Erin Loos Cutraro is the Founder and CEO of She Should Run, a leading non-partisan organization working to increase the number of women running for office in the United States. Since its founding in 2011, nearly 40,000 women have been encouraged to run for office through She Should Run’s efforts, and over 12,000 women have indicated they are preparing for a future through She Should Run’s flagship program, the Incubator. Erin is a respected voice on gender equality in elected leadership. She has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC News, and profiled by Vice News.
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Clare Bresnahan English works and lives in Washington, DC, where she has dedicated her career to increasing women and girls’ representation through advocacy, political engagement, and social change efforts.
Clare joined She Should Run in 2012 as the Programs Director responsible for directing organization’s research and programs expanding the pipeline of America’s future women elected leaders. Her passion for sparking women’s political careers drives her commitment to She Should Run’s mission.
Clare started her career at the Girl Scouts of the USA Public Policy and Advocacy Office in 2008. Clare led GSUSA’s legislative and public affairs strategies for advancing the girl perspective in youth policy issues. Under her leadership, the Girl Scouts launched one of its largest advocacy efforts to promote healthier, balanced images of women and girls within the media and entertainment industry - The Healthy Media Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls.
She recently graduated magna cum laude with a Masters in Public Management at Johns Hopkins University and graduated in 2008 from American University with a B.A. in Communications, Law, Economics, and Government. She also teaches political entrepreneurship for the nonpartisan organization, New Leaders Council, and has served as the New Leaders Council DC Chapter Co-Director. While Clare loves the national work she leads in DC, she is a proud Midwest native, who hails from the Queen City - Cincinnati, Ohio.
As the Community Manager, Sofia Pereira brings her years of political organizing experience to the She Should Run Incubator community, which supports thousands of women considering a run for elected office. Prior to joining She Should Run, Sofia served several years as legislative staff at the county and state level and worked on campaigns from the local to congressional level in her home state of California. Sofia is a 2014 graduate of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale, after which she ran successfully for the Arcata City Council, where she currently serves as Vice Mayor. Sofia holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication, and she is currently studying women in politics as a graduate student at Humboldt State University.
Sofia first held elected office at 11 years old as the “Commissioner of Religion” at St. Clare School in Santa Clara, CA. This was followed by several disheartening (student) campaign losses, until 10 years later when she became her university’s student body president as a write-in candidate. Sofia wants to encourage other women and girls to run and to never give up!
Sydney is a recent graduate of American University's School of International Service, where she received her bachelor’s degree in International Studies and minored in Sociology. In her time at AU, Sydney was involved in on-campus activism and community organizing, including serving on the executive board of AU’s chapter of Amnesty International. After attending a seminar centered around women in the pipelines to political leadership, at which She Should Run gave a lecture, Sydney wanted to become more involved in the movement to get more women interested in running for office. Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, she is especially interested in engaging more Midwestern women in the political process as a way to facilitate progress throughout the region. Sydney has plans to pursue a post-graduate degree in the near future and in the meantime she is enjoying all of the opportunities for social justice and political activism (and all of the great brunch spots!) that D.C. has to offer.
Kathleen is a recent graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Sciences. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, she has always been a fierce feminist and passionate about having women fully represented at all levels of public office. While at MSU, she was involved in student government which allowed her to engage students in voter education and civic engagement. She helped organize a campus wide voter registration drive as well as an event that addressed gender inequity in Mississippi politics. She also worked on the most recent mayoral election for Starkville, MS in which the first female mayor was successfully elected. Having come from a state where there has never been a female governor or a woman in Congress, she is excited to be apart of She Should Run's ultimate mission of closing the gender gap in the field of public office.
Sierra is a senior in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C. Born and raised in Hawaii, she found her passion for supporting women in politics while interning for U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono in both her Honolulu and D.C. offices. Her inspiration comes from the strong and diverse female representation in Congress from her home state. She brings non-profit experience from interning for Running Start in D.C. and for the Aspen Institute Central Europe in Prague, Czech Republic. She is excited to help bring more diverse female representation into politics through the work of She Should Run. Sierra uses her camera as a medium to advocate for social justice issues combing her creativity with her professional aspirations. She looks forward to a brighter future with more women in politics and maybe will find herself there one day as well!