MEET THE PEOPLE LEADING THE WORK.
THE REGISTER HER TEAM
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Rachael is a purpose-driven, passionate, strategic attorney and gender equity advocate.
As Register Her’s Co-Founder and Executive Director, Rachael directs its mission to ensure that all eligible women have the invitation, information, resources, and support to vote. Rachael leads Register Her’s efforts to build an ecosystem to reach and include more women in our democratic process and to achieve gender equity in government and every aspect of American life.
Before co-founding Register Her, Rachael spent 18 years at VCA Inc., a public company with over 26,000 employees in 48 states and Canada, serving as Vice President and Co-General Counsel for most of her tenure. Throughout her career, Rachael was also a committed gender equity activist, spending substantial time volunteering with the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project in Los Angeles and as a Board Member of Fund Her, a political action committee dedicated to achieving gender parity in state government. Rachael voluntarily left VCA in December 2019 to pursue a second chapter of her career, focusing on gender equity and social justice. Rachael holds a B.A. in Politics from Princeton University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. While in law school and as a young lawyer, Rachael advocated for victims of domestic violence and asylum-seekers.
Meryl is an experienced project and people manager, and a firm believer that the world needs more women in leadership - from government, to business and beyond. She brings problem-solving skills and relationship-creating instincts to the role of Program Director, where she manages and directs the organizing team and leads partnership development with local, state and national non-profit organizations across the country.
Meryl has worked in communications and public affairs, formerly at a consulting firm that helped develop strategic positioning for businesses, non-profits, and individual leaders. Prior to joining Register Her, she was the Chief of Staff of Fund Her and guided the organization's operations, communications, donor relations and fundraising. She graduated from Colorado College with a degree in International Political Economy and a Minor in Arabic in 2015.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Co-Founder & Board Chair
Valerie McGinty is a civil rights and consumer appellate attorney and gender equity champion. As Register Her’s Board President, Valerie leads the board and helps develop strategic partnerships with organizations, foundations, and donors.
Before co-founding Register Her, Valerie founded Fund Her in 2017, which has helped elect 79 women in six states to statewide, legislative, and local office. A passionate believer in the power of democracy, after studying the results of the 2020 election Valerie saw that another way women could lead our democracy forward was at the ballot box and that no existing organization was devoted exclusively to the voter registration of women and especially women from underrepresented communities. She and Rachael joined forces to launch Register Her in 2021. Valerie has been recognized for her public service with the Consumer Attorneys of California Marvin E. Lewis award, for her legal advocacy as the 2014 Street Fighter of the Year, and she was the 2013 Chair of the Women’s Caucus, launching record-breaking membership and fundraising programs.
Senior Political Director, Crooked Media
Board Chair, Homeboy Industries & Former CEO, IKEA North America
Senior Director, USF Leo T. McCarthy Center
Marie "Molly" Watson
Deputy Director, California Donor Table
Director of Engagement, Philanthropy Together & Chair, HERitage Giving Fund
Executive Assistant, NewView Capital
On-the-ground community organizers
“Voting is important because it gives everyone a voice in matters that are most important to them.
Voting is important to me because my ancestors fought hard for years for women and people of color to gain the right of suffrage.
Being a part of historically marginalized social groups as a black woman in the South and daughter of a naturalized immigrant has made me particularly aware of the inequities in voting.