Staff

Amanda Major, Program Coordinator

Amanda Major is CLPP's Program Coordinator for External Leadership Projects. Amanda manages CLPP's national activist leadership network (New Leadership Networking Initiative) and provides support for CLPP's national summer internship program (Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps). Amanda’s previous experience includes community outreach, public health communications, and sexual health education. Amanda recently graduated from Clark University with a degree in International Development and Social Change.

Contact: amajor@hampshire.edu

Amy Crysel, Co-Director

Amy is CLPP's Co-Director. She is responsible for directing all internal operations to optimize organizational effectiveness and to support CLPP's mission and vision. She oversees personnel, administration, and the development and management of all financials, including budgets, endowment, investments, and internal and external financial reporting. Amy has a background in non-profit management in the areas of holistic and higher education. She has a master's degree in counseling psychology with a particular interest in the intersections between personal growth and development and movements for social change.

Contact: acrysel@hampshire.edu

Kayden Moore, Communications Associate

Kayden currently manages CLPP’s communications. Outside of the nonprofit world, he’s worked in food and farming in Western Massachusetts and beyond for over ten years. He holds a B.A. from Smith College.

Contact: kmoore@hampshire.edu

Lucy Trainor, Associate Director

Lucy joined CLPP in fall 2012 and manages the activist conference and student programming.  She previously was Program Manager at the Barnard Center for Research on Women, where she organized programs bringing together feminist scholars and activists.  Lucy attended Barnard College and received a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies.  She is a birth doula and is a volunteer with the Prison Birth Project, as a member of their fundraising events committee.

Contact: ltrainor@hampshire.edu

Marisa Pizii, Associate Director

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@hampshire.edu

Mateo Medina, Program Coordinator

Mateo coordinates CLPP's annual activist conference and provides support for campus leadership projects. He is an activist, organizer, and cultural worker with over 10 years of experience working in queer, racial, reproductive, and gender justice movements. Mateo holds a BA from Hampshire College and a certificate in Queer Studies from the Five Colleges. As a student activist in his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, Mateo worked on grassroots and national organizing teams to create safer schools for LGBTQI youth.

Contact: mmedina@hampshire.edu

Mia Kim Sullivan, Esq., Co-Director

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 and oversight responsibility for all programmatic work. Mia previously worked as a staff attorney on a wide range of poverty law and civil rights issues 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 and serves on the board of the National Women's Health Network, and the Legacy Council of Third Wave Fund.

Contact: msullivan@hampshire.edu

Sasha N. Jimenez, Operations Coordinator
Sasha uses she/her pronouns, and identifies as a queer Afro-Latinx. She is a Springfield Native - born and raised in the North End. Sasha has always been passionate about reproductive justice and systemic change. She joins CLPP as the Operations Coordinator. Sasha worked with youth in Springfield, Massachusetts as the Site Coordinator for the Baystate Springfield Educational Partnership Program (BSEP) for over six years. She focused primarily on youth empowerment and development, as well as college and career readiness. Sasha received her Associates Degree at Springfield Technical Community College, then attended Smith College, and is currently completing her degree in English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is excited to be joining CLPP, and looks forward to working with such an amazing group of people. She enjoys stargazing, cooking, reading, knitting, and outdoor adventures with her daughter, Leela, her soul mate, Mr. Ramos, and dogs, Sawyer and Pharaoh.
Susan Countryman, Development Officer

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@hampshire.edu

Susan Heitker, Development Associate

Susan provides strategic, administrative, and technical support to the CLPP development team to bolster CLPP’s programs and deepen engagement with its constituents. For over 20 years, Susan has worked on environmental, human rights, and social justice issues. Working primarily for small grassroots non-profit organizations, she has served in both programmatic and development roles, holding positions ranging from campaigner and organizer to fundraiser and executive director. In her previous position as development and communications coordinator with the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, Susan helped triple annual giving and strengthen member engagement.

Contact: sheitker@hampshire.edu