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Mary González

Texas House Representative, Texas House of Representatives

Representative Mary González represents east El Paso County and is serving her fifth term in the Texas House. Last year, Rep. González was appointed to the Legislative Budget Board, and this 87th legislative session, she was appointed as the Vice-Chair of the Appropriations Committee and member of the Public Education Committee. Representative González is the


Whitney Lipscomb

Deputy Attorney General, Mississippi Attorney General's Office

Whitney is one of the Deputy Attorney Generals for the State of Mississippi. She oversees the Civil, Solicitor General, Legislative, Opinions and Policy Divisions. Prior to this, she served as the as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel for Governor Phil Bryant. In this role she provided strategic counsel to the Governor on a wide


Brooke Lopez

Founder, Lone Star Parity Project

Brooke López seeks to bring parity to women in politics. Brooke co-founded Lone Star Parity Project, a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to sharing the research and stories behind women+ in Texas politics. She began her journey into politics and government at a young age by working with her state representative to draft a bill at age


Larissa Martinez

Co-Founder & President, Women's Public Leadership Network

Larissa Martinez is a policy expert and skilled political strategist with a proven track record of delivering winning, multifaceted strategies by combining policy, communications and grassroots organizing expertise. An adept navigator of the political landscape with over a decade of leadership experience on Capitol Hill, Larissa has served as a Senior Government Relations professional at Washington,


Sabeen Masih

Vice President of Public Affairs, Capital Impact Group

Sabeen Masih is the Vice President of Capital Impact Group (CIG), a government affairs and business development firm based in Trenton. Sabeen’s policy expertise includes healthcare, energy, alcohol regulatory issues, and recreational and medicinal adult-use cannabis. Though a native New Yorker, Sabeen’s vast experience spans from local to state levels of government in Pennsylvania and


Kimberly Peeler-Allen

Visiting Practitioner, Center for American Women and Politics

Kimberly Peeler-Allen has been working at the intersection of race, gender and politics for over 20 years. Kimberly is the Co-founder of Higher Heights, the leading national organization dedicated to building Black women’s collective political power from the voting booth to elected office. She is currently a Visiting Practitioner at the Center for American Women


Meshea Poore

Vice President for the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, West Virginia University

Meshea L. Poore, Esq., a long-time champion of underrepresented people, serves as vice president and chief diversity officer for the West Virginia University Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In that role, she motivates the Mountaineer family to recognize the value in diversity and challenges all who interact with her to create transformational change. Poore


Pooja Prabhakaran

Manager of Public Programs, Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP)

As Manager of Public Programs, Pooja Prabhakaran is responsible for coordinating our public events and programming. This includes leading the planning process, drafting materials, communicating with program speakers and participants, publicizing and promoting the programs, and organizing on-site logistics. Pooja is also responsible for drafting text and developing graphics to deliver CAWP’s message through social media, infographics,


Valencia Richardson

Fellow, Equal Justice Works

Valencia received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. During law school, Valencia served as Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives, and the President of Georgetown Law Students for Democratic Reform. Valencia also worked as a student attorney in the Georgetown Law Civil Rights Clinic, and interned for the


Melissa Richmond

Chief Strategic Officer, Running Start

Melissa worked with Mitt Romney for 10 years in the Massachusetts statehouse, on two PACs, on his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, and on the SuperPAC that supported his second presidential run. Melissa has appeared in/on The Washington Post, NPR, BBC, and US News. Melissa was elected to represent Virginia at the 2016 RNC as