Al McKusick, Office Manager

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]

Brenae Anacacy, Development Associate

Brenae supports CLPP’s daily work and long-term sustainability through her role as Development Associate. 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]

Desta Cantave, Program Coordinator

In their role as Program Coordinator, Desta is the main staff person for CLPP's summer internship program (RRASC).  to their position at CLPP, they graduated with a B.A. from Hampshire College in 2019 and received a 5-college certificate in reproductive health and justice; focusing on the intersections of racial and reproductive justice. During their time as a student, they worked on a variety of student organizing campaigns including the student sit-ins at Hampshire College; and worked with the Ethics and the Common Good Project and Relational Uprising, two organizations focused on relational organizing and community building. They also worked with CLPP in a temporary position during a semester off and completed a summer with CLPP's summer internship program in 2018 working with the Doula Project in NYC as a full spectrum Doula.

Contact dcCLPP [at]

Jeannie He, Communications Coordinator
Jeannie creates content and manages CLPP’s print communications, social media, and website. Prior to joining CLPP, she oversaw the social media as an Assistant Dean of Admissions at her alma mater, Wesleyan University. She earned her B.A. in Philosophy; Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies; and American Studies. During her undergrad, she organized for consent and communication, and Asian American Studies and awareness. She found her passion for all things graphic design and studio art while creating numerous zines from coercive sexual assault to transformative justice. Offline, she supports direct-service work as a Domestic Violence Shelter Advocate and previously as an Abortion Doula with the Wesleyan Doula Project. And for some much-needed levity and suspension of reality, she takes to the air as a circus aerialist.

Contact: jhe [at]

Lucy Trainor, Deputy Director of Systems and Sustainability

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]

Marisa Pizii, Deputy Director of Programs

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]

Mia Kim Sullivan, Executive 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. 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]

Susan Countryman, Major Gifts 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. When she's not raising money or raising kids, she can be found hiking the high peaks of New England.

Contact: scountryman [at]