Our Team

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.

Adina Goldin

Chief of Staff

Valerie McGinty

Founder and President

Samantha Farmer-Helton

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.  

Rachel Sterling

Chief Marketing Advisor

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.​

Tehya Kopp is a global leader of strategy and brand marketing with 25 years in the entertainment industry. A graduate of Harvard Business School's Program for Leadership Development, Tehya is thrilled to apply these skills to create meaningful social impact, starting with placing more women into leadership positions in California.

Tehya Kopp

Chief Engagement Strategist

Susie Boggess

Lead Fundraising Strategist

Susie Boggess serves as Fund Her's lead fundraising strategist after spending the majority of her career in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. State Department. Since leaving Washington, Susie's utilized the knowledge she gained working alongside the Office of the Chief of Protocol to put on large scale events to galvanize support for progressive and charitable causes in New York and Los Angeles. A graduate of Indiana University, Susie officially joined Fund Her in February 2020 and is thrilled to be helping secure more equitable representation for women in government.

Annika Ragnartz is a sophomore majoring in politics at Scripps College. At Fund Her, she works to publicize events, share exciting news on social media, and get everyone excited about the amazing work happening at Fund Her! As a female college student in California, she is very excited about the doors that Fund Her is opening for candidates now and in the future. 

Annika Ragnartz

Events and Communications Consultant

For all inquiries, contact info@fundher.org

Our Board

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
Lesley Clement
Jill Demby Guest
Rachael Jeck
Harini Krishnan
Shaniqua McClendon
Nanci Nishimura
Daniel Robinson
Pernille Spiers Lopez
Lea-Ann Tratten

Our Emeritus Board

Elizabeth Cabraser

Joe Cotchett

Nanci Nishimura

Nick and Courtney Rowley

Our Advisory Board

We’re grateful to have support and insight from the following leaders:

Carly O'Halloran Alameda

Lori Andrus

Sabrina Ashjian

Ann Badillo

Roxanne Conlin

Camilla Cotchett

Lucina Di Meco

Kimberly Ellis

John Wellington Ennis

Don Ernst

Dianne Giancarlo

Adrienne Grant

Karen Grove

Julia Guest

Amy Howorth

Camille Kennedy

Peggy Klaus

Tehya Kopp

Reena Krishnan

F. Edie Mermelstein

Lisa Nash

Carey Perloff

Nina Potsiadlo

Oliver Power

Elise Sanguinetti

Ibiere N. Seck

Barbara Shannon

Anne Slattery

Daniel U. Smith

Indira Smith

Amy Solomon

Andrea Dew Steele

Rachel Sterling

Catie Stewart

Bill Veen

Vicki Veenker

Savitha Viswanathan

Annie Wright

Lacy Lew Nguyen Wright

Paid for by Fund Her (FPPC ID #1398107) and not authorized by any candidate or controlled committee.

Contributions to Fund Her are not tax-deductible for federal income purposes.


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Sacramento, CA 95814

FPPC ID #1398107

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Photo of California state capitol by Henri Sivonen from Helsinki, Finland (flickr: California State Capitol)

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