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 (PEP), where I first encountered the work of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program (CLPP). 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 RRASC. 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 Director of Research & Evaluation at 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 Crysel
I am the Co-Director for the Civil Liberties and Public Policy program (CLPP). I oversee individual giving and am leading the design and implementation of the CLPP Fundraising Advisory Board. Having been with CLPP for 14 years, I am enthusiastic about launching this new venture and see great potential for the Advisory Board to reach new constituencies and re-engage alums and donors in CLPP's amazing work. I am also responsible for directing all internal operations to optimize organizational effectiveness and to support CLPP's mission and vision. I oversee personnel, administration, and the development and management of all financials, including budgets, endowment, investments, and internal and external financial reporting. As part of the senior leadership team, I develop and implement strategy for moving CLPP's mission and strategic plan forward. I also am a member of the Hampshire College Budget and Priorities Committee and served on the college's Strategic Plan Implementation Planning Group with a focus on the diversity initiative. I have a background in non-profit leadership in the areas of holistic and higher education and hold a master's degree in counseling psychology. A long-time student of mindfulness practices, I have a particular interest in the personal growth and development of leaders.
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 RRASC 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 this year 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 Leonard
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, NNAF, and the Guttmacher Institute. I have spoken at many organizations and conferences including the International Women's Day Conference, the 2001 Third UN 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.