Conference Speakers


Abi Fletcher
Abi Fletcher is a non-binary birth worker and parent of a gender fluid 4 year old. This is their 10th year working as a Licensed Midwife in Florida, providing out-of-hospital birth services. Abi is passionate about Birth Justice and is a proud board member of the Southern Birth Justice Network.
Adia SQ
Adia SQ is into radio, political science, advancing the black queer agenda, and ending white supremacy. She is equally into eating sushi with her partner Lyric. Up until this point, she was only a teenager who sometimes posted about social justice, but duality is a magnificent part of life, n’est-ce pas? Follow her @adia.mind on IG and @indieratchet on Twitter for that.
Adrian Ballou
Adrian, Program Manager, Community Engagement at Peace First, has founded or led six different youth programs and has been involved in social change and facilitation work for over ten years. Adrian has spoken at/had their writing taught nationally and internationally at non-profits, high schools, and colleges. They care deeply about building adult solidarity with youth to end adultism and all forms of intersectional oppression.
Ana Vera
Andrea Calderon
Andrea Calderón is the Program Associate at Peace First. Here, she supports young people implementing peacemaking projects all over the world. Her life experience in her country of origin, El Salvador, and her academic training in International Relations and Peace Studies resulted in interest for conflict transformation. Andrea has also participated in border and immigration programs, youth conflict mediation, and gang prevention.
Andrea Schmid
Andrea Schmid is a lead organizer at the Pioneer Valley Workers Center, a grassroots organization that builds the collective power of workers and immigrants in Western Massachusetts and beyond. PVWC’s worker leaders develop and organize grassroots campaigns for food chain workers’ rights, including winning wage theft protections, stopping deportations, and building new worker cooperatives. Before attending Smith College, Andrea grew up in Honduras and Miami.
Angie Marie Luna
I am originally from Chicago, IL but have relocated to Cleveland, OH for graduate school. I am working on my masters of science in Medical Physiology at Case Western Reserve University. I hope to get accepted into medical school within the upcoming years.
Anne Hendrixson
Anne Hendrixson is the Director of the Population and Development Program at Hampshire College.
Ash Chan
Ash practices as an organizer, educator, designer, and maker dedicated to popular education, collective liberation & gender, sexuality and health equity. As a young, queer femme of color, Ash deeply believes in the power of storytelling, leadership development, relationships, and creativity as tools to cultivate efficacy, self-expression, healing, joy, wellness and community. In their free time, Ash enjoys cooking, drinking tea, spoiling their dog - Kujo, and is an anti-racist, yogi-in training with YogaRoots on Location.
Batul Hassan
Batul is currently a teaching/research assistant and Master’s in Public Health student at Columbia, where she is studying forced migration and public health. She is also serves as a delegate for her colleagues on the Graduate Workers of Columbia bargaining committee, which is currently negotiating its first contract with the university.
Berlyann Rivera
I am a first-generation Latina Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) student at Ramapo College of New Jersey. I major in Law and Society & minor in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. I serve as the Student Office Manager and a Queer Peer Services Coordinator within the Women's Center. I am an intersectional feminist who is passionate about women's rights, youth work, reproductive justice, and dismantling bi phobia/the stigma surrounding bisexuality.
Beth Vial
Beth Vial is a Storyteller with Youth Testify, a collaborative leadership program for young people who’ve had abortions created by Advocates for Youth’s 1 in 3 Campaign and the National Network of Abortion Funds’ We Testify program. Beth is also a board member for the Northwest Abortion Access Fund, an intern for the Oregon State Legislature, and a student living in Portland, Oregon.
Brittany Brathwaite
Brittany Brathwaite is a reproductive justice activist, youth worker and scholar with a deep-seated commitment. Currently, she is co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at KIMBRITIVE, an organization for sex education and training that centers and celebrates Black and Brown women and girls. Brittany holds a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Syracuse University, and a Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work from Columbia University.
Caitlin Cullen
Caitlin is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with a degree in Genetic Counseling and a minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is a passionate advocate for reproductive and racial justice, and hopes to eventually become a doula, a prenatal Genetic Counselor, and an abortion provider to offer accessible and inclusive reproductive health care for all. She is a radical lesbian, artist, and activist from Massachusetts.
Candace Bond-Theriault
Candace Bond-Theriault is the Senior Policy Counsel for Reproductive Rights, Health and Justice, and the Democracy Project Director at the National LGBTQ Task Force. She works through a black queer feminist lens to create change and shift culture towards intersectional liberation through increasing abortion access, contraceptive equity and ensuring religious exemptions don’t override civil rights protections. Candace received her LL.M. degree in gender and legislation from the American University Washington College of Law, her J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law, and her B.A. in Human Rights with a focus on race, gender, and sexuality from the College of William and Mary. She is a yoga teacher, writer, lawyer makeup enthusiast, and aspiring optimist. Her writing has appeared in SELF magazine, Blavity, Rewire, Ms. Magazine, the Advocate, the Grio, Medium, and the Huffington Post. She lives in Northern Virginia, with her partner and the cutest yorkie you’ve ever seen.
Carmela Zuniga
Carmela is a Project Manager at Ibis Reproductive Health working on the Free the Pill project to make birth control pills available over-the-counter. She has also conducted research on increasing access to contraceptives through telemedicine and pharmacist-prescribing services. In addition to projects on contraception, she also works on projects documenting the impact of policies that restrict access to abortion care in the United States.
Carol Mason
Carol Mason is professor of gender studies at University of Kentucky and author of several books on the rise of the right, including Killing for Life: The Apocalyptic Narrative of Pro-life Politics.
Catherine Hodes
Catherine (Ryn) Hodes relocated to western Massachusetts after 25 years as an advocate with domestic violence and sexual assault survivors in New York City, where she was the director of the Safe Homes Project. In addition to her work at Hampshire as the director of Survivor Supports, Ryn teaches at the Smith and New York University schools of social work.
Charity O'Connor
Charity found her passion for survivor support and violence prevention work during her first year of college, and now almost 8 years later, continues to dedicate her professional (and much of her personal) life to this work. She is a committed facilitator, focusing on consent, healthy relationships, and bystander intervention, through the lens of intersectional culture change. She loves to day-dream about what a better world could look like as far as the community responses to both experiencing and perpetuating harm.
Crystal M. Hayes, MSW
Crystal M. Hayes, MSW is a doctoral student (ABD) at the School for Social Work at the University of Connecticut. She is a writer, teacher, and public speaker who believes reproductive justice theory (RJ) is a powerful progressive anti-racist tool for social change. Crystal believes that good theory does more than just tell us something about the world, but that it challenges power. Crystal believes RJ has the power to change the world because it challenges power and privilege through centering the experiences of the most marginalized.
Dan Chan
Dan Chan (they/them/theirs) is a queer nurse originally from the Philippines but living happily in New Orleans. They are a proud member of the Reproductive Justice Collective Action Collective (ReJAC) and helped launch Plan B NOLA, an emergency contraception hotline :)
Dania Rajendra
Dania Rajendra has worked in most corners of the efforts for social change in the US -- in the arts, in philanthropy, for unions and alt-labor organizations, and in academia. A former chair of the board of Political Research Associates, Dania now sits on the board of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and on the Advisory Council of the Food Chain Workers Alliance, among others.
Danielle Gilmore
Danielle Gilmore is a speaker, facilitator and wellness activist. Her commitment to wellness has allowed her to travel across the US, Canada, and England promoting mindfulness and holistic health. Her desire to change the patterns that have plagued her own lineage are what fuel her commitment to doing the work.
Dee Srivastava
Dee is the Policy Manager at Planned Parenthood. In addition to her work on the Policy Team, Dee serves as a race equity coach and as co-chair of PP’s Asian/Pacific Islander Employee Resource Group. Dee is also on the board of the DC Abortion Fund, a large abortion fund serving patients in DC, Maryland, and Virginia who cannot afford the cost of their abortion care.
Delmar Bauta
Delmar is a queer, transgender, disabled, latinx of mixed race birthworker in South Florida. Combining their passions for social justice and holistic health, midwifery was the perfect fit when Delmar literally and serendipitously stumbled upon it 19 years ago. Since then, they have been involved in various projects, including reproductive rights advocacy, advancing access and equity in midwifery, and training and mentoring new doulas. Currently, Delmar works to promote health equity and autonomy as a staff member at Southern Birth Justice Network and a full-time doula at Spiral Harbor.
Diali Avila
Diali Avila is originally from Mexico and migrated with her family when she was 11 years old. She started organizing when she was 17 and took it full-time when she joined a campaign to enroll Latinx communities to the ACA. She has joined various campaigns since then around reproductive health care access and immigration justice advocating for better child care policies.
Dionne Bensonsmith
Dionne is a gender and public policy professor, an advocate, and mother of four who works at the intersections of reproductive justice, disability rights, and mental health justice. She is the co-founder of Mothers on the Frontline, a non-profit that focuses on mental health justice and the promotion of children’s mental health advocacy and caregiver healing.
Ehidebamen Anthonia Uadiale
Ehidebamen moved to Atlanta to pursue a degree at Spelman College and soon fell in love with the radical world around her. Through her organizing family, community, and Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity chapter, Deba fell into the world of reproductive justice and the ways in which reproductive injustice impacts daily life. Deba currently works at ARC-Southeast providing radical love and funding abortion!
Elaina Ramsey
Elaina serves as the Executive Director of the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. With a decade of campaign, advocacy, grassroots organizing, and communications experience at the intersections of faith and politics, Elaina has worked for various nonprofits and campaigns, including Sojourners, Women’s Action for New Directions, and Obama for America. She holds master's degrees in both Theological Studies and International Peace & Conflict Resolution.
Elizabeth Caretti Ramírez
Elizabeth Caretti Ramírez, Hampshire class of F'87 is a Spanish teacher at a local public high school. During her time at Hampshire, she was involved in both anti-racism and environmental work. She left environmental activism in the early 90s to focus exclusively on anti-racism and anti-poverty campaigns until she went to Standing Rock in 2016. She spent most of her time there at the Two-Spirit camp and clearly saw the intersections of race, environment, gender, class and sexuality. Since returning from Standing Rock she has dedicated herself to environmental justice and has been involved in organizing and participating in non-violent direct action at Otis State Forest in MA and now in Holyoke, MA, where she lives, fighting the Columbia Gas "reliability" project. Elizabeth is a member of Neighbor to Neighbor in Holyoke and the Sugar Shack Alliance (SSA), which is based in Northampton. Neighbor to Neighbor is a multiracial, working-class-focused group that is the lead organization fighting the proposed "natural" gas pipeline, slated to run from Agawam to Holyoke. SSA is a majority-white environmental organization that fights new fossil fuel infrastructure projects in Western Massachusetts. Elizabeth has been part of a group that has challenged SSA to move from being an environmental organization to being an environmental justice organization.
Elizabeth Maria
Elizabeth Maria is a Youth Testify storyteller with National Network of Abortion Funds. She is a first generation xicana from The Bay with interests in reproductive justice, education, youth power, food, pleasure, art, podcasts, and more!
Eman Abdelfadeel
Eman is an Afro-Arab Muslim woman committed to antiracist organizing. She is an alumna of Georgetown University, where she was involved in Students for Justice in Palestine and cofounded a divestment campaign to cease the University's complicity in state violence by divesting their endowment of companies involved with the private prison industry and companies enacting human rights abuses in Occupied Palestine. In her free time, Eman enjoys subtweeting the President of the United States on her locked Twitter account with 70 followers.
Emma Schubert
Emma Schubert is a junior at Smith college studying Sociology and Urban Studies, with a strong interest in urban planning and social science research. As an intern for the Abortion Care Network, she has gathered and analyzed data for the Community Needs Clinics report, the first-ever published report on Independent Abortion Care Providers.
Emmett DuPont
Emmett DuPont (they/them) is a final semester Hampshire College student, studying public engagement in public health. Emmett's work at Hampshire has ranged from transgender birth and parenthood, to teaching high schoolers about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, to conference workshops on a variety of public health and harm reduction topics. Emmett is excited to open the next chapter of their life.
Fish Stark
I'm the Youth Activation Manager at Peace First, a global nonprofit that supports youth activists around the world. Founded BELONG, which organizes students to create inclusive school climates from the ground up, after facing gender-based bullying as a kid. Board member, International Bullying Prevention Association. Live in Central Appalachia and enjoy cooking, stand-up comedy, & supporting local youth organizing efforts in my spare time.
Frederick Clarkson
Frederick Clarkson has been writing about politics and religion for almost 40 years. He is the author of Eternal Hostility: The Struggle Between Theocracy and Democracy and editor of Dispatches from the Religious Left: The Future of Faith and Politics in America. He broke the story about Project Blitz, a Christian Right state legislative campaign with long range theocratic intentions.
Gaby Garcia-Vera
Gaby Garcia-Vera is the States Program Manager at Catholics for Choice (CFC), where he coordinates CFC’s strategic engagement at the state and local level by working with prochoice Catholic policymakers and state partners. Gaby has a wealth of experience with over 10 years of organizing experience forging and sustaining coalitions, mobilizing grassroots activists and engaging state policymakers. In 2016 he co-founded the Coquí Language Collective, a Florida based collective working to promote social justice throughout Florida and the country through interpretation and translation service.
Greta Cawley
Greta Cawley is from Cleveland, Ohio where she works at a local abortion and sexual health clinic and is raising her rambunctious and curious toddler. She is passionate about sharing her own abortion story, reducing stigma, and advocating for comprehensive reproductive health care access.
Guadalupe Ambrosio
Guadalupe Ambrosio is an undocumented queer woman of color organizing in the intersections of Immigrant Rights, Gender Justice and Body Liberation. She is an expert in her field, doing this work for over a decade.
Hailey Broughton-Jones
Hailey earned her B.A. in African American Studies from Wesleyan University. She joined the Reproductive Health Access Project in August 2018. Hailey is particularly committed to fostering coalitions within reproductive health, rights, and justice fields to address systematic reproductive oppression in marginalized communities.
Heron Greenesmith
Heron Greenesmith has worked in LGBTQ advocacy for over a decade with the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, the Movement Advancement Project, Family Equality Council, and the National LGBTQ Task Force. They specialize in advocacy for bisexual and pansexual people. Heron is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and American University, Washington College of Law. Heron is admitted to the New York and Massachusetts bars. They are a former board secretary of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association, a former board member of the National LGBT Bar Association, a former Rockwood Leadership Institute Fellow, and a returned Peace Corps Volunteer.
Isatou Bittaye
Isatou Bittaye is a feminist and Reproductive Justice Advocate; a Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate student at CUNY Graduate Center, and works with the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She volunteers as Communications Manager of The Girls' Agenda - a young women’s-led organization where she is a founding member that promotes the sexual and reproductive health rights of girls and women in The Gambia.
Jacinta Bunnell
Jacinta Bunnell is the author of four coloring books (The Big Gay Alphabet Coloring Book, Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away With Another Spoon, Girls Will Be Boys Will Be Girls Will Be..., and Girls Are Not Chicks). Jacinta's books offer a fresh way for people of any age to take a look at stereotypes and oppression by challenging gender norms and encouraging the reader to form deeper critiques of common children's media.
Jaira Burke
Jaira Burke is a community activist who is passionate about utilizing grassroots advocacy as a vehicle to attain social and economic justice for disenfranchised communities. She served as Coalition and Communications Organizer with the Fight for $15 and contributed to the city of Atlanta's adoption of a $15 minimum wage for all municipal employees. In her spare time, Jaira is a grassroots lobbyist for the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) and Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST). Currently, Jaira Burke is Campaign Manager for AMPLIFY GA, a joint campaign of 6 Atlanta nonprofits working to affirm abortion, in which she’s developed a multi-issue, value-based platform to be adopted by Georgia municipalities and educates community members and stakeholders about the need to expand and protect abortion access. Burke also enjoys empowering students through civic and public policy education in her work as Director of Programs and Outreach for Georgia Close Up Foundation. Jaira Burke has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and has a professional certification in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jalessah Jackson
Jalessah Jackson is the Georgia Coordinator at SisterSong and a Lecturer of Interdisciplinary studies at Kennesaw State University. As an educator, facilitator, and organizer; her research and teaching explores the connections between critical theories of race, gender, class, sexualities, and social inequity.
Jamarah Amani
Jamarah Amani is a community midwife and organizer who believes in the power of birth and that every baby has a human right to be breastfed/chestfed. Her mission is to do her part to build a movement for Birth Justice locally, nationally and globally. She is currently the director of Southern Birth Justice Network, a non-profit organization working to end of shackling of pregnant people and make full spectrum midwifery and doula care accessible to all. She is also the co-founder of National Black Midwives Alliance.
Janae Brown
My name is Janae Brown, I am currently a high school student. And the world can be a really scary place, but in the wise words of Kendrick Lamar, "we gon' be alright."
Janessa Wescott Waiters
Writer. Independent researcher of Black Women Survivalists. Full Spectrum Doula. Avid Food Network viewer.
Jaspreet Chowdhary
Jaspreet Chowdhary is the State Legislative Manager at the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center. Her professional experience includes uplifting the voices of women living with HIV at the 30 for 30 Campaign. She was part of the inaugural class of the If/When/How Reproductive Justice Fellowship program and was placed with the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. She has conducted public health research at Duke University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Jaspreet received a B.A. in English and Women’s Studies from Goucher College, an M.P.H. with a concentration in Epidemiology from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law. She is licensed by the State Bar of Maryland.
Jen Deerinwater
Jen Deerinwater is a Tsalagi-citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Bisexual, Two Spirit, multiply-Disabled journalist, speaker, and organizer who covers the myriad of issues her communities face with an intersectional lens. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Crushing Colonialism, an international Indigenous multi-media collective.
Jenna Torres
Jenna Torres is a Community Advocate and Human Rights Supporter. She is a Published Author, Spoken Word Artist, Entrepreneur, and above all a proud mother to three beautiful children! She believes people have agency to make the best decisions possible in order to survive. She defends them and works with communities to build realistic solution to real life problems like violence, poverty, and discrimination.
Jennifer Adjua
Jennifer Adjua is a Patients to Advocates fellow and co-founder of the Black Girl Magic Collective, a group of mothers and students supporting intergenerational healing for people of color through the exploration of personal care regimens, plant medicine, civic engagement and reproductive health. She is also a Comprehensive Sex Educator serving school-aged children in the Cleveland, Ohio area.
Jill Heaviside
Jill is an If/When/How RJ-HIV Law and Policy Fellow with SisterLove, Inc. She received both her J.D. and B.A. from Vanderbilt University. During law school, Jill participated in the Medical Legal Partnership Clinic; externed with ThinkTennessee, a progressive, non-partisan think tank, and led legislative advocacy efforts for Advocates for Women’s and Kids’ Equality. Jill lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her cat, Justice Ruth Bader Kittensburg.
Jordan E Silverman
Jordan Silverman started as the Program Manager with the Reproductive Health Access Project in August 2018. Prior to joining the RHAP team, Jordan has worked in expanding access to sexual health services, creating safer and more affirming spaces for LGBTQI+ young people, and improving sexual health education. She got her Masters of Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health with a focus on sexuality, sexual, and reproductive health.
Jordyn Close
Jordyn Close, an intern organizer for NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, a storyteller with Youth Testify, a leadership program of the National Network of Abortion Funds and Advocates for Youth. She also serves on the board of Women Have Options- Ohio, an abortion fund, and she has had an abortion.
Joy Messinger
Joy Messinger is a queer, disabled, femme organizer of spreadsheets, funding, and people to build sustainability, healing, wellness, and power for reproductive justice, queer and trans liberation, and disabled, migrant, and POC communities. As Third Wave Fund's Program Officer, she oversees Third Wave's rapid response, multi-year general support, and capacity building grantmaking, and supports its cross-sector funder advocacy.
Kanthi Dhaduvai, MD
Dr. Dhaduvai is a family medicine physician currently completing a fellowship in Reproductive Health and Advocacy at Tufts University Department of Family Medicine. She provides integrated abortion and contraception services in addition to general family medicine care. At CLPP 2019, she will be co-presenting a workshop on surgical abortion.
Karina Rosado
Karina Rosado is an average high school junior who's figuring out how to be okay with herself. Whether she's struggling to punt a soccer ball in gym class or accepting that she's a touch anxious, she's just trying to figure herself out just like everyone else. She also appreciates you reading this.
Katie McKay Bryson
Katie McKay Bryson is a white single parent living in the Dena’ina homelands in Alaska. Active in environmental, social, and reproductive justice organizing since her early teens, she’s in love with evolving foster parenting, intentional ancestorship, and amplifying young people’s power. Katie’s a founding board member of Alaska’s queer community youth host homes provider, and coaches current and future foster parents through the Corvid Center.
Kebé is the Program Coordinator for the SIA Legal Team. She uses both legal advocacy and grassroots organizing as tools to shape law that supports all people in determining if, when and how we will become pregnant and create family in safe communities, free from the threat of state and interpersonal violence. She hails from the Lowcountry of South Carolina and lives in New York City.
Kendall D. Bentsen, MSW
Kendall is a graduate of Columbia School of Social Work where she studied social policy and contemporary social issues. Kendall is a 6th generation Texan and alumna of the Congressional Research Institute of Social Policy (CRISP) Political Bootcamp; she hopes to one day run for elected office in her home state.
Kerry Bergin
Kerry Bergin is an adjunct professor, young adult mentor, and community practitioner living in Providence, Rhode Island. She teaches courses on vocation, community organizing, and social change.
Kimberly Huggins, LSW, MPH, MEd
Kimberly is a licensed Social Worker, sexual health educator and co-founder of KIMBRITIVE, LLC. She has graduate-level education in Public Health, Human Sexuality Education and Social Work. When she’s not balancing the highs and lows of adulting, you can find her in a makeup store, at the gym or trying out a new restaurant.
Kimberly Inez McGuire
Kimberly Inez McGuire is an award-winning communications strategist, queer Latina reproductive justice advocate, and policy wonk. As Executive Director of URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, Kimberly builds power with young people in the South and Midwest to transform the political and cultural landscape and win sustainable victories for our communities. Kimberly serves on the Board of Directors for the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) and is a birth doula and cat person.
Kiyomi Fujikawa
Kiyomi Fujikawa is the co-director of Third Wave Fund. She is a Seattle-based, mixed-race queer trans femme who has been involved with movements to end gender- and state-based violence since 2001. She is currently on the board of Groundswell Fund and is a Grantmakers United for Trans Communities (GUTC) Leadership Development Fellow.
Kristina Tendilla
Kristina Tendilla (she/they) is the National Field and Campaigns Manager at National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum. They work alongside other organizers/advocates/community leaders to fight for reproductive justice!
Lauren Coy, MPH
Lauren Coy, MPH is the LARC Project Manager at the National Institute for Reproductive Health, where she provides strategic guidance and technical assistance to states that are working on systems and policy barriers to providing the full range of contraception. She has worked in the reproductive health and rights field for five years. She is a Latina from Miami who still can’t drive.
Leigh Creighton Bond
Leigh Creighton Bond is the leadership development coordinator at Feminist Women's Health Center (FWHC) located in Atlanta, Georgia and coordinates a monthly fellowship program and interns. She is skilled in curriculum design, teaching, and engaging with low-income populations through her past experience with education and legal nonprofit organizations. She identifies as a black, creative Southern woman.
Leslie Lopez
Leslie Lopez is the founder and Co-President of the Reproductive Rights Organization of Student Educators (ROSE), a group of students at the University of North Texas that works to create a space for individuals who want to educate others about reproductive justice issues. Leslie’s ultimate dream is to become an art therapist and provide individuals with accessible and affordable mental health services in her hometown.
Lexi J. White
Lexi White, MPP is a feminist sociopolitical innovator, writer, advocate, and analyst whose work focuses on health policy, reflective democracy, reproductive justice and the experiences, full wellness and liberation of Black Women, Women of Color and Queer and Trans People of Color.
Libby Mandarino
Libby is the grassroots organizer at the Feminist Women's Health Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She was a 2017 Errin J. Vuley Fellow, and is also a practical support volunteer for Access Reproductive Care-Southeast.
Lily Bolourian
Lily Bolourian is a Persian punk feminist organizer, writer, and speaker from Maryland. She has led numerous rallies, direct actions, and digital campaigns in support of abortion access and climate action.
Lindsay N Sabadosa
Representative Sabadosa has a long history of activism and advocacy around reproductive rights and equality issues. Recently elected to the Massachusetts State House, her legislative priorities include Medicare for All, of which she is the lead sponsor and founder of the newly formed Medicare for All caucus, as well as health equity for pregnant persons, requiring MassHealth to cover doula services, and requiring medication abortions to be available at all pubic college campuses.
La Loba Loca (Loba/They) is a Queer, Chocolla, Andina, South American migrant, artist, researcher, writer, handpoke tattooist, full spectrum companion/doula, aspiring midwife student, seed-saver, gardener and yerbetera. Loba is currently based in Los Angeles, CA but constantly travels across Turtle Island and Abya Yala to facilitate shares and circles on herbalism, plant relations, social justice, healing justice and autonomous health. IG: @lalobalocashares
Madeline McCubbins
Madeline is a white, non-binary, queer poly femme from Kentucky. Madeline was a RRASC at Native American Women's Health Education Resource Center in 2017, and returns as a RRASC trainer in 2019. Madeline currently works at an emergency shelter serving folks who have experienced intimate partner violence and sexual assault.
Maggie Bouvier
Maggie is finishing her last semester at Providence College. She is a double major in Public & Community Service and Women’s Studies. As president of Women Will, the feminist group on her conservative campus, she is an activist fighting for gender equity. Her current focus is improving the Title IX resources for students, so that her campus is a place where everyone’s rights are protected.
mai doan
mai doan is the Program Associate for Third Wave Fund and coordinates their rapid response grantmaking through the Mobilize Power Fund. For the past 10 years, mai has worked with young women, queer and trans people of color to heal, create, and resist as as a writer, youth worker, community organizer, and energy work practitioner. At Third Wave, she is excited to continue supporting the work and visions of communities who have historically been left out from the field of philanthropy.
Margaret Stout
Margaret Stout SisterReach Community Education & Outreach Associate
Maria Peeples
Maria Peeples is a queer, white writer and community organizer. Outside of her day job, her work focuses on de-escalation and creating/supporting safety without police. She was raised and politicized in the Midwest and currently lives with her chosen family in Washington, DC.
Mariah Lindsay
Mariah Lindsay is an If/When/How Reproductive Justice Fellow at NAPAWF. Mariah graduated from the University of California, Irvine School of Law. During law school, Mariah served as a research assistant to Professor Michele Goodwin and participated in UCI Law’s Reproductive Justice and Domestic Violence Clinics. She also interned at the California Women’s Law Center and served as a Spitzer Intern at NHLP.
Marlene Gerber Fried
Marlene Gerber Fried is a nationally and internationally known activist scholar. She was founding president of NNAF (National Network of Abortion Funds), and currently works on abortion access internationally with Women Help Women. She edited From Abortion to Reproductive Freedom: Transforming a Movement, and co-authored Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice. She was the interim president of Hampshire in 2010-2011. She is co-authoring a book on abortion with Loretta Ross.
Mashayla Hays
Mashayla Hays is an If/When/How Reproductive Justice State Fellow at New Voices for Reproductive Justice and the Women’s Law Project in Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law where she was awarded the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Award. Mashayla is from Louisville, KY, enjoys reading teen fiction novels and spending time with her family and friends.
Mina Aria
Mina Aria is based in St. Louis and serves as the Midwest Regional Coordinator for Real Food Generation, a food justice organization. They also organize against sexual violence as a Communications Organizer with Know Your IX. Mina organizes for Palestinian liberation locally with the St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee and nationally as a Steering Committee member at the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights.
Monserrat Ambrosio
Monserrat Ambrosio is seventeen years old and an active member at the New York State Youth Leadership Council. As someone who is directly impacted by a variety of social justice issues, she believes in the power of advocacy within her community. “Advocacy welcomes conversation, change, and healing for communities. Hence, I will continue investing herself in the power of the people,” she says.
Namrata Jacob
Namrata Jacob is a diasporic Desi, a Virgo, and a reproductive justice educator and advocate focusing on the intersections of race, gender, and state violence.
Nargis Aslami
Nargis Aslami is a 22 year old Afghan-American woman. She graduated from UMass Amherst in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a 5C Certificate in Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice. During her time as an undergrad, she worked with CLPP for 2 years as one of the Student Group Co-Coordinators. She is currently working as a Civilian Advocate for victim/survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Nargis is in the midst of preparing for the LSAT/law school applications (keep her in your thoughts!!) and wants to pursue public interest law.
Nataley Neuman
Nataley Neuman is the Wisconsin Organizer for Reproaction, a direct action group formed to increase access to abortion and advance reproductive justice. As a UW-Milwaukee undergraduate, Nataley founded and presided over Panthers Against Sexual Assault (PASA) for just under two years. She is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Niara Lezama
At Ibis Reproductive Health, Niara provides support on the Free the Pill Project to move oral contraceptives over-the-counter. Prior to joining Ibis, Niara worked on reproductive health projects at NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri and Uganda Development and Health Associates. Niara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis in Anthropology and a minor in Biology.
Nikia Paulette
Nikia Paulette is the Lead Grassroots Organizer for Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region in the Public Policy department. She organizes at the intersections of race, class, & gender.
NikoTiare is a shapeshifting queer of color from San Francisco, CA. NikoTiare's work currently centers on serving queer and trans homeless youth in Los Angeles. At the core of their work, NikoTiare aims to create an honest display of healing through written and performing arts. NikoTiare believes a healthy, sustainable community begins with developing an understanding of ourselves and each other.
Pamela Merritt
Pamela Merritt is Co-Founder/Co-Director of Reproaction, a direct action organization formed to increase access to abortion and advance reproductive justice. Pamela is a founding member of the Trust Black Women Partnership, and was a 2017 Reproductive Health, Rights, & Justice Fellow at the Rockwood Leadership Institute. Her writing has been published in the Chicago Sun-Times, The Guardian, and Rolling Stone. Pamela studied Anthropology at Bard College at Simon's Rock and Brandeis University.
Pearl Ricks
Pearl Ricks lives in New Orleans, LA and is a boots on the ground and in the office advocate. Playing a hands-on role when possible, their primary focus is bridging the gap between the people, the programming, its funding, and partnership opportunities. With sharing information freely and collaborative efforts, Pearl hopes to make connections that will move the work forward.
Priya Ghosh
Priya Ghosh is a survivor activist, advocate, organizer, and trainer with a background in movement building, direct action, consent and relationship education, and advocacy for survivors of sexual, intimate partner, and gender-based violence. Priya is the Founding Director of the Survivor Justice Project, a grassroots organization empowering and training people to take action, build power, and win real change for survivors. As the former President of CERC at UMass Amherst, she led a 2 year campaign for the institution of a Survivor’s Bill of Rights policy to expand and protect Title IX rights. Priya is deeply invested in the collective building of a transformative, intersectional, and healing-centered movement for survivors. Priya currently works at Safe Passage and lives and organizes in the Pioneer Valley community.
Quita Tinsley
Quita Tinsley is a fat, Black, queer femme that writes, organizes, and works to build sustainable change in their home, the South. They currently serve as the Deputy Director of Access Reproductive Care - Southeast; and they're an alum of Echoing Ida, a Black women and non-binary folks' writing collective of Forward Together.
Rebecca Wang
Rebecca Wang joined the SIA Legal Team in September 2018 with the launch of their legal helpline. She continues to oversee the operation of the helpline and support the work of their law and policy team.
Rev. Deneen Robinson
I currently serve as the Policy Director for The Afiya Center. I work to make sure that Black women of color and other women of color have policy that protects their right to experience comprehensive reproductive health care, rights and justice in the earth.
Rev. Dr. Chris Davies
Rev. Dr. Chris Davies is ordained in the United Church of Christ. She is a white cisgender queer femme pastor serving on the board for Preterm, an abortion and sexual health clinic in Cleveland. Chris curates the @queerclergytradingcards, highlighting the awe and absurdity of faith work. Chris bridges the institutional church of today with the movements of the Gospel in the world outside of traditional congregations.
Rev. Susan Chorley
Susan Chorley is a feminist mom of a teenage son, a Baptist minister whose soul could not be contained by the church, and a Southerner with a good sense a humor and a strong commitment to justice in action. She is interested in creating communities of care and healing following abortion.
Rosann Mariappuram
Rosann Mariappuram (she/her) is a lawyer and reproductive justice advocate based in Seattle, WA. Rosann worked at the Reproductive Health Access Project in NYC for several years before attending the University of Texas School of Law. While in Texas, she volunteered with the Lilith Fund, Jane's Due Process and NARAL Pro-Choice Texas.
Roxanna (Rox) Curiel
Rox is a student, educator, and community organizer. She is a member of the Utah RJ Community Advisory Board, co-founder of the Utah Abortion Fund Project, participates with the National Network of Abortion Funds, and volunteers with Exhale, a post-abortion support org. She is an aspiring full-spectrum doula and believes in the power of storytelling as an ingredient for collective healing. ¡Chinga la Migra!
Sabrina Ghaus
Sabrina is a Pakistani-American Muslim organizer based in Boston by way of the Bay Area. They first learned to organize through post-9/11 anti-Islamophobia and anti-war movements, and became grounded in movements for collective liberation through joining Tufts Students for Justice in Palestine. For the past four years, they have worked at the National Network of Abortion Funds, supporting grassroots networks of people transforming the abortion access landscape with revolutionary care and love. They can usually be found snuggling with their cat, Rumi, or outside digging in the garden.
Sadie Hernandez
Sadie Hernandez is a reproductive and immigrant justice organizer, writer, public speaker, and digital communications specialist born and raised in the border town of Brownsville, Texas. She currently works at United We Dream doing youth focused communications about elections, and immigration rights in Texas. In her off time, Sadie is a comedian, dog mom, and artist.
Samantha Sokol
Sam is the Public Policy Advocate at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, working on state and federal legislation, regulations, and policy. We advocate for policies to protect religious freedom for all Americans, and prevent religion from being used as an excuse to discriminate against women, LGBTQ people, members of minority religions, and others.
Sarada Tangirala
Sarada is the director of corporate accountability at Women’s Voices for the Earth where she leads corporate campaigns aimed at eliminating toxic chemicals from products that harm our health and communities. Before joining WVE she led market-based change efforts at the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Her professional history also includes managing Project Underground’s Chevron Nigeria campaign and conducting strategic corporate research at the Data Center for environmental justice campaigns around the country. She lives in Oakland, CA.
Sarah Christopherson
Sarah is responsible for leading the NWHN’s legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts. She previously worked for Congress from 2005 to 2015, serving as the Washington Director to Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-MA) from 2010 to 2015. She has bachelor’s degrees in political science and history from Arizona State University and a graduate degree in foreign policy from George Washington University.
Sarah Nichols
Sarah is the project coordinator for Empty Arms Bereavement Support. Empty Arms provides bereavement support for people experiencing perinatal loss (miscarriage, TFMR, stillbirth, and early infant loss) in the Pioneer Valley through support groups and a hospital peer companion program, as well as providing trainings for medical professionals in bereavement care.
Sheila Suarez
Sheila Suarez is a Social Work and Critical Sexuality Studies student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and also a member of the 2018 RRASC cohort.
Shireen Rose Shakouri
Shireen is speaking as Campaign Lead at Reproaction, but also serves as Media Coordinator for The Doula Project. Formerly a foreign policy analyst, she turned to reproductive justice work in early 2017 after spending years volunteering for pro-choice and sexual health causes in college (GWU '13) and thereafter. She is Iranian and Italian-American, and loves to cook those cuisines and almost everything else.
Silpa Srinivasulu
Silpa is a Program Manager at the Institute for Family Health and Reproductive Health Access Project where she coordinates abortion and contraception training programs for primary care clinicians. She manages monitoring and evaluation activities for RHAP’s programs to increase access to abortion, miscarriage, and contraception care in primary care. She has an MPH from Columbia University in Population and Family Health and Public Health Research Methods.
Susan Yanow
Susan Yanow is a cofounder of Women Help Women, an international organization that provides medication abortion services. She is the spokesperson for WHW’s USA project SASS (Self-managed Abortion; Safe and Supported). Susan also founded EASE (Expanding Abortion Services in the South) and coordinates the Later Abortion Initiative at Ibis Reproductive Health. She serves on the Boards of the ACLU of Massachusetts and Nurses for Sexual and Reproductive Health.
Sylvan Bachhuber
Sylvan Bachhuber is a first year Div II student studying global reproductive health and justice, anthropology, Spanish, and Arabic. She is focusing on the future of FP2020, an international family planning organization as a PopDev intern.
Taja Lindley
Taja Lindley is an artist creating socially engaged artwork that reflects and transforms audiences, shifts culture and moves people to action. She is the founder of Colored Girls Hustle, and a member of Echoing Ida and Harriet's Apothecary.
Tammy Nyden
Tammy Nyden is President & Co-founder of Mothers on the Frontline, a non-profit dedicated to children's mental health advocacy and caregiver healing through storytelling. She is also an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Grinnell College.
Teddy Wilson
Teddy Wilson is a Research Analyst for reproductive justice, focusing on the conservative movement and Religious Right’s strategies and discourses to restrict access to reproductive health and rights. Wilson previously worked as a reporter for Rewire.News, Free Speech Radio News, and the American Independent News Network.
Tijuana Jefferson
Tijuana Jefferson, M.A. SisterReach Programs and Contracts Manager
Veronika V Granado
Veronika, a Hispanic woman, a storyteller with Youth Testify testifying to her own abortion, a program created by the National Network of Abortion Funds along with Advocates for youth. A NARAL Next Gen leader. A Jane Mentor for Jane's Due Process about the judicial bypass process.
Victoria St. Clair
Victoria St. Clair is a graduate of CUNY Brooklyn College where she studied Sociology, Health and Nutrition, and Public Health. She became very involved on campus to bridge the gap between available resources and students' access to them. She acted as a peer mentor and a tutor at the college. She has assisted various administrative departments in higher education to create a process that provides the most efficient services to her peers.
Winnie Ye
Winnie Ye is a Brooklyn born and bred policy advocate, activist, and organizer. She currently works in policy and strategic partnerships at the National Institute of Reproductive Health (NIRH) and serves on the board of the New York City chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF).
Yveka Pierre
Yveka Pierre is a Haitian born system fighting lawyer, and litigation counsel at SIA Legal Team. She is a proud trouble-making litigator who cut her teeth in the legal field as a public defender. She strives every day to uphold the dignity and humanity of folx navigating systems that were created to dehumanize.