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Emily Martin

Chief Program Officer

Emily Martin is Chief Program Officer for NWLC, leading the development and execution of an integrated policy and legal strategy across NWLC's gender justice priorities, with a particular focus on women and girls of color and LGBTQI+ people. She was previously NWLC's Vice President for Education & Workplace Justice, where she oversaw…

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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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Angel Padilla

Vice President for Strategy and Policy

Angel Padilla serves as the Vice President for Strategy and Policy where he leads the strategic direction of the Law Center on federal and state advocacy. Prior to this, he was a political appointee in the Biden Administration, serving as Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary at the Administration for Children…

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Leila Abolfazli

Director of National Abortion Strategy

Leila Abolfazli is Director of National Abortion Strategy 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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Ariel Amaru

State Policy Manager

Ma’ayan Anafi

Senior Counsel

Courtney Anderson

Fellow, Income Security

Michelle Banker

Director of Litigation, Reproductive Rights and Health

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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KM Bell

Senior Litigation Counsel, RRH

Gaylynn Burroughs

Director of Workplace Equality, Senior Counsel

Liz Chacko

Senior Counsel, Legal Network for Gender Equity and TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund

Liz Maria Chacko is Senior Counsel at the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund.  Prior to joining the National Women’s Law Center, Liz spent many years providing direct services to immigrant survivors at non-profit legal aid organizations.  Immediately prior to joining the Law Center, Liz worked for over 15 years at Justice at…

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Karla Coleman-Castillo

Senior Policy Analyst

Karla (she/her) is the Senior Policy Analyst on the Child Care and Early Learning team. Prior to joining the NWLC she spent almost ten years advancing policy and advocacy efforts to increase access to higher education in Tennessee. Her work has ranged across issues including access for undocumented students, adult learners, and…

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Kimi Chernoby

Senior Counsel, Reproductive Rights and Health

Kimi Chernoby is Senior 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…

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Margie Delao

Policy Associate, Strategy and Policy

Adrienne DerVartanian

Senior Counsel, Education and Workplace Justice

Layla Ellaisy

Grassroots Community Partnership Manager, Education

Sawyeh Esmaili

Senior Counsel, Reproductive Rights and Health

Jourdan Featherston

Program Associate, Community Partnerships

Bayliss Fiddiman

Director of Educational Equity, Senior Counsel

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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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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Talia Grossman

Housing Legal Fellow

Sarah Hassmer

Director of Housing Justice

Sarah Hassmer works on the Center’s agenda to increase economic security for low-income women, LGBTQ+ people, and their families. She leads the Center’s housing justice and nutrition portfolios. As part of this work, Sarah works on elevating intersectional issues experienced by low-income women of color, LGBTQ+ people, disabled women, and survivors of…

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Hunter Iannucci

Counsel, Education & Workplace Justice

Sofia Hay

Program Associate, Strategy and Policy

Andrea Johnson

Director of State Policy and Strategy

Andrea Johnson is Director of State Policy and Strategy, Senior Counsel, S&P at the National Women’s Law Center. In that role, she works with teams across the Center to build out an overarching vision and strategic framework for the Center’s state policy and advocacy efforts and a strategic plan for the growth…

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Kamilah Kerr

Reproductive Rights and Health Assistant

Donya Khadem

Legal Fellow

Donya Khadem (she/her) is a Litigation Fellow for Reproductive Rights and Health at the National Women’s Law Center. Before joining NWLC, Ms. Khadem was an associate at Kaplan Hecker & Fink, where she was part of the trial team that successfully represented E. Jean Carroll in her sexual assault and defamation suit…

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Da Hae Kim

State Policy Senior Counsel, Education & Workplace Justice

Josia Klein

Counsel, Education and Workplace Justice

Jennifer Lee

Program Associate, TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund

Noel León

Director, Abortion Access Legal Defense Fund

Christina Iruela Lane

Program Associate, Education & Workplace Justice

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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Jessica Majano Arriaza

Manager for Community Partnerships, Income Security

Anya Marino

Director of LGBTQI Equality

Anya A. Marino (she/her) serves as the National Women’s Law Center’s Director of LGBTQI Equality and drives the Center’s legal and policy efforts to protect and advance the rights of LGBTQI+ people. Before joining NWLC, Anya instructed Harvard Law School’s LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic. She also served as Deputy Legal Director for the…

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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

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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Jennifer McBarnette

Manager for Community Partnerships, Child Care

Kathryn Menefee

Counsel, Income Security

Marissa Moore

Program Associate for Education & Workplace

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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Hannah Oppermann

State Policy & Program Manager, Child Care

Laura Narefsky

Senior Counsel, Education and Workplace Justice

Laura Narefsky is a Senior Counsel on the Workplace Justice team at the National Women’s Law Center. Her work centers on improving job quality for women and caregivers. In that role, she leads NWLC’s work on paid family and medical leave and works to advance policies that guarantee predictable work schedules, prohibit…

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Katie O’Connor

Director of Federal Abortion Policy

Katie O’Connor is the Director of Federal Abortion Policy at the National Women's Law Center. Before joining NWLC, she served as Deputy Chief Counsel at Demand Justice, an organization fighting for progressive change in our courts. Katie has also served as Director of Policy Development and Programming at the American Constitution Society,…

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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

Whitney Pesek

Director of Federal Child Care Policy

Diana Ramirez

Senior Manager of Policy and Coalitions, Workplace Justice

Maribel Ramos

Director for Government Relations

Vasu Reddy

Director of State Policy for Workplace Justice

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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Lexi Rummel

Counsel, Health Equity and Justice

Lexi Rummel (they/them) is Counsel for Health Equity and Justice for the Reproductive Rights and Health Team. Prior to joining NWLC, Lexi was an Associate in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice group at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where they advised clients on a range of regulatory, compliance,…

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Katie Sandson

Senior Counsel, Education & Workplace Justice

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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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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Sky Sheppard

Senior 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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Rachel Smith

Senior Litigation Counsel for Education and Workplace Justice

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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Clara Spera

Senior Counsel, Abortion Access Legal Defense Fund

Clara (she/her) is Senior Counsel for the Abortion Access Legal Defense Fund, a part of the Reproductive Rights and Health Program at the National Women’s Law Center. Clara is also a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, where she teaches a course on reproductive rights law. Prior to joining the National…

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Danie Stewart

Program Associate for the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund

Danie is the Program Associate for the TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund and the Legal Network for Gender Equity. Danie is coming to the Center from DC SAFE where she was a bilingual supportive services advocate for survivors of domestic violence in the DC area who were in active crisis. She graduated from the University of…

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Elizabeth Tang

Senior Counsel for Education and Workplace Justice

Elizabeth (she/her) focuses on ending sex-based harassment (including sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking) in schools through know-your-rights education, policy advocacy, and litigation. She has also advocated at NWLC for the rights of LGBTQI+ students, including transgender and nonbinary students in school athletics. Prior to law school, she interned at the American…

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Kenna Titus

Reproductive Rights and Health Fellow

Kenna Titus is a Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow working on the Reproductive Rights and Health Team at NWLC. Kenna’s work is focused on expanding and defending equitable access to health care through legal and policy advocacy. She works on issue related to health care access—including abortion and birth control…

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Sudria Twyman

Reproductive Rights and Health Fellow

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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Delaney Wallace

Program Assistant, Income Security and Child Care

Lauren Wallace

Senior 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 (she/her) is the Senior Legislative Analyst for the Federal Reproductive Rights and Health Team. She previously worked at an anti-sexual violence organization advocating for reforms at the state and federal levels. Prior to that role, she served as a Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and supported the Congresswoman’s…

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Kyra Weber

Senior Manager of State Policy and Outreach

Kyra Miller (she/her) is NWLC’s Senior State Policy & Outreach Manager on the child care and early learning team. She cultivates relationships with state advocates, national partners, and strategic stakeholders to provide technical and developmental support. Kyra focuses on expanding access to high-quality, affordable child care and early learning. She received her…

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Annie Weinberg

Director of Civic Engagement

Clarke Wheeler

Senior Policy Analyst, Reproductive Rights and Health

Clarke Wheeler (she/her) is a Senior Policy Analyst on the Reproductive Rights and Health team at the National Women’s Law Center. In this role, she engages social justice movements and policymakers in the fight for abortion access on the state level. Previously, she was the Federal Policy Manager at Black Mamas Matter…

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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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Elizabeth Vogel

Senior Counsel, TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund and Legal Network for Gender Equity

Elizabeth (Lizzy) Vogel (she/her) is Senior Counsel at the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund and Legal Network for Gender Equity.  Immediately prior to joining the National Women’s Law Center, Lizzy was the Managing Attorney at the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP) where she provided national appellate representation to…

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Erin Weber

Strategy and Policy Manager of State Advocacy

Bridget Winkler

Counsel, Reproductive Rights & Health