Electing Women Alliance
The Electing Women Alliance was formed in early 2015, but the concept was not new: It was based on the first giving group formed in Denver in 2000. The former lieutenant governor of Colorado, Gail Schoettler, had just lost a competitive race for Governor by less than 8,000 votes. Schoettler, along with her friend Judith Wagner, co-founded the Women’s Bank of Denver, and shared a belief that women donors must play a bigger role in supporting women candidates for statewide office. Electing Women Denver was launched and supported women running for governor and Senate.
Building on their success, the model was replicated and in 2015 the Electing Women Alliance launched with groups in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Boston. In subsequent years groups were formed in Austin, Chicago, New York, Sonoma, Oakland, Vail, Santa Fe, New York, St. Louis, Seattle and Washington, DC. And now, new groups in additional locations are being formed. While different communities may have slightly different membership models, all of the groups in the Electing Women Alliance remain loyal to the original vision established back in Denver: bring women donors together in a community to lift up women candidates.