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Our Mission

SHE VOTES' mission is to support those who identify as women in becoming registered and responsible young voters. We achieve this through providing online voter education resources, hosting webinars, maintaining a national network of community ambassadors, and conducting voter registration drives. SHE VOTES is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all of our work is nonpartisan.


The notable women of history featured in the gallery below inspire our mission and the work that we do. Click on each image to learn more!

*apply to be a member of our board of directors by clicking this link*

Shirley Chisholm
Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm was the first African American woman in Congress (1968) and the first woman and African American to seek the nomination for president of the United States from one of the two major political parties (1972). Chisholm famously championed the campaign slogan "unbought and unbossed".

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Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony

Champion of temperance, abolition, the rights of labor, and equal pay for equal work, Susan Brownell Anthony was one of the most visible leaders of the women’s suffrage movement in the 1800s. In 1872, Anthony was famously arrested for voting in her hometown of Rochester, New York, and convicted for her "crime" in a public trial.

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Ida B. Wells
Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells was a prominent investivatige journalist, activist, researcher, and civil rights leader in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She was also one of the founding members of the NAACP. Her many publications and public speaking tours advocated for women's suffrage and shed light on the horrors of lynching and other acts of racism in the US.

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Shirley Chisholm
Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm was the first African American woman in Congress (1968) and the first woman and African American to seek the nomination for president of the United States from one of the two major political parties (1972). Chisholm famously championed the campaign slogan "unbought and unbossed".

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Shannon Lynch

Founder & Executive Director


Shannon Lynch was born in Washington, DC and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. As part of a military family, Shannon has always felt a strong call to public service. Shannon started working on political campaigns at the age of 16, and has since worked on local, state, and federal campaigns. She ran for public office for the first time in 2018 when she sought out a nonpartisan commissioner position in DC.


Shannon holds a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and a master's degree from American University. She is also a graduate of the Women's Campaign School at Yale University. She currently works as a podcast producer and audio engineer at a think tank in Washington, DC.

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Ana Clara Blesso

Member of the Board of Directors


Ana Clara Blesso (she/her/hers) is an alumna of the Women's Campaign School at Yale, a trained salary negotiation facilitator through the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and a Connecticut Women's Education & Legal Fund (CWEALF) Development Committee member. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Wake Forest University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Assumption College.


A proud Brazilian-American immigrant, she is passionate about the power of women and non-binary individuals at the polls, and strives to enter political spaces to support those underserved by current systems and structures. She serves as MBA Program Manager for the Toigo Foundation and a graduate instructor at the Wake Forest University's Department of Counseling.


Dr. Elesia Glover

Member of the Board of Directors

Dr. Elesia Glover recently joined the international nonprofit, the Alliance to End Plastic Waste. Elesia handles External Relations for North and South America for the Alliance. She is also the founder of @PoshPack, empowering young women through access to feminine hygiene essentials and works as a policy and campaign consultant. Elesia is passionate about engaging young people in the political process. She has a doctorate in public policy and administration and attended the Women's Campaign School at Yale University.


Jesyca Hope

Member of the Board of Directors

Jesyca attended James Madison University in Virginia where she became their youngest graduate in 1997 with a BA in Musical Theatre. She went on to receive an MA in Communication Studies with a Rhetoric emphasis from Kansas State University where she was also the Assistant Director of the Public Speaking program.

A 9-year career in broadcasting culminated with Jesyca receiving the Broadcaster of the year award from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters in 2006. Jesyca left that field of endeavor to become involved with non-profit community service work serving for 5 years as the Communications & Outreach Director for Kansas Community Action Programs, and now the Director of Member Programs and Outreach for the Kansas Independent College Association. Jesyca also owns Hope Communications Consulting.

Jesyca makes her home in Topeka, Kansas where she has received the local 20 Under 40 Award for outstanding community leadership, was named Capper Easter Seals volunteer of the year, and was the inaugural Hometown Hero for Washburn University. She is the Design Coordinator for the annual Festival of Trees and sits on the Board of Directors of her local Community Action Agency.

Lauren Cleary

President of the Board of Directors

Lauren Cleary is a military spouse and mother to three boys living in San Diego, California. Lauren earned her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Arizona State University and is studying Law at the graduate level at the University of Southern California. She works as a Compliance professional within the financial industry. 
Throughout her undergrad, Lauren completed several meaningful internships that would inspire her perspective; A Congressional Internship at the Office of Congresswoman Susan A. Davis and a Legislation Advocacy internship with the United Nations Association – San Diego, where she would conclude her time serving the organization as Committee Co-Chair of San Diego for Sustainable Development. 


Lauren is passionate about promoting civic engagement within her community, but also within military communities stationed around the globe.

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Amelia Wolf

Member of the Board of Directors


Amelia is a graduate of University of Toledo Law School and a 1LT in the District of Columbia National Guard. She previously worked for 4 years in government relations in the defense industrial industry and received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from George Washington University in political science.

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Jayne Ponder

Vice President of the Board of Directors


Jayne Ponder (she/her/hers) was born and raised in East Tennessee, and she is a current member of the Washington, D.C. community.  As a long-time volunteer in state, local, and national elections, she has seen first-hand the power of civil engagement and turnout at the polls to empower communities and individuals.  Jayne seeks to increase participation in every election at all levels of government.


Jayne holds a Bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.  She currently works as an attorney in Washington, D.C.

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Dr. Charla Burns

Treasurer for the Board of Directors

Dr. Charla Burns is an alumna of Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. She also holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and a diploma from the Women's Campaign School at Yale. Dr. Burns is currently employed as an epidemiologist at the Texas State Department of Health Services. She is currently serving her third term on the Ouachita Parish Democratic Executive Committee and is the former North Regional Director of the Young Democrats of Louisiana. Her areas of interest are voter targeting, Get Out the Vote (GOTV), digital campaigns, and grassroots organizing. In the community, Dr. Burns serves as a notary public, motivational speaker, political consultant, and youth mentor.

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Stephanie Zemanek

Member of the Board of Directors & Head of Donor Relations


Stephanie Zemanek was born and raised in Mantorville, MN, and is now a resident of Arlington, VA. She has worked on campaigns at all levels - from Commonwealth's Attorney to President of the United States. Through her extensive experience working in the political field, Stephanie noticed the lack of women present, both candidates and staff alike. This discrepancy ignited a passion in her for ensuring that women are involved at every level of the political process - starting at the ballot box. She currently serves as the Political Director for the Young Republican Federation of Virginia, for which she received the honor of being inducted into the Young Republican National Federation's Chairman's Order of Distinguished Service. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Richmond, and is an alumna of the Women's Campaign School at Yale. 

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