Sneha is a public policy expert and advocate for social justice and human rights. A lawyer by training, she has almost two decades of experience working to advance the rights of women, low-income populations, immigrants, and others domestically and globally. From 2008-2018, she was the Senior Policy Manager in the Washington, DC, office of the Guttmacher Institute where she provided policy analysis on a range of sexual and reproductive health and rights issues in the United States and internationally. Prior to joining Guttmacher, Sneha was Acting Director and Senior Program Manager at the Asia Division of the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative where she managed programs to promote justice system strengthening, democratic governance and human dignity. While living in New Delhi, she worked with local women’s rights organizations. In New York, she worked at several public interest and human rights groups, including the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Urban Justice Center. Sneha graduated with honors from the University of Florida and earned a J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Executive Vice President & Deputy CEO
New York, NY
Christina is Executive Vice President & Deputy CEO at Vital Strategies, a global organization strengthening public health systems and developing solutions to leading causes of death, disease, and injury, where she leads its efforts for strategic growth and innovation. Prior to that, Christina was the Chief External Affairs Officer at Planned Parenthood of New York City, overseeing its communications, legislative, and community organizing efforts to assure access to sexual and reproductive health and information. She also directed the electoral activities of PPNYC’s Action Fund and PPNYC Votes PAC. Before joining PPNYC, Christina served in various capacities at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene including as Chief of Staff and as Deputy Commissioner for Policy and External Affairs. There, she worked to develop and implement policies and programs in priority health and mental hygiene areas, such as the NYC Smoke-Free Air Act, elimination of trans fats in restaurants, calorie posting, and mental health service coordination for high-need individuals.
Christina holds a Master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University. In addition to serving on NAPAWF’s board, she also serves as Secretary on the board of Public Health Solutions.
Vice President for Strategy and Policy
National Women’s Law Center
Anna Chu serves as the Vice President for Strategy and Policy. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Chu served as the Vice President of Policy and Research at the Center for American Progress (CAP) Action Fund, leading its economic justice advocacy work, and was previously the Director of CAP’s Middle Out Economic Program. Ms. Chu has also served as the Policy Director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and has spent time on Capitol Hill as Policy Advisor for the House Democratic Caucus. After attending the University of Southern California Law School, Chu began her career as a law clerk to former Chief Judge Jane A. Restani in her sittings before the U.S. Court of International Trade and in six different federal appellate courts. Following this, Chu spent time as an attorney at Paul Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP.
Anita Dharapuram, Chair
VP, Community Relations Officer
Los Angeles, California
Anita Dharapuram is a leader of nonprofits, having spent the last 20 years volunteering with young women and girls, creating radical political trainings, implementing culturally relevant programs for low-income immigrant women, activating communities to participate in the electoral process, and building a school-to-jobs pipeline in technology. Anita brings her experience from the for-profit, non-profit, and public sectors to take grand visions to successful implementation. She creates aligned staffing plans for new projects, builds bench strength by growing leaders from within organizations, and ensuring peripheral infrastructure is well-planned to support organizational growth. Her Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco solidifies her abilities as a strategic thinker and implementer. Anita successfully maneuvers the delicate balance between dedication to mission, the need for bold entrepreneurial initiatives, and the application of sound business management. Anita is currently the Vice President, Community Relations Officer at BBVA USA.
Chief Operating Officer
Center on Halsted
Kim Fountain, PhD, has helped to advance the LGBTQ movement in both rural and urban spaces for over twenty years. As the Chief Operating Officer at Center on Halsted, the largest LGBTQ multiservice community center in the Midwest, she works on policy issues through programming and community engagement and collaboration. As the daughter of a survivor of war and immigration and as a biracial lesbian from a working-class background, early on, she developed a strong interest in the sociocultural demands of the processes of sustaining normativity in the production of identity, particularly where those processes can be dismantled and re-imagined. To this end, she centers collaboration, transparency, and accountability used in the struggle toward liberation and equity.
Kim has served on many committees, both community and systems based, taken to the streets in protest with a bullhorn she kept in her desk drawer, listened to and advocated for survivors, helped to write and implement policies to mend the safety nets of the communities affected by violence, testified in front of legislative bodies, and took seats at some tables to speak truth to power and at others, to hear and absorb truth spoken. In her career, she has spent five years as an Executive Director, ten as an adjunct lecturer, twelve in community organizing and advocacy, as well as time in fast food, factories, and gas stations.
One of her favorite quotes, which she gathered during her training as a cultural anthropologist, is from Reverend Bob Brashear, who said, ‘I will fight like hell for what I believe in and go to bed humbled by the fact that I could be wrong.’
The Management Center
Marissa Graciosa is committed to social justice and has found ways to contribute to movement work as a community organizer, political strategist, and coalition builder. As a coach with The Management Center, she combines her many years of experience at the local and national levels with her great love for team building. Her most recent roles prior to joining The Management Center include Senior Advisor to the Building Movement Project and Director of Organizing at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In all her work, she has been known as a mentor, innovator, and champion of racial equity transformation. Marissa is rooted in over a decade of leadership in immigrant rights—most notably at the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) at the Center for Community Change, the Alliance for Citizenship, and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. She serves on several Boards of Directors, including her local social service agency, the Howard Area Community Center, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action, and NAPAWF. She is also the co-founder of her neighborhood ICE raids response network. Marissa received her BA in Sociology from the University of Chicago and her Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She lives in Chicago with her beautiful blended family, including a feisty toddler, Emiliano.
Lisa Lee, Secretary
VP of Global Culture, Belonging, and People Growth
New York City, New York
Lisa Lee is the VP of Global Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at DoorDash, and a self-proclaimed diversity geek who spends 90% of her time thinking about a more equal and just society through the intersections of technology and our daily lives. She has held leadership positions at Facebook, Pandora, and most recently Squarespace, where she led the creation of its first diversity and inclusion strategy.
Before Squarespace, Lisa served as Pandora Media’s first Director of Diversity and Inclusion Strategies, where she led Diversity and Inclusion, Employee Experience and Marketing, Giving, and University/EDU programs. During her tenure, she built and executed Pandora’s overarching diversity strategy. Bucking the norm, Lisa led the company to publish its workforce demographic data as one of the first ten publicly-traded tech companies to do so, and just three years later, was one of the few companies to publicly announce measurable diversity goals.Numbers aside, Lisa architected a winning employee culture that celebrates diversity and inclusion at its core, and it reflects outwardly in Pandora’s business strategy. Pandora’s employee resource groups, known fondly as Pandora Communities, flourished and grew to become one of the most powerful employee channels that advocates for an equitable workforce, and they continue to play a key role in differentiating Pandora from its peers. Pandora’s diverse and inclusive culture has also been ranked as one of the top themes by employees when asked “What do you love about Pandora’s culture and what are we doing well?”
Prior to joining Pandora, Lisa was at Facebook where she led initiatives in User Operations, Product Operations, and Diversity Programs. She served as the publisher of Hyphen magazine, an award-winning publication about Asian American arts, culture, and politics, co-founded Thick Dumpling Skin, a positive body image community for the Asian American community. Most recently, she co-launched The Margin, making space for people of color at conferences around the world.
You can follow her at @rrrlisarrr and at misslisalee.com.
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Son Ah Yun
Son Ah Yun has over 17 years experience building movements across social justice issues. She is proud to say ten of those years were the most important, caring for her children Jae Mi and Kalvin.
Son Ah previously served as the Deputy Director of Programs and Policy for NAPAWF. Prior to joining NAPAWF, Son Ah worked at the Center for Community Change (CCC), a national social justice nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. in various leadership capacities. She began her career at CCC as an intern and soon joined the staff team to launch the National Campaign for Jobs and Income Support, a coalition of over 1000 anti-poverty groups. It was through the National Campaign that CCC launched its work on immigration and immigrant rights and the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM). As co-director, she was instrumental in FIRM becoming a leading voice for grassroots immigrant rights organizations across the nation. In addition, Son Ah served as lead organizer to reform health care on behalf of the Campaign for Community Change, spearheading their effort on immigrant inclusion in the Affordable Healthcare Act. She also served as Senior Campaign Organizer for CCC’s retirement security campaign. In addition to national campaigns, Son Ah has experience in management, leadership development, capacity building, coalition building, and organizational development.
She is currently a board member of the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Georgia and also served on the boards of the National Korean American Service Education Consortium and Cliff Valley School.
Son Ah was born in Seoul, Korea and now resides in Smyrna, Georgia with her two children and a loving partner. She received a B.S. from Emory University and a M.S.W. from Washington University.