Running Start

1111 16th Street NW, Suite 420 Washington, DC 20036

Phone: (202) 223-3895| Fax: (202) 223-4136
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Principal Staff:

Susannah Wellford, President 
Jessica Grounds, Executive Director
Allison Dunatchik, Program Director


Mission Statement:
Running Start is a 501(C)(3) non-partition non-profit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring young women to run for elected office.

Founded in 2007, Running Start was inspired by the reality that the pool of young women running for elected office is far too small. To transform the make-up of political leaders in our country, we need to start educating women about politics earlier in their lives. Running Start provides young women and girls with the skills and confidence they need to become political leaders. These young women will bring in new ideas to help solve old problems, and will raise issues unique to their lives that have otherwise been overlooked in politics. We educate the young women who will shape tomorrow's world.

Subject Expertise:
Young women's political leadership training

Annual Meetings/Conferences:
Young Women's Political Leadership Program-DC
Young Women's Political Leadership Program- MI
Young Women's Political Leadership Program- NY
Path to Politics Seminar Series
Women to Watch Awards
Next Step
Running Start/Wal-Mart Star Fellowship Program
Elect Her (with AAUW)