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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Christina A. Jackson serves as She Should Run’s Chief of Staff, responsible for overall organizational effectiveness and scalability through business operations leadership, financial management, and staff development. She has a firm belief in driving social change through high-functioning, mission-driven organizations and strategic partnerships.
Christina began her career as a high school English teacher in Prince George’s County Public Schools, where she also served as a Master Teacher, mentoring University of Maryland, College of Education candidates. She transitioned out of the classroom into a consulting role within the behavioral sciences organization, American Institutes for Research, where she worked with U.S. Departments of Education and teachers nationwide to develop high-stakes standardized tests for K-12 public schools. She has since held program and operations management positions within nonprofit and private organizations including Teach For America, PowerMyLearning, and K12 Insight. Most recently, Christina led education software giant. Blackboard, Inc.’s company-wide Readiness Program, operationalizing the delivery of new software products to market, and the divestment of those identified for end-of-life.
Christina earned her M.B.A. from Marymount University and a B. A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a volunteer role as 1st Vice President, Programs Chair of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Washington D.C. Chapter, advocating for education, health, and economic empowerment within target populations in the District.
Sofia Pereira brings her years of political organizing and legislative 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 Mayor. Sofia holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from 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.
Born in Denver, Colorado, Olivia is a recent graduate of Vanderbilt University, where she majored in American Studies (with a concentration in Political Science) and minored in Women’s and Gender Studies. While at Vanderbilt, Olivia interned in multiple levels of government (including the offices of Governor John Hickenlooper and Congresswoman Diana DeGette). She was also involved in Vanderbilt Student Government, the Office of Active Citizenship and Service, VUcept, and the Holocaust Lecture Series. Olivia is excited to build from these experiences and bring her passion for active citizenship to She Should Run, where she hopes to help redefine what leadership looks like by empowering women from diverse backgrounds. Olivia is especially interested in the enormous potential for women to get more involved in local government. Above all, Olivia wholeheartedly believes in the power of random acts of kindness.
Bri’ana is a rising senior at Davidson College in Davidson, NC pursuing a B.A in Sociology with a minor in Hispanic Studies. As a Black woman born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Bri’ana is no stranger to existing and working within communities lacking diversity; she is pursuing a degree in Sociology in order to better articulate and fight against disparities and discrimination that minorities face in society. She is excited to work for She Should Run because she believes in its purpose: she wants to help to provide support for those women, coming from various backgrounds and walks of life, seeking to become leaders in their communities and nationally. Bri’ana is the current President of the Sigma Psi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at Davidson College and is passionate about the civic engagement work that she does through her organization and otherwise—she is consistently inspired by the powerful women who work alongside her to better their communities every day!
Gracie is a junior at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. She was born in Los Angeles, California and moved to Miami, Florida in middle school. Gracie became aware of gender inequality and continuing social issues in our country around the time of the 2012 election and further attributes her interest in gender equality to education, having been assigned a wide range of feminist literature, and to social media. Gracie is a Government major and Women’s and Gender Studies minor who believes that education is an extremely important way of bringing awareness to gender inequality in this country. She is excited to bring in her views and perspective to She Should Run and believes that more representation in politics for women is vital for creating equal institutions and an equal society. Gracie is still unsure if she will go into politics, but she is open to the idea and hopes to make positive changes in this country.