EMILYs List Announces Ben Dotson as VP of Digital, Christina Reynolds as VP of Communications
November 13, 2017
Washington, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, announced that Ben Dotson has been promoted to vice president of digital and Christina Reynolds has joined the organization as their new vice president of communications. Reynolds most recently served as senior vice president at Global Strategy Group, a Democratic polling and public affairs firm.
“We are beyond excited to have Christina and Ben join the EMILY's List leadership team,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List. “Ben has already been a valuable leader on our digital team and I can’t wait to see how he expands on the terrific work from last cycle. Christina has been a lifelong fighter for progressive values – from the campaign trail to the White House. Both are joining our senior team at a pivotal moment, and I'm glad to have them on board as we prepare to fight Republicans' anti-woman, anti-family agenda in 2018 and beyond.”
As vice president of digital at EMILYs List, Ben oversees digital fundraising, communications, and organizing efforts for the organization; including the email, social media, text messaging, and creative programs. Most recently, Ben served as deputy digital director at EMILYs List during the record-breaking 2016 election cycle. Prior to joining EMILYs List, Ben was a senior digital strategist at the Smoot Tewes Group, where he managed aggressive email, social media, and advertising campaigns for a range of clients in the energy, environment, conservation, and electoral sectors. From 2011 to 2014, Ben served in the Obama administration at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he managed the agency’s digital reform program, a cutting-edge effort to centralize and modernize the agency’s digital communications infrastructure and staff. Ben started his career in LGBT and youth organizing and worked on a number of state and local campaigns in Michigan.
“I’m excited to step into this new role and continue working to empower our members and candidates to make transformative change in communities across the country,” said EMILY's List Vice President of Digital Ben Dotson. “We’re at an unprecedented moment in politics. Thousands of women are stepping up and reaching out to us about running for office. If we do our jobs right, we have the incredible chance to improve political representation for years to come.”
“I'm thrilled to be joining EMILY's List at this crossroads for women in politics,” said new Vice President of Communications Christina Reynolds. “Under Stephanie's leadership, EMILY's List candidates around the country are already standing up, fighting back, and winning – from posting historic gains in Virginia to flipping the Washington State Senate. There are more than 20,000 women ready to join their ranks, and I'm excited to hit the ground running to help elect the next generation of progressive women leaders.”
Christina joins EMILY's List with nearly two decades of experience as a communications and research strategist. Before joining the Global Strategy Group, she served as deputy communications director at Hillary for America. She also previously served as White House director of media affairs and special assistant to the president, director of rapid response at Obama for America, research & policy director at the DCCC during the 2006 midterms, and senior roles in several presidential and Senate campaigns.
“Christina is an immense talent whose skills, smarts, and tenacity will benefit our client EMILYs List and every one of their candidates,” said Jim Papa, a partner at Global Strategy Group. “We know that more Democratic women will be elected to office due to their combined efforts.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Our grassroots community of over five million members helps Democratic women wage competitive campaigns – and win. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research the issues that impact women and families, and turn out women voters. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 800 to state and local office. Forty percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Since the 2016 election, thousands of women and counting have reached out to us about running for office. To harness this energy, EMILYs List has launched Run to Win, an unprecedented effort to help more women run and win at the local, state, and national levels.