2012 Activist Alliance
The 2012 Activist Alliance
Susan Choy graduated from Boston College with majors in Operations Management and Marketing and a minor in Asian American Studies. She quickly became a leader in BC student organizations, including the AHANA (African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American) Leadership Council and the Southeast Asian Student Association. She spearheaded the 30th anniversary celebration of the AHANA acronym to highlight the origins of the acronym at BC and its evolution into a term celebrating multiculturalism and diversity. Embracing the spirit of the Jesuit ideal, “men and women for and with others,” Susan had eye-opening experiences on her service and immersion trips to Nicaragua. Inspired to continue her involvement in the global community post-graduation, Susan is going to Ghana with the Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI) to work on a Girls’ Empowerment program designed around leadership, life skills, and reproductive health issues for Ghanaian young women. She is also proud to participate in a coalition for change locally as a member of the NOW-NYC Activist Alliance and looks forward to raising awareness and taking action on relevant issues affecting women today. Currently, Susan works at UBS Investment Bank, and she is an avid runner, most recently, running in the New York City Marathon to raise funds for the New York Asian Women’s Center.
Founder & Creative Director at MEO (ME Optimized), a boutique working to help women who want to project an empowered image. MEO Jr. specializes in helping mothers nurture a future leading ladies, from the 1st stage of self concept development. Outside of her work on the local level to empower women of all ages, she also lends her voice, image and likeness as a face of Proctor & Gambles “My Black is Beautiful” national ad campaign to bolster self esteem and celebrate women.
Having recently relocated to New York City, Kristin joined the NOW-NYC Activist Alliance because she knows it is important to use her skills and passion to advocate for gender equality. Kristin received her B.A. and M.A. in Communication Studies from Texas Tech University. Her graduate studies focused on social justice and gender communication and included research entitled “Women articulating their feminist standpoints.” She believes that allowing women the space to tell their stories gives them agency in a world that often does not privilege their voices. From 2007-2011, she taught public speaking and other communication courses at Texas Tech University and Tarrant County College. And, from 2009 to 2010 she worked with a small non-profit organization using state and federal grants to prevent substance abuse in the community. During that time she also served on the Board of Directors with American Cancer Society.
Erin Beth Harrist
Erin Beth Harrist is a practicing feminist and attorney. After graduating from Columbia College with a B.A. in anthropology and Columbia Law School with a J.D. in 2007, she has practiced litigation for over three years at firms including Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Her pro bono experience includes working on asylum cases brought on the basis of sexual orientation and representing victims of domestic violence in child support and protective order proceedings. She is thrilled to be working with such a dedicated and inspirational group of feminists.
When she isn’t working with the Alliance or volunteering as a College Mentor, Beatrice (Bea) works a 9 to 5 in philanthropy, providing programmatic support for two donor collaborative funds aimed at investing in strategic civic engagement efforts and long-term state infrastructure. Prior to this post, Bea worked at Citizen Schools, serving as a second-shift middle school teacher and Family Student Engagement Lead in East Harlem. She has worked as a Community Development intern with Reto Juvenil Internacional, a Costa Rican based NGO that carries out community based volunteer projects across Central and South America. Bea has also held internships with Teach For America and the United States Senate. In 2008 she joined the Obama Administration’s first class of interns as part of the The White House Internship Program. In this capacity, Bea worked on broadening the women’s advocacy agenda through the Office of Public Engagement and the White House Council on Women and Girls. Bea is a graduate of The University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, where she received her B.A. in Public Policy, with an individualized focus on K-12 Urban Education.
Cora Lee Picone
Cora Picone has a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Smith College and is currently interning with the National Council for Research on Women. She is excited to be working with NOW-NYC.
After several years in cosmetic product marketing, a recent move to New York City offered Vera the opportunity of fresh perspective. She made the decision to redirect her career towards non-profit marketing and philanthropy. A first step in this direction is her current role as a corporate philanthropy administrator for a Fortune 300 company, in which she provides programmatic and strategic support for the company’s charitable giving activities. Outside office hours Vera is an active volunteer with NOW NYC and with the organization One Brick. She is a graduate from the Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where she received her Master’s degree in American Studies.
Noli is a native New Yorker and a lover of movies, chocolate and city walks. As a determined idealist, she advocates for many social justice causes but finds herself most at home in the women’s rights movement. She believes that women and girls will be instrumental in creating more equal and peaceful societies. Noli has a B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies from The City University of New York (CUNY). She hopes to create a career that spans activism, philanthropy, and counseling. She also wants to learn French, play the guitar, and see the world.
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