Women Voters USA 2020

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About Our Team

Empowering Women to Vote through service, education & advocacy.

Nonpartisan. Supportive. Informational.

Our Mission

Women Voters USA is a nonpartisan non-profit dedicated to encouraging conversations on issues that are important to women, mobilize voter registration, and inspire women to be architects of change ahead of the general election on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020.

Our Team

Nicole Wild Merl

Nicole Wild Merl

Co-Founder | President

Are you too busy to share your voice about modern politics? The answer of course is a resounding NO when put in the context of women’s suffrage, women’s right to vote, and the remarkable women who fought and continue to fight for equality.

Meet Nicole Wild Merl, mom, advocate for women and girls, post-graduate student and Co-founder/President of Women Voters USA. Nicole says “At first I thought I couldn’t take it on, then I realized what a truly special time this is when women announce their candidacies to run for president of the United States, and found a way to combine my studies with a political purpose. Today, we continue our work with one common goal: to engage women to vote.”

Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook

Co-Founder

Meet Thomas Cook, an entrepreneur, mentor, philanthropist and Co-founder of Women Voters USA who wanted to show how he cares through his support of the initiative and sponsorship of the first-ever virtual Education Cooperative at Northeastern University to help advocate for Nicole to achieve her educational and professional goals. And, with this bold idea Women Voters USA was created and dedicated to the importance of the women’s vote and how it will influence American politics now and for future generations.
Candace Sandy

Candace Sandy

Co-Chair of the Women Voters USA, Coffee & Conversations

CANDACE SANDY is a Trinidadian American best-selling author and an accomplished political and communications and crisis strategist. Sandy served as the communications director for Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, the House Foreign Affairs Committee 1998–2014. She has held various communications positions in the New York City administration and on the local, state, and national election campaigns, including press secretary for Hillary for America northern Nevada 2016 election campaign cycle and specialty media press secretary for Kerry-Edwards Wisconsin Victory 2004 campaign cycle.

Sandy is the co-chair of the Women Voters USA, Coffee and Conversations 2020, which is a nonpartisan campaign to increase civic and political participation and provides women the chance to meet political and thought leaders to discuss challenges and concerns that are important to them.

Sandy, a frequent lecturer, continues to work tirelessly on behalf of women’s causes. She is also a Radio Advertising Bureau Mercury AD/LAB Fellow and recipient of the WNBA New York Liberty Community Service award.

Eliana Villaurel

Eliana Villaurel

Social Media Content Creator

Eliana Villaurel is a high school senior from New Jersey and is an active member of the Women Voters USA Young Women in Leadership Program. By utilizing her skills, Eliana hopes to inspire other young women who may soon be able to vote. As an influential youth activist, she embodies the values and mission of Women Voters USA. Some of Eliana’s other interests include photography, drawing, and psychology. Eliana hopes to pursue her doctorate in the field of social psychology. As she continues her dreams, Eliana will remain committed to her participation in the empowerment of women in politics.
Kennedy Ragin

Kennedy Ragin

Social Media Strategist Gen X

Kennedy Ragin is a Georgia based high school sophomore and a varsity student-athlete who is passionate about human and civil rights and voter protection. Kennedy aspires to be an attorney and is excited to join the Women Voters USA 2020 social media team sparking conversation amongst Gen X across the country.

I believe that the influence of women will save the country before every other power.

Lucy Stone

Prominent U.S. orator, abolitionist, and suffragist, and a vocal advocate and organizer promoting rights for women.

Board / Advisors

Nicole Wild Merl | Co-Founder/President
Thomas Cook | Co-Founder
Monique Morrow
Kelli Hunter
Julie Vessel

Young Women in Leadership Program

Treasure Bynum
Madison Cornell
Kayla Edwards
Alicia Miller
Kennedy Ragin
Essence Sommers
Eliana Villaurel

We would LOVE to hear from you!

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