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Liuba Grechen Shirley
Liuba Grechen Shirley is the founder and chief executive officer of Vote Mama, the nation’s first political action committee dedicated to electing progressive moms, as well as the founder and chief executive officer of Vote Mama Foundation, the leading source of research and analysis about the political participation of mothers in the United States.
In 2018, Liuba ran a historic congressional campaign to represent New York’s 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives. She received the highest vote share of any Democrat to run against the incumbent in 25 years. Liuba raised over $2 million with no corporate PAC money and built a grassroots movement of volunteers that knocked over 250,000 doors. She petitioned the Federal Election Commission and became the first woman in history to receive federal approval to spend campaign funds on childcare.
Throughout her career, Liuba has forged strategic partnerships between public, private, and nonprofit sector organizations to tackle issues including economic development, access to health care, and paid family leave. Together with UN Women, she launched the #IAmParent campaign for parental leave and was selected as a Global Champion for Women’s Economic Empowerment. In 2019 and 2020, Liuba was selected as one of Long Island’s 100 Most Powerful People by City & State New York and was named to the Long Island Business News 40 Under 40 list. She has appeared on CNN, The Today Show, and MSNBC and has been featured in The Washington Post, TIME Magazine, and Huffington Post.