Dr. Shashikant “Shashi” Gupta
Co-Founder & CEO
Shashi Gupta is the Co-founder of WinVirginia, a Virginia PAC which was instrumental in securing the historic15-seat flip in Virginia’s House of Delegates in 2017. WinVirginia is dedicated to supporting progressive candidates at all levels of elected office and working to coalesce Americans around our country’s founding principles. After the sweeping win in November, Shashi co-founded WinDEM, a Federal PAC dedicated to extending the successful WinVirginia model to other States. His goal is to strengthen our democracy by achieving a balance of power between the two political parties, so that the voices of the voters once again determine elections and drive public policy, and American society returns to a place where civil dialog is the norm.
Shashi also serves as CEO of Apex CoVantage, which he co-founded in 1988. At Apex, he provides strategic direction for the company while also playing a central role in conceptualizing, designing and overseeing the development of numerous trailblazing technologies in diverse markets such as Digital Content creation, Geographic Information Systems, and Smart Metering for utilities. He holds an MBA and Ph.D. from Michigan State University.
Driven by a strong sense of social justice and the critical need to promote globally relevant, enduring values, Dr. Gupta established the Gupta Family Foundation (formerly Apex Foundation) contemporaneously with Apex. GFF is a private foundation that supports secular organizations across the globe, which are dedicated to helping disadvantaged people become self-reliant.
Co-Founder & COO
Margaret Gupta is an entrepreneur, social activist, and philanthropist. She is an operational wizard with a no-nonsense, can do attitude that helped drive the historic 15-seat flip in Virginia’s House of Delegates in 2017. After the sweeping win in November, Margaret co-founded WinDEM, a Federal PAC dedicated to extending the successful WinVirginia model to other States. Margaret has a passion for positive social change and is dedicated to making our democracy work again.
Margaret also serves as COO of ApexCoVantage where she oversees the company’s global operations and drives the adoption of cutting-edge technologies throughout the organization. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio and an MA in Political Science from the University of Michigan.
Driven by her passion to improve the lives of others, Margaret serves as President of the Gupta Family Foundation, a private foundation that supports organizations around the globe that are dedicated to helping disadvantaged people become self-reliant. She also serves on the Boards of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Reston Historic Trust, Cleary University and is a member of 100Women Strong.
Albert J. Dwoskin is President and CEO of A.J. Dwoskin & Associates, Inc. Since founding the company in 1967, the operations have primarily been the development, ownership and management of neighborhood serving retail centers and residential rental properties in Northern Virginia. He currently serves on the Commonwealth of Virginia Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates.
He also serves on the following Boards: INET (Institute for New Economic Thinking), Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute and Endowment Fund, The Tryall Club-Jamaica, and the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). In past years he has also served as: Chairman and Director of Catalist (a national voter database and data analytical organization), George Mason University Foundation (1998 – 2007), Director of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (from 1994 – 2002), Metropolitan Washington YMCA, Member of the Commonwealth of Virginia Treasury Board, Governor’s Commission on Transportation in the 21st Century, Director for Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, and the Woodlawn Foundation (a National Trust for Historic Preservation).
He is a longtime Democratic donor and resides in McLean, Virginia with his wife Claire and their 19-year old twins.
Magaly Hirst joined WinVirginia in 2017 to vigorously pursue a balanced representation in the Virginia legislature. She believes representation that mirrors society’s values and aspirations lead to moderate policies most likely to bring prosperity and equality to all Virginians.
Mrs. Hirst was born in Bolivia. She came to the United States for her undergraduate studies at American University. She later received an M.A. in economics at Catholic University. Magaly became a U.S. citizen in 1972. Her 30-year career with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) took her to every country in the Americas as well as European cities where PAHO/WHO pursues its mission of a healthier future for all people. This enriching experience strengthened her commitment to efforts that create opportunities for everyone, irrespective of economic or social status.
Mrs. Hirst is also passionate about improving the lives of the most vulnerable members of her own community, the City of Alexandria. Through the Alexandria Community Trust (ACT) and the Mason Hirst Foundation, Mrs. Hirst supports projects that address mental health, early childhood education, homelessness, rehabilitation, child abuse and juvenile delinquency, family health, and other social ills that hold people back from achieving their potential.
Tom Hirst grew up in Northern Virginia campaigning with his parents for equal representation, civil rights, public education, transportation, and other Progressive causes. His father, Omer L. Hirst, served in the General Assembly for 22 years.
Mr. Hirst earned degrees from Princeton and Harvard while working summers in the family real estate business. He started the Mason Hirst Company in 1972 to develop office buildings and business parks. In 2007, he established the Mason Hirst Foundation which he, his wife Magaly, and his children continue to run.
Mr. Hirst strongly believes this is a dangerous time for America’s democracy and is deeply concerned about the aggressive use of One-Party rule and the integrity of America’s democratic foundations. Through political activism, Mr. Hirst hopes to help elect candidates committed to moderation, civility and fact-based policy and restore balance on Federal and State levels.
Dario Marquez began his professional career as a member of the United States Secret Service, serving under the Administrations of Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter. In 1979, Mr. Marquez left the Secret Service to establish MVM, Inc. MVM’s initial focus was in security personnel management, security training, executive protection, criminal and civil investigations, technical security, and security risk assessments. Subsequently MVM expanded its services to include IT management, network administration, system security, system analysis and development of proprietary IT solutions tailored to the specific needs of its customers. Under Mr. Marquez’s leadership, MVM grew to become one of the largest companies in the country, currently employing over 2,400 security professionals worldwide.
Mr. Marquez has been recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics in America” by Hispanic Business Magazine and has appeared as an expert commentator on the NBC Today Show, the NBC Nightly News, CNBC, Geraldo Live, the Christian Science Monitor Radio Network, and has provided expert analysis to the Washington Post, the Washington Times, the New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He has also provided expert testimony before the United States Senate Committee on Terrorism in addition to delivering lectures to numerous corporations, law enforcement agencies, and civic groups. Mr. Marquez has served on numerous bipartisan Virginia Governor’s Commissions and Panels.
J. Wendy Marquez is Founder and President of Wize Solutions. Prior to forming Wize Solutions in 2017, Mrs. Marquez served for over a decade as President of Onyx Media Group, a film production company. Under her leadership, Onyx received several prestigious awards for its documentary filmmaking. From 1998 -2008, Mrs. Marquez was the Vice President and General Manager of ZGS Broadcast Holdings, operating Spanish-language television and radio stations throughout the United States.
In 2013, Mrs. Marquez was awarded the Bridge Builder Award by the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in recognition for her work in the Latino community. She is currently on the Board of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, 100 Women Strong, and the George Mason University Board of Visitors.
Edward Rice is an investor, computer science expert, and a devoted Democrat. He grew up in a liberal household in Westchester, New York. In his early years, he and his friends distributed campaign materials for Lyndon Johnson. In 1972 he moved to Virginia, married Nancy in 1990, and remains just as politically active.
Mr. Rice attended the graduate school at American University in DC, where he obtained an MSc in Computer Science. Along the way, Mr. Rice worked for the Johns Hopkins University and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Honeywell Information Systems, CACI, ISC, and as an independent consultant.
Currently, Mr. Rice works as a commercial real estate investor. He was also appointed by Governor Ralph Northam to a four-year term on the Board of Visitors of James Madison University. He is a board member of The Huntervalley Homeowner’s Association, the GMU Conflict Analysis and Research Advisory Board, and President of the Bentana Woods West Homeowner’s Association. He is also member of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee.
Nancy Rice was born in Northern California and has been a proud progressive all her life—from strikes and demonstrations against the Vietnam War in the 1960’s to The Women’s March in 2017 at the side of her daughter. In 1980, Mrs. Rice moved to Virginia and married Mr. Edward Rice in 1990. Together, they have raised both a daughter and son in Virginia and are proud to call the Commonwealth home.
Mrs. Rice currently sits on the Fairfax County Civil Service Commission. Previously, Mrs. Rice was an officer in her local Women’s Club for many years and served on the Board of Directors for the elementary school that her children attended. She also held offices in both the Local Democrat Party and Civic Associations.
Fred Schaufeld is co-Founder and Managing Director of SWaN & Legend Venture Partners. Mr. Schaufeld is also a Partner in Monumental Sports and Entertainment, a holding company which owns the Washington Capitals, Wizards, Mystics, Valor, Baltimore Brigade and Verizon Center, and is a Partner in the Washington Nationals Baseball Club, Team Liquid and the Professional Fighters League. Prior to SWaN, Mr. Schaufeld founded and led NEW Corp. (“NEW”), acquired by Asurion in 2008 (now NEWAsurion Corp.). NEWAsurion is the world’s largest consumer product protection company, employing over 17,000 people worldwide. During his tenure, NEW was recognized by Inc. Magazine in its “Inc. 500” list of the fastest growing private companies. He is the patent holder of the Rigid Insurance Form.
Mr. Schaufeld currently sits on the boards of CustomInk, DuraTap, KIND Healthy Snacks, Quad Learning, José Andrés ThinkFoodGroup, Noodle Companies, Quad Learning and Sugar 23, and is an advisor to the boards of Cava Group, Framebridge and UrbanStems. Mr. Schaufeld is a recipient of Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” award. He is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, DC and of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Mr. Schaufeld has been quoted extensively in numerous publications and has appeared on CNN and NPR.
Mr. Schaufeld is a graduate of Lehigh University. He and his wife, Karen, live in Virginia and are active in organizations dedicated to early childhood development, literacy, health, environment, peace and the arts. He sits on the boards of Fight for Children and the Wolf Trap Foundation and chairs the board of the Inova Foundation. He is a member of Venture Philanthropy Partners and is an active supporter of the Schaufeld Family Heart Center of the Inova Loudoun Hospital, the Fredrick D. and Karen G. Schaufeld Lower School of Loudoun Country Day School, Leesburg, VA and the United Way Fredrick D. Schaufeld Scholarship program, Westbury, NY.
Karen G. Schaufeld is a philanthropist, author, entrepreneur, and lawyer. She is the founder and President of 100WomenStrong, a granting organization that strategically invests in nonprofits and programs that enrich the lives of Loudoun County, Virginia, residents. Karen also co-founded All Ages Read Together (AART), a school readiness program for low-income preschool-aged children. In addition, she helped found NEW Customer Services Companies, Inc., the nation’s largest administrator of consumer product warranties, now part of NEW Asurion, Inc., where she served as General Counsel. She is currently CEO and Co-Founder of Altor Locks which has created the world’s lightest, strongest bike lock. She is an advocate for the growth of renewable energy in Virginia and a more secure and stable grid through distributed energy. To spread awareness about Virginia energy policy she founded PoweredbyFacts.com and is actively involved in the passage of renewable energy bills. She most recently collaborated to strategize with and support WinVirginia to elect delegates responsive to their constituents and is further supporting these efforts by forming VAOurWay to inform voters of delegates’ efforts on their behalf during the legislative session.
She currently serves as a trustee of Lehigh University and serves on the boards of All Ages Read Together, Middleburg Film Festival, and Venture Philanthropy Partners. She published her first children’s book, The Lollipop Tree, in 2014 and released her second children’s book, Larry and Bob, in 2016. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Government from Lehigh University and a J.D. from George Washington University.