Who We Are...


Austin Women Invest to Elect is a giving circle. All member contributions are made directly to the candidates we support. Our Steering Committee votes on our candidate selection.


We seek to operate as a recognized and respected fundraising group that also informs and trains women activists to use financial contributions and collective community action to support meaningful change.

Our mission is to empower women to participate fully in the political process by organizing our collective power to invest in U.S Senate candidates that support our progressive and pro-choice values.

The Executive Committee is made up of Invest to Elect members who have volunteered to take on leadership positions. The Executive Committee leads our organization for a calendar year over a 2-year commitment. Self-nominations for the Executive Committee are requested in December of each calendar year. Please let us know if you are interested in serving on the team.  We would love to hear from you, whether you are a longstanding member or just thinking about becoming a member and want to jump right in.

2020 Austin Invest to Elect Executive Committee

  • Paula Aaronson, Governance Committee Chair

  • Stacy Alexander, Governance and Events Committee Member

  • Susan Blount, Finance Committee Chair

  • Amy Brown, Events Committee Chair

  • Elizabeth Bray, Executive Committee Co-Chair

  • Casey Chapman-Ross, Communications Committee Chair

  • Beth Falcone, Candidate and Events Committee Member

  • Laura Hernandez, Membership and Events Committee Member

  • Lainey Melnick, Executive Committee Co-Chair

  • Karen Meyer, Candidate and Finance Committee Member

  • Cathy O’Neill, Communications Committees Member

  • Mary Anna Paul, Membership Committee Chair

  • Laura Rose Wilson, Candidate and Membership Committees Member

  • Yael Ouzillou, Candidate Committee Chair


2019 Austin Invest to Elect Executive Committee

  • Aimee Cunningham, Founder, Executive Committee Chair Emeritus

  • Amy Brown, Governance Committee Chair

  • Bonnie Mills, Event Committee Chair (January-November 2019)

  • Casey Chapman-Ross, Membership Committee Member

  • Cathy O’Neill, Communications Committees Member

  • Elizabeth Bray, Candidate Committee Chair

  • Emily Walker, Membership Committee Chair

  • Erin Schanning, Executive Committee Chair

  • Janet Wilkow, Candidate Committee Member

  • Lainey Melnick, Communications Committee Chair

  • Paula Aaronson, Governance and Communications Committees Member