Meet the Leadership Team!
Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY's List, has been described as "inspirational," a "star in American politics," and "a spectacular campaign manager."
Emily Cain joins EMILY’s List as Executive Director with a decade of experience as a state legislator and public policy leader, two cycles as one of the country’s top ranked Democratic congressional candidates, more than a decade of work in higher education and recent leadership as Chief Strategy Officer for a private sector tech company.
Emily, who was first elected to office at age 24, made her mark in Maine politics serving in both the House and Senate over five terms in the state legislature, leading the Appropriations Committee as Chair and serving as the youngest House Minority Leader in state history. In 2012, against all odds, Cain led House Democrats back into the majority by recruiting top candidates, electing more women, and winning tough seats in Maine’s challenging rural areas. As a leader in the legislature Emily Cain was known as a tough negotiator, deal closer, and champion for women, equality, domestic violence prevention, and economic development. In 2014 and 2016 Emily ran for U.S. Congress in two of the most competitive house races in the country.
As a candidate and leader of her party, Cain knocked on thousands of doors and travelled thousands of miles across rural Maine listening to the stories of working people who feel their elected officials are out of touch. Cain brings to EMILY’s List the perspective of someone who has been on the ground listening to voters, earning votes in tough places.
Prior to joining EMILY’s List, Emily was the Chief Strategy Officer at HistoryIT, a technology company dedicated to making historical collections more accessible and meaningful through digitization.
The daughter of a shoe salesman and a sign language interpreter, Emily is the oldest of three sisters and learned at a very young age the value of hard work, family, and education. Emily has lived in Maine most of her life, was born in Kentucky, and spent her childhood years in Illinois and New Jersey.
Emily is a graduate of the University of Maine and Harvard University, and is currently working to complete her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Maine. Emily and her husband of thirteen years, Danny Williams, live in Orono, ME with their dog, Bartlet the pug.
Chief of Staff
Kate Black is Chief of Staff at EMILY’s List where she manages the strategic planning and implementation of EMILY’s List goals and initiatives. By providing direct strategic support to EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock she handles a wide variety of political and institutional matters impacting the organization and its allies.
Kate’s career has been dedicated to electing women to office, understanding the impact of women in leadership, researching and communicating with women voters, and advocating for policies that benefit women and families. Kate joined EMILY’s List in 2011 and served as Vice President of Research, where she conducted first-of-its-kind research on the impact of women in office. She most recently also served as Executive Director of American Women, a nonpartisan research organization working to uplift the voices of women from across the country. Prior to joining EMILY’s List in 2011, Kate worked as Research Director of Gragert Jones Research, a political consulting firm where she assisted congressional campaigns with their research needs. During the 2010 cycle, she worked as a member of the rapid response team at the Democratic National Committee and coordinated research and communications at the Service Employees International Union. In 2007 and 2008, she served as a member of the Research Department on the Hillary Clinton for President campaign.
Committed to igniting change in her community, Kate co-founded a free salary negotiation program for 15,000 women with the City of DC, AAUW, and the Younger Women’s Task Force.
Kate received her Master’s degree in Women’s Studies from George Washington University in Washington, DC and her Bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Louisa W. Farley
Vice President, Development
Louisa Farley is the Vice President of Development at EMILY’s List where she oversees development and fundraising efforts on behalf of EMILY’s List and its endorsed candidates. In this role she also manages the major gifts and direct marketing fundraising channels.
Most recently, Louisa served as the Major Gifts Director at EMILY’s List from 2012 through 2014. Prior to joining EMILY’s List, Louisa lived in Australia where she worked with several political organizations including the Australian Labor Party’s national think tank, Chifley Research Centre and the New South Wales Labor Party. Louisa formerly served as National Finance Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) where she oversaw the Committee’s fundraising efforts for the 2009 – 2010 cycle, and as Finance Director for New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s successful 2008 U.S. Senate campaign. From 2006 to 2007, Louisa worked in Connecticut and amassed a successful track record of raising resources for candidates at the state and federal levels, including Governor Dan Malloy and Senator Chris Dodd. At the beginning of her career, Louisa worked for Governor Mike Easley on his 2004 re-election campaign and worked for the South Carolina Democratic Party in 2002.
Louisa is a native of South Carolina. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and the University of Newcastle Australia with a Masters in Business Administration. She currently resides in Washington, DC with her husband.
Vice President, Campaigns
Lucinda Guinn is the Vice President of Campaigns at EMILY’s List, where she oversees all of the group’s efforts to elect pro-choice Democratic women to local, state and federal office.
Previously, Lucinda served as the Vice President of Independent Expenditures. In this role, Lucinda ran WOMEN VOTE!, EMILY’s List independent expenditure arm which works to educate and mobilize women voters on behalf of pro-choice Democratic women candidates.
Prior to joining EMILY’s List, Lucinda served as Political Director at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a nonpartisan organization that helps elect outstanding LGBT community leaders to public office. During the 2012 election cycle Lucinda served as the Western Political Director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, where she helped elect 11 new members of Congress while retaining the seat of every incumbent in her region. Lucinda’s multi-faceted political experience includes: campaign management (including Ami Bera for Congress), field organizing, earned media and paid communications for both independent expenditures and coordinated campaigns. Throughout her career she worked on and advised campaigns at the legislative, mayoral, congressional, senate, and presidential levels.
Lucinda, a proud BBQ-eating Texas Democrat, has a Bachelor of Science from the UT Austin School of Journalism and now lives in Washington, DC.
Mũthoni Wambu Kraal
Vice President, National Outreach and Training
Mũthoni Wambu Kraal is the Vice President of National Outreach and Training where she oversees the implementation of EMILY’s List training programs, creating and maintaining strategic partnerships with the progressive community, and beyond. Most recently, she served as the Senior Director for State Engagement and Development where she worked on candidate pipeline development and recruitment of new women to run for office.
Prior to joining EMILY’s List in 2009, Wambu Kraal spent 2 cycles at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raising money for candidates and Congressional incumbents in tough races. That’s where she learned about the world of campaigns and the important role fundraising plays in winning campaigns. She also saw up close that some of the most underrepresented groups in Congress—women and people of color—weren’t keeping up with the growing influence of money in elections. That is why she later went on to co-open and run a woman-owned fundraising firm that serviced clients at every level of political office. She has also served as the PAC Coordinator for the AFL-CIO and served as the Deputy Political Director for then-U.S. Senator Joe Biden. In 2008, she was the Deputy Campaign Manager and Political Director for Senator Kay Hagan’s successful race against Senator Elizabeth Dole in North Carolina.
She is a graduate of Howard University and proud Bison where she earned a B.A. in Journalism. Wambu Kraal is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and a lifetime member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders. She resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband, John Peter, and their young son, Mirii — who she’s ensured has been standing with women before he could physically stand.
Vice President, Research
Jenna Kruse is the Vice President of Research at EMILY’s List, where she manages information-gathering and strategic research. Jenna works directly with campaigns, party committees, and partner organizations to ensure the opposition is held accountable while the great work of EMILY’s List-endorsed women is seen and heard. Most recently, Jenna served as EMILY’s List’s Research Director where she maintained a portfolio of candidate records and tracked the legislative assaults on reproductive health and women’s rights coming from a Republican Congress.
Jenna previously served three election cycles at the DCCC in various roles on the coordinated and independent expenditure teams. She has worked hand-in-hand with over 50 campaigns in navigating both self- and opposition research and producing actionable products that led to many November successes. Jenna also served as Research Director for Senator Brian Schatz of Hawai’i.
Jenna is a native of a couple small towns near Springfield, IL. She is an alumna of Miami University (Ohio), where she was a member of the Track and Cross Country teams and earned degrees in Mass Communication and Political Science. When not at EMILY’s List, Jenna enjoys running, the occasional triathlon, NPR in the mornings, and sweetcorn with plenty of butter.
Vice President, Communications
Leila McDowell is the Vice President of Communications at EMILY’s List. Leila most recently served as Vice President of Communications at the NAACP. Previously, she co-founded the first African-American woman-owned public relations firm in D.C. committed to social justice issues and had the honor of representing South African President Nelson Mandela during his first U.S. tour after being released from prison.
Over the course of her 20-year career, Leila has developed numerous campaigns that have shaped the national debate, affected policy change and achieved legislative victories. She was the architect and coordinator of the comprehensive communications strategy for an aggressive public campaign by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union against Smithfield Foods that achieved its goal of securing a fair process for elections at the world's largest pork processing plant. The workers' landmark vote to unionize marked the largest victory in the union's history.
Leila has served as communications director for a number of non-profits, including the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation and the Center for Community Change. Her other clients have included Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Change, the NAACP-LDF, Amnesty International, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the American Cancer Society.
McDowell is a former broadcast journalist and radio personality who has reported for CNN, National Public Radio, AP Radio, Inner City Broadcasting, Radio One, Sirius XM, WHUR-FM, WKYS-FM, and WPIX-TV. She also served as the Washington Bureau Chief and senior political correspondent for the London based Arise TV.
Leila earned her BFA at New York University, studying communications and film and television production.
Vice President, Digital
Caitlin Mitchell is the Vice President of Digital for EMILY’s List, overseeing digital strategy and implementation for online fundraising, messaging, and community building.
Most recently, Caitlin served as the Deputy Digital Director for the Democratic National Committee, where she managed the team's rapid response program during the 2014 cycle. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., she served as Email Director for Organizing for Action in Chicago, helping raise $18 million online from more than 400,000 donors and activating more than 4,000,000 supporters in their first year.
Before that, Caitlin served as an Email Writer on the 2012 Obama campaign, helping raise a record-setting $690 million online. Caitlin served as Digital Director on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2011 mayoral campaign, and first honed her political chops working with clients on digital strategy and research at AKPD Message and Media.
Caitlin is a proud Ohioan and graduate of Ohio University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies with a focus on political communication.
She lives in D.C. with her husband, two cats, and many plants. Contrary to popular opinion, she loves the D.C. humidity.
Chief Technology Officer
Mike Sager is the Chief Technology Officer for EMILY’s List, overseeing technology infrastructure as well as guiding data and software development.
Most recently, Mike oversaw analytics software development at Burson-Marsteller. Previously, Mike has served as the Political Technology Director at the AFL-CIO during the 2012 election cycle, oversaw Digital products at NGP VAN, and administered the DNC national voter file software during the 2008 cycle.
Mike lives in Washington, DC with his wife, daughter, and 2 small dogs. Mike is an amateur chef, jangle pop guitarist, and a diehard fan of the Washington Nationals.
Chief Operating Officer
Leigh Warren is the Chief Administrative Officer at EMILY’s List, overseeing the Human Resources, Finance & Compliance, and IT functions of the organization.
Before joining EMILY’s List in 2009, Leigh held many different political jobs, from Scheduler for a Congressman to Managing Director of a national polling firm. She also served as the Operations Director for America Coming Together (ACT). Leigh got her start in politics answering phones for Senator Bob Graham of Florida. Leigh is a proud Florida Gator and holds a M.A. from George Mason University’s School of Public Policy. Leigh lives in Virginia with her daughter, Olivia.
Vice President, Independent Expenditures
Melissa Williams is the Vice President of Independent Expenditures, running the EMILY’s List independent expenditure arm, WOMEN VOTE!. In this role, she oversees the organization’s efforts to research, persuade, and mobilize women voters; and works to strengthen partnerships with progressive allies nationally.
Melissa also serves as the Executive Director of American Women, an affiliated organization of EMILY's List. American Women works to amplify women's voices across the country. In this role, she leads the organization's strategic vision, research, and outreach with allies and partners.
This is her second stint at EMILY’s List, first joining staff in the 2012 cycle to run the House and Gubernatorial IEs. Prior to joining EMILY’s List, Melissa was the National Political Director for the Sierra Club. While at the Sierra Club, she oversaw the electoral program, running independent expenditures, membership communications, and coordinated campaigns nationwide. Melissa has worked on independent expenditure and membership programs for a number of progressive organizations and labor unions. She holds degrees in Government and Women’s Studies from Harvard University. She also holds an M.S. in International Political Economics.