Jill E. Adams, JD
Executive Director of the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice
Berkeley School of Law
Jill E. Adams, JD, is the Executive Director of the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice. Prior to joining Berkeley Law, Adams was the Executive Director of Law Students for Reproductive Justice for six years, guiding its transformation from a fledging organization to a sustainable institution and influential force in the national reproductive health, rights, and justice movement. Her service includes the vice presidency of the California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, the Women's Health Leadership Network at the Center for American Progress, the board of directors for the Habeas Project of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, the advisory boards for Nursing Students for Choice and Real Reason, and the steering committee of Pharmacy Forward: Pharmacist Leadership for Reproductive Health. Adams has been an invited lecturer for courses on medical, law, and undergraduate campuses throughout the country and a featured presenter at numerous national and transnational academic and activist convenings.
Martha Dina Argüello
Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
For the past 32 years, Martha has served in the non-profit sector as an advocate, community organizer, and coalition builder. She joined PSR-LA in 1998 to launch the environmental health programs, and became Executive Director in November 2007. She is committed to making the credible voice of physicians a powerful instrument for transforming California and our planet into a more peaceful and healthy place.
Martha grew up in the Pico-Union area of Los Angeles. At the young age of 14, she made a lifelong commitment to effect social change after seeing her friend killed by a school security guard. As a coalition builder, Martha has emphasized the need for local grassroots advocacy working in partnership with statewide policy actions. She serves as chair of the Steering Committees of California for a Healthy and Green Economy and Californians for Pesticide reform and in 2013 she was awarded the Wangari Maathai Environmental Justice Award by Black Women for Wellness.
Christine Dehlendorf, MD
Associate Professor in Residence
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
Christine Dehlendorf is an Associate Professor in Residence at the University of California, San Francisco, with appointments in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, and Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She is a family physician with advanced training in family planning and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research. Her research program investigates disparities in contraceptive use and contraceptive counseling, including studies examining the relationship of patient race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status with variation in health care providers’ recommendations for contraceptive methods and with the quality of contraceptive counseling. Currently, she is analyzing a cohort study investigating contraceptive counseling, which involved audiorecording over 300 contraceptive counseling visits and following women for six months after their visit to assess contraceptive continuation. In addition, she is investigating social influences on contraceptive use.
Lawrence Finer, PhD
Director of Domestic Research
New York, NY
Lawrence Finer is the Director of Domestic Research at the Guttmacher Institute, where he is responsible for supervising Guttmacher's research portfolio of U.S.-focused projects on family planning services, contraceptive use patterns, pregnancy and abortion, and adolescent reproductive health. His current work focuses on estimating unintended pregnancy at the national and state level. Dr. Finer has also overseen Guttmacher's periodic census of abortion providers, which measures the incidence and availability of abortion nationwide. He has authored work on premarital sex, women's reasons for seeking abortion, multiple sexual partnerships and risk for sexually transmitted diseases, the services provided by U.S. family planning agencies and clinics, men's reproductive health, and the timing of first family planning visits.
Liza Fuentes, MPH
CUNY School of Public Health
Liza is a doctoral student at the City University of New York School of Public Health and fellow at the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research. She is a former Senior Research Associate at National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and a former member of the boards of National Network of Abortion Funds, New York Abortion Access Fund, and the D. C. Abortion Fund. She earned an MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the policy determinants of immigrant and Latina/o reproductive health and fertility.
Director, Community Access and Co-lead, Stigma and Discrimination
Chapel Hill, NC
Leila Hessini, originally from Algeria, is a global feminist leader and activist with over twenty years of advocacy, grant-making and organizing experience. She directs Ipas’s community engagement work and co-leads its global stigma and discrimination efforts. She serves as Chair of the Global Fund for Women board and is a member of the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights , the Center for Constitutional Rights, and the Safe Abortion Action Fund boards. From 2004-2012, she served on the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice collective’s management committee. She is an advisor to the Urgent Action Fund, the Center for Women’s Leaderships’ 16th days of activism against gender-based violence and the International Museum of Women’s Muslim Women’s Art and Voices project. Leila has published widely on feminist organizing in North Africa and the Middle East, the impact of stigma and discrimination on women’s human rights and innovative strategies to increase abortion access across the world. Her global experience is informed by extensive residency in Egypt, Morocco, France and the United States and engagement with women’s human rights advocates in over 40 countries.
NARAL Pro-Choice New York
National Institute for Reproductive Health
New York, New York
Andrea Miller is the President of NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive
Health. With more than twenty years’ experience in reproductive rights and women’s health, Andrea
took the helm there in the fall of 2011. Under her leadership, the organization has expanded its state-level advocacy work both in New York and in states across the country. Previously, she served for nearly four years as Executive Director at NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, where she led the effort to secure nocopays for contraception under state health reform, which helped set the stage for similar policy nationwide. Andrea was previously a principal and co-owner at Public Interest Media Group (PIMG), a national communications and public affairs firm based in New York City, where she provided strategic consulting services to a host of major national reproductive rights, public health, and women's organizations— including creating and implementing the reproductive health community’s messaging campaign to bring Plan B over the counter. Early in her career, Andrea helped found the Center for Reproductive Rights and served as communications and public affairs director for its first five years. Andrea has a Masters of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Columbia College, Columbia University. She is a native of Minnesota.
Eastern States Director
Center for Environmental Health
New York, New York
Ansje Miller directs CEH's efforts to partner with other effective organizations, public health experts, community groups, academics, and public officials to help the government develop and enforce sensible measures to protect people from dangerous chemicals. She came to CEH after founding and directing the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative. Hosted by Redefining Progress, this coalition brought together the nation’s leading environmental justice, faith-based, and policy organizations to push North Americans to create and implement socially just policies on global warming. Her organizing efforts, research reports, and popular articles have led to the creation of numerous policies on global warming including California’s AB32. Her work has also been cited in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Third Assessment Report.
Temple Beth Emeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Sooji Min has been the Executive Director of Temple Beth Emeth in Ann Arbor, Michigan since July 2011. She is an experienced nonprofit manager and previously served as the executive director of the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, a nonprofit policy and advocacy organization that focuses on adolescent sexual health and parenting, where she directed the agency's programming to develop leadership among youth from communities of color; advocate for community, institutional, societal, and policy changes impacting low-income and marginalized communities; and build a grassroots network of allied social justice organizations. Prior to that Min was executive director of Korean American Community Services, a comprehensive social service agency in Chicago and served for six years on the board of the Asian Health Council Coalition of Illinois. She is on the board of the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health and on the governing board of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum. Min is a graduate of Barnard College and holds master's degrees from Northwestern University and The University of Chicago.
Reproductive Justice Advocate
Jacy is a mother, a social justice advocate, and co-founder and past executive director of Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR.) During her tenure as COLOR's director, the organization experienced exponential growth and COLOR helped to defeat the 2008 personhood initiative in Colorado by using Latino-specific messaging and grassroots outreach to Latino voters, which helped to position COLOR as a leader in both the state and national reproductive rights movements. Perhaps her most lasting contribution to the reproductive justice movement is the cadre of young Latina leaders that Jacy cultivated and supported to lead our movement for decades to come.
Jacy serves on the Board of directors of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and the Chinook Fund. She lives in northwest Denver with her husband, son and three cats.
Jonathan Moreno, PhD
Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy
University of Pennsylvania
Jonathan Moreno is a Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, of History and Sociology of Science, and of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania where he holds an endowed professorship. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and served on the 2008-2009 transition team for President Obama. Moreno is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a National Associate of the National Research Council. He has served as a senior staff member for three presidential advisory commissions, including the current bioethics commission under President Obama. He is the author of The Body Politic: The Battle Over Science in America, and several books on bioethics, including Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research, Deciding Together: Bioethics and Moral Consensus and Arguing Euthanasia. The American Journal of Bioethics called Moreno “The most interesting bioethicist of our time.” Moreno earned a BA from Hofstra University and a PhD in Philosophy from Washington University.
Jamila Perritt, MD
Planned Parenthood of Metro Washington
Jamila Perritt, MD MPH FACOG is a board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and the Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC. Dr. Perritt is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine and completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. She received her subspecialty training in Family Planning at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. During her fellowship training, Dr. Perritt received a Master’s Degree in Public Health from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. After completion of her fellowship, she returned to her hometown of Washington, DC to assume the role of Medical Director at Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington DC, Inc. Dr. Perritt’s primary clinical and research interests surround issues of health disparities with a focus on vulnerable populations. She is a passionate advocate for reproductive health rights and speaks and presents frequently on these topics. She has worked closely the Physicians for Reproductive Health, Advocates for Youth and other organizations in support of access to comprehensive reproductive health care.
Dr. Perritt is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a member of The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals and a Junior Fellow of The Society of Family Planning.
Denese Shervington, MD
President and CEO
Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies
New Orleans, LA
Dr. Shervington has an intersectional career in academic psychiatry and public mental health. She is the President and CEO of The Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies (IWES), a community-based public health institute, and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Tulane University. Dr. Shervington is a veteran in the field of women’s health. Prior to her position as Division Director, Dr. Shervington served as statewide Medical Director of Family Planning for Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health; and Director of Family Planning Education and International Maternal and Child Health Program Development and Associate Professor of Public Health in the Department of OB/GYN, at Louisiana State University Medical Center (LSUMC), New Orleans, LA.
Dr. Shervington is a graduate of New York University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco, and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Shervington also received a Masters of Public Health in Population Studies and Family Planning from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
In 2006, she was awarded the Isaac Slaughter Leadership award by the Black Psychiatrists of America. In 2012, she received the Jeanne Spurlock M.D. Minority Fellowship Award from the American Psychiatric Association.
Robin Wallace, MD, MAS
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine
University of Texas Southwestern
Robin Wallace is a family physician who serves as medical director of a family planning health center in North Texas. As a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Southwestern, she teaches and trains medical students and family medicine residents in a variety of women's health topics. Dr. Wallace completed a fellowship in family planning at the University of California, San Francisco, during which her research focused on counseling for patient-centered miscarriage management. She most recently completed development of an open-access online curriculum, which can be found at EarlyPregnancyLossResources.org.
DeShawn Taylor, MD
Owner and Medical Director
Desert Star Family Planning
DeShawn Taylor, MD is a Board Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist who solely owns and operates Desert Star Family Planning, LLC, the newest of the six medical offices where women can receive abortion care in Arizona. Born, raised, and trained in Los Angeles, CA, she began her research and teaching career after completing a Family Planning Fellowship and Masters of Science Degree in Clinical and Biomedical Investigations at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Realizing her passion for advocacy for abortion access and women’s reproductive rights, she accepted a leadership position with Planned Parenthood Arizona and made the move to Phoenix seven years ago. During her time in Arizona, she has served in leadership roles with PPAZ, NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona, and has participated in various levels of advocacy around Arizona anti-abortion laws.
She holds an academic appointment with the University of Arizona College of Medicine as an Assistant Clinical Professor. She lectures annually in the Reproductive Health block at the medical school, hosts medical students for selectives in her office, and is an invited lecturer at the local osteopathic colleges and student conferences.
Marty is the founder and principal of Marty Walz and Associates, a management and public affairs consulting firm. Before founding her own firm, Marty served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts for two years, leading the organization’s health care, education, and advocacy work. Prior to joining PPLM in March 2013, Marty served as a Massachusetts State Representative for eight years. Among her legislative achievements, she was a lead sponsor of the 2007 law that created a 35-foot buffer zone to protect the privacy, dignity, and safety of patients and staff at reproductive health centers. During her time in the legislature, she championed family planning funding, teen pregnancy prevention programs, comprehensive and age-appropriate health education, and education reform. She is also the author of the state’s anti-bullying law. Marty also served for seven years on the NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Board of Directors.
Marty has a M.P.A. from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, a J.D. from New York University School of Law, and a B.A. from Colgate University.