Staff

Our committed, passionate staff bring far-reaching, interdisciplinary expertise to a broad range of policy issues all with one common goal: to inform policy, inspire change, and improve the lives of women, families, and communities. IWPR’s staff members have training in economics, sociology, psychology, international development, theology, public policy, and women’s studies, enabling us to utilize multi-disciplinary approaches to research.

Executive Leadership

C. Nicole Mason, Ph.D.

Position: President & CEO
Categories: Executive Leadership

Recently named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine, Dr. C. Nicole Mason is the president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). Having stepped into the role in November 2019, Dr. Mason is the youngest person currently leading one of the major inside-the-Beltway think tanks in Washington, D.C., and one of the few women of color to do so. She succeeded noted economist and MacArthur Fellow Heidi Hartmann, the Institute’s founding CEO.

As one of the nation’s foremost intersectional researchers and scholars, Dr. C. Nicole Mason brings a fresh perspective and a wealth of experience to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. For the past two decades, Dr. Mason has spearheaded research on issues relating to economic security, poverty, women’s issues, and entitlement reforms; policy formation and political participation among women, communities of color; and racial equity. Prior to IWPR, Dr. Mason was the executive director of the Women of Color Policy Network at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, the nation’s only research and policy center focused on women of color at a nationally ranked school of public administration. She is also an inaugural Ascend Fellow at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C.

At the start of the pandemic, she coined the term she-cession to describe the disproportionate impact of the employment and income losses on women. Dr. Mason is the author of Born Bright: A Young Girl’s Journey from Nothing to Something in America (St. Martin’s Press) and has written hundreds of articles on women, poverty, and economic security. Her writing and commentary have been featured in the New York Times, MSNBC, CNN, NBC, CBS, the Washington Post, Marie Claire, the Progressive, ESSENCE, Bustle, BIG THINK, Miami Herald, Democracy Now, and numerous NPR affiliates, among others.

President & CEO

Quincy L. Booth

Position: Chief Operating Officer
Categories: Executive Leadership

Quincy L. Booth, the former Director for the D.C. Department of Corrections (DCDOC), is a proven results oriented and organizational development senior manager with over 15 years’ experience in D.C. Government operations including leadership/policy development roles in public safety.

Prior to being appointed Director by Mayor Muriel Bowser, Mr. Booth served as Management Support Deputy Director for DCDOC. During his two year tenure in this role, Mr. Booth implemented an organizational realignment for his division and expanded key functions including EEO, Diversity and Policy. Through his strong leadership and employee engagement, he shifted the division’s culture to a more customer/client focused operation aimed at prioritizing the needs of the Department’s internal and external stakeholders.

As Chief of Staff in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, Mr. Booth collaborated with the District’s public safety agencies, other District agencies, City Council, and federal justice and interstate partners to provide expertise in strategic planning, government operations, and performance management.  He also provided guidance in enhancing business processes and developing critical local and federal initiatives.

In the role of Deputy Director with the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC), Mr. Booth oversaw day to day operations and ensured effective engagement of the District’s criminal justice partners.   He was also charged with compliance and monitoring of court involved juveniles designated to the DCDOC.

Throughout his career, Mr. Booth has demonstrated a passion and talent for consensus building and strengthening relationships within organizations and the community.  As a Ward 8 resident, he has a deep and abiding dedication to the residents of the District of Columbia and continues mentoring disadvantaged youth and supporting organizations committed to providing services aimed at elevating this population.

Mr. Booth holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a B.S. in Marketing.

 

Chief Operating Officer

Senior Leadership

William Lutz

Position: Vice President of Communications and External Affairs
Categories: Senior Leadership

William Lutz brings over two decades of strategic nonprofit communications experience to his role as Vice President of Communications and External Affairs for IWPR. He oversees IWPR’s media relations, digital, web and publications teams and, as a member of the executive leadership team, works closely with all departments to develop and implement effective strategic communications plans to elevate IWPR’s ongoing research, education, and advocacy programs.

Mr. Lutz’s entire career has been dedicated to nonprofit and social justice causes. Before joining IWPR, Mr. Lutz worked at the American Constitution Society on rule of law and racial and gender equality issues. Before that, he served as Senior Director of Communications at Families USA during the successful 2017 national campaign to block repeal of the Affordable Care Act. And prior to that, Mr. Lutz worked at Defenders of Wildlife, where he served in a dual capacity as Senior Director of Communications, overseeing all aspects of the organization’s strategic communications activities, and as Senior Director of the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, the organizations’ political arm, where he managed all electoral, legislative and ballot initiative campaigns. Mr. Lutz began his career as a Press Secretary and ultimately Communications Director for NARAL Pro-choice America and has worked for several political direct mail and public relations/polling firms, including MSHC Partners and GMMB.

Mr. Lutz is a native New Yorker, a graduate of the George Washington University, and resides in VA with his wife, two daughters, and six cats. He enjoys pina coladas and getting caught in the rain.

William Lutz

William Lutz brings over two decades of strategic nonprofit communications...

Vice President of Communications and External Affairs

Isaac M. Mintz

Position: Vice President of Finance and Administration
Categories: Senior Leadership

Isaac M. Mintz brings over 19 years of nonprofit experience to his role of Vice President of Finance and Administration for the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Isaac oversees the finance and accounting functions to help support and execute the overall mission of IWPR.

Isaac’s career has been dedicated to social justice issues. He is an innovator in growth and expansion strategy and has proven his ability to challenge, change, and better existing processes, procedures, and systems.

Isaac received his B.S in Accounting and Information Systems from High Point University. He also has a Masters, cum laude, with a concentration in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Information Technology and Business Management.  Isaac has his CMA Certification and is a candidate for the Uniform CPA Examination.

In previous positions, Isaac has served as accounting manager, staff accountant, senior controller, and chief financial officer. In these various roles, he has gained the vital knowledge of how to grow any organization through strategic planning and financial management.

 

Isaac M. Mintz

Isaac M. Mintz brings over 19 years of nonprofit experience...

Vice President of Finance and Administration

Andrea Pagano-Reyes

Position: Vice President of Advancement and Philanthropic Engagement
Categories: Senior Leadership

Andrea M. Pagano-Reyes (she/hers) is the Vice President of Advancement and Philanthropic Engagement at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. In this role, she provides direction and leadership to the CEO/President and organization with a focus on building a robust and diverse development program to support IWPR’s bold agenda for an equitable future. Andrea has more than 19 years of experience in fundraising, philanthropy, and gender-equity work. She has a demonstrated history of successfully raising financial support for a variety of nonprofits and political organizations.

Before joining IWPR, she served as vice president of development at RAINN, where she provided strategic leadership to the development team of nine professionals to foster RAINN’s donor relationships, manage major gifts, and grow and diversify financial resources to support survivors of sexual violence. Prior to RAINN, Andrea was the director of development for university programs at Penn State University, her alma mater, where she raised funds for scholarships for first-generation college students, the LGBTQA+ Student Resource Center, the Gender Equity Center, mental health services, and leadership programs for students. Prior to that, she worked for EMILY’s List as the organization’s eastern regional finance director, where she managed regional partnerships and donors to help elect women to office up and down the ticket. She also served as a major gifts officer for the Campaign for America’s Future, and spent a year living in Okinawa, Japan, as a special events coordinator for the Marine Corps Community Services.

Andrea grew up in Ohio and has resided in Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, and Okinawa, Japan. She now lives in Virginia with her husband, who is a former Marine, two fierce daughters, and two not-so-fierce cats.

Andrea graduated from Penn State University with undergraduate degrees in political science and women’s studies and from George Washington University with a Master’s degree concentrating in public policy and women’s studies.

Andrea Pagano-Reyes

Andrea M. Pagano-Reyes (she/hers) is the Vice President of Advancement...

Vice President of Advancement and Philanthropic Engagement

Kate Ryan

Position: Vice President of Policy and Strategic Initiatives
Categories: Senior Leadership

Kate Ryan joins the Institute for Women’s Policy Research as the Vice President of Policy and Strategic Initiatives. In this role, she guides IWPR’s advocacy and policy agenda and leads strategic initiatives and partnerships. As a member of the senior leadership team, she works to ensure that IWPR leverages its research for maximum impact at the state and national levels to accelerate change in the lives of girls, women, and families.

Kate’s career has been dedicated to advancing gender justice. Prior to joining IWPR, she was the Senior Director of Government Relations at NARAL Pro-Choice America where she led the development and implementation of successful legislative and advocacy strategies to advance reproductive freedom policy goals and defend against anti-choice attacks. In this role, she served as NARAL’s chief lobbyist and as a senior advisor on intersectional social justice issues, advocacy campaigns, and electoral goals. Previously, Kate led the medical drug and device safety program at the National Women’s Health Network, where she testified before the Food and Drug Administration regarding the safety and efficacy of medical products targeting women and worked with the National Institutes of Health on the inclusion of women, particularly women of color, in clinical trials. She also worked on healthcare, including the Affordable Care Act, and women’s rights issues for U.S. Representative Joe Sestak (D-PA).

Ms. Ryan earned her Master of Public Administration degree from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and her Bachelor of Arts in International Politics and French from New York University. During her graduate studies, Ms. Ryan worked with civil society organizations to advance women’s health and economic rights in the Middle East and North and West Africa.

Kate Ryan

Kate Ryan joins the Institute for Women’s Policy Research as...

Vice President of Policy and Strategic Initiatives

Office of the President

Benjamin Boykin

Position: Executive Assistant
Categories: Office of the President

Benjamin is an Executive Assistant supporting The Office of the President at The Institute for Women’s Policy Research. He come to IWPR with over 4 years of experience supporting C-level executives in the non-profit Industry and over 10 years of experience as a Financial Advisor. Benjamin studied at Augusta University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, hiking, and exploring new restaurants.

Benjamin Boykin

Benjamin is an Executive Assistant supporting The Office of the...

Executive Assistant

Olivia Storz

Position: Manager, Office of the President and Board Liaison
Categories: Office of the President

Olivia is Manager, Office of the President and Board Liaison for the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. She brings more than five years of experience in frontline service and policy research related to gender-based violence, economic equity, and feminist advocacy. Olivia has worked at the Colorado State Senate, Denver’s Family Violence Center, the Rape Crisis Center of Denver, and Promundo. She also served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Peru, working with the Ministry of Women, and completed ethnographic research on gendered economics in Argentina. Olivia received her B.A. from the University of Denver, where she won the Pioneer Award for co-founding a fund to cover the financial costs of gender-based violence. She received her M.Sc. from the Gender Institute at the London School of Economics. Her research, focusing on intimate partner violence and democratic elections, won a departmental prize for Best Overall Performance.

 

Olivia Storz

Olivia is Manager, Office of the President and Board Liaison...

Manager, Office of the President and Board Liaison

Operations

Toccaro Barkley

Position: Office Manager
Categories: Operations

Toccaro is the Office Manager at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. She has over six years of experience in the nonprofit industry. Prior to joining IWPR, Toccaro worked as an event planner for a national organization. In her role, she spent time planning and facilitating events across the United States while supporting C-level Executives as an executive assistant. Toccaro received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Maryland Global Campus. She is most passionate about health, fitness, and all things beauty. She is a certified spin instructor and outdoor cyclist.

Toccaro Barkley

Toccaro is the Office Manager at the Institute for Women’s...

Office Manager

Sophia Ladner

Position: Bookkeeper and Special Assistant to the COO
Categories: Operations

Sophia has 4+ years of experience in the nonprofit and operations fields. Prior to her time at IWPR, she was in the field of international education, where she worked as an Operations Coordinator for the Fulbright Program. Within this role, she assisted with scholarships, research grants, and student exchange programs, where she coordinated grant disbursement and scheduling across a variety of Fulbright sub-programs. She is passionate about working with scholars and researchers who pursue knowledge from a variety of world views, and the large-scale change that their work can bring. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Smith College, with an additional major in the study of Women and Gender, where her studies focused on international perspectives of women’s issues, specifically experiences of LGBTQ parents in the Netherlands, with a separate focus on the migration of female domestic care workers as part of the Global Care Chain.

Sophia Ladner

Sophia has 4+ years of experience in the nonprofit and...

Bookkeeper and Special Assistant to the COO

Ryan Koch, M.S.

Position: Senior Director of Grants and Contracts
Categories: Operations

Ryan Koch joined IWPR in 2007 as the Development Director. He earned his MS in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and as an undergraduate at Virginia Tech he majored in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. His area of study and interest has been and remains focused on issues of race, class and gender. Ryan comes to the IWPR after several years successfully writing grant proposals for the City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development and the Memphis Housing Authority. He spent most of his time working with the Housing Authority’s Humans Services programs and the City’s homeless Continuum of Care. Ryan is responsible for ensuring the Development Department runs smoothly and is excited about helping IWPR identify new funding opportunities and expanding its support.

Ryan Koch, M.S.

Ryan Koch joined IWPR in 2007 as the Development Director....

Senior Director of Grants and Contracts

Economic, Security, Mobility, and Equity (ESME)

Ariane Hegewisch, M.Phil.

Position: Program Director, Employment and Earnings
Categories: Economy, Security, Mobility, and Equity (ESME)

Ariane Hegewisch is Program Director of Employment and Earnings at IWPR and Scholar in Residence at American University; prior to that she spent two years at IWPR as a scholar-in-residence. She came to IWPR from the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings. She is responsible for IWPR’s research on workplace discrimination and is a specialist in comparative human resource management, with a focus on policies and legislative approaches to facilitate greater work life reconciliation and gender equality, in the US and internationally. Prior to coming to the USA she taught comparative European human resource management at Cranfield School of Management in the UK where she was a founding researcher of the Cranet Survey of International HRM, the largest independent survey of human resource management policies and practices, covering 25 countries worldwide. She started her career  in local economic development, developing strategies for greater gender equality in employment and training in  local government in the UK. She has published many papers and articles and co-edited several books, including ‘Women, work and inequality: The challenge of equal pay in a deregulated labour market”. She is German and has a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MPhil in Development Studies from the IDS, Sussex.

Read Ariane’s publications

Ariane Hegewisch, M.Phil.

Ariane Hegewisch is Program Director of Employment and Earnings at...

Program Director, Employment and Earnings

Eve Mefferd

Position: Research Assistant
Categories: Economy, Security, Mobility, and Equity (ESME)

Eve Mefferd is a Research Assistant for Employment and Earnings at IWPR.

Eve served as an Intern at IWPR in 2019, during which time she assisted in the production of IWPR’s report, “Women, Automation, and the Future of Work.” Prior to her work with IWPR, Eve was employed as a Research Assistant at Bennington College. Her work with Deborah M. Warnock, focusing on the predictors of belonging and integration of first generation, low-income, and working class college students, was accepted for panel presentation at the 2020 American Sociological Association conference. Eve was also sponsored by the Lumina Foundation for a project on work integrated learning in higher education.

Eve received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Public Policy from Bennington College, with a focus on socioeconomic class, housing, and educational policy. She has also received a certificate in Public Policy Analysis from the London School of Economics. Her senior thesis, a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the impact of gentrification on educational outcomes in Los Angeles, was selected for presentation at the 2020 ASA Student Forum. Eve served as President of the Student Educational Policies Committee at Bennington College, and is a 2020 American Sociological Association honors recipient.

Eve Mefferd

Eve Mefferd is a Research Assistant for Employment and Earnings...

Research Assistant

Student Parent Success Initiative

Chaunté White, Ph.D.

Position: Affiliate Scholar
Categories: Student Parent Success Initiative

Chaunté White is an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, working with the Student Parent Success Initiative (SPSI). At IWPR, Chaunté contributes to research and policy analysis focused on higher education access, success, and educational attainment for students with children.

Prior to joining IWPR, Chaunté was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in the College of Education at the University of Houston. Her research interests are broadly centered around the study of racial and gender equity issues, educational policy, and organizational leadership. She uses multiple methods to examine various topics related to educational attainment, particularly among Black student populations, as well as how policies at institutional, state, and federal levels affect education-related outcomes. Her dissertation examined the policy development processes of campus leaders who implemented a 15 to Finish–modeled student success initiative and the impact of the program on Black student degree completion.

She earned her PhD from the University of Houston’s Higher Education Leadership Policy Studies Program. She holds a master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Texas at Arlington and a bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Chaunté White, Ph.D.

Chaunté White is an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for...

Affiliate Scholar

Felicity Hector-Bruder

Position: Student Parent Success Initiative Summer Intern
Categories: Student Parent Success Initiative

Felicity Hector-Bruder is a Research intern with the Student Parent Success Initiative (SPSI). Felicity is currently in her junior year at American University, studying Data Science for Political Science in the Honors Program. Prior to joining IWPR, she was a Policy & Advocacy Intern with Generation Hope, where she researched the main hurdles facing student parents. After graduation she hopes to continue policy work and pursue an MPA or PhD. On campus she is on the Mock Trial team and writes for the Law Journal.

 

Felicity Hector-Bruder

Felicity Hector-Bruder is a Research intern with the Student Parent...

Student Parent Success Initiative Summer Intern

Research and Action Hub

Federiga Bindi, Ph.D.

Position: Senior Fellow, Director of the Foreign Policy Initiative
Categories: Research and Action Hub

Dr. Federiga Bindi is a new Senior Fellow at IWPR. She is also a tenured Professor of Political Science and Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, where she founded and directed the “Jean Monnet EU Center of Excellence” (2004-2012). She is also a Non Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations. Professor Bindi, who has a PhD from the European University Institute, has been a Visiting Fellow in a number of prestigious international institutions, among which the Brookings Institution, the Institute d’Études Politiques in Paris, the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, the University of Lisbon and the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Professor Bindi served in a number of senior positions in government, among which Senior Advisor to the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs (2008-2011); Acting Director of International Affairs and Director of International Training of the Italian National School of Administration (2010-2012) and Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Brussels (2012-2014). She published seven volumes, among which The Foreign Policy of the European Union: Assessing Europe’s Role in the World (2010 & 2012); The Frontiers of Europe: A Transatlantic Problem? (2011); Italy and the EU (2011), Analyzing European Union Politics (2012).

Federiga is currently editing a book Women Leaders in Foreign Policy for Brookings Press.

At IWPR, Federiga directs the Foreign Policy Initiative promoting women leadership in foreign policy and a feminist foreign policy. The project, which is financially supported by the European Commission, follows a previous initiative Federiga created in Brussels, Women Leaders in International Relations. She also leads the THE STATE OF WOMEN: Mapping Women Leadership in the World project, with support from the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Publications:

Women are mysteriously missing from D.C. think tanks’ foreign policy panels. Here’s the data.

Cracks in the IR Glass: The Evolving Relationship Between International Relations & Gender Equality

The End of the Pantsuit Nation and the Force of Subliminal Messages

Harassment in the Workplace: Why the US and the EU Must Act 

Women Leaders in (EU) Foreign Policy: will Mrs Be Better than Lady? 

Women Leaders in Foreign Policy: When Federica Mogherini Found Her Voice

Female Leaders in Misogynous Foreign Policy: An Example to Follow 

The State of Women in Post-Berlusconi Italy

Missing in Action: The Absence of Women Scholars on Foreign Policy Panels

Federiga Bindi, Ph.D.

Dr. Federiga Bindi is a new Senior Fellow at IWPR. She...

Senior Fellow, Director of the Foreign Policy Initiative

IWPR Fellows

Georgia Poyatzis

Position: 2021-2022 American University Fellow
Categories: IWPR Fellows

Georgia Poyatzis is the Graduate Fellow in Gender Policy Analysis in Economics at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at American University. Georgia’s current research concerns gender and labor with an emphasis on the effect of alternative work arrangements on female labor force participation and wages. She is also co-author with Professor Maria S. Floro of American University of a book chapter “Climate Change, Natural Disasters and the Spillover Effects on Unpaid Care: The Case of Super-Typhoon Haiyan,” which aims to quantify the normally overlooked increase in the burden of care in the aftermath of natural disasters.

Georgia Poyatzis

Georgia Poyatzis is the Graduate Fellow in Gender Policy Analysis...

2021-2022 American University Fellow

Development

Ksenia Dombo

Categories: Development

Ksenia Dombo (she/her/hers) is the Associate Director of Advancement Programs & Philanthropic Impact at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. In this role, she works to deepen donor relationships, engage and communicate with IWPR’s top supporters, and create meaningful fundraising campaigns and events.

Prior to IWPR, Ksenia worked at the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), where she created and led the charge on implementing the organization’s planned giving program. She also spearheaded RAINN’s first-ever capital campaign, Thrive Together, which raised more than $10 million over two years.

Ksenia received her MSW from the Catholic University of America in 2018, and received her BSW from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2017. She was given multiple awards from her alma maters for her service, leadership, and independent study research

Ksenia Dombo

Ksenia Dombo (she/her/hers) is the Associate Director of Advancement Programs...

External Affairs and Communications

Carolina Espinoza

Categories: External Affairs and Communications

Carolina Espinoza Huitrón is the Communications Associate at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

Carolina’s niche involves curating social media content and assisting with communications at IWPR. With two years of social media and communications experience within the non-profit sector, she is versed at identifying the key components of successful communication. While in college she was involved with her community through Latina Leaders of Kern County, Kern River Conservancy, and Women’s March of Bakersfield. As a first-generation college graduate from immigrant farm-working parents, she understands the importance of shaping policy to improve the lives of people from all backgrounds.

Carolina received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations from California State University, Bakersfield. She is passionate about leveraging the impact of creative visual solutions for policy advocacy and research.

Carolina Espinoza

Carolina Espinoza Huitrón is the Communications Associate at the Institute...