FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Winning For Women, an organization supporting women leaders who believe in free-market principles and a strong national defense, announced that Rebecca Schuller will lead the team as Executive Director, with Sarah May Stern of Hudson Institute and former Senator Kelly Ayotte joining her on the Winning For Women Board of Directors. The selection of Schuller, who most recently launched The Women’s Initiative, to head the organization is the culmination of a national search. Other members of the newly formed team include Danielle Barrow, Katherine Cresto, Amanda Iovino, and Micah Yousefi.
“We are very fortunate to have an Executive Director with such extensive policy experience and sharp instincts,” said Winning For Women spokeswoman Andrea Bozek. “We believe it is important that women who are authentic advocates for America’s security, innovative workforce policies, and sound fiscal policy initiatives have the support they need – which is why we are thrilled to have such an impressive team and board of directors. The entire team’s experience and expertise will strengthen and expand the ability of conservative women to succeed in their pursuits.”
“It’s great to be a part of an organization that is dedicated to advancing sound fiscal and national security policies, and engaging right-of-center women,” said Rebecca Schuller. “We have a strong team assembled at Winning For Women and I know that through our efforts, we can give credibility and confidence to conservative women. The kind of powerful grassroots community we want to foster will provide the support and recognition women deserve.”
Rebecca Schuller joins Winning For Women as Executive Director. Schuller has built a reputation for helping political leaders, organizations, and individuals better communicate with key audiences, particularly women, during a career spanning both law and politics. Most recently, she helped launch and served as director of The Women’s Initiative, a project designed to help clients better represent the political interests of Independent women voters. Schuller’s career began on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant and communications aide to several members of Congress, and in the Massachusetts State House, where she served as Communications Director for the Republican minority leader. She then shifted venues from the Cloak Room to the courtroom, with over a decade of litigating complex commercial cases for Fortune 50 clients at top law firms such as Mintz Levin. A graduate of Boston College and Georgetown University Law Center, she now lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two young children.
Kelly Ayotte served as a United States Senator for the State of New Hampshire from 2011 to 2017. While in the Senate, she served on the Armed Services, Budget, Commerce, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committees. Prior to her election to the Senate, she served as the Chief of New Hampshire’s Homicide Unit and Deputy Attorney General of New Hampshire before being named New Hampshire’s first female Attorney General, in which role she served from 2004 until 2009.
Sarah May Stern is Chair of Hudson Institute. She is also a trustee of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and of the Main Idea, a residential summer camp for economically-disadvantaged girls in Maine. Stern worked for two decades at Commentary magazine. There she served as Business Director until 2010, taking a leading role in its 2007 reorganization as an independent non-profit, and serving on the Commentary board as Treasurer and Secretary. She is a past president of the Edgemont Union Free School District in Scarsdale, New York, and is active in a number of community activities. Stern is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School.
Danielle Barrow joins Winning For Women as Director of Operations. Danielle previously served as Director of Operations at the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) where she managed the nonprofit organization’s internal operations and led FPI’s Future Leaders Program and Leadership Network, a professional development program focused on advancing the next generation of foreign policy leaders. She also served as Director of Operations and Political Director on Capitol Hill and as a Senior Legislative Aide in the Virginia General Assembly. A native of Omaha, NE, Danielle is an alumna of the University of Minnesota.
Katherine Cresto joins Winning For Women as Communications Director. Previously, Cresto worked in financial communications at Edelman, a leading global strategic communications agency. Cresto also led digital communications for Financial Services Roundtable, served as a communications consultant at Purple Strategies and was Deputy Director of Digital Rapid Response on the Mitt Romney for President campaign in 2012. Cresto was born and raised in California and graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California, and also studied at Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, France.
Amanda Iovino joins Winning For Women as Director of Research & Analytics. Iovino previously served as Deputy Director of The Women’s Initiative, a large-scale research effort into the attitudes and perspectives of Independent women. She also served as Vice President of State Initiatives at America Rising, and as a Project Director at Public Opinion Strategies. Iovino is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Johns Hopkins University.
Micah Yousefi joins Winning For Women as Political and Policy Director. Prior to Winning For Women, Yousefi served as Women’s Engagement Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, building a program dedicated to engaging women candidates and voters. She also had the unique opportunity to serve on the United Nations’ 53rd Commission on the Status of Women as an NGO Delegate. Yousefi recently managed the run-off campaign of Congresswoman Karen Handel in the GA-06 Special Election, the most expensive race in House history. Yousefi is a proud first-generation American and an alumna of Notre Dame of Maryland University.
ABOUT WINNING FOR WOMEN: Winning For Women is a 501(c)(4) organization that aims (1) to inform the public of national security and free-market policy that will benefit the lives of all Americans, (2) to organize and amplify the voices of women across the country who embrace such, broadening the audience for a strong conservative message, and (3) to expand the ability of right-of-center women to succeed in their pursuit of leadership opportunities, including elected office. WFW works closely with its advisory team of high-profile leaders and supporters. Its Board of Directors includes former U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, Hudson Institute Chairman Sarah Stern, and Executive Director Rebecca Schuller.