Who We Are
The Matriots is a nonpartisan political action committee based in Columbus, Ohio. Our members are women and men: Democrats, Republicans, and independents; Ohioans and out-of-staters.
From what I’ve seen, The Matriots is a group of badass women who have just decided enough is enough.
– Jennifer Williams, Matriots Member
Emily Quick Schriver
Chief Executive Officer
Emily Quick Schriver is the Chief Executive Officer of The Matriots. As CEO, Emily leads the organization’s mission to elect more Ohio women to public office who will promote a healthy economy in which women can thrive and prosper. In this role, she partners across the state with engaged Ohioans seeking to increase representation.
Emily joined The Matriots in 2021, following a career as a lawyer representing institutions of higher education on issues of public policy and regulatory compliance. Most recently, she was an attorney in the Office of Legal Affairs at The Ohio State University, and before that she was a Washington, D.C.-based associate at the international law firm Hogan Lovells US, LLP.
Emily holds a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in Chicago and a Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University. Raised in central Ohio, she now lives in the Columbus area with her husband, three daughters, and devoted dog.
Emily’s preferred pronouns are she/hers.
Director of Development + Membership
Abby Maenle is Director of Development and Membership for The Matriots. In this role, Abby works with donors and members to maintain and grow the annual fund in order to fulfill the organization’s mission of supporting women candidates in Ohio, with the ultimate goal of having equal representation in all public offices across the state.
Before joining The Matriots, Abby worked in development and events for organizations that serve the central Ohio community. Most recently, she served as the Director of Donor Engagement & Events at COSI. She has also worked at OhioHealth and YWCA Columbus where she coordinated large philanthropic events. Abby is a graduate of the Time, Talent, & Treasure Fundraising Leadership Academy.
Abby grew up in Toledo and has made Columbus her home since earning a Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in English from The Ohio State University.
Abby’s preferred pronouns are she/hers.
Manager of Endorsements Process
Fizz White manages the endorsements process for The Matriots. Fizz partners with Matriots leadership to recruit and oversee the endorsements process for the primary and general elections. They are instrumental in ensuring The Matriots researches and interviews all candidates before issuing an endorsement.
Fizz grew up in Cincinnati and graduated from Xavier University in 2020 with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and the Public and a minor in Gender and Diversity Studies. They also worked as a legislative aide to Rep. Sedrick Denson of Cincinnati.
Fizz’s preferred pronouns are they/them.
Matriots Business Manager
As the Matriots Business Manager Heather Blackmon-doForno oversees the business and administrative operations for the organization.
Heather’s professional and volunteer experiences include Event Planning, Fundraising, and Marketing in areas of education, the arts, charitable non-profits, and professional sports.
Heather holds a BA in History of Art from The Ohio State University and is a passionate world traveler, foodie, and dog lover.
Originally from Northwest Ohio, she now lives in Columbus with her husband and husky.
Heather’s preferred pronouns are she/hers.
Valerie Lemmie Thomas
Where We Started
The Matriots was founded after six central Ohio women participated in the Women’s March on Washington in January 2017. Mindy Coffey, Sally Crane Cox, Rebecca Ibel, April Zimmerman Katz, Cathe Kobacker, and Sharon Steele.
These Marchers came away from the event inspired to create a force that worked to elect more women to public office in Ohio to support economic justice for women and address our country’s political stalemate. That force is The Matriots.