Board & Bios
WVWV Leadership Team
Page S. Gardner, Founder and President, WVWV
Page S. Gardner conceived of and founded Women's Voices. Women Vote. She is an expert in the voting patterns of women voters, with a particular expertise in unmarried voters. She began this project dedicated to increasing the share of unmarried women in the electorate.
During her twenty years experience as a political and communications manager and strategist, Ms. Gardner has worked at senior levels for the most competitive presidential, senatorial, gubernatorial, and congressional campaigns in all parts of the country. Ms. Gardner also has managed some of the most hotly debated national public policy issue campaigns, including those related to reproductive rights, civil rights, national budget priorities, technology and trade. Ms. Gardner has been credited with designing and implementing some of the most creative and successful issue and legislative campaigns, as well as staging come from behind candidate victories in key battleground races. She is regarded as one of the top strategists in the country.
Ms. Gardner has a magna cum laude degree from Duke University. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Virginia.
Joe Goode, Executive Director, WVWV
Joe Goode is the Executive Director of Women's Voices. Women Vote. He has worked as both a manager and pollster, helping new organizations mature and developing growth plans for established companies. He comes to WVWV from Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (GQR), where he served as Chief Operating Officer since 1999. Under his management, the company doubled in size and established itself as an international leader in survey research and campaign consulting. Goode also provided polling services and analytic advice to select clients during his tenure as COO, and is an accomplished focus group moderator.
Goode brings a wealth of experience to WVWV from his work with other campaigns and organizations as well as from a prior term at GQR. In 1996, Goode was the Campaign Manager for North Carolina Congressman David Price. After serving as the Congressman's District Director in 1997, Goode returned to Washington as a Vice President at the polling firm of Lake Snell Perry. He worked with firm president Celinda Lake on various U.S. political campaigns as well as providing research for non-profit organizations and foundations. Goode began his polling career as Director of Computing Services for Greenberg-Lake, Inc. in 1989. He was the Senior Analyst on company CEO Stan Greenberg's work for the Clinton for President campaign in 1992, assisting in the development and implementation of all polling and focus groups done for the presidential primary and general election campaigns. After the election, Goode served as the lead analyst for Greenberg on all research conducted for the White House and Democratic National Committee from 1993 to 1995.
Goode graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in political science.
Ruth Ferguson, Chief Finance Officer, WVWV
Ruth Ferguson is a management consultant to non-profit and governmental organizations, specializing in finance, compliance and organizational structure. From 1994 to 2003 she served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Commonwealth Corporation, a quasi-public workforce and economic development agency in Massachusetts. Prior to that Ruth was CFO of Crittenton Hastings House, Vice President for Administration and Finance for the Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications, and Franchising Manager for Warner Amex cable television. She began her career in politics as a policy analyst for the Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. She was appointed to serve as the first staff director for the first-in-the-nation Caucus of Women Legislators in the Massachusetts State House. During this time Ruth was active in the campaign for passage of an Equal Rights Amendment in Massachusetts, and was co-chairperson of the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus. As a result of these activities Ruth was profiled in the national magazine, Redbook.
Ruth was a founder of the Boston Club, has served on the Board of Directors of the Women's Technical Institute, and is involved in many local community-based organizations. Ruth is a graduate of Cornell University and received an MBA from Boston University. She lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts with her husband, Peter Wright, and their son, James.
Nancy McDonald, Resource Development Director, WVWV
Nancy McDonald worked in the private sector for thirty-two years. For twenty-four years, she held various professional and managerial positions at DuPont, including Chief Information Officer for the $2.2B DuPont Engineering Polymers business. Following that, she became a senior executive at Accenture, a $16B multi-national consulting firm.
At Accenture, she led one of the client relationship teams responsible for business development and subsequently led a global organization of 200 people.
She has a BS degree in Mathematics from Clarkson University and an MBA degree from Widener University. She established a teacher fellowship with the American Association of University Women to develop programs that encourage girls to study math and science. And, she created a scholarship for women at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She lives in Delaware and chairs the YWCA Delaware Leadership League which helps women at all stages of their careers become politically, socially and economically empowered. She also teaches part-time at Wilmington College in addition to her role in Women's Voices. Women Vote.
Hal Malchow, President, MSHC Partners
Hal Malchow is one of the seminal figures in persuasion mail marketing. An ex-lawyer who tired of a life spent reading nothing but fine print, Mr. Malchow's creative work has won numerous awards from the International Direct Marketing Association, the Direct Marketing Association of Washington and the American Association of Political Consultants. In the area of targeting, Mr. Malchow pioneered the application of statistical modeling and data mining techniques in the political arena. These developments are described in his book, The New Political Targeting, published by Campaigns & Elections. Mr. Malchow speaks and publishes regularly about campaign direct mail and has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, The Washington Post and other national publications.
Before entering the direct mail business, he managed four major campaigns including the 1984 Senate election of Albert Gore, Jr. Mr. Malchow holds a law degree from the University of the Pacific where he was named outstanding graduate of his class. He and his family live in Arlington, Virginia.
Pat Griffin, Griffin Williams Critical Point Management
Patrick Griffin is a partner in GriffinWilliams LLC, a management consulting firm that helps public and private sector clients navigate developmental transitions, organizational crisis and political challenges. He has an in-depth understanding of how Washington makes policy and how to tailor internal strategies to maximize a client's business objectives. Mr. Griffin has 30 years of experience on Capitol Hill, in the White House and in the private sector.
Mr. Griffin's public sector career has included serving as a top advisor to the President of the United States and to two Senate Democratic leaders. During the Clinton Administration, Mr. Griffin was appointed Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs. Mr. Griffin has served as Senior Policy Advisor to Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV) and Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD). Mr. Griffin was responsible for advising the Democratic Leadership and Caucus on policy and floor strategy. He also served as Secretary for the Democrats in the Senate, where he was the only Democratic elected
officer of the Senate.
In his private sector career, he has developed internal and external organizational strategies in Washington to help clients execute and achieve their strategic objectives. Mr. Griffin founded and sold the government relations firm of Griffin, Johnson, Madigan, and Peck where he spent more than 20 years building organizational capacity, designing political positioning strategies and achieving legislative results for Fortune 500 companies, non-profit associations, state and local municipalities as well as educational institutions.
Mr. Griffin's education background includes a Ph.D. in Education, as well as Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Urban Affairs and Policy.
Maggie Williams, Griffin Williams Critical Point Management
Maggie Williams is a partner in GriffinWilliams LLC, a management consulting firm that helps public and private sector clients navigate transitions and respond to political challenges. As a private communications and management consultant, she has advised clients that include Scholastic Publishing Corporation, the Smithsonian Institution, Hillary Clinton for Senate, and the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation.
Williams served as chief of staff to former president Bill Clinton managing his policy and personal staff at the Clinton Foundation in New York City. From 1993-1997, Williams served in The White House as one of seventeen assistants to President Clinton and also served as chief of staff to First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. In the course of a political and advocacy career spanning three decades, Williams has held numerous positions including director of communications for the Children's Defense Fund, deputy director of media relations for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, campaign press secretary to Senator Robert Torricelli, and deputy press secretary of the Democratic National Committee.
She holds a M.A. in Communication Philosophy from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Political Science and Urban Studies from Trinity College in Washington, D.C.
WVWV Board of Directors
Page S. Gardner, Founder and President, WVWV
Ashley James, Student Activist, De Paul University
Ashley James is a senior at De Paul University in Chicago. She is a student activist who is currently applying to law school. She is the treasurer of the Black Student Union and a member of the Society of Leaders Emerging. She is also an unmarried woman.
Michael Lux, President, American Family Voices
Michael Lux is the co-founder and CEO of Progressive Strategies, L.L.C., a political consulting firm focused on strategic consulting for non-profits, PACs, and progressive donors. Since starting the company, Mr. Lux has launched a number of important new projects, including American Family Voices, an issue advocacy group working on pocketbook issues for American families, and the Progressive Donor Network, which works to coordinate a network of individual donors, issue advocacy groups, and top flight political consultants and strategists.
Mr. Lux has a diverse background in the consulting, labor and consumer advocacy world. Lux serves on the boards of several important organizations, including the Arca Foundation, the Proteus Fund, 21st Century Democrats, Progressive Majority, the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, and the Clinton-Gore alumni association.
Mr. Lux is a native of Lincoln, Nebraska.
Mimi Mager, Partner, Heidepriem & Mager
Mimi Mager is a partner in the public affairs firm Heideprie & Mager. She served four years as Director of Congressional and Federal Affairs for Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly of the District of Columbia.
From 1987 through 1990, Mager worked for the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, where she designed and implemented the grassroots legislative campaigns. She served as a member of the Clinton-Gore transition team, Special Assistant/Deputy to the Director of VISTA, Executive Director of the Friends of VISTA, Executive Director of the Women's Campaign Fund, Senior Advisor in the Michael Dukakis, Mondale-Ferraro, and Fred Harris presidential campaigns, and Legislative Assistant to Senator Jim Abourezk (D-SD).
Mager serves on the Board of Directors of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, Bright Beginnings Inc., and Friends of VISTA. She is a founding member of EMILY's List and currently sits on its national steering committee. Mager graduated cum laude from American University's School of Government and Public Administration.
John Podesta, President and CEO, Center for American Progress
John Podesta is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for American Progress. Mr. Podesta served as Chief of Staff to President William J. Clinton from October 1998 until January 2001, where he was responsible for directing, managing, and overseeing all policy development, daily operations, Congressional relations, and staff activities of the White House. He coordinated the work of cabinet agencies with a particular emphasis on the development of federal budget and tax policy, and served in the President's Cabinet and as a Principal on the National Security Council.
Mr. Podesta is currently a Visiting Professor of Law on the faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center, a position he also held from January 1995 to 1997. He has taught courses on technology policy, congressional investigations, legislation, copyright and public interest law. Mr. Podesta is considered one of Washington's leading experts in technology policy, and has written a book, several articles and lectured extensively in these areas.
Mr. Podesta is a 1976 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, and a 1971 graduate of Knox College.
Margaret Rheinstein, Community Activist
Maggie Rheinstein has worked for over fifteen years in public relations and events for profit and non-profit organizations. She has held administration positions in public relations and human resources with Very Special Arts, American Art Therapy Association, the Hecht Company and The Weathersby Group, a marketing consulting firm. She sang as a professional member of the Summer Opera Theater Company for fifteen years. She is currently on the board of the Washington Women's Chorus and for six years has volunteered for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic. She holds a Phi Beta Kappa degree from Boston University.
WVWV Advisory Board
WVWV Legal Counsel
Holly Schadler, Lichtman, Trister & Ross, PLLC