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Madhur Bansal

Vice President, Research

Madhur Bansal is the Vice President of Research at EMILY’s List where she oversees the organization’s research department, including handling candidate research for women running up and down the ballot and fulfilling research requests for endorsed campaigns.

She was previously the deputy research director at EMILY's List during the 2018 cycle. Prior to joining EMILY’s List she worked at American Bridge and the DCCC, where she was the primary researcher for 14 competitive races on the committee’s independent expenditure program providing research backup on polls as well as television, digital, and radio ads. Madhur has also worked on President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, in Congressman Elijah Cummings’ Baltimore City district office doing constituent services, and for South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT).

Madhur has an MPA from Syracuse University and a BA from George Washington University. She spends her free time rooting for all Baltimore sports teams and finding new restaurants.

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Stefanie Brown James

Vice President, Training & Community Engagement

An experienced social entrepreneur and community advocate, Stefanie Brown James serves as the Vice President of Training and Community Engagement at EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics. In this position, Stefanie oversees the training programs and partnerships that will expand, engage and diversify the pipeline of pro-choice women running for office.

Stefanie is also the Co-Founder and former Senior Advisor of The Collective – an umbrella organization that encompasses four legal entities including The Collective PAC and their non-profit arms, Collective Future and The Collective Education Fund – dedicated to recruiting, training, funding and supporting Black candidates to run for office on the local, state and federal level. Founded in August of 2016, The Collective has raised over $6.5 million from 47,000+ individual contributions to help 53 endorsed candidates win their elections and launched a national training operation, The Black Campaign School, that has prepared over 400 black candidates and campaign operatives to win.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Stefanie is the former CEO and Founding Partner of Vestige Strategies, LLC – a Washington, DC based firm that specializes in grassroots community and civic engagement strategies.

In 2012, Stefanie served as the National African American Vote Director for the Obama for America Campaign where she created and managed the national strategy to engage Black leaders and voters to re-elect President Barack Obama, helping to lead to the highest black voter turnout in history. Formerly the National Field Director and Youth & College Division Director for the NAACP, Stefanie developed and administered the national field organizing strategy for the NAACP’s 2,200 adult branches and youth units in 48 states and the District of Columbia.

A strong advocate for women and HBCUs, Stefanie is a past member of the Board of Trustees at her alma mater, Howard University and a member of the National Social Action Commission for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Stefanie’s greatest accomplishment, however, is marrying her best friend and business partner Quentin James and being the mother of two amazing toddlers, Carter & Elijah.

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Emily Cain

Executive Director

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 woman 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.

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Karen Defilippi

Vice President, Federal & Gubernatorial Campaigns

Karen is the Vice President of Federal & Gubernatorial Campaigns at EMILY’s List, where she oversees the recruitment and campaigns of all women running for governor, U.S. Senate, or House of Representatives, including almost 100 candidates in 2018. Under her leadership, the Federal & Gubernatorial team helped triple the number of pro-choice Democratic women Governors and elected 34 new women to the House, including 24 red-to-blue seats, enough to deliver the Democratic majority alone.

During the 2016 cycle, she was a Political Advisor for the Northeast Region at EMILY’s List. Before that, she was the Chief of Staff to Representative Debbie Dingell (MI-12), where she oversaw all congressional operations and political affairs. She also previously worked for Reps. Harry Teague (NM-2) and Peter Welch (VT-AL).

Karen managed a DCCC top-tier red-to-blue race, and is a veteran of multiple statewide campaigns, as well as then-Senator Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential Campaign, where she started in Iowa, and eventually was on the ground in nine different states. She also spent two cycles as a direct mail consultant, producing award-winning mail and advertising on races up and down the ballot.

Karen is known for powering through even during the toughest situations, including multiple marathons. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, she now lives in Washington, D.C. with her wife Liz, daughter Margaret, cat Ginny, and dog Rosie.

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Ben Dotson

Vice President, Digital

Ben Dotson is the Vice President of Digital at EMILY’s List where he oversees digital fundraising, communications and organizing efforts for the organization, including the email, social media, text messaging and creative programs.

Most recently, Ben served as the Deputy Digital Director at EMILY’s List during the record-breaking 2016 election cycle. Prior to joining EMILY’s List, Ben was a Senior Digital Strategist at the Smoot Tewes Group, where he managed aggressive email, social media, and advertising campaigns for a range of clients in the energy, environment, conservation, and electoral sectors. From 2011 to 2014, Ben served in the Obama administration at the US Department of Energy, where he managed the agency’s digital reform program, a cutting-edge effort to centralize and modernize the agency’s digital communications infrastructure and staff. Ben started his career in LGBT and youth organizing and worked on a number of state and local campaigns in Michigan.

Ben is a native of Tennessee. He is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Music and George Washington University with a Masters in Political Management. In his free time, he is an avid film buff and foodie, and tries to make progress on his growing stack of to-read books.

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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.

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Callie Fines

Chief Financial Officer

Callie Fines serves as the CFO for EMILY’s List where she ensures the financial wellbeing of the organization and its compliance with election laws and regulations. Her span of responsibility encompasses all accounting, auditing, financial, budgeting, and federal and state compliance and election reporting activities.

Callie joined EMILY’s List nearly 20 years ago. Additional roles over her tenure at EMILY’s List have included Director of Finance and Compliance, and Compliance Coordinator. Her progression through the ranks has afforded her the opportunity to understand every aspect of her functional area from a hands-on perspective. This includes preparing monthly FEC reports for EMILY’s List, conducting research and filing reports in all states where EMILY’s List was active as a non-federal entity, and working closely with all EMILY’s List recommended campaigns.

Before joining EMILY’s List, Callie oversaw accounting and compliance for the PAC of a large trade association.

Callie earned her B.A. in political science from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She is a native Washingtonian and now lives in Fairfax, Virginia with her husband, two children, and golden retriever.

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Geraldine Prado

Vice President, State & Local Campaigns

Geri Prado has been a political operative and advocacy strategist for over 15 years. Currently, she serves as the Vice President of State and Local Campaigns at EMILY’s List. In this role, she will be overseeing the strategic expansion of EMILY’s List’s work to elect the next generation of women leaders to state and local offices across the country.

Most recently, she consulted on voter registration programs around the country and helped startup an organization focused on economic inequality with Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York. Previously, Geri was a Director at the AFL-CIO, where she oversaw legislative, electoral and issue campaign work as well as leadership and staff development programs.

An experienced campaign strategy operative, Prado worked on the presidential campaigns of John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and America Coming Together. She also managed multiple U.S. Senate campaigns and voter contact operations in over 10 states and as a national staffer. This includes the historic 2006 election cycle where she served as the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s Deputy Political Director.

Prado also worked in the West Bank and Gaza as a senior advisor and GOTV Director for the New Democratic Initiative (NDI) on the 2006 parliamentary elections.

A Colorado native, Geri is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Political Science and human to a houndish rescue dog named Cooper.

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Christina Reynolds

Vice President, Communications

Christina Reynolds joins EMILY's List with nearly two decades of experience as a communications and research strategist. A lifelong fighter for progressive causes, she has managed large-scale press operations from the campaign trail to the White House. She most recently served as senior vice president at Global Strategy Group, a Democratic polling and public affairs firm.

Before joining GSG, Christina served as deputy communications director at Hillary for America. She also previously served as White House Director of Media Affairs and Special Assistant to the President, director of rapid response at Obama for America, research & policy director at the DCCC during the 2006 midterms, senior roles in several presidential and Senate campaigns, and deputy research director at the DNC.

A proud Tar Heel and Marine brat, Christina studied journalism and political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Denelle Robinson

Chief Administrative Officer

Denelle Robinson is the Chief Administrative Officer at EMILY’s List, overseeing all operations and human resource functions as well as leading the organization’s diversity and inclusion efforts. She most recently served as the Human Resources Director where she was responsible for the human resource function as well as overseeing the internship program.

Prior to joining EMILY’s List, Denelle served as HR Manager for a variety of clients with responsibilities of recruitment, payroll processing, benefits administration, employment law and relations, and many other human resources tasks, at Raffa, P.C., a consulting firm in Washington, DC. Prior to that, Denelle worked for the Center for American Progress, a think tank in Washington, DC, as the HR Director, where she oversaw the payroll, benefits and human resources function from 2007 through 2014.

Denelle holds a BBA degree from Georgia Southern University, is certified as a professional in Human Resources through the HR Certification Institute as well as the Society for HR Management.

An avid swing style dancer, Denelle lives in Maryland with her husband and son.

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Mike Sager

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 led analytics software development at Burson-Marsteller. Previously, Mike had served as the Political Technology Director at the AFL-CIO during the 2012 election cycle, designed Digital products at NGP VAN, and administered the DNC national voter file software during the 2008 cycle.

Mike lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife, daughter, and dog. Mike is an amateur chef, jangle pop guitarist, and a diehard fan of both the Washington Nationals and the band The National.

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Melissa Williams

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.

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