Two weeks ago I started in my new role as CEO at the League of Women Voters of the United States.
When I think about the history of this organization, I am proud to see so many women running for political office this year. And I want you to know that I am committed to our mission today:
Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.
Part of my motivation for taking this position is to provide women with an opportunity to be heard, especially those who are often overlooked. I want young women to know that there’s no one way to achieve their aspirations. Everyone’s path is different.
You see, I did not have a traditional path to executive leadership.
I was a teen mom. It took me eight years to finish my college degree, while juggling two jobs and raising my sons.
I started my career as a community organizer working with gang members in Hartford, Connecticut. As an activist, I am passionate about social justice. As an American, I’ve always believed that America is great, but that we’re on a continuing journey as a country to become even better with each generation that passes. What drew me to the League was its commitment to creating that more perfect democracy and its renewed commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
At a time when division and hatred threaten the fabric of our society, the League welcomes all people, regardless of background, to play a part in this great democracy.
Because every vote matters—and we are all equal at the ballot box.
Thanks for trusting in me. We are going to do great things together!