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).
Name: Camille Vinogradov
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.
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.
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.
A Day in Her Life
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.
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!)?
Favorite Podcasts? Call Your Girlfriend, The Daily, Keep It, Bad on Paper
Favorite Show to Binge?
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.
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)!
Previous Day in Her Life segments: Beverly Hart