Sara Ainsworth, Secretary

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Sara is the Advocacy Director at Legal Voice, a nonprofit public interest law organization that works to advance women’s rights in the five Northwest states. At Legal Voice, Sara works with her colleagues to advance women’s rights to economic security, to improve the legal response to domestic and sexual violence, and to secure the rights of all women and transgender people to reproductive health and freedom. Prior to joining Legal Voice, Sara was Director of Legal Advocacy at National Advocates for Pregnant Women.She also teaches law school courses on reproductive rights and social justice, poverty law, and gender-based violence.

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Lara Davis

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Lara Davis is a musician, audio artist, and an arts administrator who has been active in youth development and community arts education for more than fifteen  years. Her audio installations have been included in projects such as I WISH  A MOTHER WOULD, the Red Lineage Community Arts Workshop, 1001 Names for Coochie Performance at Seattle Art Museum, and the Flying Dreams Installation at NEPO House in Seattle. As a musician she has performed and collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Seattle bands Air2aBird, Chi-Chi, and BRELLA. As arts education manager for the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Lara is the City’s representative for The Creative Advantage, a public/private partnership to ensure equitable access to high quality arts learning for all Seattle students. Lara serves on the National Advisory Committee for the Teaching Artists Guild, and received the 2015 Emerging Leaders Award from the Americans for the Arts.

Simon Adriane Ellis

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Simon Adriane Ellis is a trans- and genderqueer-identified Certified Nurse Midwife whose passion for reproductive justice started 15 years ago with community organizing around issues of racial and economic justice, LGBTQ rights, and women’s bodily autonomy. As a midwife, their clinical practice is focused on providing sexual and reproductive health services across the lifespan for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. In particular, their work has focused on expanding access to clinically excellent, affirming care for transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) people. Simon’s advocacy work within the healthcare field has included co-authoring a professional position statement supporting midwifery care for TGNC individuals, conducting original research on TGNC pregnancy, and providing mentorship and training to students, clinic staff, healthcare providers, and educators. Simon works as a Staff Midwife at Group Health in Seattle.

Kirsten Harris-Talley, President

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Kirsten is a Program Manager with Progress Alliance of Washington, an organization funding the infrastructure of progressive social and political change in Washington State. She has over ten years of experience as a trainer and facilitator in a number of social justice and health topics including: sexuality education, sex education justice, reproductive health, gender equity, and cultural proficiency. Kirsten also served many years as a Steering Committee member with the Healthy Youth Alliance, a coalition that worked tirelessly for the passage and responsible implementation of comprehensive sex education in Washington State public schools. She enjoys hanging with her book club, fighting for what is right, and cooking up good eats with friends and family.

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Lillian Hewko

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Lillian is graduate of the University of Washington School of Law where she is a Gates Public Service Scholar. As a queer mixed-Latina from a working class background, reproductive justice is integral to her life and led to her desire to use the law as a tool to create social change. Lillian began her reproductive justice work as Peace Corps Urban Youth Development Volunteer in Concepción, Paraguay implementing community and youth led comprehensive sex-education workshops. During law school, Lillian focused on human rights issues that affect women and girls, including child rape, sex trafficking, abortion access in Latin America, health care access in WA, and lawful status for immigrant survivors of domestic violence in the United States. Lillian co-founded the Incarcerated Mother’s Advocacy Project (IMAP), which provides legal information and resources to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women. She is an outgoing member of the board of directors for Law Students for Reproductive Justice.

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Dila Perera, Treasurer

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Dila has been working in the global health field for over a decade on complex programs designed to protect reproductive health, promote maternal & child health, and reduce the burden of HIV in resource-constrained settings. A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar, she has volunteered as a doula for immigrant and refugee women in King County. Dila worked as a Program Manager with International Training & Education Center for Health (I-TECH) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Prior to her time with I-TECH, she was a Site Coordinator for International Clinical Research Center and helpe to implement HIV Prevention research in seven sub-Saharan African countries. Most recently, Dila served as a Program Officer at Firelight Foundation in Santa Cruz, where she Lead the Foundation’s Capacity Building program and provided grants to community-based organizations helping vulnerable children and families. Dila is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and the University of Washington’s School of Social Work and School of Public Health.

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Uma Rao

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Uma has been passionate about anti-violence and social justice movements since she was young. Her roles have been to organize communities, serve on boards, train, and to raise funds, mostly within and for communities of color. Uma is currently the Director of Development and Communications for TAF (Technology Access Foundation). Prior to joining Team TAF, she was a regional organizer at Pride Foundation, raising and moving funds in rural areas of Western Washington.  She also served as the Program Director at Social Justice Fund NW, raising and moving funds to grassroots social change organizations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. In addition, Uma spent several years as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and was the executive director of Chaya, supporting survivors in the South Asian community. Uma truly believes that reproductive justice is essential to liberation, and that stronger movements include grassroots philanthropy, community based strategies and leadership development. She is grateful for her mentors, peers, family and community. Some of her most favorite things include hot cups of chai, great stories and dancing to loud music in the mornings.

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Tracy Stewart

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Tracy Stewart is a mindfulness based mental health therapist and activist attempting the Bodhisattva path.  She currently works with SURGE, Social Justice Fund (SJF), Buddhist Peace Fellowship (BPF), as well as supporting various community actions.  She sees her role in community as a supportive safe space for people in discovering their gifts through mindfulness practice and social justice awareness. Her cup is filled by the outside places, silly friends, passion, and folks sharing their good medicine with each other.

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