August 15, 2018
 
Mass. Women's Political Caucus Appoints Laurie Martinelli as ED

Laurie Martinelli
May 22, 2018 — The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus, a Boston nonprofit that seeks to increase the number of women elected and appointed to public office and public policy positions in the state, today announced the appointment of Laurie Martinelli as executive director.

She succeeds Linnea Walsh, who had been serving as interim executive director of the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus (MWPC) since last July, after Sarah McCarthy Welsh stepped down following one year in the post.

"We are thrilled to welcome Laurie to the MWPC team," said board president Gail Jackson Blount. "Her extensive leadership experience in the nonprofit sector, as well as her proven fundraising and polished communications skills, make her a great fit for this role at a time of unprecedented growth for the Caucus. Laurie brings a renewed energy to our existing initiatives to recruit, train and elect women candidates for public office, while also offering expertise in fundraising, organization-building and statewide expansion.”

Martinelli most recently served for 10 years as executive director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts (NAMI Mass), where she created several new programs including CEOs Against Stigma, a mental health training program for police and first responders, in addition to a professional development education program for teachers and other school personnel. Under her leadership, NAMI Mass doubled in size and expanded fundraising efforts to support the organization’s expansion.

Earlier, she was the founding executive director of Health Law Advocates, Health Care For All’s public interest law firm, a position she held for 12 years.

"The work of the MWPC, empowering women to run for political office, is critically important," said Martinelli. "I can't wait to continue building this pipeline of new leadership in my role here at the Caucus."

Martinelli earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Westfield State University, a JD from the Washington College of Law at American University, and a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Since its founding in 1971, MWPC, a nonpartisan organization, has been recruiting and endorsing women for political leadership, and working collaboratively with the legislature and other political organizations to build support for advancing women. To date it has trained 350 interns.

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