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Jessica Arons - President & CEO

Jessica Arons is the President and CEO of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project. Prior to joining RHTP, she served as the Director of the Women’s Health & Rights program at the Center for American Progress. Before that, she worked at the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, the labor and employment law firm of James & Hoffman, the Supreme Court of Virginia, the White House, and the 1996 Pennsylvania Democratic Coordinated Campaign.

She currently serves on the advisory board of Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and she is a former board member of the D.C. Abortion Fund and the Virginia ACLU.  She is an honors graduate of Brown University and William and Mary School of Law.

Chris Olah - Senior Associate, Programs and Policy

Chris is a recent transplant to DC from Seattle. He worked in policy advocacy at the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence for over five years, where he organized state legislative lobby days, lobbied for passage of the 2005 re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, and conducted trainings around the state on proposed and recently enacted legislation. Chris has also participated in statewide political campaigns and ballot measures, and co-founded a regional queer literary magazine published annually in the Pacific Northwest for ten years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Kalamazoo College and a law degree from the University of Washington.

Rachel Suppé - Programs and Policy Associate

Rachel Suppé is a Programs and Policy Associate at the Reproductive Health Technologies Project (RHTP). She recently joined the staff fulltime after serving as RHTP’s Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) Fellow. Rachel is a graduate of American University Washington College of Law, where she was President of her LSRJ Chapter, Senior Articles Editor of the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, and a Student Attorney with the Civil Advocacy Clinic. During law school, Rachel interned at Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, representing LGBT and/or HIV positive members of the military, the ACLU Washington Legislative Office, the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, the National Women’s Law Center, and the Center for Reproductive Rights.  Prior to law school, Rachel studied Social Work and Asian Studies at Skidmore College and worked at Family Planning Advocates of New York State.

Bree Roozen - Programs and Policy Assistant

Bree Roozen is the Programs and Policy Assistant at the Reproductive Health Technologies Project (RHTP). She completed her MA in International Affairs from Marquette University in 2014, where she focused on Asian politics and political rhetoric. While earning her MA she worked as a faculty research assistant, was awarded a top paper designation at the International Communication Association conference in 2013, and published independent research in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology. After graduating she worked overseas as a Senior Fellow at Asian University for Women researching the impact of language and culture on English language acquisition. Upon returning to the US she served as a Senior Summer Fellow with a veteran’s health and wellness services nonprofit where she designed the 2016 development plan. She moved to the DC area in September of 2015 to launch a career in research and analysis outside of academia. Bree enjoys reading, travel, and writing about herself in the third person.

Noel León - Reproductive Justice Legal Fellow (LSRJ)

Noel León is a Legal Fellow through the Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program sponsored by Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ). She supports the RHTP staff in regards to policy and programing, while helping to infuse a reproductive justice lens into RHTP’s work. Before joining RHTP, Noel was the in-house legal fellow at the national LSRJ Office in Oakland, CA, where she oversaw the Reproductive Justice Legal Research Initiative (RJ LRI) and created a pro bono toolkit to assist LSRJ’s law student chapters and alumni develop new avenues through which lawyers can deploy the RJ framework doing work in their own communities. During law school, Noel interned at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the New York Civil Liberties Union, and the Pennsylvania Women’s Law Project. She also managed Penn LSRJ’s Judicial Bypass Assistance Project, coordinating with three Philadelphia LSRJ chapters, two Philadelphia area clinics, and a local attorney to assist minors seeking abortions in Philadelphia. Prior to law school, Noel worked outside of Quito, Ecuador, as a Program Director with Manna Project International. Noel graduated from Yale University in 2009 with a degree in psychology, received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2014, and is licensed to practice law in the State of New York.  She hails originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, where her family and a big part of her heart remain.

Ilana Weisman - Intern

Ilana is a rising senior at Duke University. Originally from South Florida, she studies public policy and is writing her thesis about the relationship between sexual health and sexual assault through a public health perspective. Passionate about reproductive justice, advocacy for underrepresented communities, and the federal policymaking process, Ilana is interested in pursuing a career in research, advocacy, and lobbying for gender equity. At Duke, Ilana serves as Executive Vice President of Duke Student Government, Secretary-General for the Duke International Security Conference, and Creative Director for the Duke Innovative Design Agency. She competes in Model United Nations, teaches a university course about sexual health, and leads endeavors to increase socioeconomic and international access to campus. In her free time, Ilana enjoys cooking, DSLR photography, and exploring new places. 

 

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