Spring 2014 NLNI Meeting

The 2014 New Leadership Networking Initiative (NLNI) spring meeting was held in April 2014 and celebrated NLNI’s 15th anniversary.

NLNI groundbreakers and emerging leaders discussed their activist vision, experiences as leaders, the need for cross-fertilization between movements of ideas and approaches, and the impact that NLNI has had on their personal and professional experiences as young leaders.

Speakers included: Aimee Thorne-Thomsen, Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at Advocates for Youth; Bamby Salcedo, Founder and President of the TransLatin@ Coalition; Eesha Pandit, activist and blogger with Crunk Feminist Collective; Kimberly Inez McGuire, Director of Public Affairs at National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health; Monica Raye Simpson, Executive Director, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective; Noreen Khimji and Yucca Westrup, Co-Founders, Cicada Collective; Paris Hatcher, Leadership Action Network Manager at Race Forward; Sandra Criswell, Regional Organizer at CoreAlign; and Senti Sojwal, Reproductive and Environmental Justice Fellow at the Population and Development Program.


Aimee Thorne Thomsen | Advocate for Youth

Alex DiBranco | Graduate Student in Sociology

Amanda Williams | Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity

April Nishimura | Zenyu Healing

Bamby Salcedo | TransLatin@ Coalition

Bhavana Nancherla | Sex Workers Organizing Project, New York City

Bianca “yucca” Westrup | Cicada Collective

Christine Cruz Guaio | Zenyu Healing

Courtney Hooks | Justice Now

Coya White Hat-Artichoker | MCF Philanthropy Fellow, Bush Foundation

Daisy Rodriguez | Care Center

Eesha Pandit | Crunk Feminist Collective

Gina de Vries | Center for Sex and Culture

Ho Nguyen | Pro-Choice Resources

Iesha Ramos | Ford Fellow, UMass Amherst

Iona Pearl | CLPP

Jasmine Burnett | New York Coalition for Reproductive Justice

Joan Quinones | Care Center

Karmann Peters | Nursing Students for Choice

Kasey Jernigan | Ford Fellow, UMass Amherst

Katherine Cross | Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Keyla Santiago | Care Center

Kimberly Inez McGuire | National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Maegan Ortiz | Mamita Mala Media

Marianne Bullock | Prison Birth Project

Marlene Gerber Fried | CLPP

Melissa Madera | The Abortion Diary

Mia Kim Sullivan | CLPP

Mim Shafer | Ford Fellow, UMass Amherst

Misty Rojo | Justice Now

Monica Raye Simpson | SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

Nia Robinson | Sierra Club

Nicole Clark | Consultant

Noreen Khimji | Cicada Collective

Paris Hatcher | Race Forward

Poonam Dreyfus-Pai | Bay Area Doula Project

Renee Bracey Sherman | Sea Change Program

Ricky Hill | Oklahomans for Reproductive Justice

Rosemary Candelario | Texas Woman’s University

Sandra Criswell | Oklahomans for Reproductive Justice

Sara Alcid | Reproductive Heath Technologies Project

Sarah Abelow | Overbrook Foundation

Senti Sojwal | PopDev

Shivana Jorawar | National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum

Symone New | The Doula Project

Theresa Martinez | Justice Now

Toni Bond Leonard | Activist

Valerie Gintis | CLPP

Veronica Bayetti Flores | CLPP

Yasmin Figueroa | Care Center

Yong Chan Miller | Surge Northwest