2014 Activist Alliance
Joi Bass is an emerging feminist activist and leader. She studied Psychology at the University of Illinois, yet she always had a passion for politics and culture. That interest inspired her to launch BrownSkin Magazine, a lifestyle and culture magazine for women of color, focusing on politics, personal growth, and interpersonal relationships. Joi later became Volunteer Coordinator for the Obama for America campaign where she recruited and trained volunteers and coordinated campaign events for groups including Black Women for Obama. Through NOW-NYC’s Activist Alliance, she plans to fight for the passage of New York State’s Women’s Equality Agenda and other progressive causes.
Josie Rhodes Cook was recently an intern with NOW-NYC and the Feminist Press concurrently, and completed a service year with the AmeriCorps VISTA program at Pathways to Housing, a Housing First homelessness prevention non-profit. Josie is a member of the NY Younger Women’s Task Force and a volunteer escort at CHOICES Women’s Medical Center. She is currently a Contributing Writer for BuddyTV.com, and tries to incorporate her love for geeky media with her passion for advocacy by doing things like founding a Sherlock Holmes-themed prom event here in the city to benefit charity, or by using her writing platform to talk about issues like the representation of women in media whenever possible.
Loud-mouthed and never shy, Jasmine Cuffie has been an active participant in smashing the patriarchy since someone incorrectly told her little girls couldn’t be whatever they wanted to be. Jasmine spent her youth attending Girl Scouts meetings and an all-girls school in Philadelphia where she realized the potential of brave women who will change the world. She currently works as the Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Coordinator at the New School University and is excited to affect positive change related to sexual assault, reproductive rights and gender equality in the workplace as a member of the Activist Alliance.
Alexandra Lombardi is a Social Media Marketer in New York City and is fascinated with mass media’s effect on identity-formation, and how the arts and media shape the opinions and politics of contemporary culture. She channels this interest into protecting women’s rights and ending gender discrimination, and hopes to help shape a culture of openness and respect while uplifting the voices of women in the digital world. Currently, Alexandra does this in both the consumer and social sphere, promoting female irreverence as Brand Manager for Middle Sister Wines, and championing women’s rights laws through lobbying and digital strategy with NOW-NYC and the New York Women’s Equality Coalition.
Sarah Mallory recently moved to New York City from Los Angeles in order to get her M.P.A. from the NYU Robert F. Wagner School of Public Affairs. She obtained B.A. degrees in Psychology and Global Studies at UCLA, before joining the Office of Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz. Continuing her work on women’s issues with non-profit organizations such as Break the Cycle and Women Against Gun Violence while in Los Angeles, Sarah joins NOW-NYC Activist Alliance to further the agenda of women’s rights in the big apple. She looks forward to a future career in government working for the betterment of local communities.
Ebony Murphy-Root is a CT native, writer, activist, and middle school humanities teacher working at a progressive prep school on the Upper West Side. Particularly interested in the intersections of education, literacy, gender, pop culture, politics and advocacy, in June of 2013 she was a fellow in the inaugural cohort of the Interschool Leadership Institute for Educators of Color held at The Lycée Français de New York. After college she taught in a GED program for pregnant and parenting teens in Springfield, Mass, and was active on the steering committee of the Young Women’s Leadership Program for the CT Permanent Commission on the Status of Women. Ebony is a 2012 graduate of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale and aspires to state level policy-making and lifelong teaching and learning.
Teresse Myers is a Social Worker, specializing in children and family services. She is a graduate of both Howard University in Washington, DC and Loyola University Chicago in Illinois. As a member of Americorps NCCC she has completed service projects in Louisiana, Alabama, Colorado and Texas. Now a Licensed Master Social Worker, she is currently employed as a Foster Care Caseworker in New York. Her interests include women’s issues and LGBTQ rights.
Sprouted in the “birthplace of Hip-Hop”, decently traveled and well-read Bronx native, Damares Pleasants takes pride in her intuitive knack for survival and fluid adaptability. A former resident of Las Vegas and Miami, she’s found her way back to the Big Apple, firmly planting her roots in the place she and her elderly Italian Greyhound proudly call home.
Stephanie Selekman received her Masters in International Human Rights with concentrations in Women’s Health and Development at the University of Denver, where she was the Symposium Coordinator for the Center on Rights Development before relocating to New York. Since moving back east, she has interned for the Women’s Refugee Commission with their Communications Team, providing logistical support for their annual luncheon and currently works at the Educational Alliance. Stephanie has also spent time in Peru working on the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Reproductive Health Program with Nexos Voluntarios creating reproductive health curricula for high school students.
Originally from Arizona, Sarah Wolf graduated with a degree in Sociology from Hunter College, and has worked in the publishing field since 2009. She has been passionate about women’s rights for as long as she can remember with a particularly strong interest in reproductive rights and women’s health. She looks forward to engaging more deeply with the feminist movement, learning from her fellow alliance members, and becoming an advocate for change on both the state and national level.
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