Al maintains and supports CLPP's administrative work and events while working with staff, faculty and work study students. They come from food service management where they got to expand their interests in supporting local farming endeavors. Al is passionate about organizing and often focuses on local anti-fossil fuel expansion and racial justice. They have their Master’s in Social Justice and Human Rights and B.A. in Global Systems and Community Organizing from Prescott College. After living in Arizona for six years, they are happy to return to the Pioneer Valley.
Contact: amckusick [at] hampshire.edu
Avery provides support to CLPPs Leadership Programs and manages the RRASC summer internship program. He is a 2017 RRASC Cohort alum, a 2018 RRASC Cohort trainer, and earned his BA in Spanish from The Citadel, where he was involved in several organizations promoting diversity, education, and inclusion. Avery was first introduced to Reproductive Justice at the 2017 CLPP conference and has been involved with the movement since. He is originally from Virginia and South Carolina. This is his first time staying in the Pioneer Valley.
Contact: pwalton [at] hampshire.edu
Brenae supports CLPP’s daily work and long-term sustainability through her role as Development Coordinator. She is a pre-med student and identifies as a queer Black woman. Her navigation and understanding of these identities compelled her to write her Division III about the barriers that pre-med students of color face throughout their undergraduate careers. Brenae recently received her Bachelor’s of Art from Hampshire College and will be a general surgeon in the future. She is very excited about her work with CLPP and looks forward to expanding her knowledge of Reproductive Justice.
Contact: banacacy [at] hampshire.edu
Desta supports CLPP's programs like student group, our annual conference, and NLNI in their role as the Program Coordinator. They graduated with a B.A. from Hampshire College in 2019 and a 5-college certificate in reproductive health and justice; focusing on the intersections of racial and reproductive justice. Their Division III project was a study on the cultural element of suspicion in academia and activism from a relational lens. They also worked with CLPP in a temporary position during a semester off and completed a RRASC internship during their time as a student working with the Doula Project in NYC as a full spectrum Doula. Their passion for birth and abortion care remains strong.
Contact: dcantave [at] hampshire.edu
Lucy is responsible for ensuring that CLPP's mission and values are visible in our operations, administration, and personnel policies, and that the organization's infrastructure and technical systems are sustainable. She is the lead staff member for the development and management of CLPP's annual leadership conference, From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom. Prior to joining the CLPP staff in 2012, Lucy was Program Manager at the Barnard Center for Research on Women, where she organized programs bringing together feminist scholars and activists, and worked as a birth doula in New York City. From 2012-2018 she was a volunteer with the Prison Birth Project's fundraising events committee. She has a B.A. in women's, gender, and sexuality studies from Barnard College.
Contact: ltrainor [at] hampshire.edu
Marisa oversees our external leadership projects, including our emerging leaders network (NLNI) and summer internship program (RRASC). She previously co-directed the Mothers of Color Awareness Initiative and the Prison Birth Project (PBP). Marisa has a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a B.A. in public policy and women’s studies from the University of North Carolina. In addition to her work for reproductive and birth justice, Marisa finds vibrancy and passion in working for racial and gender justice and has a deep commitment to the vision of a community where human rights and love are part of the core operating principles of people and policies. Originally from North Carolina, Marisa has lived in the Pioneer Valley since 2005. She shares her life with her husband, two sons, a daughter, and their pets.
Contact: mpizii [at] hampshire.edu
Mia oversees the strategic interaction among program activities, fundraising, communications, evaluation, and planning work. She has primary responsibility for creating and managing CLPP's strategic external relationships. Mia previously worked as a staff attorney on a wide range of anti-poverty and civil rights cases and campaigns at legal services organizations in Massachusetts and Michigan, engaging in litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, and community organizing. Mia is a graduate of New York University School of Law. She was one of the inaugural Rockwood Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice fellows and has served on the board of the National Women's Health Network, the strategic planning committees for Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, and the Legacy Council of Third Wave Fund.
Contact: msullivan [at] hampshire.edu
Susan leads CLPP's individual fundraising efforts and communications work to increase our organizational profile and engage new constituencies. In her previous position as the Director of Communications and Development at the Public Conversations Project, Susan created the organization’s first fundraising event, launched social media planning, and significantly increased the number of new and major donors. Her work in nonprofit communications and fundraising has also included writing for Lahey Clinic’s print and online communications, and securing foundation funding for the Colorado AIDS Project. Susan has a B.S. in journalism, serves on MotherWoman’s Development Committee, and is the mom of two.
Contact: scountryman [at] hampshire.edu