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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. 

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Elizabeth has been repeatedly recognized as one of the foremost litigators in our nation, including being selected an unprecedented four times as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America by the National Law Journal. Possessing unparalleled expertise in complex civil litigation, Elizabeth has served as court-appointed lead, co-lead, or class counsel in scores of federal multi-district and state coordinated proceedings. 

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Deborah Chang

Deborah Chang is a trial attorney with Athea Trial Lawyers LLP and President of Consumer Attorneys of California. 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.

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Kat Chevalier

Kat Chevalier is a law student at UCLA and former Chief of Staff at Fund Her. Previously, she worked in Special Projects at the Broad Center, and completed the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs (Southern California) after earning a degree in Political Science and Government from The George Washington University.

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Lesley Clement

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.

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Don Ernst

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.

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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)

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Reena Krishnan

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.

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Christa Ramey

Christa Ramey is a Principal at Ramey Law, PC is an experienced trial attorney whose specialty is claims against school districts on behalf of children who have been victims of bullying and abuse. She is a Board Member for the CAOC, and currently serves on its Executive Committee.  She is the incoming Secretary of the CAALA and will serve as its President in 2027.

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Gerald Singleton

Gerald Singleton began his legal career as a trial attorney at Federal Defenders of San Diego, where he represented federal criminal defendants in the Southern District of California and before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He left Federal Defenders in 2003 to start his own practice, which has grown from a sole proprietorship to a national firm with over 100 employees.

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Rachael Jeck

Rachael Jeck is the co-founder of Register Her, Fund Her's partner 501c3 organization dedicated to the registration and activation of women across America. Before co-founding Register Her, she was 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. 

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Lea-Ann Tratten

Lea-Ann Tratten is a Founding Partner and principal in TrattenPrice Consulting. She also serves as the Political Director for Consumer Attorneys of California and is a member of the board at Green California. 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.

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Rahul Ravipudi

Rahul Ravipudi is a partner at Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi LLP and has spent his legal career handling catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases involving commercial vehicles, pedestrians, industrial or construction accidents, utility negligence, dangerous conditions of public and private property as well as cases of sexual abuse and sexual assault. Mr. Ravipudi also represents consumers in class actions against businesses who engage in unfair/illegal business practices and public entities in cases where corporations have endangered the safety, health, property or comfort of the public.

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Harini Krishnan

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. 

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Ibiere Seck

Ibiere is the founder and principal trial attorney at, Seck Law P.C. where her practice focuses primarily on complex catastrophic injury, wrongful death, traumatic brain injury and sexual assault cases.  Ibiere is the Secretary of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, the largest plaintiff trial lawyers association in the nation, and will lead the association as its President in 2024. She is also the Past President of The National Black Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40.

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Our Team

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VALERIE MCGINTY
Founder and President

Valerie McGinty is a civil rights and consumer appellate attorney and the co-founder of Fund Her’s 501c3 partner organization, Register Her (dedicated to the voter registration of women and especially women of color). Valerie was named 2014 Street Fighter of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys of California. Having raised significant money for California state progressive causes and candidates at the time, Val realized after the 2016 election that state governments pose a unique opportunity to elect women who can make a difference in their states today and change the face of national leadership going forward. 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 exclusively.

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Hallie Georguson
Chief of Staff

Hallie Georguson is an experienced event coordinator and policy researcher with a special interest in advocating for women’s equality and other social justice issues. After obtaining her degree in political science and philosophy from UC Santa Barbara, she returned to Sacramento to continue her involvement in political advocacy and women’s empowerment. Hallie is excited to work with Fund Her to achieve gender parity in California and improve women's representation nationwide. In her free time, Hallie enjoys discovering new local restaurants and exploring them with her friends and family.

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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.

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Rachel Sterling
Chief Marketing Advisor

Rachel Sterling is a marketing executive at Instagram and previously led marketing at Twitter. 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.​

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Gya Gupta
Media and Communications Intern

Gya Gupta is a student journalist pursuing a degree in journalism and media studies from Northeastern University, with a minor in law and public policy. She is passionate about about media industries, advocacy, and producing visual and written content. Much of her work is focused on women's' rights, gender bias, and climate action. 

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Savitha Viswanathan

Design and Strategy Consultant

 

Savitha Viswanathan 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. As an information and UI designer, Savitha's work is focused on women's health, child advocacy, and environmental justice.

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Claire Phillips
Intern

Claire Phillips is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) at the University of Michigan with minors in Business and Quantitative Methods in Social Science. With professional experience in political consulting, campaigns, non-profits, and more, Claire is excited to be a part of the Fund Her team and to address the crucial issue of women's representation and access in politics.

Hannah Akbik
Digital Fundraising Consultant

Hannah is an expert digital strategist specializing in helping progressive candidates & organizations optimize their digital programs through storytelling & data-driven strategies. After obtaining her degree in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she spent several years working to elect Democrats to the WI State Senate through fundraising & campaign management. She has since worked in government as a Media Relations Manager & gained extensive experience as a digital strategist. Hannah is thrilled to work w/Fund Her to help further women's rights & increase representation. In her free time, Hannah enjoys practicing yoga, rock climbing, & reading. 

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Saveena Takhar Esq. MBA
Legislative Consultant

Saveena Takhar is an attorney lobbyist located in Sacramento, CA. She has a dual MBA from CSU, Sacramento, and law degree from McGeorge School of Law. Saveena has worked with Fund Her since our first lobby day and advises on legislation that achieves FH's four cornerstone values: reproductive freedom, women's equality, social justice, and climate responsibility.

Our Ambassador Level

Fund Her is honored to recognize our Ambassadors who help us do this work by spreading the word, contributing resources, and vetting candidates who are running for local office.

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Simona Agnolucci
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Adrienne Grant
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Krisi Kastl
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Loni Mahanta
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Our advisory BOARD

We are grateful to receive support and insight from the following leaders:

Carly O'Halloran Alameda

Lori Andrus

Sabrina Ashjian

Ann Badillo

Shehnaz Bhujwala

Tim Blood

Roxanne Conlin

Camilla Cotchett

Lucina Di Meco

Kimberly Ellis

John Wellington Ennis

Maryann Gallagher

Dianne Giancarlo

Betsy Greene

Karen Grove

Julia Guest

Kelly Hanker

Aaron Hicks

Karen Hitzig

Lara Horgan

Ji-In Houck

Amy Howorth

Mike Kelly

Peggy Klaus

Tehya Kopp

Molly McKibben

F. Edie Mermelstein

Beth Mora

Lisa Nash

Nanci Nishimura

Carey Perloff

Nina Potsiadlo

Oliver Power

Tamarah Prevost

Deborah Rosenthal

Elise Sanguinetti

Laura Sedrish

Barbara Shannon

Anne Slattery

Indira Smith

Nicole Snapp-Holloway

Daniel U. Smith

Andrea Dew Steele

Rachel Sterling

Wehtahnah Tucker

Bill Veen

Vicki Veenker

Savitha Viswanathan

Karen Weinstein

Dena Weiss

Michelle West

Ronni Whitehead

Erika Jacobsen White

Annie Wright

Lacy Lew Nguyen Wright

Wendy York

Find out how you can get involved, become an Grassroots Leader or Team Captain today!

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