(May 21, 2018) - Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus (MWPC) Board President Gail Jackson Blount today announced the appointment of Laurie Martinelli, JD, MPH as the organization's new Executive Director, effective immediately.
"We are thrilled to welcome Laurie to the MWPC team," said Blount. "Her extensive leadership experience in the non-profit sector, as well as her proven fundraising and polished communications skills, make her a great fit for this role at a time of unprecedented growth for the Caucus. Laurie brings a renewed energy to our existing initiatives to recruit, train and elect women candidates for public office, while also offering expertise in fundraising, organization-building and statewide expansion.”
The non-partisan MWPC, founded in 1971, has been at the forefront of recruiting and endorsing women for political leadership and has worked collaboratively with the Legislature and other political organizations to build support for advancing women. MWPC is currently undergoing great transition and expansion, reporting a record-breaking number of winning women candidates endorsed last year and a similar trajectory this election cycle.
"The work of the MWPC, empowering women to run and helping get them elected to political office, is critically important," said Martinelli. " I can't wait to continue building this pipeline of new leadership in my role here at the Caucus."
Martinelli's experience in the non-profit sector began as the founding Executive Director of Health Law Advocates, Health Care For All’s public interest law firm, where she led for 12 years. Most recently, she served for 10 years as the Executive Director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts (NAMI Mass), where she created several new programs including “CEOs Against Stigma,” a successful mental health training program for police and first responders, in addition to a professional development education program for teachers and other school personnel. Under her leadership, NAMI Mass doubled in size and met lofty fundraising goals to support the organization’s expansion.
As a lifelong activist and a mission-based leader, Martinelli left NAMI Massachusetts in June 2017 to pursue a lifelong dream: biking 4,300 miles cross country, from Bar Harbor, Maine to Seattle, Washington, and in the process, raised over $10,000 for Multiple Sclerosis. Most of the money she raised was donated to The Boston Home, a residence and center for care of adults with advanced, progressive neurological diseases located in Dorchester.
A Pittsfield native and current Dorchester resident, Laurie Martinelli earned a JD from the Washington College of Law at American University and a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
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(July 10, 2017) - Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus (MWPC) Executive Director Sarah McCarthy Welsh announced today the appointment of Kaitlyn Maloney as the organization's new Associate Director, effective immediately.
"We are pleased and excited to welcome Kaitlyn to the MWPC team," said Welsh. "Her experience in the non-profit sector, as well as her excellent marketing and communications skills make her a great fit for this role. She will bring passion and focus to our newest initiatives."
The non-partisan MWPC, founded in 1971, has been at the forefront of recruiting and endorsing women for political leadership issues and has worked collaboratively with the Legislature and other political organizations to build support for advancing women. MWPC is currently undergoing great transition and expansion, reporting a record-breaking number of women candidates already endorsed this year.
Kaitlyn is a recently graduated from Simmons College with her B.A. in Economics and International Relations.
"I feel incredibly lucky to return the organization that sparked my desire to elect more women into public office," said Maloney. "As a former MWPC intern, I was exposed to the landscape of Massachusetts politics and subsequently, the gender gap that currently exists in all levels of our government representation. During this time of political divide, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of women interested in running for public office. I can't wait to continue building this pipeline of leadership in my role here at the Caucus."
Kaitlyn's experience in Boston politics began as an intern with the MWPC in the spring of 2015. She then served as a Barbara Lee Fellow in the office of MWPC-endorsed candidate, Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier (Pittsfield, MA). Most recently, she worked as the multimedia marketing intern for the Clinton Foundation, international non-governmental organization (NGO) in New York City.
Kaitlyn joins the MWPC team with expertise in multimedia marketing and videography and has filmed 16 awardee introduction videos for the MWPC "Good Guys" and Abigail Adams awards ceremonies over the past two years.