Illinois Women Vote

About Illinois women vote

Who is illinois women vote

Illinois Women Vote is a partnership of Dara Chevlin Tarkowski, Sarah Kammerer, and Kimberly Walz.  Kimberly was the Director of Illinois Women for Hillary, Sarah founded ChiWomenVote and Dara is the Managing Partner of Actuate Law and force behind Sharp Mamas. We decided to join forces (and lists!) to engage as many women about the 2020 presidential election.  Together we have a network of over 8,000 engaged women in Illinois.

What are you doing?

Illinois Women Vote is hosting meet and greets for 2020 presidential candidates in Illinois.  In addition, we will send out emails announcing volunteer opportunities and upcoming campaign events.

coming soon

As we get closer to the election, Illinois Women Vote will offer campaign training and be coordinating road trips to Iowa and neighboring states to volunteer for the 2020 presidential candidates.  Stay tuned!

About Us

Dara Tarkowski

Dara Tarkowski

Dara Tarkowski is one of the country’s leading experts in financial services, technology and data law. Dara’s accomplishments as a "big law" veteran allowed her to spearhead a legal profession in search of parity alongside other exceptional misfits; bold enough to do what’s right. Dara has set herself apart as a risk taking female entrepreneur with her nimble boutique firm Actuate Law. She blends her years of legal expertise with her passion for disrupting traditional models and investing in the future of FinTech. In the FinTech and RegTech space, Dara specializes in designing and launching tech solutions with the potential to shatter the status quo and change the delivery of legal services within her own industry. She is an outspoken voice on the ways FinTech will continue to impact businesses and its regulatory environment, and has spoken about this on podcasts and at conferences around the globe. 

Kimberly WalZ

Kimberly Walz

Kimberly Walz is Regional Director of Local Government Relations for Walgreens, with more than 18 years of experience at the local, state and national level and a record of achievements in public and budgetary policy. Her expertise in building coalitions of diverse stakeholders has been instrumental in government reform efforts in Chicago, Cook County and the State of Illinois.

Previously, as VP of Resolute Consulting, Ms. Walz oversaw multiple client campaigns, offering strategic counsel and managing a project team. Prior to that, she advised, developed and implemented policy, communications, and campaign strategy for political and nonprofit clients, including serving as SVP of Marketing and Communications for Evergreen Health, a new nonprofit co-op health insurance company founded by local doctors to provide a health insurance alternative for Marylanders. She also worked for 10 years for Congressman Mike Quigley in leadership roles in Cook County and his Congressional office, helping develop a blueprint for reform of county government and services. Ms. Walz earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University. She currently serves on the board of Childserv, Smart Policy Works and is on the leadership advisory board for the Haymarket Center. 

Sarah Kammerer

Sarah Kammerer

Sarah Kammerer is a consultant and advisor whose career has spanned social impact and politics. She is the principle of nimby LLC, a strategy and communications consulting practice, owner at Sarah K Photography, and is the co-founder of ChiWomenVote and IllinoisWomenVote. 

Previously, she was the director of growth and engagement at The People's Music School and the digital learning program officer at the Susan Crown Exchange. She is a 2012 Fulbright Scholar to India, where she piloted a community engagement program with women in rural tribal communities. Sarah began her career working in the US Congress, on Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign, and as a policy analyst focused on the health care reform efforts at the state and federal level. She received her MPH from the University of Illinois in Chicago and her B.A. in Political Science from Virginia Tech, where she was also a scholarship athlete on the women’s varsity soccer team.


are you endorsing a candidate?

Illinois Women Vote is an open and nonpartisan network made up of people from all parts of Illinois regardless of age, race, education, gender, or political identity. Our goal is to convene and connect by celebrating the power of our voice and our vote. This is a nonpartisan organization and we do not endorse any candidates. We are here to offer information and the opportunities to meet the candidates and make your own choice.  The opinions and platforms of the candidates are theirs.

Will you send out an email about my event?

We wish we could shout from the rooftops about all of the amazing candidates and elected leaders in Illinois...but Illinois Women Vote is only providing information on  the 2020 presidential campaigns.

are you raising money?

No, but we encourage you to give, whether $5, $50 or $500 because every dollar counts. For example, in the Democratic primary, in order to qualify to participate in the debates for the next presidential election, candidates must have a minimum of 65,000 donors (of any amount) from 20 states, including at least 200 unique donors per state.  

is this just for women?

Not at all.  Women rock and we want to engage as many women as possible in the 2020 presidential election.  That being said, men and people regardless of age, race, education, gender, or political identity are absolutely welcome too.

will you just be doing events in chicago?

We hope not, however our events are based on the candidate's schedule and when/where they are in Illinois.  We will also be providing volunteer/event information for our neighboring states.  Road trip!

will you send out their fundraising events?

We will only be sending out fundraising events for 2020 presidential candidates that have committed to also hosting a meet and greet with Illinois Women Vote.  We want all women to have a chance to meet the candidates, even if they can't afford to attend one of their fundraisers.

where is my favorite candidate?

We are also only listing announced candidates, so if your favorite isn't yet listed...stay tuned.

How Much are your events?

The only cost you have is the investment of your time to come and meet the 2020 presidential candidates.  


You are already our favorite person.  Drop us a line at