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.
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.
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.
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 and is currently the board chair of the National Women's Health Network, which anchors the Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need campaign. She has also served on the strategic planning committees for the Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice conference and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, and supported the legacy council of Third Wave Fund.
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.