Dr. Shashikant Gupta

Co-Founder and Chairman

Dr. Shashikant (“Shashi”) Gupta is the Co-founder of WinVirginia, a Virginia PAC which was instrumental in securing the historic 15-seat flip in Virginia’s House of Delegates in 2017. Prior to becoming a political activist in 2017, Shashi served as the CEO of Apex CoVantage, which he co-founded in 1988. At Apex, he provided the 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, and Smart Metering for electric, gas, and water 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.


He brought the same passion to politics in 2017 when he co-founded WinVirginia. WinVirginia is dedicated to supporting progressive candidates at all levels of elected office and working to coalesce all Americans around our country’s founding principles.


After the sweeping win in November, Shashi co-founded WinDem.us, a Federal PAC dedicated to extending the successful WinVirginia model to other States. Characteristically, his goal is strengthening 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, not hatred and vitriol between extremists, is the norm.

Margaret Gupta

Co-Founder and Vice-Chair

Margaret Gupta is an operational wizard with a no nonsense, can do attitude. While some people feel overwhelmed having one job, Margaret has two. She has an extremely successful career as Chief Operating Officer at ApexCoVantage and has recently co-founded and serves as vice-chair of WinVirginia. Margaret has always focused on giving back, and that’s her goal with WinVirginia—to give power back to Democrats. Her passion for social change drives her to be a force in WinVirginia. She also serves on the Wolf Trap Foundation Board and is President of the Gupta Family Foundation.

Dmitri Melhorn

Advisory Board

Dmitri Mehlhorn is the son of a war refugee from Germany and the great-grandson of Jewish immigrants from eastern Europe and Russia. He is a California native and a proud citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia since 2003. He is a businessman and investor who believes in the Constitution, free markets, and liberty. He is a Senior Fellow with the Progressive Policy Institute and Johns Hopkins University; an investor in data companies; and previously served as the President of Bloomberg BNA Legal and Managing Director of Gerson Lehrman Group. He has degrees from Stanford, Harvard, and Yale.

Dr. Alain Briancon

Chief Technical Officer

Alain jumped into WinVirginia, putting his business career on hold in order to support a cause he believes in. Alain is that rare “master of all trades” when it comes to technology. An inventor, holding more than 200 patents, entrepreneur and out-of-the box thinker, he brings vast skills to lead WinVirginia’s long-term technology initiative. Don’t let his business background fool you—he is all about bringing power back to the Democrats. Alain is always moving, always creating and is always going 100 MPH. With his drive for innovation and change, Virginia and the nation are in good hands in 2017, 2018, and beyond.