Rep19
 
 

Our Mission:

Power.

Rep19 is a community for elected women and activists. We exist to serve the needs of the women who serve us all. Through curated networks, we help progressive women retain their seats, advance their agendas and build long-lasting political power.

 
 

Our Program

Rep19 connects state and local women officeholders to share experiences, solve problems, and ultimately find ways to become the best public servants possible. From seminars on how to advance legislation, to facilitating interactions with allies and key leaders, Rep19 helps elected women build long-lasting political power. Rep19 also engages women activists in support of elected women.

 

CURATED NETWORKS

Through online gatherings and statewide events in person, Rep19 facilitates meaningful connections among elected women with one another and also their supporters. In these closed session meetings, Rep19 women are able to share best practices and find solutions on how to create meaningful change.
 

Sharing successes

Much of the amazing work happening in local communities by elected women is siloed. Rep19 surfaces these achievements and shares them with the world. By sharing best practices, we also help elected women solve problems and advance their agendas.

Expert Panels

There is no playbook for public office. Rep19 amplifies on- the-job learning by providing members with access to panels led by nationally recognized thought leaders, elected officials and experts. Examples include seminars on how to combat online harassment and best practices for the first 100 days of office.
 

 
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Power Through Education Webinar Series

Rep19 and Vote Run Lead are proud to present the Power Through Education webinar series. This free series features our country’s top thought leaders, elected officials and political experts. Please see the schedule below. Feel free to register for as many webinars as you would like. The webinars are for elected women and self-identifying women activists. Please note that some webinars are limited exclusively to elected women. All webinars will be at noon est / 9am pst. Information will be sent out prior to the event.

  • How to Build Coalitions with Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer and Heidi Sieck - 3/6/10 - Register

  • Media Strategy with Jehmu Greene - 3/15/19 - Register

  • Combatting Online Harassment with Soraya Chemaly (elected women only) - 3/22/19 - Register

  • Trends from the Field with Celinda Lake - 4/12/19 - Register

  • How to Build a Grassroots Army with Amanda Litman and NY State Senator Jessica Ramos - 4/19/19 - Register

How to build coalitions with Mayor Yvonne Spicer and Heidi Sieck - Wednesday March 6, 2019 at noon est

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Yvonne Spicer

Mayor of Framingham, MA

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Heidi Sieck

CEO & Co-founder #VOTEPROCHOICE

Mayor Yvonne Spicer is Mayor of Framingham, MA.  Mayor Spicer was previously the Vice President for Advocacy and Educational Partnerships at Boston’s Museum of Science.  She started a teaching career in Framingham and rose to department chair before accepting a leadership position in the Newton district where she led initiatives to involve business leaders, colleges and universities in new programs. She earned a Doctorate of Education in 2004 at UMass Boston, and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree by the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Heidi L. Sieck is the CEO and Co-founder of #VOTEPROCHOICE, Previously, Heidi was the founding Chief Operating Officer of Civic Hall and Democracy.com and interim Chief Operating Officer of Rock the Vote in Washington, D.C. She served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Institute for Reproductive Health (formerly NARAL New York). She is an Advisory Board Member of MarchOn Sister March Network, VoteRunLead and Emerge New York. Most recently, Heidi was a partner of the Women’s March on Washington and a member of the Policy Table responsible for writing the intersectional Unity Principles.

This webinar will explore how to build successful partnerships and get involved fighting for progressive causes. Open to women activists and elected women. Register here now.

Media STrategy with Jehmu Greene - Friday march 15, 2019 at noon est

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Jehmu Greene

Fox News Contributor

Jehmu Greene is an evangelist for social good, Fox News Political Analyst, and political strategist. Throughout her career she has worked to build high impact social justice movements. A widely sought-after speaker, Jehmu's commentary has been featured on The Daily Show, CBS News, NBC News, ABC News, The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Rolling Stone, Essence Magazine, and others. Prior to Fox News, Jehmu served as President of the Women's Media Center and President of Rock the Vote. Jehmu has worked on more than twenty political campaigns at the local, state, and national levels, including serving as an advisor and surrogate for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.

This webinar will explore the nuts and bolts of creating and executing a successful media strategy. Open to elected women and women activists. Register here now.

Combatting Online harassment with Soraya Chemaly - Friday March 22, 2019 at noon est

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Soraya Chemaly

Writer and activist

Soraya Chemaly is an award-winning writer and media critic whose writing appears regularly in national and international media. She speaks frequently on topics related to inclusivity, free speech, sexualized violence, data and technology. She is the director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project and organizer of the Safety and Free Speech Coalition, an international civil society network dedicated to expanding women’s civic and political participation. Most recently, Soraya released her latest best seller "Rage Becomes Her.”

This webinar will explore how to handle online harassment and intimidation. Open to elected women only. Register here.

Trends from the field: A look at 2019 and beyond with Celinda Lake - Friday April 12, 2019 at noon est

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Celinda Lake

President, Lake Research Partners

Celinda Lake is one of the Democratic Party's leading political strategists, serving as tactician and senior advisor to the national party committees, dozens of Democratic incumbents, and challengers at all levels of the electoral process. She is one of the nation's foremost experts on electing women candidates and on framing issues to women voters. Her interviews and statistics have been quoted in the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal as well as a variety of magazines, including Newsweek, Glamour and Marie Claire, and Celinda has appeared on numerous television and radio news programs, discussing her work and providing expert commentary.

This webinar will explore what is going on with the political landscape in 2019 and how it’s shaping up for 2020. Open to elected women and women activists. Register here.

HOw to build a grassroots army with Jessica ramos and Amanda Litman - Friday APril 19, 2019 at 3pm est

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Jessica Ramos

New York State Senator

Jessica Ramos is a newly elected State Senator from New York. Hailing from Queens, Jessica has dedicated her life to fighting for working families, advocating for labor, and organizing her local community. Most recently, Jessica served as Director of Latino Media for the City of New York. As the city’s chief Latina spokesperson, Jessica helped keep the city’s 1.87 million Spanish-speaking residents, and the community and ethnic media at large, informed about government services and initiatives.

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Amanda Litman

Co-founder and CEO, Run for Something

Amanda Litman is the co-founder and executive director of Run for Something, a PAC which recruits and supports young, diverse progressives running for down-ballot office — since 2017, they’ve elected more than 200 people across the country. She's also the author of Run for Something: A Real Talk Guide to Fixing the System Yourself, published by Simon & Schuster in 2017. 

This webinar will explore how to build a grassroots army and how to manage one. Open to elected women and women activists. Register here.

MAY 2018

“Crashing the boys' club: Women candidates find winning elections is only half the battle”

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Why

Efforts to build women’s political power have historically ended at the ballot box. After the votes are counted, elected women are left alone to figure out how to succeed within opaque, antiquated, male-dominated political systems. Worse, these women often face sexist environments and sexualized harassment.

Rep19 curates networks that enable elected women and their supporters to connect, share best practices and ultimately build long-lasting political power.


 

Get Involved

Whether you are a women elected official, activist or male ally who understands the importance of equality in our electoral system, Rep19 has a place for you. See below for ways that you can get involved. We hope to hear from you.

 

Join rep19 (elected officials)

Are you a woman officeholder in the United States? We would love to hear from you. Join our amazing community today.

JOIN REP19 (ACTIVISTS)

Are you a woman activist in the United States? We would love to hear from you. Join our amazing community today.

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Our community is full of trailblazers leading the way in their communities. We surface their stories.

 
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OUR TEAM

Marya Stark

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Marya has founded several successful organizations that advance women’s power.  She is a co-founder, Founding Executive Director and Board Chair Emeritus of Emerge America, the premier training program for Democratic women who want to run for public office. She is also an Advisor to Wellville, which works with communities to improve the social determinants of health through stronger civic coalitions.

ZOE Pagonis

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Zoe has a background in democratic politics with a focus on content creation and relationship management. She served as Governor Martin O’Malley’s first-ever Digital Director, was the online voice for the Democratic Party and was a digital consultant on the Maryland Marriage Equality campaign. Most recently, Zoe helped establish operations for Emerge in New York.