Board

Aimée R. Thorne-Thomsen, MPA, Co-President

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. I co-founded Guerrera Strategies, a full-service consulting firm led by women of color that designs people-centered strategies to help corporate and nonprofit partners solve some of the most pressing social justice issues we face. As Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at Advocates for Youth, I oversaw and coordinated 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.

Akira Céspedes Pérez
Akira is an attorney with Zelle LLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota, practicing mainly insurance and commercial litigation. Outside of her legal practice, she advocates for community-building, education, and inclusion initiatives throughout the Twin Cities.

Prior to moving to Minnesota to complete her law degree and Master of Arts in Bioethics program, she collaborated with national and local nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma, Massachusetts, Louisiana, and Puerto Rico—her home island—to promote individuals’ rights to health, education, and social justice and resources. She first worked with CLPP while a student at Hampshire College. As a CLPP program assistant, she organized and helped build workshops, student group programming, and the CLPP conference for several years. After moving from Massachusetts, she continued collaborating with CLPP in various capacities. Akira is now thrilled to continue supporting activists across the nation as a board member for CLPP.
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. She is also the president of Soapbox, Inc., the foremost feminist lecture agency, and the affiliated Soapbox Foundation, creators of Feminist Camp. Amy 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 the 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. She is also the author of Opting In: Having a Child Without Losing Yourself, about feminism and motherhood, the co-author of Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism, and the editor of I Still Believe Anita Hill and We Are MAKERS: Real Women and Girls Shaping Our World.

Anne Keenan
Anne Keenan is a communications strategist with both non-profit and agency experience. At the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Anne supports portfolio organizations with their organizational and marketing strategy. Prior to DRK, Anne was a partner at Purpose, and also worked at iCrossing, Brodeur Partners, and EchoDitto; her clients included March of Dimes, Everytown for Gun Safety, Voya, Nike, IAVA, DoSomething, Unilever, and many others. Anne also served as the Director of Online Content and New Media Strategy at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and worked at Planned Parenthood of New York City and Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. She graduated summa cum laude from Smith College. She is a member of the Board of the New York Civil Liberties Union and previously served on the boards of the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund and the New York Abortion Access Fund.
Courtney Hooks
Courtney Hooks is an Atlanta-based black, queer certified nurse midwife and reproductive health nurse practitioner dedicated to the care of underserved and historically looted communities. Before becoming a midwife, Courtney served as a full spectrum doula, reproductive justice advocate, and community organizer. In collaboration with people inside of California’s women’s prisons, she led Justice Now’s Let Our Families Have a Future campaign, which focused on ending prison expansion, sterilization abuse, and reproductive oppression against imprisoned individuals. Courtney has supported folks in the sex trade, helped start a syringe exchange program, and co-organized holistic community health clinics. Courtney is a former student co-organizer of the CLPP conference and RRASC intern. She loves Steven Universe, squealing at plants, and memes, generally.
Dána-Ain Davis

Dána-Ain Davis is the Director of the Center for the Study of Women and Society and the master's program in Women's and Gender Studies at CUNY Graduate Center. Her areas of specialization include black studies, family and sexual violence, reproductive rights, poverty and welfare policy, and women’s studies. She is the author of Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth, and the co-author of Feminist Ethnography: Thinking through Methodologies, Challenges, and Possibilities, among other publications. She is the co-editor of Feminist Anthropology, the first journal from the Association of Feminist Anthropology, and has served as the co-editor of Transforming Anthropology, the journal of the Association of Black Anthropologists. She has also served as co-chair of NARAL-NY, president of the Association of Black Anthropologists, and executive director of the ADCO Foundation. New York Governor Cuomo appointed Dana to the Governor’s Maternal Mortality Taskforce in June 2018.

Eli Plenk, Treasurer

I am a teacher, organizer, and writer whose career has focused on marginalized youth, particularly those in the juvenile justice system. I'm currently the operations coordinator at the Philadelphia Bail Fund, which works to keep families and communities together and vigorously advocates to end cash bail in Philadelphia. I spent several years at Our Restorative Justice, where I developed restorative justice programs designed to coalesce community-based supports around system-involved youth and their families. Over the years I’ve also taught incarcerated students, worked with college faculty to decolonize their curricula, and developed several oral history projects. I serve as an editor at Protocols, and my writing has appeared in a number of publications, including the Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy and the Jewish Daily Forward. My approach to reproductive justice is shaped by my lifelong encounter with radical feminism, as well as the violence I've witnessed working in the criminal legal system. As the child of a socialist feminist, I've known since day one that I stand on the shoulders of my mother and countless other women and femmes. And, I understand reproductive justice within a prison abolitionist framework. I am committed to CLPP because they have always put forward an intersectional and inclusive vision of reproductive justice; one which moves far beyond simply reacting to present conditions towards the creation of a fundamentally new world.  Beyond prison abolition and reproductive justice, I live for 90’s pop, bright colors, and weird maps. Boston-based for many years, I recently moved to Philadelphia, where I’m trying to eat as many different kinds of soup as humanly possible.

Jennifer Augustine

I have 25 years of experience in sexual and reproductive health and rights. I began this work as a peer educator on a college campus. In 2000, I joined Advocates for Youth as a Program Associate after graduate school; I earned a Master of Public Health from the George Washington University. In my early days at Advocates, I launched an online peer education program for young women of color, co-created Advocates’ Young Women of Color Leadership Council, and established a Youth of Color Initiative to provide capacity building assistance to national and community-based organizations serving Black, Latinx, Asian and Pacific Islander, and Native American/Indigenous young people. Today, as the Executive Vice President at Advocates, I am responsible for the day-to-day management of the organization. I oversee operational and program planning, personnel management, and staff development. In addition, I provide leadership and oversight to Advocates’ Health and Social Equity Team, including a Healthy and Supportive Schools Project and LGBTQ Health and Rights Program. I also provide guidance and support to Advocates’ Policy and Youth Organizing Teams. Much of my work focuses on developing and implementing programs and practices to advance the health and well-being of young people, in particular those most marginalized – youth of color, LGBTQ youth, and immigrant youth. As a board member, I hope to work in community and partnership with CLPP and youth activists as we build a strong movement for reproductive freedom.

Leslie Lopez
Leslie Lopez is the National Engagement Coordinator at All-Options, which operates national, free counseling hotlines to support callers through abortion and pregnancy experiences, and a pregnancy resource and abortion fund in Bloomington, Indiana. Leslie is a recent graduate of the University of North Texas and served on the executive board of the Reproductive Rights Organization of Student Educators, which she co-founded after participating in CLPP’s RRASC program where she interned with the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights. Leslie also served as a trainer for CLPP’s 2020 RRASC internship cohort, and has previously spoken at CLPP conferences on workshops and the Sunday morning plenary.
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, Secretary

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, Co-President

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 recently earned a doctoral degree from the Claremont School of Theology's Religion, Ethics and Society Program.

Vicki Breitbart

I have been a sexual and reproductive justice activist for more than 50 years. 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. My more recent work and activism has centered around the provision of comprehensive women-centered health services as a human right. I served as an evaluation consultant for the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH) community engagement campaign on birth justice, and the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee. Previously, I was the Deputy Director of the Office of Women's Health at the NYC Health and Hospital Corporation, where I supported all of the city hospital programs for substance-using women and pregnant adolescents. I developed the Women's Healthline, a public information system for the NYCDOHMH, and served as program management officer at the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, where I managed the 300-staff initiative to reduce infant mortality in the city. Working with community and government partners, I helped found the first hospital-based bereavement program in NYC for families experiencing perinatal loss, and established the Brooklyn Perinatal Network. I also worked at Planned Parenthood of New York City for 15 years, most recently as Vice President of the Department of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, which I helped to create.

I was the director of the Health Advocacy graduate program at Sarah Lawrence College, and have taught at CUNY School of Public Health, the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and the NYU Silver School of Social Work. My publications include books on education and articles on reproductive health and intimate partner violence for peer-reviewed journals. I was elected President of the Public Health Association of NYC in 2010, and served as chair of the National Abortion Federation's board. Presently, I'm a member of the Reproductive Health Access Project board, and volunteer with the Doula Project. 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.