The Vote.org Team
Andrea is the CEO of Vote.org, the nation’s largest nonpartisan digital voter engagement organization. Andrea led Vote.org to record-breaking growth during the 2020 General Election and the Georgia runoff elections, helping more than 4.4 million people register to vote and more than 3.3 million request mail-in ballots, and leading a 50-state get-out-the-vote operation which made over half a billion voter contacts across the country. Andrea and Vote.org’s work in 2020 has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, and Bloomberg.
With nearly two decades of experience in voter engagement operations and campaigns, Andrea is a recognized expert on civic engagement and a staunch defender and promoter of democracy. Prior to joining Vote.org, she served as the founder of Civic Engagement Fund, an incubator for grassroots nonprofit organizations focused on voter empowerment and engagement. She has advised and supported the efforts of presidential and congressional candidates, ballot initiatives, and historic landmarks, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Andrea launched her career on Capitol Hill in the office of Representative Patrick Kennedy.
In addition to leading Vote.org, Andrea sits on the boards of NARAL and Bend The Arc, serves on the Leadership Council of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and is a member of the Society of Fellows for the Aspen Institute.
Kimberly Myers Hewlett, Chair
Kimberly Myers Hewlett is president of the Myers Family Foundation and a family council member of the Flora Family Foundation. Most recently, she was senior vice president of donor engagement at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Previously, she worked for Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and served as senior associate director for Corporate and Foundation Relations at the Stanford University Medical School.
In addition to Vote.org, Hewlett serves on the boards of the National Center for Family Philanthropy, Seacology, and the Intervalien Foundation. She is an alumna of The Philanthropy Workshop West, a “boot camp” for emerging philanthropists. Hewlett received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She is a member of the inaugural cohort for the IU Professional Doctorate in Philanthropic Leadership (PhilD) at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Her research is focused on indigenous island communities and environmental justice.
She currently lives in Mountain View, CA with her husband Billy and three children.
Maisha Leek, Director
Maisha’s career spans leadership roles in fundraising, politics, science/tech policy, technology startups, and venture capital. At Human Ventures — an early-stage venture studio in NYC that backs and builds consumer technology companies – she is a Partner. In this role, she manages the success of 16 portfolio companies. Maisha also sources potential founders for companies built with Enterprise partners and HV’s “Entrepreneur In Residence” program. She is particularly interested in working with experienced founders with backgrounds that are frequently underestimated by the VC community (people of color, LGBTQIA, veterans, etc.) and collaborating with investors that understand the opportunity this network presents.
She is a former chief of staff of the U. S. Congress where she oversaw a $54b portfolio that included the federal government’s investments in science and technology. During both the Bush and Obama Administrations, she served as Special Assistant to the Vice Chair of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. Prior to Human Ventures, Maisha was an operations executive at a high-growth startup backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Alphabet, Floodgate, and Main Street Advisors. She is a trustee of her alma mater, Trinity College (D.C.) and a board member of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and Service Year Alliance.
Rupa Balasubramanian, Treasurer
Rupa has over fifteen years of experience managing private family foundations in Los Angeles–facilitating the investment of millions of dollars to support organizations focused on education, women’s health, the environment, civic engagement, and civil rights at the local, state, and national levels. She began her philanthropic career at Margery Tabankin & Associates, a philanthropic and political consulting firm. There, Rupa worked with Barbra Streisand and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to create the Women’s Heart Alliance, a national non-profit organization with a bold campaign to increase awareness of women’s heart disease and advocate for more funding on gender-specific research. In the summer of 2013, Rupa helped launch Fundamental.
Rupa currently serves on the advisory board of the Women’s Heart Alliance in addition to serving on the board of directors for Vote.org, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles and Demos, a public policy organization working to achieve social, economic, and political equity.
Rupa previously worked in crisis management at Hill & Knowlton, Inc., a leading international communications consulting firm. During the Clinton Administration, Rupa worked in the Press Secretary’s office at the White House. She graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara and earned her Masters degree in Public Administration with summa cum laude honors at the University of Southern California’s School of Policy, Planning and Development.