Meet the 2019-2020 USOW Ambassadors!

Alabama

Noble Rasheed in Birmingham

Noble is attending The University of Alabama at Birmingham in the fall for a masters in engineering with a concentration in construction. Noble Rasheed works with The young women’s advisory Council of Birmingham. Noble is thrilled to get to work on different projects to get the city informed on what gender equity is and how to change current issues in city of Birmingham . Connect with USOW in Birmingham or reach out to Noble today!

Nikesha Tilton in Montgomery

Nikesha is a M.O.M., an advocate and an entrepreneur. She believes women must put themselves in leadership positions, so they can influence decisions and ensure their voices are heard. She considers economic empowerment to be the key to breaking down barriers and shifting the narrative for women. Nikesha emphasizes the power of community and strives to build them through volunteerism, advocacy and legislative engagement. She uses a restorative and participatory approach to amplify the voices of members of communities and magnify the work of the incredible individuals and organizations that are affecting change and inspiring positive transformation. Connect with USOW in Montgomery or reach out to Nikesha today!

Arizona

Mei Ratz in Cottonwood

Mei found the title “creative” hidden in her childhood among the Wind River Mountains. Some years later, and armed with a degree in Communication Design, Mei has worked with clients such as The Impact Investment Center and NOLS. She has also won awards with the National Geographic and the Young Photographer’s Alliance and is often recognized for her courageous pursuit of insightful content creation, efficient team building, and social justice initiatives. More recently, Mei spends her time working alongside Moe Carrick, where she passionately tackles topics such as leadership and equity. Connect with USOW in Yavapai County or reach out to Mei today!

Sue Ellen Allen in Scottsdale

As Founder and CEO of Reinventing Reentry, Sue Ellen’s work has taken her to the Obama and Trump White House on criminal justice reform. Her vision is to reshape society’s perception of the formerly incarcerated so they may successfully reenter society. She does this nationally with an exciting, interactive Reentry Simulation. She is a #cut50 Ambassador for Dignity for Incarcerated Women and an Art for Justice Fellow, Reimagining Reentry. The Slumber Party From Hell is her memoir of prison life.Connect with USOW in Scottsdale or reach out to Sue Ellen today!

Arkansas

Akissi Hill in Little Rock

Akissi Hill is an International women and girls Life Coach and the CEO of Ambitious Girls, Inc who is very passionate about helping others grow! She is also very passionate about the safety and care of youth and has served over 8 years as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children in Foster Care. Akissi is committed to continuing the work she loves and looks forward to serving another year as a USOW ambassador to focus on gender equality for women! Connect with USOW in Little Rock or reach out to Akissi today!

California

Cassidy Solis in Bakersfield

Cassidy Solis is a dedicated, mission driven professional with over 12 years of experience managing projects, advising and training on HR policy, regulatory compliance and governance best practices. She is committed to community engagement and advocacy and has held numerous local leadership positions including voter registrar, neighborhood president, and city-wide neighborhood council member.
A mother to three daughters, she is determined to help her daughters and girls & women everywhere find and elevate their voices at dinner tables, classrooms, and boardrooms to inspire positive change.
Connect with USOW in Bakersfield or reach out to Cassidy today!

Denea Joseph in Los Angeles

Denea (Pronounced Denae) Joseph is a DACA recipient who immigrated to the U.S. at the age of seven years old from Belize, Central America. Denea is a national immigrant rights activist, Vice President of the Black Los Angeles Young Democrats and has been serving as the communications coordinator for the UndocuBlack Network (UBN) where she advocates for the representation of UndocuBlack immigrants within the mainstream immigrant narrative. She aspires to be a Human Rights attorney, advocating for the rights of the most marginalized around the globe. Connect with USOW in Los Angeles or reach out to Denea today!

Suzette Shaw in Los Angeles

Suzette Shaw is a Skid Row advocate who writes and talks about homelessness from a woman’s perspective. Skid Row is an area of Los Angeles that has the highest concentration of homelessness in the nation. Her activism includes serving on the Los Angeles Continuum of Care Board, the LA County Ad Hoc Committee on Black People Experiencing Homelessness, and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles COC/SPC Advisory Committee, among many other affiliations. Through her advocacy, Suzette represents the concerns of women displaced into poverty and homelessness. She strongly believes that we can that we can no longer talk about equality and empowerment while enforcing inequities. Connect with USOW in Los Angeles or reach out to Suzette today!

Alcira Dominguez in Long Beach

During her 11-year tenure at Beach Cities Health District, Alcira Dominguez managed community grants, provided technical assistance to nonprofits and led the organization’s advocacy efforts. Dominguez also managed environmental justice projects at the California Department of Public Health. She is an alumna of the Women’s Policy Institute and of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) Leadership Institute. Alcira served as Faculty in Residence for the National Education for Women’s Leadership of Southern California and currently serves on HOPE’s Leadership Institute Advisory Council. Connect with USOW in Long Beach or reach out to Alcira today!

Renee Delos Santos in Santa Monica

Hawaii-born, California-raised, Renee Delos Santos grew up equal parts aloha, grit, and waves in a proud military and working-class family. In LA, Renee’s roles in the diversified media sector and capacity building have advanced high-profile campaign and social impact initiatives where media meets NPO’s. This success always prioritized investment internally in culture and human capital. Concurrently, her graduate student goals are to continue this advocacy in Inclusion, Labor Relations, and equity for women and the working class. In Renee’s free time as a dancer (Hula & Ori) and part of the Polynesian community, she gets to be and see the powerful aloha of “wahine”, every day, every week.Connect with USOW in Santa Monica or reach out to Renee today!

Sofia Haq in West Covina

Sofia Haq graduated from UCLA in 2015 and studied International Business abroad for a summer at LSE. In 2018, she graduated from the Riordan MBA Fellows Program and Forté Foundation MBALauncher Program. She serves as an Alumni Volunteer at Forté and Board of Director at the Riordan Programs Alumni Association. Haq is the Founder of Muslim Women Professionals (MWP), an organization that educates, uplifts, and mobilizes a global network of Muslim women. Haq’s passions are championing more women in executive roles, creating initiatives that promote diversity in creative industries like fashion, and advocating for communities of color. Outside of work, she loves horseback riding and traveling.Connect with USOW in West Covina or reach out to Sofia today!

Jenni Prisk in San Diego

Jenni chaired the SD County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls for 3 years, was President of the Assn of CA Commissions for Women for 2 years. She is Acting Executive Director of the Women’s Museum of CA, a member of Global Women NZ, an executive speech coach and motivational speaker, a theatre critic, the San Diego representative for Beijing +25, founder of The Gathering a group of women dedicated to furthering gender equality, and an Ambassador of USOW for her second year. Jenni has flown in zero gravity, loves to garden, has been to Antarctica, lives six months of each year in NZ.Connect with USOW in San Diego or reach out to Jenni today!

Judith Howell in San Diego

Judith Howell is the daughter of two U.S. Veterans, an SDSU alumni and organizer in the San Diego community. She is passionate about health care and creating safe spaces for her community through advocacy and grass roots organizing. Her dedication to giving back to her community began when she was 12 years old while registering voters and making campaign calls during President Obama’s first campaign run. Judith currently serves as a Board member for Run Women Run and is an Ambassador for Planned Parenthood’s Power Academy. Connect with USOW in San Diego or reach out to Judith today!

Lorri Sulpizio in San Diego

Dr. Lorri Sulpizio is the Director of the Conscious Leadership and the founder of the Center for Women’s Leadership Academy at the University of San Diego. Lorri’s leadership interests include gender dynamics, specifically women, voice, and power and how authenticity and a strong sense of self leads to living as our best. She is a leadership coach and speaker who hopes to expand our concept of how people can express their femininity and masculinity. She is committed to helping girls and women find their power in their authentic self. Lorri was formerly a women’s college basketball coach and personal trainer. She is committed to wellness and loves anything related to fitness and athletics.
Connect with USOW in San Diego or reach out to Lorri today!

Molly Nugent in Sacramento

Molly is thrilled to continue on as a Sacramento USOW Ambassador! She currently manages Shared Vision Sacramento, a federal collaboration serving survivors of interpersonal/sexual violence who are blind or low vision. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Paratransit, Inc., and is working with a local grassroots committee to establish a county Women’s commission. In her past, Molly has served as a sexual assault advocate and counselor at Standing Together Against Sexual Assault, and a public policy intern for Girls Inc. in D.C. She also served as an advisor at UCSB, where she worked alongside the Disabled Students Program and served on the Trans Task Force/LGBTQ Committees. Connect with USOW in Sacramento or reach out to Molly today!

Diane Nguyen in San Francisco

Diane Nguyen is a family law attorney in San Francisco where she has lived in since 2008. While completing her law degree she served as co-chair for the Public Interest Law Foundation. She has been active in her community volunteering with Prisoner Legal Services, the SF Court’s Self-Help Center, IRC Oakland, and the Junior League of San Francisco. Diane currently serves on the policy and advocacy committee for the San Francisco Women’s Political Committee, endorsing candidates who support women’s rights. When not volunteering, she is eating her way through the city she loves. Connect with USOW in San Francisco or reach out to Diane today!

Katie McMurray in San Francisco

Katie provides opportunities for those impacted by racial or social inequality. For 4 years, she taught middle schoolers in The South Bronx, NY. After witnessing incarceration affect her students’ community, Katie moved cross-country to work in a women’s prison in Chino, CA, preparing 20 incarcerated women for employment as front-end web developers. Her incarcerated students’ dedication inspired her to secure partnerships with women in tech, at companies such as Google and Disney, to visit prison as guest speakers. She now manages corporate partnerships at Teach For America Bay Area. Connect with USOW in San Francisco or reach out to Katie today!

Tyah-Amoy Roberts in Stanford

Tyah-Amoy Roberts is an activist and recent graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. She co-founded the group STORM (Students Tactfully Organizing Revolutionary Movements), is an ambassador for United State of Women, and is on the executive council of Team Enough. Tyah is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the non profit organization March for Our Lives. She plans on attending Stanford University in the fall to pursue chemical engineering, her lifetime passion. Connect with USOW in Silicon Valley or reach out to Tyah today!

Connecticut

Brittney Yancy in Hartford

Brittney Yancy is an Assistant Professor of Humanities at Goodwin College and finishing her doctorate in U.S. History at the University of Connecticut. Her awards and honors include being selected as one of the 100 Women of Color in Hartford, the UCONN Women of Color Award and a host of awards from the National Council of Black Studies and the University of Connecticut. As a native of St. Louis, Missouri, Professor Yancy holds a B.A. in History from Hampton University and a M.A. in History from the University of Connecticut.Connect with USOW in Hartford or reach out to Brittney today!

District of Columbia

Kamilah Martin-Proctor in Washington

Kamilah Martin-Proctor is a fourth generation Washingtonian. A B.A. in Political Science and M.A. in Organizational Communication from Howard University. Founder of the Martin Multiple Sclerosis Alliance Fnd. www.ManyFacesofMS.org currently serves as the Chair for the DC Commission on Persons with Disabilities. Formally Co-Vice-Chair on President Barack Obama‘s National Council on Disability. Recently speaking at the British-American Project & DC Annual Awesome Con . She also worked as a Staff Assistant for Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee (D-TX) and to Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ).Connect with USOW in DC or reach out to Kamilah today!

Florida

Angela Petit-Frere in Miami

An American-born Haitian, Angela is native to Miami, Florida. Currently, she serve as the Community Organizer for the Black Girls Matter Miami Coalition as well as a teacher at a local elementary school. She has served her community alongside several local organizations in an effort to seek social justice, with much of her organizing work focused on youth community activism, creating platforms for youth of color. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human and Social Development from the University of Miami as well as a Master’s Degree in Community and Social Change. Leisurely, she enjoys volunteering, exercising, reading, spending time with family and friends, and most of all trying new foods! Connect with USOW in Miami or reach out to Angela today!

Sadaf Saied in Orlando

Fatima Sadaf Saied is the daughter of Pakistani immigrants and native Floridian. She is co-founder and Executive Director of the Muslim Women’s Organization (MWO). MWO’s Gender Equity and Social Responsibility Initiative is developing strategies to deal with the most pressing challenges faced by Muslim women in Florida. Fatima is on the Board of Eid Orlando and on the Advisory Council for Orlando United Assistance Center. She is a breast cancer survivor and loves road trips, karaoke, and board games. Above all else, she is a mother of 5 dedicated to empowering her daughters and her community through compassion and love. Connect with USOW in Orlando or reach out to Sadaf today!

Nicole Dixon in Pensacola

K.Nicole Dixon is a native to Florida Nicole. Nicole has established herself as a leader through various community projects. She is currently CEO of Key Two Success Marketing Agency that houses Real Women Radio an online radio station that purpose is to “Tell Our Stories” and does philanthropic work through Real Women Radio Foundation a 501 (c) 3 of which she is a co-founder. Connect with USOW in Pensacola or reach out to Nicole today!

Alex Washington in Tallahassee

Alexandria Washington is an award-winning health advocate located in Tallahassee, FL. She holds a Bachelor degree in Health Science and a Master degree in Public Health from Florida A&M University. She is the Founder and Chief Strategist of Change The Narrative, LLC a holistic health education and advocacy company. Her work has been featured in Forbes, Tallahassee Democrat, and Orlando Advocate amongst others. Alexandria’s dedication to community service and advocacy has resulted in Alexandria being named one of Tallahassee’s 25 Women You Need to Know.Connect with USOW in Tallahassee or reach out to Alex today!

Kendra Gaunt in Tampa

Kendra is a seasoned analyst in technical product development with a degree in Management Information Systems (University of South Florida). She works with global organizations to connect conscious design, interaction and technology to fulfill the experience of the user. Her passion for advocating on behalf of underrepresented groups in STEM fields is a guiding light in her journey. Dedicated to bridging the gaps between perception, knowledge and mentorship – she provides thoughtful communication and technical acumen to facilitate evolution in these spaces.Connect with USOW in Tampa or reach out to Kendra today!

Georgia

Ashlyn Martin in Atlanta

Ashlyn Martin is the Founder of the Chisholm Leadership Academy, a nonprofit that cultivates a pipeline of middle and high school girls to become catalysts for change and to be inspired for bold careers in public service. She is the former National Policy Director for NLC, a VoteRunLead community organizer and a former chair of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys PAC. Ashlyn serves on the board of directors for Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia. She is a graduate of GWU, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and Emory University School of Law. Connect with USOW in Atlanta or reach out to Ashlyn today!

Quyionah Wingfield in Decatur

Quyionah Wingfield is a mother, author, certified fitness professional, mental health advocate, CEO and creator of Cool Moms Dance Too! In 2015, she was propelled into family health and wellness work after losing her partner to mental illness by suicide. Wingfield’s mission in life: strengthening family connections with fun and engaging programs. Quyionah has partnered with WRCDV, Mental Health America GA, NAMI GA, Atlanta Hawks and more. Quyionah is an Emory Business School Start:ME fellow, 2019 Center for Civic Innovation Fellow and a 2020 CCI and Sara Blakely Foundation fellow.
Connect with USOW in Decatur or reach out to Quyionah today!

Illinois

Carla Kupe in Chicago

Carla is a seasoned litigator, enthusiastic consultant, and passionate social change entrepreneur. She currently serves as Associate General Counsel and Title IX Coordinator for Chicago State University. She is the founder of The Impact Alliance NFP, a diversity and inclusion consulting firm. She also created Speak Truth, a platform giving voice and visibility to the state of women of color in all facets of society. She received her BA in Political Science from Kalamazoo College and JD from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.Connect with USOW in Chicago or reach out to Carla today!

Kate Liebelt in Chicago

Kate Liebelt is a healthcare management consultant at Deloitte. She works with hospitals, health plans, and life sciences companies. Kate is president of the Ellevate Network Chicago Chapter, a global women’s professional network. Kate co-founded the Healthtech Women Chicago Chapter and serves on the life sciences council for Springboard Enterprises. Kate is passionate about helping women: 1. advance in their careers 2. find personal and professional meaning and 3. maintain a healthy work-life balance. Kate lived in Japan for 5 years and is a sushi, sashimi, and sake enthusiast. Connect with USOW in Chicago or reach out to Kate today!

Shreya Singh in Chicago

Shreya Singh graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013 and is pursuing her MBA at the University of Chicago. She recently joined Related in their affordable housing real estate group. In her free time, Shreya enjoys reading – her personal favorite is The Alchemist – and volunteering with organizations dedicated to different social issues. She currently serves as co-chair for the Associate Board for Teachers Supporting Teachers, and is a returning United State of Women Ambassador. She piloted a program dedicated to helping female entrepreneurs grow their firms in 2018, and plans to continue her work in this space. Connect with USOW in Chicago or reach out to Shreya today!

Indiana

Anne Marie Labenberg in Fort Wayne

With over 20 years of experience in healthcare, Anne Marie Labenberg MSN, RN, has developed a passion for creating a better community through education, support, and advocacy. Currently the President and Founder of RAISE Consulting, she is a tireless warrior for the underserved and underrepresented. She has worked with numerous agencies to develop best practices, forge collaborative relationships, and work toward gender and racial equity. Ms. Labenberg’s primary areas of focus are women’s health, maternal mortality, infant mortality, implicit bias and the effects of the opioid crisis on all populations. Connect with USOW in Fort Wayne or reach out to Anne Marie today!

Khalilah Shabazz in Indianapolis

As a black woman, mother, mentor, and educator, Dr. Khalilah A. Shabazz is committed to advancing the rights and respect of women. Her advocacy experiences include leading a Girl Scout troop, being a former ACPA Coalition for Women’s Identities board member, and launching SAAS National for women of color. She is the Director of the IUPUI Multicultural Center. Dr. Shabazz balances her work and service life with partner Jamil and their blended family of 8 daughters. She loves anything with butterflies along with cooking, reading, traveling, and being active in Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Connect with USOW in Indianapolis or reach out to Khalilah today!

Iowa

Claire Mraz in West Des Moines

Born and raised in West Des Moines, IA, Claire found a community of feminism at the University of Iowa that brought her to the work and beliefs she holds so dearly today. Since graduating, she has spent 4 years as an educator at the Young Women’s Resource Center, a nonprofit in Des Moines where she provides empowerment programming to trans* and cisgender girls and non-binary youth around the topics of feminism, healthy relationships, and reproductive health. Connect with USOW in West Des Moines or reach out to Claire today!

Kentucky

Soredya Begley in Lexington

Soreyda Benedit Begley is a fashion designer, a radio host, community organizer and activist originally from Honduras, now based in Lexington, Kentucky. Because of her experience working in sweatshops as a teenager in her native country, Soreyda is an advocate for fair trade, women’s rights and sustainable development. Soreyda designs and makes wardrobe for stage performers, weddings, prom, pageant and drag queens. Through her company S. Benedit Productions, she organizes art and culture events. She is also the Program Director for the Ingenia Club. Connect with USOW in Lexington or reach out to Soredya today!

Louisiana

Dianna Payton in Baton Rouge

Dianna Payton is the CEO of the YWCA Greater Baton Rouge. As CEO, Dianna has helped to develop the first permanent domestic violence apartments in Baton Rouge, launched the YWCA Community Bail Fund to assist female offenders and initiated a capital campaign to build a Women’s Resource and Early Head Start Center. Ms. Payton serves as Chairman of the Board for the East Baton Rouge Housing Authority and is a present board member of New Schools Baton Rouge, Care South Medical and Dental, Partners Southeast and the LSU Library Advisory Board. She is also a member of the La Capitale Chapter of The Links Incorporated and the Mayor’s Women’s Advancement Commission. Connect with USOW in Baton Rouge or reach out to Dianna Payton today!

Massachusetts

Yaira Matos in Boston

Yaira Matos is an activist and community organizer passionate about transforming systems, building power and sustaining a vibrant movement ecosystem that accounts for economic, environmental and social justice. Beginning with the national Day of the Girl movement in high school to being a college campus organizer with the 1 in 3 campaign to support abortion destigmatization, Yaira has carried a commitment to gender equity causes throughout her life and work. Yaira is a rape crisis counselor with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center where she works to transform how the medical system interacts with survivors of sexual assault and provide a comforting presence and resources to survivors. Connect with USOW in Boston or reach out to Yaira today!

Michigan

Judy Winter in East Lansing

Judy Winter is the author of “Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs: Raising the Bar of Expectations,” and co-founder of the Eric ‘RicStar’ Winter Music Therapy Camp at Michigan State University. Winter is also a member of Therapy Dogs International and with her rescue pup, Jack, has provided emotional support for a decade to Michigan elementary school students and at Michigan State University. Winter is a nationally recognized voice on special needs parenting issues and parented a child with special needs for twelve years. The Michigan State University Outstanding Alumni recipient brings passion and humor to all she undertakes.Connect with USOW in East Lansing or reach out to Judy today!

Minnesota

Priya Manda in Stillwater

Priya Manda is a 17 year old student from Minnesota. She is half Indian and half white, so she understands the complexities of being multiracial/cultural. Her father is an Indian immigrant and his story has pushed her to fight for change. Priya is a Bahai and strives to be an advocate for Bahai women in her community. Additionally, she has become passionate about fighting for Women’s rights, especially for Women of Color. She has co-created a club in her school to facilitate discussions about issues women face. Priya has also co-founded a non-profit called Female Refugees of the Future, where she works to mentor and empower young refugee, immigrant, and first generation girls. Connect with USOW in the Twin Cities or reach out to Priya today!

Missouri

Khrys Blanton in Wentzville

Khrys Blanton, is a married mother of 4. She is the co-owner of a gift shop that specializes in handmade creations. In her spare time, she volunteers at various community engagements. In the past Khrys has been an advocate for the COSTA program based out of Kansas City, Mo. She currently acts as medical advocate for her child with cerbral palsy. Khrys is also pursuing a degree in Non-Profit Management, with future plans to open a youth shelter for displaced young women. Connect with USOW in St. Louis or reach out to Khrys today!

Chloe Zack in St. Louis

Now an elementary school teacher with St. Louis Public Schools, Chloe came to St. Louis from Pittsburgh to attend Washington University. While at WashU, Chloe served as Co-President of Leaders in Interpersonal Violence Education, a peer education group that facilitates conversations around consent and hosted speakers like Justin Baldoni, Tarana Burke, and Jessica Valenti. Chloe also served as the Student Coordinator of The Date, WashU’s largest prevention program. She loves to read and spend time with family, and is passionate about finding the intersections between theory and practice.Connect with USOW in St. Louis or reach out to Chloe today!

Mississippi

LaTaye Davis in Meridian

LaTaye Davis is a speaker, veteran, and entrepreneur. She has served at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the White House Medical Unit, and the Pentagon. As a Drill Sergeant during which she trained over 2,000 soldier, LaTaye possesses the ability to reach people on their level and guide them to become better versions of themselves. She has been a part of the Democratic party in her local community and continues to speak on the issues affecting women and families. She founded “The Brown Collective” to create a voice for brown and black leaders. Her annual event, the Mississippi Magnolia Brunch is designed to inspire networking, education, and entrepreneurship for women in the state. Connect with USOW in Meridian or reach out to LaTaye today!

Montana

Mercedes Bawden in Helena

Mercedes Bawden is a hard working Montanan, advocate, and entrepreneur. Working in public schools has given her the opportunity to teach children resilience, mindfulness, and self-regulating skills. Working with different demographics has opened her eyes to the needs an struggles of many families. Mercedes is dedicated to being a voice and ally for the youth. In her free time, Mercedes enjoys spending time with her fur baby, listening to social justice podcasts, and drinking a glass of wine with her girlfriends. Connect with USOW in Helena or reach out to Mercedes today!

North Carolina

Brittany Moore in Charlotte

Brittany Moore is a feminist, mental health advocate, LGBTQ Ally, and supporter of human rights. Her passion for her community includes taking on the issue of homelessness by partnering with local organizations focused on housing, health care, and job placement. She has served as a leader for several organizations such as Girl Scouts of America, Yes We Code, Kicks 4 the City, and NC MedAssist. She holds her Non-Profit Management certification from Duke University, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). As a new mom, she strives to create an inclusive space for her daughter. Connect with USOW in Charlotte or reach out to Brittany today!

Nebraska

Precious McKesson in Omaha

Precious McKesson is a native of Omaha, NE. Precious plays a major role in the community as a mentor, volunteer, community liaison, & neighborhood leader. Precious has direct contact with the residents of North Omaha. Precious is the voice for the residents, whether it’s communicating with Mayor or City leaders she makes sure North Omaha is represented. Her passion for the community shows by some of the boards she’s on locally & nationally (Omaha Land Bank, NAACP, NUSA). Presently, Precious works for the Nebraska Legislature and the Nebraska Democratic Party as the first Constituency Director. Connect with USOW in Omaha or reach out to Precious today!

New Hampshire

Katie Parent in Manchester

Katie Parent works at YWCA NH as Crisis Services Program Manager. She received her B.S. in Social Work in 2016. Katie educates the community about domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and more, and works to ensure that program practices are meeting standards and serving clients effectively. Katie provides direct services with those experiencing violence. She served as an AmeriCorps in 2016-17. Katie is passionate about working to support women and gender equity in NH. She believes in the power and strength of community and that collaboration is key in truly making lasting change. Connect with USOW in Manchester or reach out Katie today!

New Jersey

Deja Jones in Newark

Deja L. Jones is the Founder and Director of Programming for Curate Your Life, a civic engagement organization that teaches girls how to be community organizers and advocates for themselves. She hosts workshops, seminars and an annual summit that brings girls from all over NJ together. Deja is now in her second year pursing a PhD in Transformative Social Change at Saybrook University. When she is not changing the world, she loves finding new books to read, making time for friends, dancing and finding new places to brunch. Connect with USOW in Newark or reach out to Deja today!

New Mexico

Erica Davis-Crump in Albuquerque

Erica is a mother of two, advocate, and community activist in the state of New Mexico. She is a 2x TEDx speaker, Emergista c/o2019, and expert on youth + family wellness, recovery, suicide prevention and awareness, and anti-bullying. She hopes to continue to be an agent of change around the imbalance of gender/racial equity by using her life experience, education, and passion to equip other up and coming leaders in her state. Connect with USOW in Albuquerque or reach out to Erica today!

New York

Jan Baker in The Bronx

Jan Baker is a champion of business, technology, social innovation and impact. She is the founder of The Innovashion Group, an experience and service design collective that focuses on stylizing the customer journey by bridging human interaction with digital experiences.Up until recently, Jan was the Managing Director at Impact Hub (NYC, DC, Berkeley, and San Francisco) a coworking network for social innovators and embraces the power of using physical spaces, convening, community and technology to bring people together. She also advises early-stage entrepreneurs and champions diversity and inclusion initiatives like 1863 Ventures (formerly known as Project 500, in Washington, D.C) Connect with USOW in New York City or reach out to Jan today!

Chantal Follins in Brooklyn

Chantal Rochelle, is an on air host and content creator obsessed with digital storytelling and pushing the culture forward. She currently serves as the Content Lead of BuzzFeed’s Black culture & entertainment vertical Cocoa Butter where she leads a team of content creators, pitches and books celebrity talent, and produces content to amplify the voices of underrepresented people all over the world. Whether it’s making people laugh and spreading joy, providing a platform for others to grow, or leading important initiatives: Chantal’s mission is to use her voice & platform to create authentic spaces for people to feel seen, heard and celebrated. Connect with USOW in New York City or reach out to Chantal today!

Meaghan Davis in Brooklyn

Meaghan is a human, leader, activist and educator. As the founder of The BRAVE Institute, she works in solidarity to inspire and challenge humans to live as brave and self-empowered contributors to a better world. BRAVE programming focuses on leadership development, direct action projects, social justice/human rights education and more. In tandem with BRAVE, Meaghan has worked as an educator in both high school and higher education. Currently, she is transitioning to a new role at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. Meaghan is a proud UConn Husky, passionate sports fan and travel enthusiast. Connect with USOW in New York City or reach out to Meaghan today!

Bethan Saunders in Manhattan

Bethan discovered her passion for community organizing while serving as a field organizer for President Obama’s 2012 campaign. This passion led her to Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, where she co-founded GU Votes, an initiative to register and engage student voters. Committed to gender advocacy, Bethan interned for the White House Council on Women & Girls, US State Department, and Georgetown’s Institute for Women, Peace & Security. She is now an analyst with Morgan Stanley’s Equity Sales and Sustainable Investing teams. Bethan is a leader for Restore NYC’s Young Supporters Network, serving female survivors of sex trafficking. Bethan loves dirt biking riding, camping, and live music! Connect with USOW in New York City or reach out to Bethan today!

Jaslin Kaur in QueensJ

Jaslin Kaur is a Policy & Advocacy Organizer at Know Your IX where she defends Title IX rights for survivors of campus sexual assault nationwide. Jaslin holds a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies and Human Rights from CUNY Hunter College and an Associate’ degree from Nassau Community College. She has worked at the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum and at the Roosevelt House of Public Policy to advocate for immigrant women’s rights. Jaslin has been featured at the United Nations, make/Shift magazine, Glimpse Magazine, WBAI Pacifica Radio, ITV Gold Television, and HuffPost. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, karate, and learning new recipes.Connect with USOW in Long Island or reach out to Jaslin today!

I Geena Cruz in Rochester

I. Geena Cruz is the CEO of ROC Heels of Greatness, and an independent consultant at University of Rochester Interpersonal Violence Laboratory. She has been a dedicated advocate for 20+ years addressing issues of poverty, interpersonal violence and civic engagement.
She currently serves as the joint appointee by the City of Rochester Mayor and Rochester City School District Superintendent on the Rochester School Modernization board, Vice President for SAFER, Women’s Committee chair Coalition of Black Trade Unionist and The Father’s House. She has been recognized nationally and locally the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Frederick Douglass Award and Mayoral recognition.
Connect with USOW in Rochester or reach out to I Geena today!

Nevada

Cherie Lee Williams in Las Vegas

Living in Las Vegas Nevada, this self-proclaimed serial-volunteerer has always been very community minded. Taught that if you care for your community, it will care for you. I have a diverse resume, always wanting to know how things work. Recent Past President of The Mesquite Club, Las Vegas, and The General Federation of Women’s Clubs. Supporter of, The Embracing Project, Purple Wings, an advocate of Women of Diversity 2018 Gaming Gender Equality Index, and a volunteer for COAST an organization that trains Adult Club employees to recognize workers that are being trafficked. These organizations have a common thread, working for Gender equality. Connect with USOW in Las Vegas or reach out to Cherie today!

Ohio

Alana Belle in Cleveland

Alana is, undoubtedly, a Cleveland native. She graduated from Cleveland School of the Arts in 2009 as a Creative Writing major; her love for her city and her love of words can be seen in the places she’s worked and the efforts she supports. Alana became a part of various human rights movements as a response to trauma that happened (and is still happening) in Cleveland. The movement for Black lives, economic justice, and reproductive justice are at the core of Alana’s values. She works full-time at Preterm as a Patient Advocate and enjoys the opportunity to help people get the safe abortion care they need. Alana is excited to continue to serve as the USOW Ambassador for Cleveland. Connect with USOW in Cleveland or each out to Alana today!

Desiré Bennett in Cincinnati

Desiré is a community connector promoting equity, racial justice, and women’s empowerment, economic self-sufficiency & upward mobility. She works as a Senior Social Equity Specialist at Design Impact. Desiré serves on the Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s Leadership Council, the City of Cincinnati’s Gender Equality Taskforce & Citizen Complaint Authority Board, the Hamilton County Commission on Women & Girls, and is the vice president of the MLK Coalition. Desiré often speaks about her climb from teen single-mother & high school dropout to completing a postgraduate degree & working as a social justice advocate. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with loved ones. Connect with USOW in Cincinnati or reach out to Desiré today!

Kaydian Comer in Columbus

Kaydian’s deepest pain – surviving a near-death, toxic and abusive relationship – became the catalyst for launching The Promise Box, LLC. For 12+ years, she has created safe spaces for women to regain confidence and harness their talents to bounce back gracefully. Past community roles include: 2018 USOW Ambassador; an appointment to the YWCA USA National Board, which focused on eliminating racism, violence prevention and empowering women; YWCA USA Global Relations Committee Member; and WELD National Board Member, which focused on strengthening the economic prosperity of women.Connect with USOW in Columbus or reach out to Kaydian today!

Courtney Cordner in Dayton

Courtney has background in behavioral healthcare and currently works as a Director of Risk Management and Performance Improvement at a psychiatric hospital in Dayton, Ohio. She has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master’s degree in Administration. She has a passion for gender equality advocacy and is excited for the opportunity to make measurable changes in the greater Dayton area.Connect with USOW in Dayton or reach out to Courtney today!

Jasmyne Martin in Dayton

Jasmyne Martin is a Labor and Delivery BSN, RN in the state of OH. From being athletic team captain to high school class VP, she’s always innately exercised her leadership skills, but transitioned from athlete to advocate in undergrad, accumulating recognition, awards, scholarships, all while maintaining a spot on the President’s Honors list. Jasmyne is most proud to have collaborated with faculty/staff and students to plan and execute her school’s very first Black History Month Celebration and being selected to attend/present at the Propel Ohio Leadership Summit. In her spare time, Jasmyne enjoys shopping, reading, playing sports and rooting for her all-time favorite athlete, Lebron James.Connect with USOW in Dayton or reach out to Jasmyne today!

Oklahoma

Becca Yanez in Oklahoma City

Rebecca is a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma majoring in political science (campaign emphasis) and potentially constitutional studies as well. In addition to this she is also a local organizer. She is currently the March For Our Lives OKC Chapter Lead and Co-lead for the Youth Climate Strike of Oklahoma. Recently she began her work with the Oklahoma Democratic Party and was the youngest person to run for a party leadership position in her congressional district and is now the affirmative action chair for OK Congressional District 4. She also leads the young democrats of Oklahoma’s women’s caucus and is vice chair for the college caucus. She is also a writer for You Go Girl! Connect with USOW in Oklahoma City or reach out to Becca today!

Veronica Hix in Tulsa

Veronica Hix is the Chief Executive Officer of ONABEN, a national nonprofit that has been an advocate for Indigenous peoples, since 1991. Veronica is passionate about creating a better future for communities of color, by the creation of opportunities that spur the growth of local economies, ensure the financial health of all peoples, and establish higher levels of self-sufficiency among all individuals. Embracing the importance of diversity, inclusion and racial equity, Veronica uses her voice to to speak out against social injustices, and works to support the needs of underserved peoples. Connect with USOW in Tulsa or reach out to Veronica today!

Pennsylvania

Shaina Zafar in Philadelphia

Shaina Zafar is an 19-year-old rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in International Relations. She’s a first-generation college student passionate about Asian American issues, gender equity, and emotional intelligence, highlighting intersectionality in her work. She currently serves as the Chief Product Officer for JUV Consulting, a Generation Z marketing consultancy and is building out social entrepreneurship opportunities at Penn. Outside of all this, Shaina makes a playlist with exactly 365 songs every year on her birthday and is always tweeting (@shainazafar)! Connect with USOW in Philadelphia or reach out to Shaina today!

Puerto Rico

Ada Alvarez in San Juan

Ada Alvarez is an adjunct professor at the Sacred Heart University teaching communications. She has a PhD in History of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean (CEAPRC-PR), a Masters in Mass Communications (FIU) and a BA from the University of Puerto Rico in Journalism. She has been a survivor turned activist of dating violence prevention. In 2015 she received the award of One of Ten Outstanding Youth of the World given by JCI in Japan. She has given more than 700 conferences in schools and has been a speaker in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Thailand, Colombia and Mexico. She coordinated with 100 volunteers 238 conferences in February of 2019 impacting in one month 14,769 youth. Connect with USOW in San Juan or reach out to Ada today!

Rhode Island

Alex Bettis in Providence

Alex is a clinical psychologist and researcher living in Providence, Rhode Island by way of Tennessee and California. Her research interests include depression and suicide prevention in vulnerable populations, including LGBTQ+ youth. Alex is passionate about promoting resilience in her community and supporting positive mental health outcomes in high-risk youth. She has experience volunteering with Planned Parenthood and on several local and national political campaigns, and she is thrilled to join the USOW team to further develop organizing and advocacy skills to better serve her community. Connect with USOW in Providence or reach out to Alex today!

South Carolina

Eden Wallace in Clemson

Eden Wallace is an ambitious visionary who is excited for the future to come. She is from Darlington, South Carolina and is a current junior at Clemson University, where she is majoring in Women’s Leadership and minoring in politics. Eden is actively involved in various political work in the city of Greenville and has past served as an advocate against domestic violence with the Pickens County Advocacy Center. She additionally launched a project in which backpacks were collected and filled with school supplies and other essentials for foster kids from the Guardian Ad Litem. Connect with USOW in Clemson or reach out to Eden today!

Esther Godfrey in Spartanburg

Esther is a professor of British literature and women’s and gender studies at the University of South Carolina Upstate, where she publishes on topics of marriage equality–both historic and modern. She works with the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN), the Safe Homes Rape Crisis Coalition (SHRCC), and Upstate’s Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (CWGS). Esther is raising three mad feminist children and fosters kittens in her spare time. Connect with USOW in Spartanburg or reach out to Esther today!

ZaDonna Slay in Rock Hill

ZaDonna has over a decade of professional experience in youth development, social welfare policy issues, and non-profit management. Her focus areas are in community development with a concentration on the well-being of youth. Presently, Ms. Slay serves as MSW Admissions Coordinator & Instructor at Winthrop University in the Department of Social Work. ZaDonna is earning her Doctorate in Social Work degree at the University of St. Thomas. Her research interests include voting rights and empowerment, and gender and racial disparity. Connect with USOW in Rock Hill or reach out to ZaDonna today!

Tennessee

Heather Ryan Sexton in Nashville

Heather Ryan Sexton has always had a passion for politics and women’s rights. However, it was the 2016 election that compelled her step up and use her voice. Since then, Heather has called legislators, attended lectures and fundraisers benefitting women’s organizations, attended the Women’s March on Washington and the Keep Families Together march, helped contact sponsors for The Equity Alliance’s Voter Guide, and became a member of a local anti-racist conversations group. Currently a stay-at-home parent, she is now pursuing a master’s in political science, with the intent to better serve her community, especially the women of Tennessee. Connect with USOW in Nashville or reach out to Heather today!

Texas

Denise Melanson in Austin

After 17 years as a music agent, Denise Melanson retired to create the position of Director of Social Impact at Paradigm Talent Agency. As Director of Social Impact, she is responsible for developing and implementing Paradigm’s philanthropic strategies with the primary goal of helping the agency and the artists they represent have a positive impact on society. She is focused on developing programs and strategies that build connections, empower staff and clients, engage in local communities and national campaigns and help to create a diverse and inclusive culture of service and giving. Connect with USOW in Austin or reach out to Denise today!

Monique Navarro in El Paso

Monique Navarro is a communications professional, who resides in El Paso, Texas alongside her husband, two young children, and pug. She has been involved in politics for most of her adult life while maintaining a deep passion for gender equity and social justice. She spends most of her days volunteering within her community, pushing for social progress whenever the opportunity arises, and generally biting off more than she can chew. Connect with USOW in El Paso or reach out to Monique today!

Ann-Nakia Green in Fort Worth

Entering into the world standing in the footprints of Civil Rights Activist Ann Atwater, Ann-Nakia M. Green was gifted the opportunity to grow up in world where the representation of women, women of color in particular, was depicted as strong, powerful, magical and driven by a force that encouraged change, unity and justice. Ann-Nakia is passionate about building upon the legacy passed on to her by her grandmother and mother not just for the women of today but those that shall come after.Connect with USOW in Fort Worth or reach out to Ann-Nakia today!

Veronica Ray Whitehead in Garland

Veronica Ray Whitehead, M.Ed., CHES is the Director of Programs at a nonprofit that seeks to create a more equitable Dallas, TX through providing, promoting and advocating for quality sexual health education and reproductive healthcare access. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and has a B.S. in Health from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Education in Health from Texas State University. It is her firm belief that access to medically accurate, inclusive, trauma informed sexual and reproductive health education and healthcare is a basic human right of all people. Connect with USOW in Dallas or reach out to Veronica today!

Virginia

Jackie Glass in Norfolk

Jacqueline “Jackie” Glass is a snort laugher from the Chicagoland area who served as a cryptologist, Victim Advocate and Equal Opportunity team member in the US Navy. Currently, a social entrepreneur, Jackie oversees the operations and creative direction of the Your Neighbor’s Hood, Mamas on the Block (MOB), MayHer, Blak Gerl Experience and Head Call podcasts/brands which work to improve markets and government policies influenced by racism, sexism and classism. She also trains parents on parental leadership. Jackie ran for her city’s first fully elected school board. Jackie serves her community as the civic league president. She is a proud wife and owner of two little citizens. Connect with USOW Norfolk or reach out to Jackie today!

U.S. Virgin Islands

Janette Millin Young in St. Thomas

Janette Millin Young has dedicated her life to serving others through public service. From holding leadership positions in several organizations such as the Girl Scouts, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Rotary to founding and presiding Women Striving For Success, Inc. in the Virgin Islands. Janette worked in the Governor’s Office of Public Relations in two administrations in the 1990s, served as state senator in the VI for four terms, and served as the director of public relations for a territorial telecommunications company for eight years. She is a former editorial page editor.Connect with USOW in St. Thomas or reach out to Janette today!

Vermont

Joy Dixon in Essex Junction

Joy Dixon is the Assistant Director of Partner Success with BellXcel, an educational equity nonprofit. In previous roles, Joy enhanced cancer screening quality improvement measures within FQHCs, managed tobacco control campaigns, launched a Tribal Colleges and University STD prevention campaign as a Fellow at the CDC in Atlanta. Joy is an avid champion of health equity, the arts, & leadership development, as a volunteer with COACH Foundation and serving on the National Board of Directors of New Leaders Council. Joy is a graduate of Florida A & M University where she received a Master of Public Health degree. A Florida native, Joy now resides in Vermont with her husband.Connect with USOW in Burlington or reach out to Joy today!

Washington

Kat Robinson in Bellevue

Kat Robinson currently works at Microsoft as a global marketing lead, where she leads strategic planning and execution of worldwide marketing campaigns for cloud products. Kat is a passionate advocate of gender equity. At Microsoft, Kat leads the Women of Cloud Marketing employee resource group, a community of hundreds of women that provides programming and resources to support and empower women within company. She is also a Master of Science candidate at Northwestern University, where she studies change management and how organizations can successfully embrace diversity and inclusion. Kat lives in Bellevue, WA with her fiancé Cristian and their two fluffy Maltese dogs, Toby and Oliver. Connect with USOW in Seattle or reach out to Kat today!

Wisconsin

Asma Keeler in Milwaukee

Asma Kadri Keeler is a staff attorney for the ACLU of Wisconsin and has worked to protect the civil rights and liberties of young girls in our public school systems. She helped eliminate a sexist dress code that banned girls from wearing yoga pants and leggings and drew international attention to rampant body shaming and harassment on cheer squads. She is working on securing paid family leave for all and increasing breastfeeding and pregnancy accommodations in the workplace. When she’s not confronting gender issues in Wisconsin, she enjoys giggling with her baby daughter and future feminist. Connect with USOW in Milwaukee or reach out to Asma today!

West Virginia

Jeni Gamble in Morgantown

A native Appalachian, Dr. Jeni Gamble has spent more than 20 years improving policies, systems, and services throughout the US and globally. A Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work at West Virginia University, her passion lies in creating meaningful change that improves policies and enhances services for those marginalized by poverty and victimization. Gamble will be cultivating, nurturing, and incubating social business efforts to ensure women in recovery in WV have opportunities for strong livelihoods and futures, and to strengthen the state’s workforce and economic prosperity. Connect with USOW in Morgantown or reach out to Jeni today!

Jennifer Wagner in Morgantown

Jen Wagner is the Co-Director of Mountain State Justice, a non-profit legal services organization dedicated to redressing systemic social, political, and economic imbalances of power for underserved West Virginians. At MSJ, Jen focuses on consumer rights, civil rights, health care, and workers’ rights litigation. Jen also serves on the Boards of Directors of WV FREE and WV FREE Action Fund, West Virginia’s leading reproductive rights and justice advocacy and service organizations. Jen previously worked as an advocate for HIV+, homeless adults. Connect with USOW in Morgantown or reach out to Jennifer today!