Meet The Matriots: Emily & Kate Law

Emily and Kate Law are a captivating pair of Matriots members. Hailing from Cincinnati, Emily (left) and Kate (right), are a mother daughter duo working hard to help The Matriots elect more women to public office in Ohio. Beyond their financial investment in The Matriots PAC, the duo recently hosted a House Party to connect us with their friends and family to raise money to help female candidates.  

Emily & Kate, you are both members of The Matriots PAC. How did you learn about The Matriots and what drew you to our work?

Emily: Last year I happened to sit down next to Helen Fite, Communications and Political Relationship Manager for The Matriots, at a Columbus Young Professional’s Coffee with a Cause on women empowerment. We each asked the inevitable question “What do you do?” She told me all about The Matriots and I was absolutely blown away by the story and mission of the organization.

I was drawn to The Matriots because women are severely underrepresented in elected office in Ohio. I appreciate that The Matriots is a nonpartisan organization focused exclusively on getting Ohio women into office. The specificity of The Matriots’ mission allows them to make a significant impact changing the landscape of politics.

Kate:  I learned about The Matriots from Emily! Since her high school days, she has had her ear to the ground on politics. Her Ohio State undergraduate political science degree was a perfect fit for her instincts. I knew to trust her judgement on finding The Matriots as a group to support

Emily, you are young professional pursuing you master’s in public administration. Why do you think that it is important for younger people to invest in the political process?

Elections matter and the excuses that “you are not political” or “one vote doesn’t matter” can no longer fly. We’ve seen the power elections have in shaping policy on the local, state and federal levels. While voting is critical step, I would like to see more of the Millennial Generation and Gen Z engage in the political process by canvassing for an issue or candidate, donating or even running for office one day. By investing in the political process, young people can ensure that their voice is heard.

Kate, you and Emily graciously hosted a House Party in April. You helped connect us to your network of family and friends and in the Cincinnati area. Can you share with our members about your experiences hosting a Matriots event?

Hosting a party was an easy yes when Emily approached me with the idea. I was in full support of helping The Matriots expand their reach into the Cincinnati area. Since the 2016 election results, I have personally felt an increased urge to get involved with elections and have many friends who feel the same way. We hosted a small group ranging in age from 22 to 86. It was a great way to learn more in a comfortable setting.

Emily, The Matriots endorsed 34 women in 2018 and 9 running in May primary elections in 2019. Can you tell our members about a candidate who inspires you and why?

Ra’Cole Taltoan is current Class of 2019 Endorsed Candidate running for Youngstown City Council. What impressed me about Ra’Cole was her life-long commitment to public service. Ra’Cole not only attended board of elections meetings and resident’s councils in her community, but also served as an AmeriCorps Vista member. She is a fantastic example of the many opportunities women have to engage in the political process.

Now for something fun: Tell us about your favorite thing to do together in the great state of Ohio. It could be a hobby, a favorite place to eat or something we might not know about our state!

Kate:  Emily and I have spent many hours combing through all that Columbus has to offer including the Columbus Metro Park hiking trails with her black lab Luna, The Columbus Museum of Art, the Short North shops and restaurants, The Franklin Park Conservatory and more!

The Matriots is looking to expand our team!

Want to join a team committed to electing more women to public office in Ohio?

We are looking to add to our dynamic team. If you’re interested in helping us grow our membership, and enjoy electing more women to public office in Ohio,  we’d like to meet you!

We are looking for a reliable and detail oriented Development/Finance Director. Our membership is growing quickly, with more than 800 members statewide. The Development/Finance Director will play a key role in our efforts to continue our growth.

KeyTraits:

  • Appropriately persistent
  • Results oriented
  • Reliable
  • Emotionally intelligent
  • Able to connect the dots

Job Description

The development director has four principal areas of responsibility, all of which result in income for The Matriots PAC, including but not limited to:

Planning: Develop a well-informed plan for meeting budget goals, with careful quantitative and qualitative benchmarks.

Prospecting and fundraising: Identify prospective members through your own networks and those of others, including prospecting strategies and tactics learned through campaign experience; manage and support solicitations of new members, by calling on existing assets and relationships with the board, staff, and volunteers.

Relationship building: Establish and implement programs for cultivation and stellar stewardship resulting in loyal and growing support of the PAC.

CRM maintenance: Manage all membership data and internal reporting; analyze data for opportunities and planning purposes. Build and leverage CRM for communications and relationship management.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage membership and fundraising efforts, including processing contributions, tracking pledges, communicating with contributors, mailing acknowledgments, managing member benefits, and providing timely financial reporting to the accountant and the executive director.
  • Ensure strict and complete compliance with election law and guidelines.
  • Coordinate CRM input and output, insuring accuracy for all existing and future databases.
  • Create and execute member-moves management plans in coordination with fundraising solicitors.
  • Build relationships and solicit contributions in person and via telephone and email.
  • Manage key projects, events, and materials related to membership and fundraising.
  • Manage meeting scheduling, document organization, and maintenance of records for the Membership Committee.
  • Maintain an open and service-oriented relationship with board members and committee chairs.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree. Experience in client or member services, including identifying, stewarding and renewing contributors at the major-gifts level, either in nonprofit and/or political environments. Exceptional written and verbal communication skills (particularly fundraising copy); 7+ years of professional fundraising experience; high analytical and critical-thinking skills; self-starter; ability to exercise independent judgment and work efficiently with minimal supervision; highly organized; detail-oriented; proficient in MS Office and CRM programs. Comfortable in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment.

Competitive salary based on experience.

Working for The Matriots offers the unique opportunity to work in fast-paced start up organization with big aspirations. We offer a vibrant work place with opportunities for growth. If you, too, passionately believe in the importance of women’s leadership for our state, this is your chance to join our team!

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and a resume via email to info@matriotsohio.com by Wednesday May 1, 2019.