Womens March Network Staff
Rachel O’Leary Carmona
For more than a decade, Women’s March Executive Director Rachel O’Leary Carmona has helped to inspire, equip, and mobilize people to shape the actions and policies that affect their communities.
Rachel established herself as a recognized expert on building transformational online and offline communities and networks. She previously worked with Amnesty International USA, Women for Women International, Girl Scouts of the USA, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Wisconsin Public Television, and with the Mayors offices in Memphis, Tennessee and Somerville, Massachusetts. Before accepting the Executive Director role at Women’s March, Rachel spent nearly three years serving as the Chief Operating Officer.
Rachel earned her Associate’s degree from Madison Area Technical College. She went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in African American Studies from the University of Wisconsin and her Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she focused on leadership development and non-profit management.
Deputy Executive Director of Organizational Advancement
Caitlin Breedlove is the Deputy Executive Director at the Women’s March. She also serves as the Movement Strategist in Residence at Auburn Seminary. Since 2003, Caitlin has been organizing, writing and building movements in red states: working across race, class, culture, gender, sexuality and faith. She is a current board member and the former Co-Director of Southerners On New Ground (SONG), where for almost a decade she co-led innovative intersectional movement building work in the LGBTQ sector. Under Caitlin’s co-leadership, SONG led campaigns, trained hundreds of new LGBTQ organizers in the South, built a membership of over 3,000, and became the largest grassroots LGBTQ organization in the South. She is also the former Campaign Director of Standing on the Side of Love at the Unitarian Universalist Association where she served as a bridge between grassroots social movements and the denomination. Caitlin began her work in the South doing popular education and organizer training at the historic Highlander Center in Tennessee. She is the former host of the podcast ‘Fortification‘, which interviewed movement leaders and organizers about their spiritual lives. She currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
Kelsey Jackson is a driven, resourceful, and ethical Director of Finance and Administration experienced in various financial fields. She has over 20 years of finance-related experience in banking and nonprofits in which she specializes.
Kelsey is skilled in financial management, nonprofit administration, fiscal reporting, financial audits, and human resources. She is also an energetic team player and a leader who collaborates with others to accomplish any goal. She is adept in strategic planning and reducing corporate outlay.
Kelsey is a graduate of the University of Maryland University College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Management and graduated with Honors. She currently lives in Maryland but is originally from Alabama and moved to Florida in her teen years. She is married and has two children.
Tamika is Deputy Director of Women’s March. She is an organizer, doula, midwifery apprentice, writer, and unschooling mama who is passionate about and active in struggles that affect Black women’s lives. Tamika has organized for abolition, reproductive justice, and for domestic workers’ rights. She is a consultant with Winds of Change Consulting, and a founding member of the Metro Atlanta Mutual Aid (MAMA) Fund and JustGeorgia. She serves as a Community Advisory Board member of Critical Resistance, a Leadership Team member of the Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective and as treasurer of OHRD.)
Director of Political Education & Leadership Development
Kate Shapiro was born in Durham, North Carolina, and raised in Atlanta Georgia where she still lives. She has had the great honor to work in the service of US Southern freedom movements for gender, sexual, racial and economic justice for the last 12+ years. She is a grassroots organizer, trainer, popular educator and strategist. She recently left Southerners on New Ground (SONG) after 8 years on staff, where she helped build SONG into the largest grassroots multi-racial LGBTQ membership organization in the South, that wages and wins intersectional direct action organizing campaigns on life and death LGBTQ issues. Her roles while at SONG included Senior Organizer, Membership Director and Special Projects Director. Prior to SONG she worked with SEIU International Union, The Beehive Design Collective, Spark Reproductive Justice Now and the Center for Participatory Change. She sits on the advisory council of Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective and the Georgia Citizens Coalition on Hunger.
Kim Parker Russell
A survivor of gun violence, Kim Russell was moved to advocate for commonsense measures to reduce gun violence in America after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. In 2012, she helped to launch a national grassroots organization – Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America – which quickly became a leading voice of reason in the gun violence prevention movement. Kim has also worked with Brady United Against Gun Violence as an organizing manager and every other year co-produces Fun Lovers Unite — a night of comedy and music to raise gun sense awareness and funding. After the 2016 election Kim began working with Women’s March to tackle intersecting issues impacting women and families. She currently serves as their director of campaigns where she inspired youth to lead Enough! National School Walkouts that saw 1.6 million students walk out of schools demanding safety from gun violence. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Kim is a mother of two living in Brooklyn, New York with a background in graphic design.
Chief of Staff
Suhayl is a proud Bronx, NY native and East Harlem resident who identifies as Afro-Puerto Rican. She brings to the Women’s March a decade’s worth of experience in and dedication to creating powerful moments for change-makers while elevating the mission-driven values of the organizations she works with. Suhayl is also a leadership coach. As a coach, she supports Black, Indigenous, Women of Color leaders in creating impact in their organizations and communities. Her goal is to help others become the revolutionary leaders the world needs while sticking to their identity-centered values. As a passionate racial justice advocate, anti-racist values are central to her organizing and leadership work.
Suhayl has a B.A in International Relations and Human Rights Advocacy from Utica College and is a Certified Community Coach and a Certified Professional Diversity Coach. She is currently attaining her Master of Science degree in Urban Policy and Leadership with a nonprofit leadership concentration from the City University of New York at Hunter College. Suhayl defines herself as a people connector, team builder, experience creator, and champion for change. When she’s not busy working or studying, she’s cuddled up with her Italian Greyhound Lunita and drinking tea with her husband.
Disinformation Content Strategist
Raised in Stamford, CT, Allison has lived in DC since 2016, where she moved to attend American University and major in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG). Over the past 5 years, Allison has made it her focus to present politics in a more accessible way through her design and video work. In 2018 she was a graphic designer for Solidarity Strategies, the only Latino political consulting firm in the northeast where she produced rapid response graphics and videos for Latino leaders such as Representatives Veronica Escobar and Chuy Garcia and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza. Allison briefly worked with D.C. Public Schools’ Health & Wellness department to create a social media ad to promote the use of the free School-Based Health Centers. During Allison’s senior year she was the youngest staff member on the Bernie Sanders 2020 National staff, traveling to VotoLatino’s Power Summit in Austin, TX, and the Nevada Caucus to represent the campaign. After graduating in May 2020, she came on board the Women’s March as the Disinformation Content Strategist. She currently resides in D.C. spending her free time dancing, watercolor painting, and playing her Nintendo switch.
Cindi is a mama, grandmother, organizer, and native Texan living in Houston. Like many of us, she was mobilized into action with the election of Donald Trump, and she marched for the first time with Women’s March in 2017.
She served on a US Senate campaign in the 2018 midterms and a Presidential primary campaign in 2020 as an organizer, field manager, and barnstormer, leading organizing rallies and mobilizing thousands of volunteers across the country. In between election cycles, she coordinated community engagement events for the Harris County Judge’s Office in Texas.
Before organizing, Cindi was trained in clinical and counseling psychotherapy, and was Vice President of Business Development for a WBE-certified woman-owned business. Cindi volunteers in her community for gun violence prevention, migrant and racial justice, and her grandson’s elementary school.
Director of Special Projects
Guided by Paulo Freire’s “Pedagogy of the Oppressed,” Aquib S. Yacoob is a community organizer and “fixer” utilizing the arts and culture as vehicles to (re)claim power in communities oppressed by difference.
Yacoob is a 25 years old queer Muslim immigrant from Guyana, South America. A first generation college student, and a graduate of Colby College, Yacoob’s study spanned the globe examining the intricacies and intersections of community health, identity, human rights and social movements.
Yacoob launched #BrownManRunning, a social change strategy firm, at age 24, after working at Amnesty International for 10 years.
Amanda Chávez Barnes
Senior Director of Programs
Amanda Chávez Barnes is a Southern Chicanx organizer and mami of twins. A neuroqueer Atlanta native with deep roots in dissonant dimensions, Amanda is a hybrid being who resides in the interstitial spaces of technologies and cultures. Much like a ghost. Although Amanda prefers to self-describe as a goddess or cyborg, or both, depending on the mood. Amanda is curious and passionate about mothering, building power in cyberspace, crafting, and imaginary worlds. Some of Amanda’s previous roles include Digital Director at Mijente, Deputy Director & National Membership Director at the US Human Rights Network, field organizer, and middle school teacher.
My name is Selene Urquidi. I am a 26-year-old, hard-working, driven, passionate, and fiery goal-oriented Latina. I strongly believe in working hard to reach the goals that you have set forth for yourself. I have been working since I was 13 years old when I would dis-infect bounce houses for $7 dollars an hour. My parents are both Hispanic immigrants who have done their absolute best to give my siblings and me fulfilled lives. I was born in Dodge City, Kansas but raised in Texas. I am a first-generation college graduate from West Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus in HR. I have 4+ years of business administration experience. In my free time I like to hang out with friends and family, especially my eight nieces and nephews. I am a newly converted and practicing Catholic.
My hobbies include swimming, partaking in all kinds of sports, and anything that has to do with being outdoors. I love animals and aspire to have my own farm one day. I am currently working for the Women’s March as the executive director’s assistant where I will bring a fresh perspective to the organization. I am excited to grow and learn as I take on this new journey in my professional career.
Womens March Network Board
Brianna Twofoot, a national organizing leader with 15+ years of experience in community organizing, is the National Organizing Director at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In her role, Brianna leads 50-state organizing with the goal of continuously mobilizing PPFAs powerfully organized base to ensure sustained access to sexual and reproductive healthcare for all people. Brianna has served as the Chief Program Officer at the National Institute for Reproductive Health and the NIRH Action Fund, where she led the organization’s policy, advocacy, leadership development and electoral programs. She also served as Vice President of Organizing at Leadership for Educational Equity, helping build and lead the organization’s organizing program from the ground up. During her tenure, LEE’s organizing network achieved wins including eliminating pre-k through second grade suspension in the state of Texas, eliminating corporal punishment for special needs students in Louisiana, moving eight figure sums into community-controlled or community-based programs in city and state budgets and much more. At LEE through her roles as a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Brianna supported the organization to grow from its start-up phase into an established national entity, including founding LEE’s diversity, equity and inclusion work. She has also served as field director at the ACLU of Maine, a school leader in Indianapolis and a second grade teacher in rural Mississippi through Teach For America.
Tamara Cohen is a rabbi, writer and educator whose work focuses on lgbtq, feminist and anti-racist transformation within the Jewish community and on engaging Jewish youth in movements for social justice. She is the VP of Program Strategy at Moving Traditions.
Rev. T. Sheri Dickerson
A native of Oklahoma deeply rooted in her community, Sheri Dickerson is an activist, an organizer, a clergy member, and a truth teller profoundly committed to freeing humanity from oppression and elevating society to its most optimum level. LOVE and Empowerment are Sheri’s foundational cores, and daily mission. Sheri identifies as a queer Black non-binary human who totally appreciates and celebrates her vagina.
Sheri is the mother of two amazing children, a mentor to dynamic young movement leaders, and an extension of her village of powerful women mentors and activist Icons. She sat under the direct tutelage of the late Dr. Maya Angelou and the Legendary Clara Luper who helped develop her spirit of altruism, community service, grassroots organizing, advocacy and creative multitasking. Sheri experience inside the foster care system compels her to give back to young people in foster care systems as a volunteer for CASA, and the One Child at a Time Fostering and Adoption program. Sheri serves as a political consultant and strategist to progressive candidates running for office in Oklahoma with her company Epiphany Consulting. She also is a facilitator and trainer with Partners In Progress LLC, specializing in Diversity and Inclusion trainings.
For twenty five years, Sheri has been on the frontlines of the battle for intersectional people’s rights, uniting marginalized communities across the spectrum to struggle and thrive together in one of the most challenging regions of the country
Shawna Knipper has helped to educate and mobilize people across Pennsylvania and the United States to address many issues and policies impacting communities on a personal level. Shawna is a kidney transplant recipient, who started organizing around healthcare over 10 years ago.
As one of the original Women’s March state organizers, building coalitions and organizing to raise local communities voices has been a continuous effort of hers. Shawna has worked with UNOS (United Network of Organ Sharing), in digital organizing for Sanders 2020, as Field Director for Congressman Matt Cartwright, as staffing consultant for Toni Preckwinkle for Mayor in Chicago, and on the steering committee for PAResist. Shawna currently is the Director for Women’s March Pennsylvania.
Isa Noyola is deputy director at Mijente, a political, digital, and grassroots hub for Latinx and Chicanx organizing and movement building. Launched in 2015, Mijente seeks to strengthen and increase the participation of Latinx people in the broader movements for racial, economic, climate and gender justice. Isa also works extensively for the release of transgender women from ICE detention and an end to all deportations and mass incarceration.She is apart of the advisory boards of Familia:TQLM, BreakOUT, El/La para Translatinas, and the International Trans Fund. Isa identifies as a translatina activist and cultural organizer and is passionate about abolishing oppressive systems that criminalize trans and queer immigrant communities of color.