Fatima Goss Graves, 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 has authored many articles, including A Victory for Women’s Health Advocates, National Law Journal (2016) and We Must Deal with K-12 Sexual Assault, National Law Journal (2015), and reports, including Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity (2014), Reality Check: Seventeen Million Reasons Low-Wage Workers Need Strong Protections from Harassment (2014), and 50 Years and Counting: The Unfinished Business of Achieving Fair Pay (2013). 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. Ms. Goss Graves appears often in print and on air as a legal expert on issues core to women’s lives, including in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, AP, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. To invite Fatima to speak at your event, please contact Halim Rizk, Executive Assistant to the President and CEO.
Nancy Withbroe, Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff
Nancy Withbroe, CFRE, Chief Operating Officer & Chief of Staff, provides strong day-to-day leadership for the staff, steering performance management to ensure alignment with NWLC’s strategic plan and organizational effectiveness goals – with a deep emphasis on equity and inclusion – and serves as a key thought partner to the President & CEO and the Board of Directors. From 2013 to 2016 Ms. Withbroe served as NWLC’s Vice President for Development and Strategy, leading efforts to substantially increase and diversify funding and facilitating a comprehensive strategic planning process with the Board and Co-Presidents. In between these roles she spent a year as the Vice President for Philanthropic Engagement & Chief of Staff at the Greater Washington Community Foundation. She has held many other fundraising and organizational development staff and consulting roles with leading national and regional nonprofits. Ms. Withbroe has a master’s degree in educational leadership from American University and a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College. She serves on the board of ProInspire and is being honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, DC Metro Area Chapter, as 2018’s Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year.
Gretchen Borchelt, Vice President for Reproductive Rights and Health
Gretchen Borchelt is Vice President for Reproductive Rights and Health at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C. She oversees NWLC’s advocacy, policy, litigation, and education strategies to promote reproductive rights and access to comprehensive, affordable health care, including abortion and birth control. Gretchen testifies before lawmakers, serves as a media spokesperson, regularly speaks at conferences and other public education forums, and has authored numerous pieces on reproductive rights and health. Prior to becoming Vice President, Gretchen served as Senior Counsel and Director of State Reproductive Health Policy at NWLC. Before joining NWLC, she worked at Physicians for Human Rights and was a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow at the National Partnership for Women and Families. Gretchen serves on the Advisory Board of If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice; the Advisory Committee of COMS Project; the Reproductive Health and Access Advisory Group of Urban Institute; and the Advocates Advisory Board of SiX’s Reproductive Freedom Leadership Council. Gretchen is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was a Lowenstein Fellow and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and the University of Virginia, where she was an Echols Scholar.
Melissa Boteach, Vice President for Income Security and Child Care/Early Learning
Melissa Boteach, Vice President for Income Security and Child Care/Early Learning, oversees NWLC’s advocacy, policy, and public education strategies to ensure that all women and families have the income and supports they need to thrive. Prior to joining NWLC, Melissa spent nearly a decade at Center for American Progress (CAP), where she founded and led the Poverty to Prosperity Program, growing it from a team of 1 to 17, establishing projects to center the voices of low-income families; leading the team’s message and narrative change work, overseeing intersectional advocacy campaigns, and developing bold ideas to cut poverty & expand opportunity that resulted in new legislation, executive actions, and other progress. Melissa also served as policy editor on The Shriver Report, a book and multimedia platform by Maria Shriver and Center for American Progress on the 1 in 3 U.S. women on the financial brink, and solutions to help them push back. Previously, she worked at The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), where she led interfaith antipoverty campaigns. She has testified before Congress and frequently serves as a media spokesperson on issues relating to economic opportunity. A Harry Truman and George J. Mitchell Scholar, Melissa has a Master’s of Public Policy from The George Washington University, a master’s of Equality Studies from University College Dublin where she studied women in social movements, and bachelor’s degrees from University of Maryland in government and Spanish.
Neena Chaudhry, General Counsel and Senior Advisor for Education
Neena Chaudhry, General Counsel and Senior Advisor for Education, provides in-house legal advice and representation to the Center. She also works to protect the rights of women and girls to be free from sex discrimination in school. Ms. Chaudhry’s work focuses on girls who experience sexual harassment and violence, are denied athletic opportunities, face unfair discipline, or are discriminated against because they are pregnant. She participates in litigation, administrative and legislative advocacy, and public education to ensure that schools are fulfilling their obligations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and other civil rights laws. Prior to joining NWLC in 1997 as a Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow, Ms. Chaudhry clerked for the Honorable Michael Daly Hawkins of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is a graduate of Yale Law School and the University of Maryland at College Park.
Mahzarine Chinoy, Vice President for Administration and Finance
Mahzarine Chinoy, VP for Administration and Finance, leads the Center’s administration and finance team which include the administration, finance, human resources, and information technology functions. She is a CPA with more than 15 years of blended public and private experience providing strategic management, business advisory and operational services within the nonprofit industry. Most recently she was the COO of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), a diversity and inclusion focused non-profit, where she had the responsibility to manage a broad set of functions that included board relations, finance, HR, member services, communications, IT and events. Prior to joining MCCA, Mahzarine worked at the firm of Veris Consulting providing a full range of outsourced accounting services primarily to their non-profit client base. Mahzarine graduated from Gujarat University, India where she received a Bachelor of Commerce in accounting. After graduating, she relocated to Virginia and proceeded to get her CPA certification from the American Institute of Certified Professional Accountants.
Anna Chu, Vice President for Strategy and Policy
Anna Chu, Vice President for Strategy and Policy, shapes NWLC’s cross-cutting advocacy and policy work and leads federal and state government relations strategy. Prior to joining NWLC, Ms. Chu served as the Vice President of Policy and Research at the Center for American Progress (CAP) Action Fund, leading its economic justice advocacy work, and was previously the Director of CAP’s Middle Out Economic Program. She has also served as the Policy Director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and spent time on Capitol Hill as Policy Advisor for the House Democratic Caucus. After attending the University of Southern California Law School, she began her career as a law clerk to former Chief Judge Jane A. Restani in her sittings before the U.S. Court of International Trade and in six different federal appellate courts, and then spent time as an attorney at Paul Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP.
Uma Iyer, Vice President for Marketing and Communications
Uma Iyer, Vice President for Marketing and Communications, has spent more than 15 years working in multi-channel marketing, communications and fundraising, and recently joined NWLC as Vice President for Marketing and Communications. In this role she will help define NWLC’s national brand, broaden its visibility, and provide strategic oversight for media relations and digital and field organizing strategies. Prior to joining NWLC, Ms. Iyer served as the Senior Director of Engagement at Vital Voices, working to invest in women who improve our world. She led international influencer campaigns, signature awareness and fundraising events, integrated and crisis communications, and overall brand positioning. In her five years there, Ms. Iyer helped fuel record digital fundraising growth and media visibility and led internal advancement around the organization’s values and culture.
Emily Martin, Vice President for Education and Workplace Justice
Emily Martin, Vice President for Education & Workplace Justice, oversees NWLC’s advocacy, policy, and education efforts to ensure fair treatment and equal opportunity for women and girls at work and at school and to forward policy frameworks that allow them to achieve and succeed, with a particular focus on the obstacles that confront women and girls of color and women in low-wage jobs. Prior to joining NWLC, Ms. Martin served as Deputy Director of the Women's Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, where she spearheaded litigation, policy, and public education initiatives to advance the rights of women and girls, with a particular emphasis on the needs of low-income women and women of color. She also served as a law clerk for Senior Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge T.S. Ellis, III, of the Eastern District of Virginia; as Vice President and President of the Fair Housing Justice Center in New York City; and previously worked for NWLC as a recipient of the Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship. Ms. Martin is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Yale Law School.
Jodi Michael, Vice President for Development
Jodi Michael, Vice President for Development, leads the full range of NWLC’s fundraising activities, including major individual gifts, the annual fund, corporate philanthropy, foundation program and capacity-building support, and special events. She previously served as NWLC’s Director of Foundation Relations, supervising the Development Team’s foundation fundraising across all of program areas. Before joining NWLC she worked as an attorney at NARAL Pro-Choice America for eight years, first as a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow and most recently as the Director of NARAL’s Proactive Policy Institute, where she led the organization’s development of pro-choice policies and strategies, with an emphasis on state policy advocacy. She holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College.