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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…

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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…

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Gaylynn Burroughs

Director of Workplace Equality, Senior Counsel

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Neena Chaudhry

General Counsel and Senior Advisor of 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…

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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…

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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…

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Leila Abolfazli

Director of Federal Reproductive Rights

Leila Abolfazli is Director of Federal Reproductive Rights at NWLC. She works on a range of issues involving the protection and expansion of reproductive rights at the federal level. Before first joining NWLC in 2011, Ms. Abolfazli was a Senior Associate at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C. From 2016-2018, Ms. Abolfazli was a…

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Michelle Banker

Director of Reproductive Rights and Health Litigation

Michelle Banker is Director of Reproductive Rights and Health Litigation at the National Women’s Law Center. She focuses on litigation to promote reproductive rights and access to health care, including reproductive health care. Before joining NWLC, Ms. Banker was an attorney at Murphy Anderson PLLC, where she litigated on behalf of workers…

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Sabrina Bernadel

Equal Justice Works Fellow

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Anna Black

Associate for the TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund

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Sunu P. Chandy

Legal Director

Sunu P. Chandy is the Legal Director of the National Women’s Law Center. She oversees the Center’s litigation efforts, providing strategy across NWLC to create better outcomes for women and girls including in schools, workplaces, and the healthcare sector. She helped to create the Center’s Legal Network for Gender Equity and build…

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Kimi Chernoby

Kimi Chernoby is Counsel for Reproductive Rights and Health at the National Women’s Law Center. She is also a Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medicine at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Kimiwas the first graduate of the University of Florida’s MD/JD program and previously served as a Health Policy Fellow…

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Marie Cole

Senior Manager of Research-Qualitative

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Sarah David Heydemann

Senior Counsel for Education and Workplace Justice

Sarah David Heydemann works to advance the Center's workplace justice agenda to ensure that women can enjoy full security, equality and dignity at work. She engages in state and federal policy advocacy and litigates on issues such as sexual harassment, equal pay, and pregnancy discrimination. Most recently, Sarah practiced union-side labor and…

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Margie Delao

Policy Associate, Strategy and Policy, Government Relations

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Sherill Dingle

Manager of Community Partnerships

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Rachel Easter

Director of Federal Abortion Policy Initiatives

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Jourdan Featherston

Program Assistant, Income Security & Child Care

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Bayliss Fiddiman

Director of Educational Equity, Senior Counsel

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Toni Francis-Bowie

Director of Community Partnerships, Income Security and Child Care

Toni Francis-Bowie works to identify, cultivate, and support a diverse group of leaders in the field focused on advancing women and families’ economic security and opportunity; and to facilitate development and advancement of cross-cutting policies and programs reflecting income security and child care/early learning priorities. She focuses specifically on investing and supporting…

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Kelly Frye

Counsel for Reproductive Rights and Health

Kelly Frye (she/her) is Counsel for Reproductive Rights and Health at the National Women’s Law Center. Prior to joining NWLC, Ms. Frye clerked for the Honorable Todd E. Edelman on the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.  She graduated with her law degree from the Washington University School of Law, where…

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Mara Gandal-Powers

Director of Birth Control Access and Senior Counsel

Mara Gandal-Powers is Director of Birth Control Access and Senior Counsel for Reproductive Rights and Health at the National Women’s Law Center. She previously was a counsel, legal fellow and an intern at the Center. Her work focuses on ensuring access to and health coverage of birth control. During law school, Ms. Gandal-Powers…

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Richelle Gernan

Income Security Housing Fellow

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Amalia Gradie

Program Assistant, Reproductive Rights & Health

Amalia (she/her/hers) is the assistant to the Reproductive Rights and Health team, providing administrative support for the Law Center’s reproductive rights and health initiatives. Prior to joining the Law Center, she was a student advocate for survivors of sexual violence. She graduated from Emory University in 2021 with a B.A. in Human…

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Kelsey Grimes

Senior Counsel, Reproductive Rights and Health

Kelsey (she/her) is Senior Counsel on the Reproductive Rights and Health team, where she leads state birth control work. Previously, Kelsey was on NWLC’s Child Care and Early Learning team and worked to ensure affordable, accessible child care for everyone and justice for child care workers.   She is a former If/When/How…

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Sarah Hassmer

Senior Counsel for Income Security

Sarah Hassmer works on the Center’s agenda to advocate for policies to increase economic security for low-income women, children, and families. Her current portfolio includes federal and state tax policies, federal anti-poverty programs such as food and housing assistance, and the 2020 Census. As part of this work, Sarah works on elevating…

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Sofia Hay

Program Assistant, Strategy and Policy

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Samone Ijoma

Fellow, Education & Workplace Justice

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Sarah Javaid

Research Fellow

Sarah is a research fellow working with a focus on reproductive rights and health. Sarah graduated with her Masters of Public Health focusing her research on pregnancy and birth health outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic, including mental health. She also worked for the University of Michigan conducting research exploring racial disparities in…

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Andrea Johnson

Director of State Policy, Workplace Justice & Cross-Cutting Initiatives

Andrea Johnson is Director of State Policy, Workplace Justice & Cross-Cutting Initiatives at the National Women’s Law Center. In that role, she coordinates efforts to advance state policies across NWLC’s workplace justice, income security, education, and reproductive rights and health teams, while working directly on legislation and litigation related to pay discrimination,…

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Christina Iruela Lane

Program Assistant, Education & Workplace Justice

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Leila Jade Levi

Senior Counsel for Reproductive Rights and Health

Leila (she/her) is Senior Counsel for Reproductive Rights and Health at the National Women's Law Center (NWLC). She spearheads NWLC’s work developing legal supports for health care professionals facing employment barriers and discrimination due to their support for or participation in abortion services. She gives Know Your Rights presentations on these issues and…

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Erinn D. Martin

Director, Nominations & Cross-Cutting Policies

Erinn D. Martin is the Director of Nominations & Cross-Cutting Policies at the National Women’s Law Center, where she leads the Law Center’s advocacy on judicial nominations and cross-cutting policy work. Prior to joining the Law Center, she served as Senior Policy Counsel for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law…

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Dorianne Mason

Director of Health Equity, Reproductive Rights and Health

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Amy K. Matsui

Senior Counsel and Director of Income Security

Amy K. Matsui is Director of Income Security and Senior Counsel at the National Women’s Law Center. She works on a broad range of economic issues affecting low- and moderate-income women and families, with special emphasis on federal and state tax policy. Her work comprises policy analysis, state and federal advocacy, and…

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Kathryn Menefee

Georgetown Justice Fellow, Income Security

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Cassandra Mensah

MARGARET Fund Fellow, Education and Workplace Justice

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Kat Mercado

Intern, Child Care & Early Learning

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Kyra Miller

State Policy and Outreach Manager

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Jennifer Mondino

Director of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund

Jennifer Mondino is Director of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund.  She has been part of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund team at the National Women’s Law Center since August 2018, shortly after the Fund’s creation.  Immediately prior to joining the National Women’s Law Center, Jennifer spent eight years as a…

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Marissa Moore

Program Assistant for Education & Workplace

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Laura Narefsky

Counsel, Education and Workplace Justice

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Maria Ortiz Pineda

Program Assistant, Income Security and Child Care Organization

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Shiwali Patel

Director of Justice for Student Survivors & Senior Counsel

Shiwali leads policy development and advocacy, litigation, and education addressing gender-based harassment in schools, including sexual harassment and sexual assault. She also works to strengthen civil rights protections for LGBTQ students, and works on Title IX religious exemptions and other issues of gender equity in education. Previously, she was at the U.S.…

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Auden Perino

Senior Counsel for Education and Workplace Justice

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Whitney Pesek

Director of Federal Child Care Policy

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Diana Ramirez

One Fair Wage Fellow in Residence

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Anna Rodriguez

Legal Fellow, Reproductive Rights and Health

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Amy Royce

Senior Counsel for Income Security

Amy Royce, Senior Counsel for Income Security, works to advance federal policies to increase economic security for women. Prior to joining NWLC, she served as a Presidential appointee as the Special Assistant to Commissioner David Kladney at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Her work encompassed a broad portfolio of intersectional civil…

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Karen Schulman

Director of State Child Care Policy

Karen Schulman is NWLC's Director of State Child Care Policy. She researches and writes about child care and early education policies. She received her bachelor's degree from Williams College and her master's degree in Public Policy from Duke University. Prior to joining NWLC, she worked at the Children's Defense Fund. She enjoys spending…

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Sky Sealey

Program Manager for the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund and the Legal Network for Gender Equity

Sky is the Program Manager for the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund and Legal Network for Gender Equity. Prior to joining the National Women’s Law Center, Sky was a research fellow at the American Voices Project, a national study interested in how policies are impacting individuals across the country. Sky played an…

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Heather Shumaker

Director of State Abortion Access

Heather Shumaker is Director of State Abortion Access at the National Women’s Law Center. She works to advance state laws and policies that protect reproductive rights and promote access to comprehensive health care. Prior to joining the Center, Heather was the State Policy Director at the National Abortion Federation and the Senior…

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Jenalyn Sotto

Director of Cross-Cutting Community Partnerships

Jenalyn Sotto is the Director of Cross-Cutting Community Partnerships. On behalf of the Center, she works with state advocates, local and state elected officials, and national partners to design and implement cross-cutting advocacy and policy work that advance gender justice for all. Jenalyn also leads the Center’s Pathway to Gender Justice Initiative…

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Shengwei Sun

Manager of Research, Income Security and Child Care

Shengwei Sun is Manager of Research at the National Women’s Law Center, where she works across program teams to build out quantitative research on Income Security and Child Care. Before joining the Center, Shengwei was a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, where she authored a series of…

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Elizabeth Tang

Senior Counsel for Education and Workplace Justice

Elizabeth is Senior Counsel for Education and Workplace Justice, where she focuses on ending sexual harassment and violence in K-12 schools. Before joining NWLC, she advocated for gender justice at the American Civil Liberties Union, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and Apne Aap Women’s Collective in Mumbai, India. Elizabeth holds a JD/MBA…

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Jasmine Tucker

Director of Research

Jasmine Tucker is Director of Research at the National Women’s Law Center, where she plans and directs qualitative and quantitative research on a range of issues facing women throughout their lives. She has written extensively about women and the economy, the wage gap, Social Security, and more. Before joining the Center, Jasmine…

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Julie Vogtman

Director of Job Quality and Senior Counsel

Julie Vogtman is Director of Job Quality and Senior Counsel for the National Women’s Law Center. She works on a range of issues involving job quality and supports for low-income women and their families, including minimum wage and overtime pay, fair scheduling policies, and child care assistance. She also contributes to the…

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Priya Walia

Counsel for Reproductive Rights and Health

Priya (she/they) is Counsel for Reproductive Rights and Health at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, DC. Priya was born and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia and was a founding member and current Board President of Holler Health Justice, a West Virginia-based Reproductive Justice fund that serves Appalachia. Their priorities at…

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Lauren Wallace

Counsel, Reproductive Rights and Health

Lauren Wallace (she/her) is Counsel for the Reproductive Rights & Health team where she focuses on expanding birth control access at the state-level. Lauren also manages NWLC’s CoverHer hotline, a resource for individuals navigating contraceptive coverage issues with their health insurance plans. Prior to joining NWLC, Lauren received her MPH from The…

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Jackii Wang

Senior Legislative Analyst, Reproductive Rights & Health

Jackii Wang is the Senior Legislative Analyst for the Federal Reproductive Rights and Health Team. She previously worked at the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) where she advocated for anti-sexual violence reforms at the state and federal levels. Prior to that role, she served as a Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman…

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Alison Tanner

Litigation Senior Counsel, Reproductive Rights and Health

Alison Tanner (she/her)  is Senior Litigation Counsel for Reproductive Rights and Health at the National Women’s Law Center. She focuses on litigation to promote health equity and access to reproductive health care. Before joining NWLC, Ms. Tanner was a staff law clerk with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Previously,…

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Erin Weber

Strategy and Policy Manager of State Advocacy

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Bridget Winkler

Reproductive Rights & Health Fellow

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Da Hae Kim

State Policy Senior Counsel, Education & Workplace Justice

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