Tess Rabin- Director
Tess began her foray into politics by working on Elizabeth Warren’s inaugural campaign in 2012 helping to turn out the vast student population in Boston. Inspired by the power of the student vote, Tess began working with Rock the vote, Headcount, and the Andrew Goodman Foundation to continue to build the student voting population in Boston. After four years Tess was tired of being cold and moved to sunny San Diego California to work with the ACLU on their Voting rights project. In the fall of 2015 Tess moved to Iowa City to work for Hillary Clinton's campaign. She traveled to Colorado and Washington state during the primary and ended the 2016 presidential race as a Regional Director in Fairfax county Virginia. Inspired by the people of Virginia Tess jumped on Kathy Tran’s race for delegate as the finance director in 2017.
Tess has made it a point to work for strong, intelligent women and is thrilled to be working for First Ask to empower more women across the country to run for office. Using her experience and unabashed passion for raising money, Tess is excited to take on the fundraising strategy for First Ask and assist all of the First Ask candidates in navigating the world of finance. Tess believes that for our country to be truly successful we need women as our representatives at the state and local level. She is thrilled to be a part of creating this reality.
Emily Blumberg- Director
Before joining First Ask, Emily worked for the Iowa Democratic Coordinated Campaign in 2014. It was in Carroll, Iowa (the jewel of western Iowa for anyone wondering) that she fell in love with organizing and the power of local campaigns. Emily joined Hillary Clinton's campaign mid-2015 in eastern Iowa, later traveling to Spokane, WA and Cleveland, OH. Like many people after the 2016 election, Emily found herself listening to a lot of Beyonce albums and searching for new ways to be effective. She spent the year consulting for Protect Our Care, Town Hall Project and MobilizeAmerica in addition to working for a multi-family housing organization.
Now more than ever, Emily is thrilled to work for an organization to empower women in communities across the country to run for office. She feels passionately about managing the recruitment strategy at First Ask because of its emphasis on community-based organizing. For Emily, First Ask is the necessary intersection of identifying the right women to run for office and arming them with the resources to be successful at such a critical time.