Our Team

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Liuba Grechen Shirley

Founder and CEO

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Liuba is the Founder and CEO of Vote Mama, the nation’s first Political Action Committee dedicated to electing progressive moms up and down the ballot, as well as the Founder and CEO of Vote Mama Foundation, the leading source of research and analysis about the political participation of mothers in the United States. Vote Mama Foundation is working toward gender equity by breaking the barriers mothers face running for office, normalizing mothers of young children running for office, and enabling legislators to pass family-friendly policies.

 

In 2018, Liuba ran a historic congressional campaign to represent New York’s 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives. She received the highest vote share of any Democrat to run against the incumbent in 25 years. Liuba raised over $2 million with no corporate PAC money and built a grassroots movement of volunteers that knocked over 250,000 doors. She petitioned the Federal Election Commission and became the first woman in history to receive federal approval to spend Campaign Funds on Childcare.

 

Throughout her career, Liuba has forged strategic partnerships between public, private, and nonprofit sector organizations to tackle issues including economic development, access to health care, and paid family leave. Together with UN Women, she launched the #IAmParent campaign for Parental Leave and was selected as a Global Champion for Women’s Economic Empowerment.

 

In 2019 and 2020, Liuba was selected as one of Long Island’s 100 Most Powerful People by City & State and was named to the Long Island Business News 40 Under 40 list. She has appeared on CNN, The Today Show, and MSNBC and featured in The Washington Post, TIME Magazine, and Huffington Post. Liuba holds an MBA with specializations in Management and Economics from the NYU Stern School of Business, and a BA in Politics and Russian from NYU. She lives on Long Island with her husband Christopher and children, Mila, Nicholas, and Andrew.

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Sarah Hague, LMSW

Political Director

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Sarah is a political social worker who has spent her career engaging young adults and womxn in government and politics. Sarah has started Youth Advisory Boards for 4 Congressmembers,  mobilizing over 500 students.  At Vote Mama Foundation, she spearheads the organization’s work on passing Campaign Funds for Childcare in all 50 states by 2023. Sarah also coordinates the foundation’s research and analysis efforts on childcare and the state of motherhood in American politics in partnership with leading researchers and organizations. Previously, Sarah served as NY Chief of Staff for a member of the U.S. House, where she worked on supporting family-friendly legislation among other important initiatives. Sarah holds an MSW degree from Columbia University School of Social Work and a BA in Social work, Sociology, and Peace and Conflict Studies from Gordon College. 

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Corie Pope Lieberman

Director of Development

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Corie has over a decade of experience fundraising for progressive causes. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Development at Echoing Green, the world's leading investor in early-stage social entrepreneurs. At Vote Mama, Corie oversees fundraising, finance, and operations. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in International Studies, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and young daughter.  

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Josh Daniel

Communications Director

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Josh Daniel is immensely proud to be on the Vote Mama Foundation team as Digital Communications Director. In his political work, Josh has led programs for Katie Porter, Liuba Grechen Shirley, and multiple state and local candidates across the country––including social media management, email fundraising, comms strategy, and volunteer activation. In the non-profit space, Josh leads social media & digital communications for Open Progress and TextOut, having organized volunteers to send over 80 million texts nationwide since 2017. He is a founding member of Indivisible Harlem, in addition to being a NY County Committee Member and Alternate Judicial Delegate in the 70th AD. Josh also serves on the Executive Board of Manhattan Young Democrats as Social Media Director. More life!

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Bailey Bruce, RN/BSN, MSW
Research and Policy Coordinator
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Bailey is a Registered Nurse and recently earned a Masters of Social Work on the Accelerated Policy Track at Columbia University School of Social Work. Previously, they worked as a clinical nurse and clinical research nurse coordinator at Duke University, co-organized the 2017 Raleigh March for Science, and acted as the Raleigh City Coordinator with Puerto Rico Rises, facilitating donation of over 20,000lbs of material-goods in response to Hurricane Maria. Bailey is passionate about combating the political erasure of diverse and progressive rural communities and engaging Southern folx in fighting for economic and social justice. Originally from Monroe, Louisiana, Bailey now lives in Carrboro, North Carolina with their partner, Isabelle, and their pets – three dogs named Echo, Murphy, and Elke, a cat named June, and a small flock of chickens.

Our Board

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Sanjyot P. Dunung, Chair

Founder, Atma Global

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Gayatri Agnew

Bentonville City Councilwoman

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Melanie Fonder Kaye

Founder and CEO, MFK Strategies

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Simone Greenbaum Gross

Director, Maycomb Capital

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Elliot Haspel

Program Officer, Robins Foundation

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Matielyn Jones

Founder, Politics 365

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Patti Kenner

Film Producer

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Wendy Mackenzie

Former Director, New York Choice PAC

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Liuba Grechen Shirley

Founder and CEO, Vote Mama Foundation