Mindy Lisa Finn[1] (born February 10, 1981)[2] is an American entrepreneur and digital media strategist, who was a candidate for Vice President of the United States in the 2016 election as the running mate of Evan McMullin.

Mindy Finn
Mindy Finn at Personal Democracy Forum 2011.jpg
Personal details
Mindy Lisa Finn

(1981-02-10) February 10, 1981 (age 38)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican (until 2016)
Independent (2016–present)
David Feinberg (m. 2009)
EducationBoston University (BA)
George Washington University


Early life and educationEdit

Finn grew up in Kingwood, Texas, a suburb of Houston.[3] She holds a master's degree in political management from George Washington University and a bachelor's degree from Boston University.[4]

Finn and her husband David Feinberg have two sons.[5]


Finn appearing with Ellen S. Miller, Sascha Meinrath, and Craig Newmark at a New America event in 2009

Finn is founder and current president of Empowered Women, a non-profit working to expand and diversify the conversation on feminism and women's equality.[6] Finn previously worked at Twitter heading up strategic partnerships in Washington, D.C., and specializing in business development. She was recently named one of "50 Politicos to Watch" by POLITICO and a "Tech Titan" by the Washingtonian magazine. Finn has also been named one of the Best in Digital by FamousDC.

Finn was a founding partner of Engage, an online media strategy company.[7] She left Engage to pursue an opportunity at Twitter in late 2011.

Finn is currently based in Washington, D.C. Most of Finn's work focuses on technology's impact on politics and democracy, and she has built tools and programs to empower individuals to organize and shape policy.

Finn has worked on or led digital programs for President George W. Bush and Governor Mitt Romney.[3]

She began her career as a Congressional correspondent for the Waterbury, Connecticut Republican-American and as a staffer for Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX).[8]

Finn is a panelist and lecturer and has spoken at:

2016 vice presidential candidacyEdit

Finn with Evan McMullin

In 2016, Finn was chosen as the running mate of independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin.[10] The ticket finished fifth in the popular vote, receiving 0.54%. However, it did receive roughly 7% in Idaho and 22% in Utah.


Finn was named a "Tech Titan" by the Washingtonian in 2011, a "Rising Star" by Campaigns & Elections Magazine in 2007, and a "Top 10 Political Powerhouse under 30" by Glamour Magazine.[11]

In addition, Finn has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, NPR and other media channels to provide political commentary.[3] She is regularly quoted in print publications, including Politico.[12][13][14]

She has been profiled in numerous publications, including National Journal,[15] Campaigns & Elections,[8] and the Washington Post.[16]


  1. ^ "Mindy Lisa Finn". Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Mindy Finn". LinkedIn.
  3. ^ a b c "Who Runs Gov: Mindy Finn". whorunsgov.com. Archived from the original on 2011-06-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "The Arena: Politico biography for Mindy Finn". Politico.
  5. ^ "10 Truths About Mindy Finn, the Jewish, Pro-Life Texan Running for Vice-President". forward.com.
  6. ^ "Independent presidential candidate names Jewish running mate". October 10, 2016.
  7. ^ "Enage". engagedc.com. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Mindy Finn Helps Bring GOP into the Digital Age"[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Engage (2 September 2011). "SXSW Panel Voting: Down to the Wire - Engage".
  10. ^ "Presidential Candidate Evan McMullin Picks Mindy Finn as Running Mate". ABC News. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  11. ^ Jenning, Linda Kramer. "How to Love a Crazy Job". glamour.com. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  12. ^ "Smear sites hit the campaign trail". Politico. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  13. ^ "Obama faces brave new Web world". Politico. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  14. ^ "CNN-tea party debate draws criticism". Politico. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  15. ^ "Making Politics Hip: Republican Mindy Finn says the first impulse of political strategists should be to think digitally". National Journal.
  16. ^ Vargas, Jose Antonio (May 4, 2007). "Meet the OPOs". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 9, 2016.

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