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
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
Contact: jhe [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 all Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) programs, including CLPP’s emerging leaders network, academic and campus initiatives, and summer internship program. Prior to CLPP, Marisa co-directed the Prison Birth Project and the Mothers of Color Awareness Initiative. She has served on locally-based organizational boards, most recently joining the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Mass. In addition, Marisa’s community work includes working with Empty Arms Bereavement Support both as a facilitator for a support group for people who’ve had an abortion later in pregnancy due to fetal anomalies and as a hospital support companion for people (and their families) experiencing pregnancy and infant loss. She also co-organizes an abortion doula collective that serves WMass residents from Hampshire, Hampden, and Franklin counties. She has a Master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a BA in public policy and women’s studies from the University of North Carolina. Raised in eastern North Carolina, Marisa has lived in Western Mass since 2005. She shares her life with her husband, three children, 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