For more than a dozen years I have focused on creating spaces for and elevating the voices of young people, especially young people of color and LGBTQ young people, in reproductive health, rights and justice. I have an extensive background in communications, movement-building, and youth organizing. As Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at Advocates for Youth, I oversee and coordinate the development, implementation, and evaluation of Advocates' strategic partnerships with youth activists and colleague organizations in the reproductive health, rights, and justice movements. Prior to joining the staff at Advocates, I served as the Interim Executive Director for the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and the Executive Director of the Pro-Choice Public Education Project, where I first encountered the work of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) Program. CLPP has been critical in the training and development of thousands of social justice activists. I hope it continues to serve as a model of youth engagement and leadership development for other schools, agencies and nonprofits around the country.
I joined the advisory board in 2017, but CLPP became a part of my life 15 years prior. While I attended Hampshire College, I participated in the student group and served as a Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) member. After obtaining a Master’s in Bioethics and a Doctorate in public health, I became a RRASC supervisor, presented at the annual conference, and participated in NLNI. I am currently the Executive Director of the Society of Family Planning, and see research as a tool that can be used to support reproductive justice. I credit CLPP with challenging me, inspiring me, and laying the foundation for my professional life. I hope to use my time on the advisory board to help sustain and broaden CLPP’s reach, so that others’ lives can be transformed by CLPP. A Georgia native, I currently call Colorado home.
I have been an advocate for young women and the LGBTQ community for over 40 years, as a teacher, administrator, trainer, researcher, author, and filmmaker. As a feminist, I understand that working toward reproductive justice is the foundation for women's liberation and social justice for everyone. I have studied and written about the growth of the political Right in the U.S. with a focus on the anti-abortion Right. I also have been a presenter at CLPP conferences and nurtured numerous Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps interns by my desk at Political Research Associates. CLPP's wildly successful movement building, from its high-energy conferences to its wonderfully supportive and successful leadership development projects, inspires me to the core of my feminist roots. My hope is that CLPP's influence on ever-growing circles of young people will make our movement(s) powerful and effective.
I am a graduate of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. During my time in the Pioneer Valley, I worked extensively with CLPP, serving as a Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps member, interning in the CLPP office, and working as a CLPP student group member and conference coordinator. Since graduation, I have worked as a full-spectrum doula with The Doula Project in NYC. I also serve on the organization's Leadership Circle as the External Partnerships Coordinator. Additionally, I work full-time in fundraising/development at a national reproductive health organization. I envision the advisory board supporting CLPP's efforts to amplify their incredible work while engaging new donors and supporters nationwide. I sincerely look forward to celebrating CLPP's 40th anniversary.
For twenty years, I have worked tirelessly to make the voices of Black women heard around our reproductive and sexual health. As the co-founder and former President of Black Women for Reproductive Justice, the first woman of color to be the Executive Director of the Chicago Abortion Fund, and a leader of the Trust Black Women collective, my life work has been creating a society where Black women are healthy, have healthy families, and live in healthy communities. I was one of the 12 Black women who coined the phrase "reproductive justice," and I have served on boards and advisory committees for numerous organizations, including SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, the National Network of Abortion Funds, and the Guttmacher Institute. I have spoken at many organizations and conferences including the International Women's Day Conference, the 2001 Third U.N. World Conference, and President Barack Obama's transition team. I've received numerous awards recognizing this work. I've spoken at more than a dozen CLPP conferences over the past 20 years and participated in numerous CLPP networking and leadership development meetings. I'm currently a Ph.D. student in Claremont School of Theology's Religion, Ethics and Society Program.