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

Lorretta Johnson

Position: Secretary-Treasurer

Lorretta Johnson is the secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. Before becoming AFT secretary-treasurer, Johnson was the union’s executive vice president. In 2011, Johnson was elected treasurer of the AFT Educational Foundation and chair of the AFT Benefit Trust. She also serves on the board of directors of the Albert Shanker Institute.

Johnson has held, and currently holds, several leadership positions outside the AFT. She is a vice president of the AFL-CIO and serves on the boards of the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department, Union Label and Service Trades Department, and Union Privilege organization. In March 2019, she was elected treasurer of the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO. She was vice president of the Metropolitan Baltimore Council AFL-CIO for 30 years, and is a trustee for the Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO. She also serves on the board of directors of the Municipal Employees Credit Union of Baltimore. Johnson was named treasurer of the national board of the A. Philip Randolph Institute in 2008, and is president of APRI’s Baltimore chapter. She is the assistant treasurer for the Baltimore County chapter of the NAACP. In addition, she is on the boards of the BlueGreen Alliance, Citizens for Tax Justice, the Child Labor Coalition (which she co-chairs), the Faith & Politics Institute, and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (which she chairs).

Johnson is the proud mother of three children, whom she raised with her late husband, Leonard. She has seven grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren.

Secretary-Treasurer

Martha Darling

Position: Boeing (Retired)

Martha has held a variety of nonprofit leadership roles nationally and in Michigan since retiring from the Boeing Company, where she was a senior program manager. She is a member of the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, has consulted on education policy for the National Academy of Sciences, and has chaired the boards of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation and the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund. She also served as an “invited expert” to Michigan’s Lt. Governor’s Commission on Higher Education and Economic Development.

In 1977, Martha was appointed a White House Fellow by President Jimmy Carter, serving as Executive Assistant to Secretary of the Treasury W. Michael Blumenthal, and later was Senior Legislative Aide to U.S. Senator Bill Bradley. Following graduate school at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, she relocated to Paris to conduct cross-national policy analyses as a freelance consultant to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. In 2012, Martha was named United Way of Washtenaw County’s Woman of the Year in recognition of her leadership on early childhood issues, including serving as the founding co-chair for Washtenaw County’s Success by 6 Leadership Commission. Martha’s husband, Gil Omenn, is a professor of internal medicine, human genetics and public health at the University of Michigan and was a PSI board member for many years. Her son, David, is a vice president with Global Citizen Year, after spending 10 years with Teach for America.

Boeing (Retired)

Nadia Allaudin

Position: Senior Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor

Nadia Allaudin is a Senior Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management in Century City. She has been the recipient of numerous distinguished awards including Forbes’ “America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors” list in 2020 and Working Mother/Shook Research’s “Top Wealth Advisor Moms” list in 2019.

With more than 20 years of in-depth experience in the financial services industry, Nadia focuses on empowering women and the LBGTQI community to better understand their wealth management needs. She enjoys exploring clients’ relationship to money and assisting them with their financial concerns.

Having founded the annual Women, Wealth & Wisdom Conference in Los Angeles that brings together hundreds of professional women, Nadia works to foster deeper relationships and participate in discussions with renowned speakers on health/wellness, leadership and spiritual best practices. In appreciation of her efforts, she was awarded the prestigious Bank of America Diversity & Inclusion Recognition award.

Nadia earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration with a dual emphasis in Finance and Business Communication from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

Senior Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor

Daisy Chin-Lor

Position: Principal

Daisy Chin-Lor has served as a leader, advisor and role model for Fortune 100 companies throughout her career. She has worked in South Korea, U.S., South Africa and Australia since 2009. She is a transformational business leader with deep experience in quickly adapting to a changing marketplace, assessing the landscape and identifying the strategy, people and processes to bring the highest value to the business. Over the course of Daisy’s career, she has proven to be an accomplished strategic marketer with an outstanding track record in fast paced, competitive global brands. She is best known for her visionary and global thinking while being cognizant of local requisites. She led multinational companies in growth strategies, global business initiatives, operational excellence, and leadership team development.

Principal

Hilary Doe

Position: Chief Strategy Officer

Hilary Doe is a nonprofit + technology leader, committed to powerful citizen engagement and leadership development.  She is the Chief Strategy Officer at NationBuilder.

As a member of NationBuilder executive team, Hilary is responsible for the company’s growth strategy as a leadership company. She is expert in the strategies that makes leaders and movements effective in this era, online and off, and seeks to highlight the barriers that prevent individuals from leading, so that we can all knock them down.

Prior to joining NationBuilder, Hilary as a senior leader at the Roosevelt Institute–a leading economic think tank based in New York City–and acted as the National Director of the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network–the nation’s largest student policy and leadership development organization. In her roles at Roosevelt, Hilary received national recognition from the White House, the Francis Perkins Center, the National Consumers League, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and was featured by numerous media outlets, including the Washington Post, the Nation, Fox Business, and NPR.

Hilary has also held positions and fellowships at Anderson Economic Group, the Brookings Institution, and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. As a native Michigander, Hilary proudly earned her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Michigan, and later studied as a doctoral student in the Department of Politics at Princeton University.

Chief Strategy Officer

Beth Grupp

Position: President

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.

President

Rhiana Gunn-Wright

Position: Director of Climate Policy

Rhiana Gunn-Wright is the Director of Climate Policy at the Roosevelt Institute. Before joining Roosevelt, Gunn-Wright was the policy director for New Consensus, charged with developing and promoting the Green New Deal, among other projects. Previously she served as the policy director for Abdul El-Sayed’s 2018 Michigan gubernatorial campaign. A 2013 Rhodes Scholar, Gunn-Wright has also worked as the policy analyst for the Detroit Health Department, was a Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow of Women and Public Policy at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, and served on the policy team for former First Lady Michelle Obama. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale in 2011 with majors in African American studies and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

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Director of Climate Policy

Darrick Hamilton

Position: Executive Director

Darrick Hamilton is the 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.

Executive Director

Mary Eschelbach Hansen

Position: Professor

Mary Eschelbach Hansen’s current research is in two main areas: bankruptcy and child welfare. Hansen’s work on Bankruptcy aims to uncover the ways that federal and state law shaped the increasingly complex relationship between debtors (both business and personal) and creditors in the rapidly evolving financial markets of the 20th century. Hansen’s work on Child Welfare aims to measure the extent to which federal and state statutes and policies impact the goals of safety, stability, and permanence for children. A major facet of this work was the creation of a dataset describing state child welfare policies.

Professor

Esmeralda Lyn

Position: Senior Advisor

Dr. Lyn is a senior advisor for Worldwide Capital Advisory Partners, a global research, analysis and advisory organization. She is the former Vice Dean and C.V. Starr Distinguished Professor of Finance and International Financial Services at the Zarb School of Business, Hofstra University. Dr. Lyn served as Co-Director of the Merrill Lynch Center for the Study of International Financial Services and Markets and as Editor-in-Chief of Corporate Finance Review. Dr. Lyn published numerous articles in national and international finance and business journals and has led executive seminars and workshops here and abroad. In addition, she worked in financial services for the United Nations in New York and Asia, as well as companies such as Integrated Resources, Inc. and Smith Barney Shearson. Dr. Lyn is currently on the Board of The Institute for Women’s Policy Research and served as its Chairperson from 2011-2013. She served on the NEFCU (now Jovia FCU) Board of Directors for over 10 years. She is a Founder Director of Global ShareResource Foundation in New York.

Senior Advisor

Joan Marsh

Position: Chief Regulatory and State External Affairs Officer

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.

Chief Regulatory and State External Affairs Officer

William M. Rodgers III

Position: Professor and Chief Economist

William M. Rodgers III is professor of public policy and chief economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and serves as the Academy’s Board Chair. Rodgers also serves as Treasurer for the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. He is a Non-Resident Fellow at The Century Foundation and has served in many public capacities, including on President Obama’s Department of Labor transition team, and as chief economist at the US Department of Labor from 2000 to 2001. He served on the US Board of United Way Worldwide and currently works on the Board of Trustees of McDaniel College.

Rodgers’ expertise on compensation, pay equity, diversity and inclusion, labor market and general economic trends is frequently called upon by journalists for articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Financial Times, and many other publications. He is a frequent guest on numerous television and radio talk shows: MSNBC, Yahoo Finance, CNBC, NPRs Marketplace, Weekend Edition, and America Amplified.

At the state level, Rodgers serves on the Governor’s Restart and Recovery Commission and the Public State Bank Board. Locally, he sits on Hopewell Borough’s Planning Board and Economic Development Committee.

Professor and Chief Economist

Anne Mosle

Position: Vice President and Executive Director | Ascend at the Aspen Institute

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.

Vice President and Executive Director | Ascend at the Aspen Institute

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

Position: Executive Director/CEO and Founder

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

Position: Program Officer

Paula Sammons is 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 in 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 masters 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.

Program Officer

Elizabeth Shuler

Position: Secretary-Treasurer and CFO

Liz Shuler is the Secretary-Treasurer and chief financial officer of the AFL-CIO, the second top-level officer for the federation, the first woman elected to the position, and the youngest woman to sit on the federation’s Executive Council. Liz started her career in Portland, Oregon as a proud union organizer and local union activist with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 125. Prior to her election as Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO, Liz worked her way up through the ranks of the IBEW honing her mobilizing, policy, legislative and leadership skills, winning critical labor and progressive legislative fights on the west coast, and ultimately gaining executive leadership at the international headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Liz’s passion for broadening the union movement drives her leadership to reach to the rising American electorate – young workers, women, people of color, and immigrants – and re-introduce unions to America. In addition to overseeing the federation’s operations and finances, Liz leads at the AFL-CIO on initiatives around the future of work, workforce development and training, industrial union councils, and women and young workers’ economic empowerment. Liz is committed to busting myths to show the labor movement’s diversity and innovative approaches to the workplace of the future, and the meaningful improvements a union voice on the job can bring to working families and our economy.

Liz chairs both the AFL-CIO Executive Council Committees on Finance and Women Workers, and represents the AFL-CIO on the boards of the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, the International Trade Union Confederation, the National Women’s Law Center, Global Fairness Initiative, and the Solidarity Center, among many others.

Secretary-Treasurer and CFO

Marci Sternheim

Position: Consultant

Marci Sternheim is an experienced independent consultant dedicated to the success and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations, foundations, and academic institutions. She served previously as Senior Advisor for the Israel Program, the President of The Dibner Fund, and founding Executive Director of The Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale. Earlier she worked in the Office of the Secretary and Vice President at Yale where as Assistant University Secretary.

She holds a doctorate in Spanish and Latin American literature from Yale University, and she taught at both Yale and Wesleyan. She is a trained mediator, having earned her Certification in Mediation from the University of Connecticut and the Quinnipiac University Law School. She is also a BoardSource-trained governance consultant and has received Interim Executive Director leadership training from the Support Center in New York. She teaches nonprofit professional practice classes in the UConn Encore! Program and was a regular guest lecturer on mentoring and on nonprofit leadership at NYU/Stern School of Business Women in Business Leadership course.

She is a frequent public speaker/conference presenter on topics ranging from organizational culture to the philanthropic partnership. She has served on a wide variety of boards, locally and nationally including, most recently, as Advisory Committee Chair of Ask Big Questions, a national program engaging young adults on campuses and others in reflective community conversations about purpose, identity, and responsibility. Currently she serves as Board member and Governance Committee Chair of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) in Washington, DC, and she chairs the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Consultants Network.

Consultant

Damali Taylor

Position: Attorney

Damali Taylor is an accomplished trial lawyer with significant trial experience. She is a former federal prosecutor who advises clients on white collar, securities, and civil litigation matters, as well as criminal, congressional, internal, and regulatory investigations.  She has tried more than 20 jury trials, defended against hundreds of pretrial motions, led dozens of grand jury investigations and presentations, and conducted more than 100 court hearings.

Before rejoining O’Melveny as a partner, Damali spent six years as a federal prosecutor at the United States Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of California.  Most recently, Damali served as the Deputy Chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force Section.  As a federal prosecutor, Damali handled complex fraud, racketeering, money laundering, tax, and homicide cases.  Prior to her tenure as an Assistant US Attorney, Damali served as an Assistant District Attorney in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office from 2009-2011.

Attorney

National Advisory Council

Inderjit “Vicky” Basra MSW

Position: President and CEO
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

Vicky is the President and CEO of the Delores Barr...

President and CEO

Heather Boushey

Position: President/CEO and Co-Founder

Heather Boushey is the President & CEO and co-founder of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, which was launched in 2013. She is one of the nation’s most influential voices on economic policy and a leading economist who focuses on the intersection between economic inequality, growth, and public policy. Her latest book, Unbound: How Economic Inequality Constricts Our Economy and What We Can Do About It (Harvard University Press), which was called “outstanding” and “piercing” by reviewers, was on the Financial Times list of best economics books of 2019. She is also the author of Finding Time: The Economics of Work-Life Conflict, and co-edited a volume of 22 essays about how to integrate inequality into economic thinking called After Piketty: The Agenda for Economics and Inequality.

The New York Times has called Boushey one of the “most vibrant voices in the field,” and Politico twice named her one of the top 50 “thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics.” Boushey writes regularly for popular media, including The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Democracy Journal, and she makes frequent television appearances on Bloomberg, MSNBC, CNBC, and PBS. She previously served as chief economist for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential transition team and as an economist for the Center for American Progress, the Joint Economic Committee of the

U.S. Congress, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and the Economic Policy Institute. She sits on the board of the Opportunity Institute and is an associate editor of Feminist Economics, and a senior fellow at the Schwartz Center for Economic and Policy Analysis at the New School for Social Research.

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Heather Boushey is the President & CEO and co-founder of...

President/CEO and Co-Founder

Brittney Cooper

Position: Associate Professor

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

Brittney Cooper is an Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender...

Associate Professor

Oleta Garrett Fitzgerald

Position: Executive Director

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

Oleta Garrett Fitzgerald is Director of the Children’s Defense Fund’s...

Executive Director

Fatima Goss Graves

Position: President and CEO

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.

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Ms. Goss Graves, who has served in numerous roles at...

President and CEO

Jennifer Klein

Position: Chief Strategy and Policy Officer

Jennifer Klein is the Chief Strategy and Policy Officer at TIME’S UP.  She is an expert on domestic and global women’s policy issues, and also teaches these issues, currently as an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Ms. Klein was a Senior Advisor on Women’s Issues to the Hillary for America campaign and transition team.  Prior to the campaign, she helped Secretary Clinton develop and implement No Ceilings, an initiative at the Clinton Foundation to evaluate progress for women and girls since the 1995 Beijing Conference on Women and to advance gender equality around the world.

Ms. Klein began her career as an associate at Simpson Thacher and Bartlett in New York.  She graduated from Brown University and Columbia Law School, after spending her third year as a visiting student at Yale Law School.

She currently serves on the board of the International Center for Research on Women, the Brown University School of Public Health Advisory Council, and the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership Advisory Council at Kings College London.

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Jennifer Klein is the Chief Strategy and Policy Officer at...

Chief Strategy and Policy Officer

Thea Lee

Position: President

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

Thea Lee is the president of the Economic Policy Institute....

President

Tram Nguyen

Position: Co-Executive Director

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

Tram joined New Virginia Majority in 2008. Following the September...

Co-Executive Director

Aisha D. Nyandor

Position: Founding CEO

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. Nyandor

Aisha Nyandoro is the Founding Chief Executive Officer of Springboard...

Founding CEO

Ana Oliveira

Position: President and CEO

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

Ana Oliveira is President and CEO of The New York...

President and CEO

Stephanie Valencia

Position: Co-Founder and President

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

Stephanie Valencia is a national leader at the nexus of...

Co-Founder and President

Dorian Warren

Position: President

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

A progressive scholar, organizer and media personality, Dorian Warren has...

President