Leadership

Our leadership team supports and guides IWPR’s work and goals by bringing diverse professional experience and expertise from the financial, legal, foundation, nonprofit, and academic sectors.

Board of Directors

Beth Grupp

Position: President
Categories: Board of Directors
Organization: Beth Grupp Associates

Beth Grupp has been raising money and serving as an organizational expert for over three decades. She founded Beth Grupp Associates in 1996 and works nationally and internationally providing best-in-class expertise on growing bottom-line revenue and increasing organizational effectiveness. Beth is recognized as an innovative leader in fundraising strategy, organizational capacity building, and board development.

Before opening her own firm, Beth was the Finance Director for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) in both his 1988 and 1994 races and some of the programs she has run have broken national records. She went on to work in the races of Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), John Kerry (D-MA), and Ron Wyden (D-ORE), among others.

Her clients range from those with portfolios of $100 million to portfolios of $100,000. Beth has a particular commitment to encouraging others to becoming more adept at fundraising skills through training and executive coaching. Over the years she has trained hundreds of people at all levels of skill and experience.

Beth was educated at Cornell University in New York where she received a B.A. in an independent major entitled “The Use and Abuse of Power.” She is also the recipient of the 1984 Cornell Peace Studies Award.

Beth was raised in New York City and has lived in Washington, D.C. since 1985.

Beth Grupp

BETH GRUPP ASSOCIATES

President

Darrick Hamilton

Position: Executive Director
Categories: Board of Directors

Darrick Hamilton is the Henry Cohen Professor of Economics and Urban Policy at the New School. He is the former Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University. In addition, Professor Hamilton holds a primary faculty appointment in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, with courtesy appointments in the departments of economics and sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences. Professor Hamilton is a pioneer and internationally recognized scholar in the field of stratification economics, which fuses social science methods to examine the causes, consequences and remedies of racial, gender, ethnic, tribal, nativity, etc. inequality in education, economic and health outcomes. This work involves crafting and implementing innovative routes and policies that break down social hierarchy, empower people, and move society towards greater equity, inclusion, and civic participation.

Darrick Hamilton

THE NEW SCHOOL

Executive Director

Joan Marsh

Position: Chief Regulatory and State External Affairs Officer
Categories: Board of Directors
Organization: AT&T

Joan Marsh, AT&T’s Chief Regulatory and State External Affairs Officer, is responsible for federal regulatory relations, state external and legislative affairs and the national regulatory organization supporting AT&T.

In 2016, Ms. Marsh was named SVP – Federal Regulatory; and in 2007, she was named VP – Federal Regulatory, with responsibility for AT&T’s wireless, spectrum and public safety regulatory affairs. From 1997 to 1999, she served as Senior Regional Attorney for AT&T in its Chicago offices, representing AT&T before various state public utilities commissions in the Midwest.

Ms. Marsh is active in the community, particularly in mentoring women as they launch or build their careers. She participates in the Year-Up mentoring program, which empowers low-income young adults to transition to professional careers, as well as American Corporate Partners, which helps retiring veterans transition to the private sector through mentoring, networking, and career advice. She is also on the Board of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in DC.

Prior to joining AT&T, Ms. Marsh spent five years as a trial litigator with the Chicago law firm of Kirkland & Ellis. She received a J.D. with Honors from the University of Southern California Law Center in Los Angeles in 1990 and upon graduation was a law clerk for the Honorable Edward Rafeedie of the U.S. District Court for Central District of California, Los Angeles. Ms. Marsh received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1986.

Joan Marsh

AT&T

Chief Regulatory and State External Affairs Officer

Anne Mosle, Vice Chairperson

Position: Vice President and Executive Director | Ascend at the Aspen Institute
Categories: Board of Directors

Anne Mosle is a vice president and executive director of Ascend at the Aspen Institute and also serves as co-chair of the Aspen Institute Forum on Women and Girls. As a leader in building pathways to opportunity for children, women, and families with low incomes, her expertise is in the sweet spot of policy, practice, and philanthropy, and she has been a catalytic force in the two-generation approach and leadership strategies for child and family well-being. Among other roles, Mosle was previously a vice president and officer of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where she led Family Economic Security, Civic and Philanthropic Engagement, and Impact Investing teams, and was president of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation. She serves on the board of American Public Human Services Association, Institute for Women’s Policy Research Institute as well as a trusted advisor to numerous public, private, and philanthropic efforts focused on creating intergenerational economic mobility.

Anne Mosle, Vice Chairperson

ASCEND AT THE ASPEN INSTITUTE

Vice President and Executive Director | Ascend at the Aspen Institute

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

Position: Executive Director/CEO and Founder
Categories: Board of Directors

Executive Director/CEO and Co-Founder of MomsRising, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner has been deeply involved in grassroots engagement and policy analysis for more than two decades. Rowe-Finkbeiner is a frequent public speaker, radio host of the nationally syndicated program, Breaking Through; and an award-winning author of books, including The F-Word: Feminism in Jeopardy and The Motherhood Manifesto, which she co-authored with MomsRising co-founder and board President Joan Blades. Her most recent book is Keep Marching: How Every Woman Can Take Action and Change Our World.

Rowe-Finkbeiner has received numerous accolades for her work. Among them are: Spirit of Motherhood Award from the Maternity Care Coalition; the 2014 Spirit Black Civic Participation 2014 Spirit of Democracy, Community Empowerment & Social Innovation Leadership Award; 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Award; National Priorities Project Democracy Champion Award; Center for Women & Healthcare Heroine award; SheKnows named her as one of Ten Inspiring Moms, as well as a Prime Mover; and she received the Washing State League of Women Voters Good in Government Award; and ParentMap Magazine’s “Super Hero” award. Her awards for writing include the Society for Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism award for magazine writing, the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Award, as well as an award from the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Executive Director/CEO and Founder

Paula Sammons, Chairperson

Position: Senior Program Officer
Categories: Board of Directors

Paula Sammons is Senior Program Officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan, with expertise in family economic security. She has over 25 years of experience in philanthropy, with the majority of her career focused in family economic security. She is currently leading a portfolio of $53 million.

Paula has led multiple national family-centered programmatic and policy change initiatives, including “A Whole Family Approach to Jobs,” “Parents and Children Thriving Together,” and “Supporting Transitions to Employment for Parents.” She also led the development of family-centered coaching, a trauma informed coaching toolkit based on the latest brain research and behavioral economics that is being scaled across the country. Additionally, she was also co-chair of the Working Families Success Network. She is a licensed master’s social worker by training with 7 years’ experience in counseling and therapy.

Earlier, Paula worked in various sectors including the banking industry, secondary education, higher education, retail sales, and nonprofits. She currently serves on the Children, Youth, and Families Funders Roundtable, as well as previously on Workforce Matters, Economic Opportunity Funders, and the Earned Income Tax Funders Network. She has over 15 years serving on boards.

Paula Sammons, Chairperson

W.K. KELLOGG FOUNDATION

Senior Program Officer

National Advisory Council

Inderjit “Vicky” Basra, MSW

Position: President and CEO
Categories: Advisory Committee
Organization: Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center
Vicky is the President and CEO of the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center. She has extensive experience meeting needs of communities through the development of innovative programs and community engagement models. Previously, she worked as the Director of Family Preservation at Family Support Services of Northeast Florida (FSS) and the Director of Project Safe at Vanderbilt University. In March 0f 2013, she joined the Policy Center, from FSS. Vicky previously served as Senior Vice President for the Policy Center, responsible for the growth of the Continuity of Care Model, and implementing the Open Doors Model Program on the First Coast working closely with Voices for Florida. She is a recognized and accomplished non-profit executive with more than 20 years of experience in the vast array of nonprofit leadership roles. Vicky has developed multiple programs including the first advocacy program to provide services victims/survivors of intimate violence, sexual assault and stalking on Vanderbilt University’s Campus.
A passionate advocate for gender equality, and girls’ rights, Vicky is a sought-after trainer, thought leader, and architect of change. She has contributed to a number of research studies analyzing the impact of trauma on girls and young women and is a frequent contributor to news media on issues related to commercial sexual exploitation, diversity and women’s leadership and the impact of trauma on girls and young women. Vicky holds an MSW from the University of Tennessee and is presently pursuing a Doctorate in Social Work from the University of Tennessee.

Inderjit “Vicky” Basra, MSW

DELORES BARR WEAVER POLICY CENTER

President and CEO

Brittney Cooper

Position: Associate Professor
Categories: Advisory Committee
Organization: Rutgers University

Brittney Cooper is an Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts at Emory University in 2009. She also has an M.A. from Emory (2007) and bachelors degrees in English and Political Science from Howard University (2002). Professor Cooper is currently completing her first book Race Women: Gender and the Making of a Black Public Intellectual Tradition, 1892-Present. Her work focuses extensively in the area of Black women’s intellectual history, Black feminist thought, and race and gender politics in hip hop and popular culture. She has two forthcoming articles about hip hop feminism in Signs Journal of Women in Culture and Society and African American Review. Professor Cooper has also published book chapters on Black women’s history in fraternal orders and the Janet Jackson Superbowl incident. She is co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective blog, which was named a top feminist blog by New York Magazine in 2011 and a top race blog by TheRoot.com in 2012. She writes for the CFC as “crunktastic.”

Brittney Cooper

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Associate Professor

Oleta Garrett Fitzgerald

Position: Executive Director
Categories: Advisory Committee
Organization: Children’s Defense Fund’s Southern Regional Office

Oleta Garrett Fitzgerald is Director of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Southern Regional Office (CDF-SRO), and also serves as the Regional Administrator for the Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative for Economic & Social Justice (SRBWI).

In the past, she has worked for the Atlanta-based Southeastern Public Education Program of the American Friends Service Committee and been a project director for the Southern Regional Council. She joined the Clinton for President Campaign in 1992 and was appointed White House Liaison and Executive Assistant to then Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy by President Bill Clinton in January 1993. Shortly thereafter, she was named the Department’s Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, where she worked with local, state and tribal governments; coordinated the Administration’s long-term recovery of midwestern states affected by The Great Flood of 1993; and was a member of USDA’s executive review panel selecting rural Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities.

Ms. Fitzgerald serves as a board member for the Mississippi Head Start Association, the Mississippi Children’s Museum, the advisory committee for the Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University, and is a member of the State Children’s Welfare Coalition and the Global Women’s Action Network for Children. She also received honorary membership to Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Honor Society for Public Affairs & Administration from Mississippi State University in 1999. Ms. Fitzgerald holds a B.A. in sociology from Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi.

Oleta Garrett Fitzgerald

CHILDREN'S DEFENSE FUND'S SOUTHERN REGIONAL OFFICE

Executive Director

Fatima Goss Graves

Position: President and CEO
Categories: Advisory Committee
Organization: National Women's Law Center

Ms. Goss Graves, who has served in numerous roles at NWLC for more than a decade, has spent her career fighting to advance opportunities for women and girls. She has a distinguished track record working across a broad set of issues central to women’s lives, including income security, health and reproductive rights, education access, and workplace fairness. Ms. Goss Graves is among the co-founders of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund. Prior to becoming President, Ms. Goss Graves served as the Center’s Senior Vice President for Program, where she led the organization’s broad program agenda to advance progress and eliminate barriers in employment, education, health and reproductive rights and lift women and families out of poverty. Prior to that, as the Center’s Vice President for Education and Employment, she led the Center’s anti-discrimination initiatives, including work to promote equal pay, combat harassment and sexual assault at work and at school, and advance equal access to education programs, with a particular focus on outcomes for women and girls of color.

Ms. Goss Graves received her B.A. from UCLA in 1998 and her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2001. She began her career as a litigator at the law firm of Mayer Brown LLP after clerking for the Honorable Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She currently serves as an advisor on the American Law Institute Project on Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct on Campus and was on the EEOC Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace and a Ford Foundation Public Voices Fellow. She is widely recognized for her effectiveness in the complex public policy arena at both the state and federal levels, regularly testifies before Congress and federal agencies, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and other public education forums.

Fatima Goss Graves

NATIONAL WOMEN'S LAW CENTER

President and CEO

Thea Lee

Position: President
Categories: Advisory Committee
Organization: Economic Policy Institute

Thea Lee is the president of the Economic Policy Institute. Lee came to EPI from the AFL-CIO, where she served as deputy chief of staff. She has spent her career advocating on behalf of working families in national policy debates on issues such as wage inequality, workers’ rights, and fair trade. She is co-author of The Field Guide to the Global Economy, published by The New Press, and has authored numerous publications on the North American Free Trade Agreement, the impact of international trade on U.S. wage inequality, and the domestic steel and textile industries.

Lee has been a voice for workers in testimony before congressional committees and in television and radio appearances. She has also served on the State Department Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, the Export-Import Bank Advisory Committee, and the Board of Directors of the National Bureau of Economic Research, among others. She currently serves on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, to which she was appointed by Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, as well as the boards of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center, the Center for International Policy, the Coalition for Human Needs, and the Progressive Talent Pipeline advisory council. She is also a member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies Trade Commission on Affirming American Leadership.

Thea Lee

ECONOMIC POLICY INSTITUTE

President

Tram Nguyen

Position: Co-Executive Director
Categories: Advisory Committee
Organization: New Virginia Majority

Tram joined New Virginia Majority in 2008. Following the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, she helped fight for federal funding for a health treatment program to address the unmet physical and mental needs of rescue and recovery workers at Ground Zero. In 2005,

Tram traveled to the Gulf Coast to organize the 30,000+ Vietnamese immigrants whose lives were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. For over 2 years, she directed a recovery program that assisted over 3,000 families by providing cultural and language-appropriate services, and she advocated for the sustainable redevelopment of immigrant communities and businesses in New Orleans, LA; Biloxi, MS; and Bayou La Batre, AL. Tram is an alumna of Barnard College, Columbia University and was a 2010 Lead the Way Fellow at the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Tram Nguyen

NEW VIRGINIA MAJORITY

Co-Executive Director

Aisha D. Nyandoro

Position: Founding CEO
Categories: Advisory Committee
Organization: Springboard To Opportunities

Aisha Nyandoro is the Founding Chief Executive Officer of Springboard To Opportunities. She uses a “radically resident-driven” approach to end generational poverty. She’s both deeply practical, strategic and very impatient; launching the very first of its kind guaranteed income program for single Black mothers in the history of the United States – The Magnolia Mother’s.

Prior to serving with Springboard, Aisha served as a Program Officer with the Foundation for the Mid-South. During her tenure, she strengthened the Foundation’s community development portfolio by executing a plan focused on five specific strategies aimed at transforming communities.

She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Tennessee State University, a M.A. in Community Psychology and Urban Affairs and a Ph.D. in Ecological Community Psychology from Michigan State University. Aisha’s commitment to community and passion for social change is demonstrated through her varied volunteer work including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the various boards of directors and advisory councils to which she lends her expertise and service. Aisha has received multiple honors, including recognition as a fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network and Ascend at the Aspen Institute. She is a TEDx speaker and her work has been featured in both print and news media outlets.

Aisha D. Nyandoro

SPRINGBOARD TO OPPORTUNITIES

Founding CEO

Ana Oliveira

Position: President and CEO
Categories: Advisory Committee
Organization: New York Women's Foundation

Ana Oliveira is President and CEO of The New York Women’s Foundation. Since 2006, Ana has steered the increase of The Foundation’s grantmaking from $1.7M to $9M today. In 31 years, The Foundation has distributed over $66 million to over 350 organizations.

Ana serves as co-chair of The NYC Council Speaker’s Young Women’s Initiative and a Commissioner for the NYC Commission on Human Rights. She sits on the Independent Commission to Study Criminal Justice Reform in NYC and is on the board of Philanthropy New York.

Ana has held key roles as a CEO of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, VP of Programs at Osborne Association, and Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center Substance Abuse Clinic.

Ana attained her M.A. in Medical Anthropology and a PhD. (hon) from the New School for Social Research. She was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and resides in Manhattan.

Ana Oliveira

NEW YORK WOMEN'S FOUNDATION

President and CEO

Stephanie Valencia

Position: Co-Founder and President
Categories: Advisory Committee
Organization: InvestingIn.Us

Stephanie Valencia is a national leader at the nexus of politics, technology and leadership development. She recently served as Political Director at InvestingIn.Us, a political venture capital fund focused on disruptive platforms and initiatives to enhance civic participation, and earlier ran Strategic Partnerships and Outreach at Google.

Stephanie is among a small group of advisers who served President Barack Obama in senior roles through his presidential campaign and both terms in office. She served as an aide to the president at the White House Office of Public Engagement; as Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker; and as Deputy Latino Vote Director on the 2008 campaign.

Prior to joining the campaign, Stephanie served in leadership roles for a number of lawmakers on Capitol Hill, including as Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO), Press Secretary to Congressman John Larson (D-CT), Member Services for the House Democratic Caucus Chair, Rahm Emanuel (D-IL), and Press Secretary to Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-CA).

Building a leadership bench is a core passion for Stephanie. In addition to mentoring many young Latinos and Latinas, she is a co-founder of The Latino Talent Initiative, The Latina Collective, and Latinos44, the alumni association representing the hundreds of Hispanic appointees from the Obama Administration. Stephanie also serves on the boards of Civic Nation, Center for Community Change Action, and The Latino Victory Project.

Stephanie Valencia

INVESTINGIN.US

Co-Founder and President

Dorian Warren

Position: President
Categories: Advisory Committee
Organization: Community Change

A progressive scholar, organizer and media personality, Dorian Warren has worked to advance racial, economic and social justice for more than two decades. Like the organizations he leads, Warren is driven by the innate conviction that only social movements – led by the communities most affected by economic, gender and social injustice – can change their communities and public policies for the better.

At this historical and challenging moment, Dorian is uniquely positioned to lead the work of Community Change – organizing and mobilizing powerful, multi-racial alliances around social justice at a time when inequality, political apathy and exclusion are on the rise.

Growing up on Chicago’s South Side, Dorian learned firsthand the power of unions to unleash economic opportunities. His great-grandparents were sharecroppers, his grandparents were janitors and his mother was a teacher in Chicago’s public schools for more than 40 years.

Guided by his intuitive understanding of inequality, Dorian has devoted his life to building the power and capacity of low-income people. As an alum of progressive organizations and universities, Dorian is an unparalleled force in progressive politics in America.

Dorian Warren

COMMUNITY CHANGE

President

Molly Dickens

Position: Co-Founder and Executive Director
Categories: Advisory Committee
Organization: &MOTHER

Molly Dickens is co-founder and Executive Director of &Mother, a nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking the barriers that limit a woman’s choice to pursue and thrive in both career and motherhood.

Molly received her B.A. from Cornell University and her Ph.D. in Biology from Tufts University. She conducted postdoctoral research focused on stress and female reproductive physiology at the University of Liege in Belgium and at the University of California at Berkeley. After jumping off the academic track, Molly joined a maternal health startup as a founding team member.

Merging her expertise as a stress physiologist, her passion for improving maternal health, and her current work focusing on the structures and systems that fail working mothers, Molly is currently interested in the connections between women’s mental and physical health and caregiver support in the working world.

Molly Dickens

&MOTHER

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Michelle Holder

Position: President and CEO
Categories: Advisory Committee
Organization: Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Michelle Holder is President and CEO of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth as well as Associate Professor of Economics at John Jay College, City University of New York. Prior to joining the John Jay College faculty, she worked as an applied economist for a decade in both the nonprofit and government sectors. Her research focuses on the Black community and women of color in the American labor market, and her economic policy reports have been covered by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Amsterdam News, El Diario, and Dollars & Sense magazine. Michelle has also appeared on, or been quoted in, media outlets such as CNN, Washington Post, NPR, The New Yorker, Black News Channel (BNC), PBS, MSNBC, Al Jazeera-English, Marketplace, and Vox.com.

Her second book, Afro-Latinos in the U.S. Economy, coauthored with Alan Aja, was released May 2021 by Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield.

Michelle received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from The New School for Social Research, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Fordham University.

Michelle Holder

WASHINGTON CENTER FOR EQUITABLE GROWTH

President and CEO