With Enhanced Board, She Should Run Doubles Down to Help More Women Find a Place in Political Leadership
New York, NY -- June 12, 2019 -- She Should Run, a non-partisan organization dedicated to expanding the talent pool of future elected female leaders, has appointed five new board members to accelerate that mission. With a vision to see 250,000 women running for office by 2030, She Should Run has enhanced its board with a diverse group of business experts committed to building on the momentum toward ending the gender gap in leadership.
“Women are more politically mobilized than ever before, and we’re excited to see a historic number of women enter the 2020 presidential race,” said Erin Loos Cutraro, Founder and CEO of She Should Run. “But even so, with women making up less than 30% of seats at every level, we are far from where we need to be. Our talented and diverse new board members are joining us to accelerate our progress to reach true gender parity in our lifetime.”
Considering only 13% of women move all the way from consideration to filing the requisite paperwork, that means, to see 1 woman run for office, 8 women need to seriously explore the possibility. With this tall order in mind, She Should Run thoughtfully selected each new board member based on their ability to scale and grow a mission-focused effort, as well as their entrepreneurial spirit and passion for equal gender representation. In particular, the collective business expertise of the incoming board members will bring more power to the fight for equality, especially as brands have been extending their support for gender equality through corporate activism. The innovative thinking and business expertise of the new board members will help She Should Run expand the groundswell of women running for office that started gaining momentum in the 2018 midterm elections and continues today with the most diverse group of presidential candidates our country has ever seen.
She Should Run’s new board members include:
KENYA PIERRE, Vice-President, General Counsel, ARAUCO:
Kenya is an attorney with over 15 years experience as in-house counsel for Fortune 500 companies. Prior to her role at ARAUCO, Kenya served as the Assistant General Counsel at Kimberly-Clark, and also held Counsel roles at Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble. With a deep passion for education, Kenya ran for her school board and inspired nearly 12,000 people to join her in reshaping the values of education in her community, and vote for her. Kenya started her career as a Chemistry and Biology teacher for 9-12th grade students in low-income and/or inner-city schools in Los Angeles.
RACHELLE HRUSKA MACPHERSON, Founder, Lingua Franca:
Rachelle launched Lingua Franca, a New-York based fashion label that produces items with hand-embroidered words after a therapist suggested she do something with her hands to ease her anxiety. She recently collaborated with bag brand MZ Wallace to create a limited edition “Give a Damn” Metro Tote, in which all proceeds went to She Should Run. Prior to Lingua Franca, Rachelle founded the media website Guest of a Guest, and became CEO of the company. Guest of a Guest was established to cover and photograph events and people in New York City and around the world.
KATIA BEAUCHAMP, Co-Founder, CEO, Birchbox:
Katia co-founded Birchbox in 2010, driven by a mission to redefine the way people discovered and shopped for beauty online. Katia began her career as an entrepreneur after graduating from Harvard Business School in 2010, where she met her Birchbox co-founder. Their connection grew into friendship and the pair’s collaborative idea for Birchbox. Prior to Birchbox, Katia worked in finance and commercial real estate. She was recently featured as an investor on the first season of Lifetime TV’s series, "Project Runway: Fashion Startup."
FRANCISCO MARTIN-RAYO, Strategy & Org Transformation Expert, Boston Consulting Group:
In his current role, Francisco Martin-Rayo advises senior leaders in the public and private sectors and leads projects focused on digital and cultural transformations, bureaucratic simplification, and organizational restructurings. Francisco also has extensive experience in the financial services industry. Francisco is the co-founder of ThinkBLUE, a non-profit organization that provides pro bono consulting services to political organizations, and was a member of Governor Ralph Northam’s Innovation Council during his 2017 campaign.
RACHEL CHAMBERLAIN, Director of Private Wealth, Ellevest:
Rachel has been with Ellevest, a financial services company designed by and for women, since before its first product launch in 2016. In her current role, she's responsible for the business strategy and day-to-day operations of Ellevest’s private wealth management vertical. Prior to that, she served as a business and investment consultant for Natixis Investment Managers. Rachel received her MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, and her bachelor’s degree from Providence College.