Meet the Staff

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Erin Loos Cutraro, Founder & CEO

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 11,000 women have indicated they are preparing for a future through She Should Run’s flagship program, the Incubator. It's Erin's two young daughters who motivate her to champion the systematic and cultural change needed to see gender equity for women and girls in our lifetime. Born and raised in Missouri, Erin now resides just outside of New York City.

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Clare Bresnahan, Executive Director

Clare Bresnahan 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. 


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Jenn Addison, Digital and Creative Manager

Jenn Addison is the Digital and Creative Manager for She Should Run, a non-partisan organization changing the conversation and culture around women's and girls' leadership. Her passion for increasing the number of women and girls in areas where they are grossly underrepresented has guided her career path. She has several years of experience as a digital and creative strategist for non-profit and advocacy organizations.
Jenn started her career in digital at EMILY's List where she focused on email and online fundraising during the 2012 election cycle. Prior to joining She Should Run, Jenn served as the Social Media Manager for TechGirls, a Department of State international summer exchange program designed to empower and inspire young girls from throughout the Middle East and North Africa to pursue careers in STEM fields. 
She holds a Bachelors degree in Middle Eastern studies from the College of William and Mary. She also serves on the board of the DC Chapter of the Younger Women's Task Force, an organization working to empower, educate, and inspire young women to be change agents in the DC community. Outside of her digital work, Jenn is a vinyasa yoga teacher, art lover, and frequent attendee of live music shows around DC. 

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Sofia Pereira, Community Manager

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!


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Sydney Latas, Development Assistant

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.


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Kathleen Kiernan, Office Fellow

Kathleen Kiernan is a recent graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political sciences and a minor in French. 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.

 

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