Staff

Adrian Ballou, Communications and Development Associate

Adrian initiates and manages media coverage, website, and social media platforms, as well as new media projects designed to grow CLPP’s organizational profile. Their other work includes writing on trans and non-binary issues for Everyday Feminism, speaking and consulting on social justice, and youth leadership development (currently in youth ministry). Adrian has a background in social justice education, and has worn many hats in a variety of organizations, from coordinating grassroots campaigns with the American Friends Service Committee of Western Massachusetts to food justice and farming with youth at Nuestras Raíces. They particularly enjoy applying creative uses of language, visuals, and sounds to movement work, and mentoring young people in also developing those skills.

Contact: aballou@hampshire.edu

Amanda Major, Program Coordinator

Amanda Major is joining CLPP as a Program Coordinator of External Leadership Projects. Amanda will manage CLPP's national activist leadership network (New Leadership Networking Initiative) and provide 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

Johanna Fernández, Associate Director

Johanna directs CLPP’s national leadership programs including the summer internship program and emerging activist leadership network.  She has previously worked in labor organizing, sexual assault and violence prevention, and human rights education.  She most recently served in the research and publications department of Cultural Survival and managed a student leadership development program at the University of Colorado-Boulder.  She is a 2015 CoreAlign Generative Fellow, a member of the National Women Studies Association's Women of Color Leadership Project, and serves as a grants selection panelist for the American Association of University Women.  Johanna holds a BA in Political Science and a MS in International Relations with a concentration in Non-profit Organizations.

Contact: jfernandez@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

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

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

Teresa Huang, Operations Manager

Teresa manages CLPP's financial accounting, internal systems, and technology, and coordinates the administrative activities for the program to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency. In addition, Teresa oversees accessibility initiatives, exhibitors, sponsorship tracking, and participant registration for CLPP's annual activist conference. Teresa has also served as part of the selection committee for CLPP's Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC). Teresa is a graduate of Smith College with a degree in the Study of Women and Gender, and was a RRASC intern in 2008 at COLAGE. At COLAGE, Teresa created an internal database for the organization's media lending library, screened scholarship applications, and conducted outreach at Bay Area LGBTQ community events and through social media. Teresa also serves on the Board of Directors of Pioneer Valley Roller Derby, a local non-profit sports club.

Contact: thuang@hampshire.edu

Pages