Advisory Board

Aimee Thorne-Thomsen

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.

Amanda Dennis

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.

Amy Richards
Amy Richards is a writer, producer and organizer. Amy produced the Emmy nominated series WOMAN for Viceland and curated a series of talks to accompany Annie Leibovitz’s traveling exhibit WOMEN. Amy is also the president of Soapbox, Inc., the foremost feminist lecture agency, and the affiliated Soapbox Foundation, creators of Feminist Camp. Amy also consults to many organizations and initiatives, including being a consulting producer on the HBO documentary Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words and an advisor to PBS documentary on the women’s movement in America, MAKERS: Women Making America. Amy co-founded and spent several years leading the Third Wave Foundation, a national organization for young feminist activists between the ages of 15 and 30, which continues today as the Third Wave Fund. Amy is most popularly known as the author of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future and as the voice behind Ask Amy, the online advice column at feminist.com. Amy is also the author of Opting In: Having a Child Without Losing Yourself, about feminism and motherhood, and the co-author of Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism. She is also the editor of I Still Believe Anita Hill and the forthcoming We Are MAKERS.
Namrata Jacob
Namrata Jacob is a social justice educator through an intersectional feminist lens. She first became involved with CLPP as a student intern, where she was introduced to the reproductive justice framework and fostered as a young movement leader through CLPP's programs. Namrata has facilitated trainings and workshops, spoken at conferences, and collaborated on educational materials covering issues from supporting marginalized students within higher education, to Reproductive Justice 101, at both a community and national level. She is committed to continuing the important work of uplifting a next generation of reproductive justice movement and thought leaders through making education, resources, and opportunities accessible across barriers. Namrata holds a B.A. from Hampshire College, where she completed a year-long thesis on the interplay of race, gender, and abortion restrictions, as well as a certification from the Five College Consortium in Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice.
Nargis Aslami
I graduated from UMass Amherst in 2018 as a Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major with a certificate in Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice. I graduated as one of ten undergraduate students to receive the 21st Century Leaders Award. I began my time with CLPP in the Spring of 2016 as a Student Group member, and served as Student Group Co-Coordinator from 2016-2018 leading the Student Group and organizing the conference. While working with CLPP, I developed a workshop entitled "Building Student Power & Organizing for Reproductive Justice," and have had the pleasure of presenting this workshop at CLPP in 2018 and 2019, and at SisterSong's Let's Talk About Sex! conference in 2017. At CLPP's 2019 conference, I also had the opportunity to organize and moderate the closing plenary, "Liberation & Reproductive Justice Utopias." Since graduation, I have been working as a Civilian Advocate for Victims of Sexual and Domestic Violence for Hampshire County's rape crisis center, and participated in one of the nation's most selective pre-law program, Training and Recruitment Initiative for Admission to Leading Law Schools (TRIALS). I also served as a Program Consultant for CLPP in a couple of different capacities since graduating. Currently, in addition to working, I am going through the process of applying to law school and hope to pursue public interest law and make change as a lawyer. I joined CLPP's Board in April of 2019, and am so excited to continue working with the organization that changed the trajectory of my life!
Pam Chamberlain

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.

Sarah Buttenwieser
I have been with CLPP since I was a Hampshire student (1981). If there were one sentence to name CLPP's biggest strength, it's that every single year the program—through many channels—opens people's eyes to social justice in a way that's deeper than sight. They get to somehow have those values change them and set a new course for their lives. At the conference each spring, you actually get to watch it happen in real time. I was CLPP's first postgrad fellow and worked for the program for about eight years. I know that my time as student, staff, and friend to CLPP has kept me anchored to social change. As a parent, I have been able to share those values—and had a son work as a CLPP intern as a high school senior.
Symone New

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.

Toni M. Bond

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.

Vicki Breitbart
I have been a sexual and reproductive justice activist for more than 40 years and have always struggled against all forms of oppression and for the self-determination and autonomy of women. In the 70s, my work as an educator and community activist focused on society's obligation to provide equal opportunities for those who wanted to have children and raise them in an equitable and just society. As my work life shifted, my focus also shifted to other aspects of women's lives. My more recent work and activism has been centered around sexual and reproductive justice that includes the provision of full-spectrum comprehensive women-centered health services. Though the focus may have changed over the years, the goal of social justice has never changed. As an activist, I recognize that this work has a rich and dynamic past and must have a vibrant, inclusive, and forceful future. I have had many opportunities to support and mentor generations of women and have promoted CLPP as the vehicle to inspire young women for social justice. Now more than ever, we need to intensify our activism to build a strong movement of women fighting for sexual and reproductive justice. I see CLPP as a powerful force to make this happen.