Meet A Member: Victoria Alesi

1. Victoria, you recently renewed and upgraded your membership with The Matriots. What motivated you to give at a greater level? I upgraded my membership because I believe in the mission and vision of the Matriots and know that with the greater commitment we will see a greater difference for women running for office!

2. You are a new member to The Matriots Membership Committee. How do you think we can grow The Hive across the state of Ohio amidst the quarantine? I think that with continued education and awareness across all parts of the states, we have the ability to educate all on the importance of supporting and encouraging women to run for office. It is our duty as members and specifically as a part of the Membership Committee to grow the hive!

3. Do you have a favorite candidate that The Matriots has endorsed? How do you plan to get involved in the 2020 election? My favorite Matriot endorsed candidate is Elizabeth Brown running for Columbus City Council. I have seen Liz Brown speak many times and am always inspired by her. She is a strong advocate for working mothers, higher minimum wage and women’s rights. Her work creating the Columbus Women’s Commission at City Council is very important and she is making it a point to include all voices at the table.

I am also volunteering my time to register voters and on Election Day will be out there in my VOTE T-shirt ready to help people exercise their civic duty!

4. Can you share why you think The Matriots’ vision for more women in elected office is the solution to today’s political rancor? There is no way to have an equitable system in place if women are not represented at the table where the policies are being made. There is no doubt that women are more than capable of leading our local, county, state and federal governments, we just haven’t had the support. The Matriots are fighting for women’s representation and I couldn’t be more proud.

5. Now for something fun: Tell us about your favorite thing to do 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! As a dancer and artist, I am so proud of the arts across Ohio! I love visiting The Columbus Museum of Art, listening to local, live music in our beautiful theatres, and seeing contemporary dance shows at the Wexner Center for the Arts! #artmakescolumbus

Get To Know The Matriots!

We want you to be excited to learn more about The Matriots PAC – so we’ll just share a few introductory ideas here before we go on a deeper dive during the event.

Here’s a little bit about our start from our introductory video in 2018:

OK, that answers some questions, but…

Why the bee? Why a PAC? Learn more in our FAQ.

Here are the two documents that really help you “get us” in 4 short pages:

Research

About Us

Here are the women we have endorsed by class, including the 63 women from across the state we are supporting for November.

Here are all the ways you can take action – from volunteer to be our next Zoom host.

We want you to consider membership in The Matriots, so consider what Cleveland member Harriet Warm has to say about investing with us.

Please join – every single dollar counts and we need your voice as part of this movement. 

Do you want to understand how we invest your money? Here’s the results of our first 2.5 years of investing in women – our inaugural Impact Report.

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Now Is The Time To Grow The Hive

I’ve spent some time on the phone this past month with several dozen members; saying hello, checking in, answering concerns. I know each of you are experiencing the pandemic in very personal ways.

For some people, the change has meant little more than not being able to meet friends at a favorite restaurant. For others, they’ve lost jobs or had their hours curtailed, are fighting for their company, or they’re caring for a loved one suffering with this deadly virus.

Even as we shared stories and updates on “life in pandemic,” not one had lost faith in The Matriots mission, which has never been more critical. Voting matters. Leadership matters. And for those not fighting for their livelihood, a deep sense of desire to be RELEVANT in the world right now has permeated our membership.

You may not know me personally yet, but you certainly know from your inbox that it is my job to steward you, cultivate your relationship with our candidates, and to attract new members. Now is not the time for me to sit on the sidelines with our fundraising and new-member goals. Our work is too important.

I spent the winter traveling across the state meeting people, and there was such thirst and desire to put more women in office.

I don’t want to lose that momentum. And I don’t want to waste YOUR personal passion for the movement.

I need your help.

  • If you can, please renew your membership at a higher level than your last contribution.
  • If you can’t do that, just renew. Don’t forget – you can pay in monthly installments, which may make support easier at this time.
  • Share your passion for the mission with a friend!  That might be a call to ask them to get to know us and to join, or you might like to get 10 friends on a Zoom and together we can ask them to join. I’m now creating “virtual house parties” and I’d love to have you host.

And I want to TALK! There’s no better way for me to spend my day than chatting – via text, zoom, phone call or email – with you. Never hesitate to contact me.

Women’s political participation, specifically more women in elected office, results in women’s increased economic independence and security. Let’s keep fighting together to put more women at the table.

Be well,

-Shiloh Todorov, Matriots finance/fundraising director
614-787-7129 | shiloh.todorov@matriotsohio.com