VoteRunLead Names 4 Barrier-Breaking Black Women To Board

February 14, 2018

VoteRunLead, the non-partisan non-profit that trains women to run for political office and win, has brought on several barrier-breaking black women board members to help lead the organization. Jehmu Greene, a founding VoteRunlead board member and board secretary, elevates her role to become the board chair; Crystal Patterson, of Government & Politics Outreach with Facebook, joins the board of directors; Erika Alexander, actress, producer, writer, comic book creator and activist, and Lulete Mola, activist and director of Community Impact for the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, join the VoteRunLead Board of Advisors.

“We are thrilled to have the leadership of Jehmu Greene as our new board chair and the dedicated political power of these incredible women with the addition of Crystal Patterson, Erika Alexander and Lulete Mola,” noted Erin Vilardi, founder and CEO of VoteRunLead. “Jehmu’s political experience and run for DNC chair last year brings tremendous political experience to this role. Black women in the U.S. are a political force, and continue to engage at the highest levels as voters. The additional talent to our board – across the technology, entertainment, and private sectors – brings a wealth of knowledge to continue to transform black women voters into candidates who are ready to run and win.”

“I was compelled to pursue a career in politics by the historic examples set by Congresswomen Barbara Jordan and Shirley Chisholm,” said Jehmu Greene, the board chair of VoteRunLead. “As we celebrate Black History Month, it is an honor to expand my role with VoteRunLead and work alongside these fierce women leading the way to train women to run for office and win. Last year, we set a record and trained more women to run for office than any other organization. As the new Board chair, I plan on breaking that record in 2018.”

“I’m thrilled to join the board of Vote Run Lead,” said Crystal Patterson. “It’s an honor to help women of all backgrounds across the country realize their potential to help shape policy by running for public office and winning.”

“I’m excited to contribute to the success and mojo VoteRunLead has already created,” noted Erika Alexander, who is joining the VoteRunLead advisory board. “I’ll proudly be representing VoteRunLead at The Power Rising Summit for black women February 22-25 where women from coast to coast will come together as one and leverage our collective wisdom to develop strategic and actionable ways to maximize our political power. VoteRunLead does this every day by training women to run for office and I’m thrilled to be part of this amazing organization.”

“I am joining the advisory board of VoteRunLead because the time for brilliant, innovative, and relevant leadership is overdue,” said Lulete Mola. “Black women continue to engage in democracy, from voting to influence powerful elections, to running for office, and advocating for communities most impacted by harmful policies. Black women and women of color are leading us to a more equitable society where we can all have fair and just lives. It’s time that we support organizations like VoteRunLead who is training and supporting the current and next wave of these barrier-breaking women.”

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Photo credit (clockwise): 1) Jehmu Greene. 2) Crystal Patterson. 3) Lulete Mola. 4) Erika Alexander.


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