NWLC Leadership

Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO

Picture of 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 TimesWall Street JournalWashington PostAPChicago TribuneLA TimesSan 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.

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Nancy Withbroe, Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff

Picture of 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.

Mary-Frances Wain, Senior Vice President for External Affairs

Picture of Mary-Frances Wain, Senior Vice President for External Affairs Mary-Frances Wain, Senior Vice President for External Affairs, joined NWLC in June 2018 and oversees the organization’s communications and development functions. Ms. Wain has more than 20 years’ experience in organizational capacity building, specializing in resource mobilization for women’s empowerment and underserved audience initiatives. She previously served as Executive Director of Philanthropy for the United Nations Foundation and Vice President of Philanthropy at the Make-A-Wish Foundation, has owned and managed a philanthropic consulting firm working with nonprofit and for-profit clients, and has held leadership positions with Suited for Change, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the American Advertising Federation. Ms. Wain is an alumnus of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and an active supporter of numerous nonprofit organizations.

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.

Gretchen Borchelt, Vice President for Reproductive Rights and Health

Picture of Gretchen Borchelt, Vice President for Reproductive Rights and Health Gretchen Borchelt, Vice President for Reproductive Rights and Health, oversees NWLC’s advocacy, policy, and education strategies to promote women’s reproductive rights and access to comprehensive, affordable health care, including reproductive health care. Prior to becoming Vice President, Ms. Borchelt served as Senior Counsel and Director of State Reproductive Health Policy, directing NWLC’s state-based legal and policy efforts to protect and expand access to reproductive health care, and linking that work to NWLC’s federal reproductive health advocacy. Before joining NWLC in 2005, 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. Ms. Borchelt is a graduate of Columbia Law School and the University of Virginia.

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Niesa Brateman Halpern, Vice President for Administration and Finance

Picture of Niesa Brateman Halpern, Vice President for Administration and Finance Niesa Brateman Halpern, CPA, Vice President for Administration and Finance at the NWLC, oversees NWLC’s accounting, treasury, administration, and information technology functions. Ms. Halpern graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, with a concentration in accounting; worked in a “Big 8” public accounting firm after graduating from college; and earned her M.B.A. in finance and investments at George Washington University. Prior to joining NWLC, Ms. Halpern served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Inc.; Senior Vice President at the College Construction Loan Insurance Association (“Connie Lee”); and Assistant Vice President, Long Range Planning and Research at the Student Loan Marketing Association (“Sallie Mae”). She also served as Director of Accounting for the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“Freddie Mac”).

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Anna Chu, Vice President for Strategy and Policy

Picture of 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.

Emily Martin, Vice President for Education and Workplace Justice

Picture of 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 then to achieve and succeed, with a particular focus on the obstacles that confront women and girls of color and women in low-wage jobs. undertakes cross-cutting projects addressing women's health, economic security, and education and employment opportunities. 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.

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Jodi Michael, Vice President for Development

Picture of 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.

Neena Chaudhry, General Counsel and Senior Advisor of Education

Picture of Neena Chaudhry, General Counsel and Senior Advisor of Education Neena Chaudhry, General Counsel and Senior Advisor of 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.

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