2015 Activist Alliance
Alex Bisker is a digital marketing strategist and project manager with a background in entertainment. When she’s not crafting timelines or concocting targeted marketing plans, you’ll find her advocating for women in leadership and trying to get her two cats to take her seriously. alexbisker.com – @abiscuit.
Helen Bolton provides programmatic and operations support at a non-profit and is particularly passionate about reproductive rights and justice. In her spare time she watches an excessive amount of Netflix, volunteers as an abortion doula, and talks about abortions and birth control ‘too much’ at casual social gatherings. You can find her on Twitter at @hbolton.
Nicole Brownstein is a community engagement specialist working to cultivate an awareness of the importance of public parks and green space in urban centers. Nicole’s background is in urban policy with a focus on planning through a feminist lens, and so she is very excited to be a member of the Activist Alliance and help others realize our city’s feminist potential! When she’s not out fighting for gender equality and convincing people to use their parks, you can find Nicole in the kitchen or trying to teach her cat English.
Stacy Clark is a water resources engineer working on projects related to flood protection, drinking water, and wastewater in and around NYC. Through her involvement with the Activist Alliance, Stacy looks forward to working with other activists to make our feminist movement more inclusive and empowering other gender-equality believers to get involved. In her spare time, Stacy participates in women-led STEM workshops for local elementary students, volunteers at a cat shelter, and enjoys camping and kayaking. @stacemcee
NY native and bacon enthusiast, Natalie Cosgrove works at a women’s health e-commerce startup called HelloFlo. With her degree in graphic design in tow, she is ready to fight for women’s rights with a *metaphorical* tampon as her sword. Her passions aside from her job (which she is obsessed with) include meticulously planning adventures, the HBO show Girls and narwhals.
Caryn T. Davis, born in Hollywood, CA, observed social movements on TV namely The civil rights and women’s’ movements without a clue about how to participate. However, Caryn’s commitment to social change in NYC has been evident in the classroom as an arts and sexuality educator and now as an adult education instructor and administrator specializing in teaching English to speakers of other languages who are college-bound. Now on the cusp of her 60th birthday, and the mother of a daughter on the cusp of teenage hood, Caryn joined the Alliance to learn the skills and joys of being an activist on the behalf of herself, her daughter and all girls and women in NYC.
Abby Dobson received a Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College with a double major in Political Science and History. A former Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Public Policy and International Affairs, Abby has engaged in activist work as a Black Student Union leader, co-founder of a Women of Color group and Caribbean Student Association. Abby also served as a student attorney for the Georgetown University Law Center Sex Discrimination Clinic, representing victims of domestic violence in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Inspired by Alice Walker’s seminal work, “In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens” and Audre Lorde’s “Sister Outsider,” Abby is particularly interested in issues impacting people of color, women, immigrants and the poor in the U.S. and globally. An independent scholar, Abby’s research interests focus on the intersectionality of race, gender and class in the consumption, production, promotion and distribution of music; the connection between the arts and politics; and on intersectionality and citizenship in the Caribbean immigrant experience in the U.S. A sonic conceptual artist-composer and culture producer, Abby also released her debut album “Sleeping Beauty: You Are the One You Have Been Waiting On” in 2010 on her independent record label, LadyBraveBirdMusic. Abby is proud to be a member of NOW-NYC’s 2015 Activist Alliance group.
Maryam Fikri majored in biology and philosophy at the University of Maryland. Her studies laid a solid foundation for passionately pursuing and understanding intersectionality, global feminism, and systemic and institutionalized oppression. Every day she seeks to dismantle unconscious biases that affect daily social behaviors and interactions, even if it’s just gentle prodding or questioning in a friendly conversation. When she’s not consumed with thoughts about social issues, she’s attending live music shows, making new friends, and doing everything in her power to explore New York City’s charms.
Lauren Kelly works in fundraising, but she promises not to solicit you for donations the first time you meet. She is excited to further her involvement in the fight for equality and to work to deepen the understanding and acceptance of intersectional feminism through advocacy and outreach. She considers herself a fangirl of many a progressive politician and popstar, and is therefore always available to discuss Wendy Davis’ 2013 filibuster or Lady Gaga’s 2009 VMAs performance. You can find her on Twitter at @laurenekelly.
Michelle Martinez is a graduate of Stony Brook University who majored in Psychology and Sociology, with a focus in Women and Gender’s Studies. She was very active both on and off campus. During her time at Stony Brook University she was part of the Spirit of Stony Brook Marching Band, she helped found a VOX Chapter:Voices for Planned Parenthood, became a AIDS Peer Educator, attended various conferences and trainings. Through these endeavors she realized her passion for Women’s Reproductive health which lead her to become a Counselor at Planned Parenthood of New York City. During her time off she enjoys hanging out with friends, wandering the streets of New York City and attending music festivals and concerts. Find her on instagram and twitter: @fauxvintage
Molly O’Shea graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a double major in Cognitive Science and Spanish, and now works in clinical neuro-oncology research. She is most interested in the intersection of psychology, language, and building gender identity through narrative — especially exploring feminist ideologies through the lens of race and class relations. In her spare time, she lifts heavy weights to a female-MCs-only hip hop playlist wearing hot pink lipstick and matching Chuck Taylors.
Melissa Quesinberry, a certified rape crisis counselor and gender violence specialist, is dedicated to advocating women’s rights. With a background in sociology and non-profit management, she is currently conducting qualitative research and plans to apply for doctorate programs this fall in order to teach gender studies. She rallies and protests frequently about police brutality, income inequality and women’s rights. She also enjoys writing, art, photography, gardening and chilling with her Siamese cat, Keagan. She recently published her blog and personal website, freefeminism.com. Follow @FeMentality and join the fight for gender equality and social justice.
Jaimie Sanita is a bike-riding, yoga practicing 20-something social justice academic. She works to promote equitable food access across NYC and enjoys casually smashing the hetero-normative, white supremacist, capitalistic patriarchal system. As a member of the 2015 Activist Alliance, she is excited to stand up for feminist justice because these gender roles taste disgusting.
Kristin Taylor is a writer, editor, and communications specialist—and a believer that words can change the world. She sees the intersection of language and activism as key to accessing our most meaningful selves and our most enlightened societies, so she is thrilled to have the opportunity to promote social change as a member of the 2015 Activist Alliance. In her spare time, she can usually be found with her nose in a book, advancing the merits of the Oxford comma, or promoting the fandom of her spoiled Jack Russell Terrier, Prince Ollie, otherwise known as Pup Francis I. www.kristintaylor.nyc @hometothesea
Kaitlin Vaughan is a probate genealogist and fervent proponent of strong female friendships. When she’s not completing strange research assignments in various archives around the city, you can find her aggressively perusing thrift stores, consuming impressive amounts of ice cream, and/or physically and intellectually protesting inequality.