Adina Goldin comes to Fund Her with several years of experience in advocacy with a particular interest in organizational development. After graduating from Bates College she spent two years with a progressive student organization, directing leadership infrastructure and strategy across the southwestern United States. Adina joined Fund Her in December 2017 and is thrilled to be working to elevate the campaigns of progressive women.
Valerie McGinty is a civil rights and consumer appellate attorney. Valerie was named 2014 Street Fighter of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys of California. Having raised over $1,000,000 for California state progressive causes and candidates, Val realized after the 2016 election that state governments pose a unique opportunity. While other organizations offer training and recruitment resources for progressive women candidates, no other PAC is dedicated to closing the gender gap in state politics.
Chief of Staff
Founder and President
Chief of Staff
Kat Chevalier joins Fund Her with a background in policy research and passion for gender parity. After studying Political Science at The George Washington University, Kat returned to Los Angeles for the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs. Following the Coro Fellowship, Kat worked at The Broad Center where she did research on diversity, equity, and inclusion in school districts across the United States. She is humbled by the work she does at Fund Her and excited by a future where the government reflects the women it represents.
Chief Political Strategist
Samantha Helton is responsible for coordinating Fund Her’s political strategy and at her day job serves as CAOC’s Deputy Political Director. She earned degrees in history and government from CSU, Sacramento. Samantha served as the California Democratic Party Progressive Caucus Communications and Media Officer, past president of Sacramento County Young Democrats and co-chair of the CYD Progressive Caucus. She is Chair of the City of Sacramento's Animal Care Services Board and volunteers as a board game tester for a major gaming company.
Design and Strategy Consultant
Savitha is a visual designer in the fields of science and healthcare. She began her career in advertising, and served as creative director for a leading life science marketing agency. Now as an information and UI designer and strategist, Savitha's work is focused on women's health, child advocacy, and the environment. With the belief women should be at the forefront of policy making, she is excited and humbled to join the team at Fund Her.
Design and Strategy Consultant
Social Media Manager
Kathy Vu oversees the social media marketing and content creation for Fund Her. She serves as the PAC and Development assistant at CAOC and also assists in the company’s social media marketing. She is passionate about women’s rights and the fight for equal representation. She’s inspired by all the incredible work Fund Her has accomplished and is thankful to work alongside so many empowering women.
Rachel Sterling is a marketing executive at Twitter where she leads marketing activities. Prior to her time at Twitter, Rachel supported Nest’s Hardware division and Google’s Small Business Advocacy team. She also has a background as a television producer and video editor. Rachel received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University. A fierce feminist and advocate for women running for office, Rachel joined Fund Her in 2017 as Chief Marketing Advisor.
Chief Marketing Advisor
Cameron Lange brings her joint passions for progressivism and intersectional feminism to her internship at Fund Her. Currently, Cameron is studying Political Science and Philosophy at Stanford University, where she is also VP of Stanford Democrats and Executive Head of StanfordVotes. At Fund Her, she is honored to learn from such accomplished teammates and to work towards a more equitable future.
Fund Her is proud to have assembled a Board of visionary leaders. The Board is the voting body which determines our endorsements, including which races are priorities within a given election cycle. All Board members serve a 12-month term, and are joined by Fund Her's Founder and President, Valerie McGinty.
Deborah Chang is a trial attorney with Panish Shea & Boyle LLP in Los Angeles. She was named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California, she has received Consumer Attorneys of California's Consumer Attorney of the Year Award, and is a National Board Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. She mentors women lawyers throughout the country.
Lesley Clement is a trial lawyer known for her groundbreaking work representing victims of elder abuse and neglect in institutional settings. Lesley has been featured in Time Magazine, People, Frontline, and the New York Times. As an advocate and an educator, she teaches attorneys across the country in the field of elder abuse.
Deidre DeJear is an entrepreneur and social activist with over 10 years of experience assisting small businesses and community organizations. In 2018 Deidre became the first African American to be nominated by a major party in a statewide election in Iowa. Most recently, Deidre served as the Iowa Campaign Chair for Senator Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign.
Don Ernst is an award winning trial lawyer with over 30 years of civil rights experience. He served as the President of Consumer Attorneys of California in 2008 where her traveled around the state and founded The Women’s Trial Lawyers Group, now called the Women’s Caucus. He was also responsible for the legislation permitting telephonic court appearances in 2006 and 2008, as well as the electronic discovery bill that is the current law in California.
Jill Demby Guest
Jill Demby Guest is an Emmy nominated, and Film Festival winning producer, writer, and director. Trained by the legendary Maysles Brothers, (Grey Gardens) she went on to produce documentaries for public television and Lifetime as well as for Warner Brothers and Disney DVD releases. Her latest film is a feature documentary biopic, “And Now, Love.” (Andnowlovethemovie.com)
Adina Goldin graduated from Bates College and spent two years directing leadership infrastructure strategy across the southwestern United State for a progressive student organization. Adina then joined Fund Her in 2017 as their Chief of Staff. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Rachael Jeck recently left her position after eighteen years as Vice President & Co-General Counsel for VCA Inc., the nation’s leading provider of pet health care services in the United States. Rachael voluntarily left VCA in order to pursue a second chapter of her career focusing on social justice. She currently volunteers for Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project, Los Angeles.
A passionate gender equity activist, Harini Krishnan has enjoyed wearing many hats, as a Human Rights & Public Health Nonprofit Professional, Public Education Advocate & Presidential Campaign Organizer. Harini is an Elected Assembly District Delegate & Platform Committee Member of the California Democratic Party & currently pursuing Public Leadership at Harvard University’s Kennedy School.
Reena Krishnan is an accomplished finance professional and an advocate for social justice and women’s leadership. Reena spent nearly 15 years on Wall Street as a Vice President and Sell Side Research analyst, analyzing the operating fundamentals and growth prospects of companies across multiple industries. In her current role, Reena works directly with private equity and venture capital technology investors to source new investment opportunities.
Shaniqua McClendon has worked in politics for a decade and is currently the Political Director for Crooked Media, home to the popular podcast, Pod Save America. She also earned a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she received the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Service.
Pernille Spiers Lopez
Pernille Spiers Lopez serves on several corporate and non-profit boards (Save The Children International London, Homeboy Industries, and Meijer Corporation) where she applies her experience as the former President and CEO of IKEA North America. She has dedicated most of her career to the advancement of women in leadership both inside and outside IKEA.
Lea-Ann Tratten is the Political Director for Consumer Attorneys of California and Founding Partner of TrattenPrice Consulting. Lea-Ann is an attorney with more than 20 years of experience navigating every phase of political work, including lobbying, grassroots campaigns, fundraising, and managing large PACs.
Our Advisory Board
We are grateful to receive support and insight from the following leaders:
Carly O'Halloran Alameda
Lucina Di Meco
John Wellington Ennis
F. Edie Mermelstein
Ibiere N. Seck
Daniel U. Smith
Andrea Dew Steele
Erika Jacobsen White
Lacy Lew Nguyen Wright