Erin Vilardi

CEO / Founder

Vote Run Lead works to achieve women’s majorities at every level of government, reflective of the people.

About Vote Run Lead

Vote Run Lead works to break down systemic and individual barriers to women running for and securing long-term positions in public and elected office in the United States. They follow a data-driven targeted strategy in 12 state legislatures to accelerate women’s representation to 51% representation as a model for state-by-state replication. Vote Run Lead has reached over 55,000 women all across America — nearly 60% of them women of color, and 20% from rural areas.

Erin Vilardi's Bio

Erin Vilardi is the Founder and CEO of Vote Run Lead. Erin is called on frequently as a speaker and expert on democracy and leadership development. With two decades of experience in women’s leadership, social change, and cross-sector impact, she has a proven record of creating positive results for women at every level of government, in the private sector and with global partners from Fortune 100 companies, global girls’ initiatives, to the U.S. Department of State. She is the co-author of the Athena CORE10©, an innovative set of leadership competencies for 21st-century women leaders. Erin has appeared at Personal Democracy Forum, the Skoll World Forum and been interviewed on CNN, BBC, Fox News NY1, and many local news outlets. Her writing has appeared in The Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire, New York Magazine, and more. She is an Executive Producer of “Ann Richards’ Texas,” a documentary about the late pioneering governor.

Focus Area in Democracy

Building a leadership pipeline for representative government