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Staff & Board of Directors

9to5 is a national organization with offices in California, Colorado, Georgia and Wisconsin, and members in every state. To get connected with activists in a state not listed, email  or call 800-669-0769.

Gloria Smith, Co-Chair of the National Board of Directors

Gloria Smith, an active member of 9to5 since 2000, is the legislative assistant of constituent services for a state house representative. In 2012, she was elected to serve as both the 9to5 Georgia Chapter Board Chair and to serve on the national board for 9to5. Gloria also served from 2005-2010 with Atlanta YMCA Head Start Policy Council, Advisory Board of Atlanta Habitat for Humanity from 2006 to present. Gloria was currently nominated to serve on Project Healthy Grandparent Advisory Board for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, which is another passion of hers. She is currently raising her two grandchildren. Gloria is pleased and honored to be a part of 9to5, a group of hard working, positive women that are about making changes to better impact the lives of others.


Cathy Deppe, Co-Chair of the National Board of Directors

Cathy has coordinated the 9to5 Los Angeles office since 2006.  She encourages leadership development of the many student volunteers who provide her continuing inspiration.  A former single Mom, she is committed to building a movement  for women’s economic independence. Cathy serves on the Speakers Bureau of the Dolores Huerta Labor Foundation in Los Angeles, and represents 9to5 in local community coalitions that fight for working people.

Favorite part of the job:   I must admit I love the opportunity to march, picket and rally for justice.  “Aqui estamos, y no nos vamos” says it all!  (“Here we are, and we are not going away.”)
Wacky skill:  Propping a book on the steering wheel and memorizing poems or songs while traversing Interstate 5 through California’s central valley.
Favorite Quote:  “People will show you who they in the beginning.  Believe them the first time.”  (Amanda Touchton)
Unwinds by:  Reading the comics and horror-scopes.


9to5 National Staff

National Director

A search is currently underway for 9to5’s next national director.

Cindia Cameron, National Organizing Director (Georgia office)

Cindia coordinates issue campaigns, and provides leadership and program development support to chapters and staff across the country. She is a media spokesperson and public speaker for community and employer audiences on a range of working women’s issues. She has worked for 9to5 since 1983.

What’s the best advice received: Keep an open mind, but don’t let your brains fall out (Karen Nussbaum, 9to5 founder)
 Listening to/playing old-time fiddle music
Unwinds by:
 Unstructured time with my camera
(404) 222-0077


Nasreen Jilani, National Development Director (Georgia office)

Nasreen manages fundraising planning and activities, including foundation grants, donor cultivation and special events. She has worked on a range of issues including winning rights for women inmates with Amnesty International, and researching living wage legislation nationwide with Good Jobs First in Washington DC.

Best advise received/given: Follow your gut instincts!
Loves: Traveling, but also being at home with a good book and a warm bath.
Wacky skill: I can do pretty much anything around the house with a baby in one arm.
(404) 222-0001


Linda Garcia Barnard, National Operations Director (Wisconsin Office)

Linda oversees the organization’s financial, personnel and administrative divisions. Linda began her 22-year career with 9to5 as a single parent activist and leader.

What’s the best advice received/given: Listen
Unwinds by: Reading
Loves: Being a mother of 5, grandmother of 2 and married.
(414) 274-0933


Lindsey Challis, National Online Organizer (Georgia office)

Lindsey coordinates the 9to5 Action Network, made up of 9to5 members who are not close to a chapter but want to do work in their own community. Lindsey’s prior organizing experience includes interning with 9to5 Atlanta, and working to defend LGBTQ rights and end environmental and social injustices of corporate hog farms.

What’s the best advice received: Move through the world mindfully (advice from my mom).
Wacky skill:
 Absurd costume design—the sillier and cheaper the better!
 Mint tea, Indian food, collecting inventively-named paint chips
Favorite quote:
 “We all do better when we all do better.” Paul Wellstone
(404) 688-0164


Yaneth Solano, National Financial Coordinator (Wisconsin office)

Yaneth prepares financial statements and budgets, and ensures proper allocation of overhead charges, and manages relationships with independent auditors.

Loves: Traveling
Unwinds by:
 Switching off technology devices for an hour
Favorite quote:
 “The time is always right, to do what it is right.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
(414) 274-0926

Casie Yoder, National Communications Coordinator (Georgia office)

Casie works with national and state chapter staff to tell 9to5’s story and communicate our work to members and the general public. She serves as the first point of contact for the news media and is leading a redesign of

Loves: Saint Bernards
What’s the best advice received: Don’t sell yourself short.
Favorite quote:
 “Be yourself. Everybody else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
(404) 222-0030

9to5 California

Los Angeles, California

630 Shatto Place, 4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Phone: (213) 201-7029
Fax: (213) 389-1816


9to5 Colorado

Denver, Colorado
1634 Downing Street, Unit A
Denver, CO 80218
Phone: (303) 628-0925
Fax: (303) 628-3888

Neha Mahajan, Chapter Director

Neha is the daughter of South Asian immigrants and has supported social justice and community organizing work for over 15 years.  Locally she has served as Co-Director of the Chinook Fund, Colorado’s only community-led social justice foundation, and Survivors Organizing for Liberation, a statewide organization dedicated to LGBTQ justice and youth organizing. She is also on the board of GIFT and a member of Standing in Our Power, a national network of women of color committed to transforming leadership for social justice movements.

Best Advice Received/Given: Any healing that you can undertake in your lifetime extends backwards to generations of ancestors and forwards to the generations to come.
Favorite Quote: “They said: ‘You are a savage and dangerous woman.’ I am speaking the truth.  And the truth is savage and dangerous.” – Nawal El Saadawi
Favorite Part of Job: Creating space for women directly impacted by the issues we work on to claim their own power and leadership!
Judith Marquez, Chapter Organizer

Judith has a strong background in grassroots community organizing for racial and economic justice in Denver, Colorado. Having grown up as a daughter of Mexican immigrant parents, Judith roots her work in her own family and community’s struggle for justice and liberation. Judith has worked in community on legislative campaigns to promote immigrants and workers rights, campaigns to stop community members’ deportations and most recently organizing with Latino day laborers to fight wage theft. She is passionate about bringing an anti-oppression and intersectional frame to the social change work in the state.

Wacky skill: Researching the origin of words! It’s fascinating to see how the world’s cultures have fused to create our evolving languages.

Loves: Music, Art, Dance! Family!

Favorite Quote: “Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.” -Cesar Chavez

Andrea Chiriboga-Flor (AKA Dre), Transit Organizer

DreDre is from Groton, MA.  She has interned with labor rights organizations in the past and one of the most influential experiences was working with organizations involved with outsourced apparel factories, particularly in the Dominican Republic. She speaks Spanish fluently because of experiences abroad and growing up in a bilingual household and offers if her translating/communication skills can be of help to anyone, please let her know!

What’s the best advice you’ve received: Embrace contradictions, the world is full of them and possibly made up entirely of them.
Wacky skill: I can eat as much as someone twice my size.
Loves: Bluegrass music
Favorite part of job: There are so many awesome parts of the job that I have not explored yet, so as of now, the supportive work environment is my favorite.
(303) 628-0925


Shelby Ramirez Martinez, Chapter Organizer

Shelby started with 9to5 as a grassroots member about 4 years ago. She has personal experience around issues that women face surrounding paid family leave. This is what originally brought her to 9to5 she then became a board member to assist in the fight for paid leave and has now transitioned into an organizer. She works on family-friendly workplace campaigns in Colorado.

What’s the best advice you’ve received: Don’t do unto others as you would not want done to one’s self.
Wacky Skill: I make natural skin care products.
Loves: Going to the University of Denver Colorado Women’s College with my two daughters while working on advancing our education together.

(303) 628-0925

Jenee Elise, Transit Organizer

As a Transit Rider, Jenee has observed many inequities that transit-dependent people face and she works to change them and give power back to the rider. She lives in Denver by way of Houston, Texas.

Loves: Hanging out with friends and making music.
Wacky skill: Can make sounds like the Raptors from Jurassic Park
Favorite way to unwind: Swimming !! Its so relaxing and challenging.
(303) 628-0925

9to5 Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

501 Pulliam Street SW #344
Atlanta, GA 30312
Phone: (404) 222-0001
Fax: (404) 222-0006


Erica Clemmons, Georgia State Director

Erica is a Community activist at heart, who believes that we should have full access to all civil and human rights equally. Her fight for economic and social justice started as a political organizer with The United Food and Commercial Workers Union.  Erica has a passion and commitment to build Young People’s involvement in the movement of social and economic justice.

What’s the best advice received: You reap what you sow, therefore always sow good seeds.

Favorite part of job: Working directly with the community that our work impacts the most
Loves: My daughter and her beautiful spirit!
Best Advice: “You are in charge of the legacy you leave behind, Own it, and make it great!”  -My Dad!
(404) 222-0001


Shanda Neal, Organizer II

Shanda’s passion for empowering others is rooted in a strong moral obligation to create a worthwhile legacy. As a teen mother who fought against adversity, she developed a mind state that allowed for the belief in the impossible. She is a firm believer that someone else’s opinion does not define you or what you can accomplish in life, if you are willing to fight. A graduate of Winston-Salem State University with a degree in Political Science, Shanda was a vanguard for grassroots organizing and politics. Collegiate activism lead to campaign work for city council elections in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In collaboration with a small network of students, secured a victory for one of the youngest elected officials to city council, and a student of WSSU. She has worked in labor organizing for the purpose of improving workers’ economic status, working conditions through collective bargaining with the right to form a union. Shanda seeks to leave the world a better place, whether by given a voice to the voiceless, or redeeming social, political, and economic conditions that keep people oppressed.

What’s the best advice received: The world doesn’t owe you anything.
Loves: People, Music, Dance and Conversation
Favorite quote: “Freedom by definition, is people realizing that they are their own leaders.” –Diane Nash

 Olivia Chalkley, Quaker Fellow

Olivia is a Quaker Fellow originally from Baltimore, MD, where she grew up surrounded by people involved in various movements for justice. She is recent graduate of Guilford College where she studied literature, religion, and social movements, and spent  a lot of time organizing against racism and sexual assault on campus. She hopes to pursue a life in the labor movement this year and beyond.

Favorite quote: “The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too.” – Rose Schneiderman
Best advice received: “Chill out.” – my mom
Wacky skill: I’m a certified outdoor rock climbing instructor

9to5 Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
207 E. Buffalo Street, Suite 211
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 274-0925
Fax: (414) 272-2870


Astar Herndon, Wisconsin State Director

Astar served as a non for profit advocate and community organizer since her undergraduate tenure in 2006. She’s managed various policy campaigns aimed at changing communities of color and readily uses her skills and talents toward the missions of equality, and unity. Astar proudly serves as a volunteer at her local church; loves cooking, music, art and culture.

Best advice received/given: Guard and protect those qualities that you love about yourself. 
Favorite quote:
 Life isn’t about how much money you make, but the difference you make in a person’s life.
-Michelle Obama-
Favorite part of job: I love building strong connections around social issues and its ability to change popular opinion
(414) 274-0925 ext. 204


Rhonda Willette, Chapter Organizer

As a third generation organizer, Rhonda has organizing in her DNA. Over the past twenty plus years her primary focus has been working to build grassroots leaders in the many venues of injustices faced within her community from low wage working populations, renters & homeowners, youth and elderly, low income housing tenants and parents of school age children. I have also organized the homeless population, citizens of mass incarceration and prisoners of inhumane treatment. In my passion for social change, I’ve managed to engage and empower with the barriers of no personal security (homelessness) and beyond bars of correctional institutions (prisoners). In each opportunity, the goal was to transfer contacts into activist/leaders for the social justice movement. I have been active in the progressive movement of policy change work with 9to5 since 2008.

Wacky skill: Recycled Landscaping..ask me and I will share.
Loves: The beauty of trees, and being outside enjoying all aspects of nature. (bugs included)

How do you unwind: Chilling with Max my furry companion dog outdoors in all four seasons, sipping flavored teas, while listening to Rachelle Ferrell, Nancy Wilson, Nina Simone or the sounds of nature.
(414) 274-0925
Meghan Grahs, Chapter Organizer

Meghan is a Lutheran Volunteer and a recent graduate of Augustana College with a degree in Spanish Language and Literature. She has previous experience interning with an immigrants’ rights organization. She is passionate about social justice and anti-oppression work and hopes to pursue a career in community organizing after her volunteer year.

Favorite quote: “I am not free when any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own” -Audre Lorde

Loves: Sushi, dark chocolate, watching documentaries
Unwinds by: Listening to music or reading