at FairVote while teaching at the UDC David A Clarke School of Law. She has served as...
Jenifer Rajkumar
Board Member & Attorney
Jenifer Rajkumar serves in the Executive Chamber of New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. She led a statewide effort to ensure immigrants in New York State have access to counsel through the...
Jodie Rubenstein
Board Member & Development Director
Jodie is the Director of Development at the Patriotic Millionaires and until recently served as Senior Manager of Individual Giving at Campaign Legal Center. Trained as a social worker, Jodie has an...
Susannah Wellford
Board Member & Running Start CEO and Founder
Susannah Wellford is a lawyer and founder of two organizations designed to raise the political voice of young women in America. In spring 2007, Ms. Wellford founded Running Start to inspire young...
Marie Wilson
Board Member Emeritus
Marie Wilson is the Founder and former President of the White House Project, an organization that advocated for women’s leadership positions and ultimately for the presidency, in addition to conducting significant research...

Interns

Katy Ho
Research Intern
Katy Ho is a research intern at RepresentWomen and a senior pursuing a B.A. in Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She was born and raised in Vietnam for...
Michelle Runco
Research Intern
Michelle Runco is a research intern who recently graduated from The George Washington University with a major in Political Science and minors in Law and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. She plans...
Haley Silva
Communications Intern
Haley Silva (she/her) is a Communications Intern at RepresentWomen from Salem, Oregon. She is a rising junior at Stanford University studying Political Science with a concentration in Elections, Representation, and Governance. After her...
Rania Boublal
Research Intern
Rania Boublal is a veterinary doctor who graduated from the Higher National Veterinary School in Algeria. She recently obtained her Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Project Management at the Higher National School...

Staff

Cynthia Richie Terrell
Executive Director and Founder
Cynthia Richie Terrell is the founder and executive director of RepresentWomen, a founding member of the ReflectUS coalition, and an outspoken advocate for institutional reforms to advance women’s representation and leadership in the...
Nicole Bailey
Development Director and Acting Communications Director
Nicole Bailey is a skilled fundraising professional, with experience developing, implementing, and executing organizations' philanthropic efforts, supporting Boards of Directors, and championing organizations in the community. She has a diverse background, including...
Courtney Lamendola
Research Director
Courtney Lamendola (she/her) is the Director of Research at RepresentWomen. Over the past few years, Courtney has worked to coordinate team research, develop web content, and recruit interns. Some of her recent work...
Katie Usalis
Partnerships Director
Katie Usalis serves as RepresentWomen's Partnerships Director. In this role, Katie focuses on developing and overseeing program strategies that activate and equip changemakers to advance structural solutions to the representation crisis in U.S. politics....
Lan Nguyen
HR Consultant
Lan Nguyen is a long-standing organizational development expert with nearly 20 years of leading non-profit and investor-owned organizations. She is an experienced strategic advisor for non-profit organizations, specializing in start-ups, spin-offs, and...
Alissa Bombardier Shaw
Communications Manager
Alissa Bombardier Shaw is the Communications Manager at RepresentWomen. She launches our research reports with targeted outreach to our allies around the world, supports public relations work and social media engagement, and...
Fatma Tawfik
Research Associate
Fatma Tawfik is a Research Associate at RepresentWomen. Driven by her passion for politics, international relations, gender equality, and human rights, Fatma pursued her education and graduated with a political science degree from Bani-Suef...
Marvelous Maeze
Research Associate
Nigeria-born, Texas-raised Marvelous Maeze (she/her) works as a Research Associate at RepresentWomen. She will be graduating from Columbia University this year with a Master of Arts in Human Rights Studies. She is also a...
Steph Scaglia
Research Associate
Steph Scaglia, a research associate, is originally from Silicon Valley, California, and recently graduated from New York University Shanghai with a degree in Political Science. She is currently an MA candidate in Political...
Ria Deshmukh
Communications Associate
Ria Deshmukh is a recent graduate of Virginia Tech majoring in Criminology and Sociology. Ria believes that education should be used to create lasting change. She uses her education and passion to...