tamika d. mallory, co-President
Tamika D. Mallory is nationally recognized as a fiery and outspoken champion for social justice who has worked closely with the Obama Administration as an advocate for civil rights issues, equal rights for women, health care, gun violence, and police misconduct. Tamika has been publicly applauded as “a leader of tomorrow” by Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, Valerie B. Jarrett and was selected to serve on the transition committee of New York City Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio. She served as a national organizer for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, which drew 300,000, as well as Justice or Else!, where she delivered a national address to over 700,000. A leading figure in the grassroots, community-based effort to stop gun violence in New York City, Tamika was instrumental in creating the NYC Crisis Management System, an official gun violence prevention program that awards nearly $20 million annually to innovative violence intervention organizations. After serving as National Action Network’s youngest Executive Director, Tamika founded Mallory Consulting, a strategic planning firm in New York City.
BOB BLAND, co-President
Bob Bland is the CEO + Founder of Manufacture New York (MNY), a social enterprise that is rethinking the fashion ecosystem (design, development, distribution) and creating a new, vertically-integrated business model that will transform apparel & textile production for the 21st century. Their mission is to reawaken and rebuild America’s fashion industry, foster the next wave of businesses, and create a transparent, sustainable global supply chain. An international speaker + advocate for domestic manufacturing, ethical supply chains and design entrepreneurship education, Ms. Bland has presented Manufacture New York as a case study in Copenhagen, Seoul, Los Angeles, Raleigh, Las Vegas, Washington D.C. and NYC. She has also been featured in two books, Sustainable Fashion: Past, Present & Future (2015), We Own the City (2014); the film “Making It In America: Empowering Global Fashion;” and multiple TV interviews including CNBC & CBS Evening News.
carmen perez, BOARD MEMBER
Carmen Perez has dedicated 20 years to advocating for many of today's important civil rights issues, including mass incarceration, gender equality, violence prevention, racial healing and community policing. As the Executive Director of The Gathering for Justice, a nonprofit founded by Harry Belafonte, Carmen has crossed the globe promoting peace through civil and human rights, building alternatives to incarceration and violence, and providing commentary and guidance for state and federal policy creation. Her work inside of juvenile detention centers and prisons in California and New York has provided cultural, spiritual and educational events as well as individual support to incarcerated youth. Carmen is the co-founder of Justice League NYC and founder of Justice League CA, two state-based task forces for advancing juvenile and criminal justice reform agenda. She has organized numerous national convenings, including Growing Up Locked Down conferences on juvenile justice, and the March2Justice, a 250 mile march which drew Congressional attention to key legislative reforms to confront the national crisis in police violence. A respected expert in the field of juvenile and criminal justice and system accountability, Carmen was invited to testify before the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and have been featured in numerous media outlets.
Linda sarsour, BOARD MEMBER
Linda Sarsour is an award-winning, Brooklyn-born Palestinian-American-Muslim racial justice and civil rights activist, community organizer, social media maverick, and mother of three. Linda has been at the forefront of major social justice campaigns both locally in New York City and nationally. She led the successful, progressive coalition to close New York public schools for the observance of two of Islam's most important holy days, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. In 2015, Linda was one of three women co-chairs of the March2Justice, an effort advised and chaired by legendary artist and activist Belafonte, leading almost 100 marchers through 5 states and 250 miles from Staten Island, NY to Washington, DC. Linda was invited to deliver an address before 700,000 people at the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March, and gained international media coverage. Linda is the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York, co-founder of Muslims for Ferguson, and a member of Justice League NYC. She is most notably recognized for her focus on intersectional movement building.
JANAYE INGRAM, Board Member
Called an “impressive leader who plays an important role in our progress toward the mountaintop,” by First Lady Michelle Obama, Janaye Ingram has spent her career empowering people and creating change for marginalized communities. She has engaged communities throughout the United States and internationally on issues like civil rights, voting rights & democracy, health care, education, economic empowerment, women's rights and activism. Janaye currently works as a consultant in Washington, DC and previously served as the National Executive Director of the civil rights organization National Action Network (NAN). Prior to her work with NAN, she held positions with nonprofits and corporations in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia. Through her work, she has become a sought after speaker and media commentator and has been the recipient of various awards and honors for her work. She is a National Board Member for the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) and a Leader with 20/20 Leaders of America.
BREANNE BUTLER, Director of Capacity Building + Board member
Breanne is a chef in New York City, and the CEO of 'by Breanne', a fashion and food concept that specializes in candy jewelry. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Breanne received a scholarship to attend Macomb Culinary Institute during her senior year in high school, and graduated from the program at just 20 years old. She moved to New York City in 2011 and began working at the Michelin-starred Rouge Tomate, and became their Pastry Sous Chef 18 months later. She then became the Executive Pastry Chef at Facebook NY, becoming widely known in the company for her innovative and unique desserts. When Breanne isn’t in her kitchen, she loves to put stamps in her passport, traveling from South Africa to France to expand her food knowledge. She loves to advocate for women and diversity in the restaurant industry, and has mentored many cooks throughout their careers. She has been able to use her strength and experience in organizing kitchens to help organize almost 400 marches around the world.
MRINALINI CHAKRABORTY, Head of Field Operations & Strategy
Mrinalini is a proud immigrant from Kolkata, India, who moved to the U.S. eight years ago, by herself, to attend Knox College (a tiny, but awesome, liberal arts college) on an academic scholarship. She is a doctoral student of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and specializes in ancient DNA analysis in South American prehistoric civilizations. Mrinalini has been an activist since her teenage years, working primarily on minority rights, and refuses to be a bystander as the rights and safety of immigrants, men and women of color, the LGBTQIA community, and other minorities are threatened. As a teenager growing up in Kolkata, India, Mrinalini entered the world of activism by fighting for the rights of sex workers and victims of human trafficking, and has since continued to work on social justice campaigns focusing on immigrants rights, equitable access to education, gender violence, and mental health advocacy. Working on the Women's March is one of the greatest honors in her life and she is proud to be at the forefront of the largest women-led civil rights movement of our times!
EMMA COLLUM, Head of Field Operations & Strategy
Emma Collum, Esq. is a graduate of State University of New York at Albany with a B.A. in Public Policy, and of City University of New York Law School with a J.D. She is a Hudson Valley New York native and resides in South Florida. Emma’s legal background in New York City Court’s was dedicated to representing tenants, domestic violence survivors, union workers, and environmental policy. Her legal experience working with under-represented communities as well as her time in both New York State and New York City politics has inspired her interest in Grassroots Movements. Currently, Emma actively practices law as an In-House Attorney and volunteers for women and children organizations in her South Florida community. She is thrilled to be a part of this incredible movement.
Mariam Ehrari, Head of Operations & Partnerships
Mariam Ehrari is a New York-based resistor. Prior to the Women’s March, she worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign, focused on hiring, and managing the campaign’s internship program. Prior to that, she spent time at the National Economic Council in the Obama White House. She has also worked at New York University’s campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai, researching the globalization of American higher education, serving as a teaching assistant for a class on the First Amendment religion clauses, and developing student leadership initiatives.
CASSADY FENDLAY, HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS
Cassady Fendlay is a freelance communications strategist who specializes in generating earned media for social justice causes. She draws on a background of progressive advocacy and labor organizing in her work with major nonprofits, foundations and public figures. In 2015, she volunteered as head of communications for the March2Justice, a mobilization that led around 100 marchers over 250 miles from Staten Island, NY, to Washington, DC to uplift three pieces of criminal justice reform legislation. At 34, Cassady has lived in five different cities, earned Ivy League honors, founded two leadership groups, started her own business, taught herself Spanish, travelled in three continents, and she’s only getting started.
Sophie Ellman-Golan, Deputy Head of Communications
Sophie Ellman-Golan is a social justice activist committed to organizing for racial and gender justice, queer liberation, and against police violence. She is a member leader on the Campaign for Police Accountability and Legislative Working Group at Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ), and a proud member of the #JewishResistance. Prior to joining the Women's March team, Sophie worked at Everytown for Gun Safety, the nation's largest gun violence prevention organization. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Barnard College in Africana Studies and Human Rights.
Jackson Hyland-Lipski, head of web development
Jackson Hyland-Lipski is an activist and filmmaker living and working in New York City. He was previously the Executive Assistant to the Alive Inside Foundation, bringing memory and identity back to elders with dementia through music and empathy. The Foundation was created from the Sundance Award winning film 'Alive Inside', and Jackson helping direct, write, film, and edit his next film. In 2014, Jackson worked at Radical Media as Archival Assistant for Emmy Winning and Academy Award Nominated 'What Happened, Miss Simone?', a Netflix original documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015. Jackson concurrently worked for the film's Producer Amy Hobby as Head of Development for Ms. Hobby's and Anne Hubbell's production company, Tangerine Entertainment, which produces films and other projects helmed by women. Jackson Hyland-Lipski is a graduate of Northeastern University, where he received a BA in Film and Philosophy with a minor in Writing.