A Day in Her Life: Camille Vinogradov.

A Day in Her Life: Camille Vinogradov.

Yay – we are back with our second Day in Her Life feature!

In case you missed the first one, I have started a new series here where every other week I will profile a different reader. Usually this runs every other Friday but I have a sponsored post going up tomorrow. When Camille reached out, I was instantly SO intrigued by what she does for a living. She works for Emerge America, where she recruits and trains women to run for office (YES!!!!!!) She’s also in grad school. Last year alone, her company had 415 women RUN AND WIN their seats (including five women in Congress and 9 statewide seats (Governor, etc!) WOW. Camille and her company are really making a difference and I’m so psyched to feature her here today!

A quick word about diversity (and I really don’t want this to take away from how awesome Beverly and Camille both are – they’re both incredible and very very deserving!), but need to say something. When I started this column, I only asked for you to tell me about your job. Because of that, I ended up profiling two young, thin white (or white passing!) readers from Washington, DC right in a row. My aim is to feature a diverse mix of women of different ages, races, sizes, and cities. Soooo… going forward I’ll be asking for a photo, age, and city upfront to plan the series out a little better! (And if you want to apply, the details are at the bottom of the post). 

The Vitals

Name: Camille Vinogradov

Age: 24

City: Washington, DC

Job Title + Company: Affiliate Manager, Emerge America.

Educational Background: Undergrad in International Studies + French Literature at Emory University, Currently pursuing my Master’s in Political Management at George Washington University

Tell us a little bit about you and what you do:

I work for Emerge America, a political nonprofit organization that recruits, trains, and provides a powerful network for Democratic women to run for office in 25 states and counting. I work directly with our 25 affiliates and support them with board management, onboarding, recruitment and training programs.

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How did you get started? Briefly walk us through from college to now?

In college, I was very interested in public service and I got my start as an intern at the Department of State.

I thought I wanted a career in diplomacy but realized that there were many domestic issues that needed attention. I turned my attention to politics and worked as an intern for the Democratic Caucus in the Georgia State House under the leadership of  then-Minority leader Stacey Abrams (who is my inspiration in politics).

Also, I went onto work for Hillary for America and the North Carolina Democratic Party before coming to Emerge where I’ve been for over two years, starting as a general project coordinator. I’m very passionate about reproductive rights, veterans and refugees and getting to work to train and elect women who will pass policies to benefit marginalized communities. Working in politics is both my passion and my career.

Best part of your job?

Getting to directly train candidates and seeing women I’ve worked with declare their candidacies—from city council all the way up to U.S. Senate! Alums I’ve worked with include everyone from Lieutenant Governors to school board representatives who got involved because their children’s school district cut vital funding.

Hardest part?

There’s always a lot going on so learning how to balance priorities is difficult. I have to often make tough decisions like whether or not I should respond to a board member, candidate or executive director who have all reached out to me with urgent matters.

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When do you get up?

6: 15 AM!

Tell us about your morning routine.

Drink iced coffee and rush to a workout class. I usually do a combo of weight lifting/yoga/swimming/SoulCycle.

Walk us through your full day and what that looks like.

6:15 AM: Wake Up

7:00-8:00 AM: Work Out

8:00-9:00 AM: Go home and shower eat a quick breakfast, hop on the metro to work

9:00-5:30 PM: Emails, phone calls and meetings with state affiliate boards or executive directors—or if we’re in a candidate training, manage the logistics of a candidate training, from catering to answering questions about field organizing like what is the win rate to win in a rural district. It differs on a day-to-day business.

5:30-6:00 PM: Eat a quick dinner

6:00-7:00 PM: Head to graduate school at George Washington University

7:00-9:40 PM: Grad school classes! Right now I’m in an intro to political management class and Applied Communications.

9:40 PM-11:00 PM: Go home, read, make sure my cats are fed and happy (I have two ragdolls) and/or hang out with friends/roommate/person I’m dating.

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What’s your bedtime routine like?

I’m a big reader. I do so much dense academic reading for class/work that I like to read something fluffy before I go to bed—I’m a huge historical fiction and fantasy nerd. So anytime I can get my hands on a fantasy like A Discovery of Witches — that’s usually what I’m reading.

Quick & Random

Favorite social media channel?

Instagram! I have a love/hate relationship with Twitter—there can be so much noise.

What are your favorite blogs and Instagram follows (besides The Stripe, of course!)?

Blogs: Cup of Jo, Peanut Butter Runner, Gal Meets Glam

Instagram: History Cool Kids, Kensington Palace (big Meghan Markle fan), Ashley Spivey, Edible DC, The Cat Walk Italia

Favorite Podcasts? Call Your Girlfriend, The Daily, Keep It, Bad on Paper

Favorite Show to Binge?

Younger!

Best Career Advice You’ve Received?

Be kind and work hard. Be the first in the office and one of the last to leave, especially during the first three months at a new job.

Where do you get your inspiration?

My grandmother is an Iraqi immigrant who came to the States to pursue her education in her early twenties and was one of the first women to receive her Master’s in Anthropology at Northwestern University.

She went back to Iraq in her early seventies during the early days of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 to work on rebuilding the Iraqi government and the empowerment of women and girls. She’s the hardest worker I know and had to jump through so many barriers in her early career. She paved the way for women like me today.

Your all time, desert island favorite beauty product.

Bobbi Brown Concealer OR Byredo “Velvet Haze”

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A huge thank you to Camille! If you’d like to be considered for a future feature, please email grace <at> thestripe.com. A few things to know before applying: You must be able to provide professional quality photos, no bloggers (sorry I love blogs but am looking to spotlight people doing things that are different from what I do), and please don’t use this to pitch your business… that’s not what this is for. 🙂

When you email please also include your age, a quick photo, and why you think you should be featured (don’t be bashful)!

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  1. I love Camille’s hair. So pretty 🙂 So tempted to email you to ask to be featured, ha ha, but I’m much too shy (I’m not a blogger full time!). 😛 Can’t wait to see who you introduce next!

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  2. Marta says 4.4.19

    Grace, I can’t thank you enough for this series, it’s only the second one and I’m already so inspired by these women. They make me want to work hard to achieve my goals and I couldn’t be happier for them and everyone they inspire.

  3. Chelsea says 4.4.19

    Hi Camille, I graduated from GSPM in 2012 – if Mark Meissner is still teaching take anything with him (but especially campaigning for local office!).

  4. Nikki F. says 4.4.19

    What a great series! The career advise to be the first & last in the office is off point. There is a fine line between working hard, doing your job to the best of your ability and just being there to “show face.” As females, we shouldn’t expect ourselves to have to put in more time than is needed to complete the job. I can see how at 22-25 this is fine, but this will become an expected reality and impossible as you rise through the ranks, and potentially attempt to balance a family in the mix. You have to weigh the culture, and respect that you are getting paid for only a certain numbers of expected hours, showing up first and staying until you are the last person in the office is setting up unreal expectations down the line.

    • Thanks for sharing your perspective Nikki!

      I think that it definitely depends on where you work, and also your age. When I was Camille’s age I always got to work before my boss and left afterward, and when I had assistants as I climbed the ranks, they did the same. It definitely depends!

    • Elizabeth says 4.4.19

      Oh this is just so true. Biglaw here and as a young associate I spent many years arriving early and staying late. Now with a baby, i’m first one in the office in the morning and first to leave in the afternoon. I think the first years in any career, like the two profiles so far, are all about credibility – you have to show up early, often, and always so people know and trust your work. Camille’s advice was spot on for someone in their early years and without a family. Establishing credibility at the expense of hobbies, happy hours, etc. is what the first few years are all about. In my opinion, after starting a family and maintaining a robust work life, the secret to success is really just staying in the game.

      • Nikki F. says 4.4.19

        “you have to show up early, often, and always so people know and trust your work.” Elizabeth, you have hit the nail on the head! I find what your saving to be correct vs. being in first an last out.

        Love these conversations!

  5. Jessica says 4.4.19

    Love the new series, and what an amazing organization Camille works for! I do want to give one perspective on the “diversity disclaimer” at the beginning of the piece. I don’t like nit-picking word choices, but it rubbed me the wrong way and I wanted to explain why. To me, the use of “white passing” undercut the unique and diverse perspective Camille has as a result of having an Iraqi grandmother. It implied that, although Camille is at least one quarter Iraqi, she doesn’t “really” count as a person with a diverse perspective because you think she looks white.

    I’m half Colombian, but look Caucasian, and phrases like this make me feel excluded. There’s a big conversation in the Hispanic community right now about this issue; Hispanic women who “look white” and therefore seem to count less in some way or who don’t get to be a Hispanic voice even though they identify strongly with being Hispanic (as I do.)

    Please understand this is not an attack and is coming from a place of wanting to spark a discussion because your blog has always made me feel that you are genuinely interested in the perspectives of people who are different than you. It’s one of the things that makes your blog so great!

    • Thank you so much Jessica,

      I truly appreciate the feedback and obviously have a lot to learn. Please know that making you feel excluded was NOT my intent. Camille actually flagged it to me and asked that I say “white passing.”

      What happened on my side was a little freak out; as I didn’t think about diversity when I started the feature (I was, as I mentioned, just focused on showing cool people doing cool things – I chose Beverly and Camille without knowing much about them besides their careers!) As I got the first two features back I was like, “oh no – these girls look just like me!” Well not just like me but you get it. That was the reason for the disclaimer.. especially given my recent commitment to inclusive sizing.

      Really appreciate the feedback. Out of curiosity, how would you have phrased it!?

      • Jessica says 4.4.19

        Not to worry, I definitely didn’t think your intent was to exclude. That’s why I wanted to mention how it made me feel, just to put it on your radar because I was sure you wouldn’t use intentionally exclusionary language. And I think it’s really interesting that Camille apparently feels the exact opposite way about the phrase than I do since she suggested it herself! Just goes to show that language can be interpreted in all kinds of unexpected ways, often influenced by our own experiences.

        If I had written the post, I think I would have just said I wanted to make sure the series covers a range of women of all races, ages, backgrounds, etc. and invited women from across the spectrum of diversity to submit their stories for inclusion. I would not have said anything about Camille being “white passing” or any similar phrase. I would have just let her story and personal experience speak for itself.

        At any rate, I think it’s an excellent series and I’m excited to hear from the women who will be featured in the future. Thanks for cultivating such a thoughtful and kind little corner of the internet.

  6. Lisa Autumn says 4.4.19

    LOVED this post!

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  7. Diana Pearl says 4.4.19

    Wow so impressed by Camille and also her grandmother! She sounds like an incredible lady. Love love loving this series Grace!! So cool to hear about jobs so different than my own 🙂

  8. Sharon says 4.4.19

    Snaps for Camille! This is super inspiring- and also sounds super exhausting – so props to you- cheering you on from NJ!

  9. cy says 4.4.19

    I am so impressed with the young women of today! The future is bright. Grace, I love that you are doing this feature. So inspiring!

  10. Jess says 4.5.19

    Love this series, and thanks for considering a diverse range of voices. Just another reason I always come back to this blog.

  11. Coralia Molina says 4.6.19

    Very nice!1 Great females role models for our young aspiring females. You hit the jackpot, diversity is a great idea.

  12. Rebecca says 4.9.19

    Wow, what a great series &Camille is such an inspiring woman! I’m definitely looking forward to upcoming posts! 🙂