The EMILY’s List Board of Directors is comprised of the country’s top leaders, entrepreneurs, and activists committed to electing pro-choice Democratic women.
Founder & Chair of the Board
As the founder of EMILY’s List, Ellen R. Malcolm has helped level the political playing field for women candidates; given women donors unprecedented influence in electoral politics; brought millions of women voters to the polls; and created a powerful movement dedicated to restoring progressive values to American government.
Stephanie Schriock is the president of EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics.
Since Stephanie took charge in 2010, EMILY’s List has seen unprecedented growth, helped elect record numbers of women to the House and Senate, and recruited and trained hundreds of pro-choice Democratic women to run for office, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, who Stephanie personally recruited to run. Of the more than $500 million the organization has raised to support women candidates since its founding in 1985, more than half has been raised under Stephanie’s leadership — and EMILY’s List is now more than five million members strong (and counting).
Originally hailing from the mining town of Butte, Montana, Stephanie has now been fighting to elect Democrats for more than 20 years. In 2004, she served as the national finance director for Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign, where she was at the center of the team that created the online fundraising model that ushered in the era of digital fundraising, laying the groundwork for President Barack Obama’s and Secretary Hillary Clinton’s future presidential campaigns.
In 2006, Stephanie returned to her home state of Montana to serve as Senator Jon Tester’s campaign manager, and after helping Democrats take back the Senate, served as his chief of staff. In 2008, she joined Al Franken’s historic Senate campaign as his campaign manager, leading the campaign to Election Day and then solidifying her reputation as a major force in Democratic politics by successfully managing the eight-month recount and legal fight that followed. Today, in addition to serving as president of EMILY’s List, Stephanie is also the president of American Women, a research organization affiliated with EMILY’s List which seeks to increase public awareness of the issues impacting women and families, and she regularly appears on MSNBC. Called “one of the absolute stars of American politics now,” Stephanie was named by ELLE Magazine to its “10 Most Powerful Women in Washington” list, alongside Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in 2015.
Diana Bell is an accomplished businesswoman, a civic and community leader in the San Francisco Bay Area. She currently serves as a director on a number of boards including the Northern California Girl Scouts, the Peralta Community Colleges Foundation Board, and the State of California’s Board of Accountancy.
Until her retirement in 2007, Diana was a Senior Vice President for the Hewlett-Packard Company. In that role, she led the company’s WW Total Customer Experience & Quality functions as well as Corporate Affairs. In the Corporate Affairs role, she was responsible for the HP’s global citizenship efforts, i.e. Philanthropy, Environmental Sustainability, Privacy, and Ethics. She served on HP’s Ethics Committee and the HP PAC. She was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2005.
Diana was formerly Vice President and General Manager for HP’s multibillion dollar Mobile Computing Division. In that position, she had profit and loss responsibility for the HP laptop computers sold globally. She joined HP as a Programmer Analyst in 1975.
A native of Baltimore, MD, Diana holds a BS degree in mathematics from Michigan State University, an MBA degree in finance from Clark Atlanta University, and an executive MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. An adventurous traveler, Diana’s business and personal journeys have taken her to all 7 continents and over 50 countries.
Ranny Cooper is president of Weber Shandwick’s public affairs practice and oversees the firm’s research and advocacy advertising divisions.
A nationally known political strategist, she directs sensitive crisis and public policy activities on behalf of the firm’s major clients. She also specializes in designing and implementing strategic communications campaigns for clients from both the public and private sectors.
Ranny has advised a diverse number of trade associations and corporations including the American Council on Education, the Bank of America Foundation, CVS, General Electric, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Boston Scientific.
She has also counseled a number of non-profit organizations, including the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Human Rights Watch, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the Partnership for Healthcare Excellence, the American Library Association and the American Educational Research Association.
Prior to joining the firm, Ranny was chief of staff to Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), responsible for all of his legislative and political activities. She currently serves on the Board of the newly established Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.
Ranny is also a member of the board of directors of the National Partnership for Women & Families, EMILY’s List, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, and the board of overseers of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
In 2000, she received the prestigious Women in Communications Matrix Award for exceptional achievement in public relations. She currently serves as co-chair of the Women’s Leadership Network at Interpublic Group, an organization focused on advancing the role of women within IPG.
Paul M. Bernon
Paul M. Bernon is an entrepreneur focused on investments in real estate and entertainment. He is President of the Northbridge Group, which owns commercial and residential properties across the United States, and is co-founder and partner of Burn Later Productions, a Los Angeles-based film finance company that has produced and sold films at the Sundance, Toronto, and South by Southwest Film Festivals to Sony, Universal, and The Weinstein Company. His film "Best Kept Secret" won a George Foster Peabody Award in 2014.
Paul is a co-founder and served as fundraising chair of the Next Generation Developers Task Force, a group of real estate professionals that acquired and redeveloped a dilapidated fraternity house into patient family housing at Boston Children’s Hospital, and co-founder and chairman of the Urban Renewal Committee, a public-private partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and Boston Children's Hospital's Injury Prevention Program that redeveloped a rundown playground into a safe, educational, and handicapped friendly play space. Paul serves as a Board Member for the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, and as an Overseer for WGBH and the Boston Children’s Hospital. Paul is a Board Member for the Alliance for Business Leadership, an organization of Massachusetts business leaders committed to the connection between social responsibility and the sustainable growth of the Massachusetts economy. He is a former director of the Massachusetts Housing Finance Authority, a quasi-public agency that has provided over $17 billion in financing for affordable housing since its inception.
Paul previously served as finance co-chair for the campaigns of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, and on the finance committee for U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy III and Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim. He has served as a guest speaker for a number of film, political, and social entrepreneurship organizations, included Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the Massachusetts Democratic Party, Boston University's College of Communication and the Massachusetts Production Coalition. He has been profiled for Forbes Magazine, Worth Magazine, IndieWire for business successes, and by the Boston Globe and Boston Common Magazine for his philanthropic efforts in the community. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Visionary Leadership Award from the Jewish Community Relations Council.
Paul graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Boston University’s College of Communication and earned a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Asset Management from New York University.
Mary Beth Cahill
Mary Beth Cahill is one of the top political strategists of her generation. A recognized expert on what motives women voters, she has trained female candidates to run for political office in Russia, Macedonia, and Ireland. Mary Beth approaches politics with an uncompromising combination of intelligence, decency, and commitment. She is a quiet, tough-minded leader whose long career embodies progressive values.
Mary Beth’s talents as a manager, evident early in her career, were honed by running a series of campaigns for the U.S. House and Senate. She was the Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis' personnel director and, in the Clinton White House, assistant to the president and director of the public liaison. In five years at EMILY’s List, Mary Beth turned the organization into an unrivaled political powerhouse.
“Unintimidatable,” says Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank. Mary Beth’s leadership and management style inspires uncommon loyalty among former coworkers, employees, and bosses. “She’s…beyond personal ambition,” said Senator Ted Kennedy, whom Mary Beth served as chief of staff before joining the John Kerry Presidential campaign as campaign manager.
Mary Beth earned a degree in English and political science from Emmanuel College in Boston, and in 2005 had a fellowship at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. She currently serves on the board of George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.
Mary Beth works for the United Auto Workers as director of their Washington office, overseeing legislative and political activity.
Aimee Boone Cunningham
Aimee Boone Cunningham is a community volunteer, activist and fundraiser who has raised more than $38 million for Democratic candidates and progressive organizations in the last 15 years.
A graduate of the University of Virginia, Aimee worked as a campus organizer for the Feminist Majority Foundation for three years before returning to Texas and Democratic politics.
From 2004-2010, Aimee raised money for and supported key legislative candidates, the Texas Democratic Party and other state-based organizations. From 2011-2012, Aimee served as the Vice President of Development for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, where she led the affiliate's fundraising efforts through a significant merger and in the face of major government funding cuts.
Aimee serves on the boards of Annie's List, The Center for Reproductive Rights, The Boone Family Foundation and Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, which she founded and chairs.
She was a co-chair of the Wendy Davis for Governor campaign and serves on President Obama's National Finance Committee.
Aimee lives with her husband, Ed Cunningham, and their family in Austin.
Shefali Razdan Duggal
Shefali brings an incredible network of Democratic support with her and a deep passion for electing women to office.
Shefali Razdan Duggal is a member of President Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee (NFC) for the 2012 Presidential reelection campaign, a Co-Chair for Obama Victory Trustees (OVT) and a member of the Northern California Finance Committee for President Barack Obama, having raised well over $1 million for the President. Shefali is a member of the Credentials Standing Committee for the 2012 Democratic National Convention and is an At-Large Delegate to the Convention from the State of California. She is a member of the Democratic National Committee’s National Finance Committee and is currently on the White House Council of Women & Girls, chaired by President Barack Obama’s Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. Shefali is also a member of the Democratic National Committee Asian American Leadership Council, the DNC National Steering Committee and the Majority Council of EMILY’s List, an organization dedicated to electing Democratic women to all levels of government.
Shefali is involved with Human Rights Watch, California Committee North and is also on the National Advisory Board of Doctors for America. In addition, Shefali currently works on various U.S. Senate and Congressional campaigns throughout the country. Previously, Shefali was active in Senator Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign where she was a Trustee for the DNC South Asian American Leadership Council.
Shefali is a Presidential Appointee (President Barack Obama) to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, which oversees the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., for a term expiring January 15, 2018.
Born in India, Shefali grew up in Cincinnati OH, receiving her Bachelors in Mass Communication (minor in Political Science) from Miami University (Oxford OH) and her Masters in Political Communication from New York University. Shefali has lived in Chicago, Boston and New York, and currently resides in San Francisco with her husband and two children.
Ted Gavin is a Managing Director and Founding Partner of Gavin/Solmonese LLC, a national corporate restructuring and public affairs advisory firm. Ted has worked with companies in transition for several years, serving in advisory and management roles for troubled companies in diverse manufacturing, service, governmental and healthcare fields.
Prior to joining Gavin/Solmonese’s predecessor firm NHB Advisors, Inc., Ted was CIO of an $80 Million manufacturing company with nine locations in the United States and Canada, where he led the turnaround of a struggling and misaligned IT function. When the business was purchased, Ted joined the new parent company’s efforts in developing a unified Information technology strategy, a process that he later led across his division.
Prior to entering the field of corporate renewal, Ted held positions with General Instrument Corporation, managing global electronic communications systems and leading enterprise-wide projects. In that organization, he provided advisory support to corporate and divisional management for technology and development matters.
Ted is a Certified Turnaround Professional and a member of the Turnaround Management Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and is an Associate Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. In his role with the Internet Engineering Task Force, Ted has contributed in various roles to the formulation of global technology standards, including being primary author of RFC-3098, “How to Advertise Responsibly Using Internet E-Mail and Newsgroups”, which articulates a standard for ethical online distribution-based advertising.
Ted was a founding Trustee, Secretary and Chief Financial Officer of the SpamCon Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving e-mail as a viable communications medium. In that role, Ted has spoken at conferences on the topic of ethical e-mail marketing and advertising. As a recognized expert in this field, he appeared before the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, has been a featured expert on National Public Radio and CNNfn, and has appeared in numerous publications, including Wired, CNET, Business Credit and others. A frequent speaker on the matter of legal ethics, Ted was a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s National Ethics Task Force and its Civility Task Force.
Rebecca Haile is currently Executive Vice President of Finance and Operations at Foros, an independent strategic and M&A advisory boutique firm she helped establish in 2009.
Rebecca is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was a member of the Harvard Law Review, and of Williams College. After law school, she clerked for Judge Dorothy Nelson of the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and subsequently worked at Williams & Connolly in Washington, DC and more recently at Davis, Polk & Wardwell in New York, where she focused on mergers and acquisitions.
Rebecca has authored Held at a Distance: My Rediscovery of Ethiopia, a memoir about her return to Ethiopia after her family’s forced exile following the 1974 revolution and twenty-five years in the United States, and has appeared as a frequent speaker before student and other groups.
Rebecca is also a Trustee of Freedom House, the human rights organization, and is active in local organizations including having served as a member of Manhattan’s Community Board 6 from 2004 until 2012. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children.
Joanne Howes’ passion for almost 40 years has been advancing the causes and influence of progressive women. She is currently a consultant on women’s issues. For almost 20 years, she was a partner in the women-owned consulting firm BASS and HOWES. The public policy firm provided strategic advice to a broad array of women’s organization including the National Breast Cancer Coalition, Family Violence Prevention Fund and the National Partnership for Women and Families. In addition, the firm started two new organizations, the Society for Women’s Health Research and the Reproductive Health Technologies Project.
Prior to forming BASS and HOWES, Joanne served as legislative director for then Rep. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), a lobbyist for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and a senior staff member in Ted Kennedy’s Presidential Campaign. She was part of Team A that led to the Vice Presidential nomination of Gerry Ferraro. She was one of the founders and a current Board Member of EMILY’s List. As a volunteer, she campaigned relentlessly for Hillary Clinton for President, traveling to 9 states and organizing Nurses for Hillary.
María Teresa Kumar
María Teresa Kumar is the founding President and CEO of Voto Latino and an Emmy-nominated contributor with MSNBC. She is the host of Changing America for MSNBC.Com. Fast Company named her among the most 1000 creative minds in business worldwide for her unique use of technology, media and celebrity to make transformative change. In 2013, Elle named her one of the 10 most influential women in Washington, DC. A dynamic community leader, María Teresa was named by Hispanic Business among the 100 most influential Latinos in America and by PODER Magazine as one of the 20 most influential Latinos under 40. The Hispanic Heritage Foundation granted her the prestigious Leadership Award for her work serving the Latino community. The Women’s Media Center also recognized her with an Emerging Journalist award. Campaigns and Elections named her one to watch in shaping the 2014 mid-term elections. Under her leadership, Voto Latino has won numerous awards including two Webby Honoree awards, and several Promax awards for best in ethnic marketing. Voto Latino has become a key factor in national elections by directly registering a quarter million new voters and influencing millions more through viral, celebrity-driven campaigns.
María Teresa serves on the national boards of EMILY’s List, Planned Parenthood Federation, and the Latino Leaders Network, and is a Hunt Alternative Fund Prime Mover and a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member. She was recently named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She is a co-chair of the Aspen Task Force on Learning and the Internet which explores the future of connected education. She is a frequent guest analyst on NPR and PBS, a recent panelist on Bill Maher’s HBO show, an opinion writer for national publications, and a sought after speaker at major conferences including Google’s Women Global Leadership conference, Intel, General Electric, SXSW, NetRoots Nation, Personal Democracy Forum, Harvard Law and TEDx. María Teresa has been profiled in numerous outlets including HBO’s Celebrity Habla, PBS’s The Graduates, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Americas Quarterly, Washington Post and Capitol File. She started her career as a legislative aide for then Democratic Caucus Chair Vic Fazio, and graduated from Harvard’s Kennedy School and the University of California at Davis.
Judith L. Lichtman
Judith L. Lichtman is Senior Advisor at the Partnership for Women & Families. She has been a guiding and influential force in the women’s movement for more than 30 years. She stepped down as President of the National Partnership For Women & Families in 2004. Her commitment, vision, and talent as an attorney and advocate have made a profound difference for women and families across the United States.
Judith often says: “I went to law school because being a lawyer gave me a license for activism.” Under Judith’s leadership, the National Partnership has been at the forefront of every major piece of civil rights legislation related to women and families for 30 years. Founded as a small volunteer group, the National Partnership has grown into a national organization with thousands of members and has become one of the country’s most influential strategic forces, shaping national policy through its advocacy, lobbying, litigation, and public education. Judith’s vision and the National Partnership’s strength and direct leadership have resulted in the passage of some of the most important legal protections for American women and families, including the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993. In 1996, the National Partnership helped shape key provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that make it easier for women and their families to get and keep health coverage. More recently, Judith has led efforts to promote patient protections and to bring paid family and medical leave to California.
Judith has been recognized by civic and legal organizations, business and labor leaders, and others for her strategic abilities, political savvy, effectiveness in creating powerful and diverse coalitions, and her tireless commitment to building a truly just society.
Laura Ricketts is a Director and part owner of the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball Club as well as Chairman of the Board for Chicago Cubs Charities. In addition to her Board duties, much of her work with the Cubs is focused on community relations, government relations and philanthropy. She is the first openly gay woman to own an MLB franchise.
Ms. Ricketts practiced law at the Chicago law firm of Schiff, Hardin & Waite (now Schiff Hardin LLP) where she was an associate in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group and concentrated her practice in mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, and general corporate and securities law matters. She left the practice of law to co-found Ecotravel, LLC. Dedicated to fostering and promoting ecotourism worldwide, Ecotravel, LLC operated Ecotravel.com, an online magazine of ecotourism news and information and directory of ecotourism service providers. Selected as one of the top ecotourism websites by the Wall Street Journal in 2002, Ecotravel.com provided information and resources to educate travelers and facilitate travel planning while assisting ecotourism providers in promoting their services.
Ms. Ricketts is currently an at large member of the Democratic National Committee’s Executive Committee and served as Co-Chair of the DNC National Finance Committee’s LGBT Leadership Council from 2009 to 2013. She served on the Steering Committee and co-chaired the Finance Committee for Illinois Unites for Marriage, a state-wide campaign to pass the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act in the Illinois General Assembly, which granted full marriage equality to Illinois same-sex couples. She also serves on U.S. Representative Mike Quigley’s LGBT Advisory Council.
Ms. Ricketts is actively engaged with several charitable organizations in the Chicago area community and beyond. President Barack Obama appointed Ms. Ricketts to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Board of Trustees in 2013. She serves on the National Leadership Council for Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, a national non-profit organization that litigates, educates and engages in public policy work on behalf of LGBT civil rights. She also serves on the Leadership Council for Housing Opportunities for Women, Inc. (“HOW”) which provides permanent supportive housing and comprehensive case management to homeless women and children in the Chicago area. She is on the Board of Directors for Opportunity Education, an international charitable foundation that provides educational programming and technological tools to help educate children and train teachers in over 1000 schools across Africa and Asia.
Recognized for her volunteer and advocacy work on behalf of the LGBT community, she was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 2013 and received the 2012 Center on Halsted Human First Award, the 2011 Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago Vanguard Award, and the 2010 Equality Illinois Freedom Award.
Ms. Ricketts earned an A.B. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. She lives in Chicago with her daughter.
Donald Sussman has worked in hedge fund investing for more than thirty years and is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of the Paloma Funds. Mr. Sussman was named to the Institutional Investor-Alpha Hedge Fund Hall of Fame in 2013. He was the recipient of Hedge Funds Review’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 and Institutional Investor’s Alternative Investment News Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. Mr. Sussman is a member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the Investment Committee of Carnegie Hall. Mr. Sussman attended Columbia College and received a B.S. and an MBA from New York University as well as an Honorary Doctorate from the Weizmann Institute of Science.