Meet Our Team
The success of our movement lies on the dedication of our staff and their commitment to fighting for issues including gender pay equality, paid family and medical leave, safe work environments for working women and their families.
Mica Whitfield is a nonprofit leader and women’s advocate with more than a decade of experience in program development and advocacy. She is fiercely passionate about improving the quality of life for women across the State of Georgia. In her previous position, she served as the Director of Programs for Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia (HMHBGA). There she managed several programs, grants, advocacy initiatives, and policy-level workgroups for the organization. In addition, she serves as the Vice President and Advocacy Chair for Postpartum Support International- Georgia Chapter. In this role, she has coordinated advocacy efforts to enshrine Maternal Mental Health Day in the Georgia Code, and secured 1.05 million in appropriations to establish the State’s first Maternal Mental Health Telepsychiatry Line. Prior to her role at HMHBGA, she worked with AID Atlanta, one of the largest AIDS service organizations in the Southeast as the Women’s Health Program Manager. Mica received her Master’s in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University and a B.S in Social Work from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Mica lives in Lawrenceville with her two children, Justice and Joy.
Shanda 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. 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.
LaToya is passionate about closing the gender pay gap, and believes that women should have access to affordable, quality healthcare regardless of their citizenship and socio-economic status. She enjoys educating people about organ donation, voter registration, suicide prevention, and women’s health concerns. A native of Savannah, LaToya has a BA in Liberal Arts and an MA in Adult Education and Community Leadership from Armstrong State University. LaToya has worked for the State of Georgia for the past eleven years, most recently providing enrollment assistance to parents of uninsured youth.
Allison is a new(ish) Atlantan, transplanted from her hometown of Memphis where she did statewide advocacy, grassroots organizing, training development and facilitation for more than 15 years. She was most recently the State Director of a sexual health and reproductive freedom coalition in Tennessee aiming to realize bodily autonomy and full access to comprehensive healthcare for all. Allison has also developed popular education and training programs to support the liberatory movements and communities that we need and deserve, with a special focus on supporting the continual work of White people (herself included!) in undoing habits of white supremacy towards being active and helpful co-conspirators in movement work. She’s also a mother of 3 humans and 1 dog and is partnered with a wonderful fellow lifelong seeker of justice.
Chineva Smith is the current Senior Organizer at the 9to5 Wisconsin chapter. Chineva knows that in order for working women & families to be fully supported and successful, they must have access to healthy work environments, affordable healthcare, paid leave and paid sick days, and adequate & affordable housing and childcare. Chineva is passionate about serving the community and empowering others in advocating for themselves because as a mother she has also experienced similar if not the same issues as the 9to5 members.
Chineva was a long-time member of 9to5 and served as the Wisconsin Board Co-Chair and on the National Board.
Chineva holds a Bachelor degree in Organizational Administration from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and will be completing her Masters of Education this spring. She looks forward to using her education and skills to implement stronger community based solutions.
Truth Freemyn was the Principal Consultant of PBF Leadership Consultants for more than 20 years and Co-founder of truthfreemyninstitute & Wisdom Network Presents. She has been involved in leadership development for more than two decades. She has expertise in fundraising, management, human resources, personal growth and professional development fields; working with staff, volunteers, managers, boards, and funders. Truth previously served as Anti-Discrimination Project Director at 9to5 for five years. In this role she led 9to5’s national welfare campaigns, directed the Wisconsin-based 9to5 Poverty Network Initiative and co-lead our Sexual Harassment work. She is a 2019 fellow of Wisconsin Women’s Network Policy Institute.
As Communications Coordinator, Janei works to uplift the narrative of the chapter and its members as a tool to advance economic justice for working class BIPOC women. Her previous work in communication has centered the arts, media, and its impact on poor Black and Brown communities, particularly youth. She served as Marketing Manager of The Outsiders music collective and Program Coordinator at the Stanford Institute for Diversity in the Arts, working with student artists from historically silenced communities. Janei is also a former middle school Social, Emotional and Relational Wellness teacher. Currently, she works to create equity in youth development and minimize personal and collective harm in Black and Brown communities through education, communication, and dance. Janei received her B.A. in Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity and M.A. in Communication, both from Stanford University.
Ashley Campos W. is the Admin Coordinator for 9to5’s Colorado Chapter. Ashley graduated from Virginia Wesleyan University and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Hispanic Studies. While studying, she interned at an immigration law firm in the DC area that inspired her to dive more into the realm of social justice and human rights. Her passion aligns with helping women and minorities fight for social equality and economic justice.
Diana Castro is a Coordinator for 9to5 in the Larimer/Weld county area. Before 9to5, Diana worked with organizations like Fuerza Latina and interpreted for the Poudre School District. Diana is new to the 9to5 family and is excited to join the team and learn more about being an Organizer. One of Diana’s long term goals is to graduate from CSU with a major in Political Science and a minor in Anthropology. Diana was born in Sinaloa, Mexico and immigrated to the United States in 2004.
Edith became involved in the Justice for Janitors movement in 2016 with our ally SEIU marching downtown alongside hundreds of other janitors like herself fighting for their rights. She began to realize that this was where she belonged, with her community fighting together for a better future that included minority and racial justice. Now she is a proud Chapter Organizer with 9to5 that holds the same values that she is dedicated to fighting together with our communities. As a DACA recipient since the age of 18 and born in Durango Mexico, she knows too well what it is like to fight and push for better opportunities. She has gone through many obstacles but none that she has not been able to overcome. Excited to begin this journey with 9to5 has been one of the greatest opportunities she has come across, not only to work with her own community but to push others to fight alongside 9to5 as well!
Jessica Ramos joined the 9to5 team in the fall of 2020. She joined as an Organizing and Legal Fellow and is primarily assisting with the Eviction Legal Defense program. Previously, Jessica has worked with Mijente, Towards Justice, and Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. She is passionate about creating change for working women and addressing issues rooted in systemic racism that influence people’s quality of life. She is a 2020 first-generation graduate from Colorado College. She grew up in Oklahoma and her family hails from Mexico.
Kaitlin first joined 9to5 Colorado as an intern while earning her MSW from the University of Denver. Prior to joining 9to5, her organizing work began as a canvass director, leading canvass teams in fundraising for progressive non-profits. She also worked as a mental health worker for children with trauma from physical and sexual abuse. As a 9to5 organizer, she organized for the successful passage of Paid Family and Medical Leave in Colorado.
LUZ GALICIA. is a single mother of two daughters Katherine and Diana, both already graduated from college. She also just became a grandmother to Dimitri two years ago. Luz was a fierce community leader in 9to5’s housing campaign to stop the eviction of Denver Meadows Mobile Home Park Community where she was a resident. She helped to lead the fight against all odds to stop the rezoning of her community and collectively purchase the park. Luz brings a wealth of lived and professional experience, having earned her journalism degree in Mexico and working in the hospitality business for over 26 years. Luz is currently working in collaboration with the City of Boulder and 9to5 at different mobile home communities in Boulder to engage with the community, especially underrepresented communities. Luz is also continually educating residents on the new legislation passed the last couple years. She has a passion for helping the communities that need it most in different ways, including informing, educating, and empowering leaders and residents and collaborating with other organizations and with representatives of the city as well as city councilors in benefit of the communities. Luz is currently providing training to empower residents to voice their concerns and motivate residents to actively participate and get involved in new legislation and training.
Cesiah is the Associate State Director for 9to5 Colorado, her background is in organizing in mobile home communities and advocating for more renters’ rights at the local and state level. 9to5 Colorado has been a pioneer in leading for housing justice through community organizing and legislation for the past five years. Born in Morelos, Mexico, she moved to Colorado at a young age. Cesiah first became an advocate by helping to pass legislation that granted undocumented students in-state tuition in Colorado in 2013. Cesiah earned her degree in political science with a minor in women’s studies and is currently pursuing my MA in the New Direction Program at University of Colorado Denver. Cesiah is the oldest of three and her mother is her greatest inspiration.
Ashley is the Associate State Director at 9to5 Colorado advocating for accessible work/family flexibility policies across the state. She started as an organizer on the paid leave campaign and went on to lead the Colorado FAMLI Coalition and the Colorado Families First Coalition to win a state-run paid family and medical leave program at the ballot in 2020. Prior to working at 9to5, Ashley was a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional for developmentally-disabled women with psychiatric disorders. Ashley began organizing with the Denver DSA socialist feminist committee where she helped to develop the anti-oppression framework that guides the organization’s mission. She believes that the needs of people should be centered over profits, unconditionally.
Dre started at 9to5 as a public transit organizer but has taken on housing as her main area of work as the housing crisis has progressed throughout the Colorado metro area. Her specific focuses include mobile homes, community control of land, renter’s rights, and she helped co-anchor the coalition Colorado Homes For All, which is based on a national housing justice movement started by Right to the City called Homes For All. Before coming to 9to5 she worked with United Students Against Sweatshops and the Workers Rights Consortium as a volunteer and later worked in childcare, all of which furthered her interest in the intersections of labor, race, and gender.
Krishna Inmula joined the 9to5 Georgia team in October 2020, currently managing the chapter’s digital communications, design projects, and data. Before joining the 9to5 team, she worked with Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia to cement the nonprofit as a leading voice for improving maternal & infant health in Georgia, first as an AmeriCorps VISTA member and then as a contract consultant. Krishna’s prior professional experience ranges from marketing and design to data management to indie music PR and radio promotions. She holds a BBA in Management Information Systems and BS in Psychology from the University of Georgia.
Jewel Howard has been active in civic engagement since 2015. She has headed several voter registration campaigns and served as Co-director of the Voter Registration program for 2020. In addition to her work in civic engagement, Jewel is an 8 time Emmy-nominated producer, a spoken word artist, and podcast host. Jewel is a graduate of Roosevelt University with a B.S. in Business Administration.
Amna Farooqi is a community organizer in Albany, GA who works on utilities, housing, and a variety of economic, racial, and gender justice issues in Southwest Georgia. Her organizing background is in Israel/Palestine, specifically doing anti-occupation work in the American Jewish community. She’s also worked on a number of electoral campaigns, and loves supporting leaders who have the people’s back. Originally from the DMV, she is a proud graduate of the University of Maryland, and she’s an avid consumer of romance novels and pineapple pizza with jalapeños.
Yaneth received her bachelor’s degree in Management Accounting from Alverno College on May 2005. She has focused for 13 years on the organization financial management, auditing and accounting services. Oversees benefits processing and supervision of finance interns. When not at work she enjoys hiking and traveling!
Charmaine Lang has been a part of the reproductive and racial justice movement for a decade as an organizer, trainer, and leader. After the 2016 Sherman Park Uprising in Milwaukee, she co-founded Uplifting Black Liberation and Community (UBLAC) with other Black women and nonbinary activists in Milwaukee and Madison to organize the community to demand an end to police brutality. As a scholar, Charmaine has presented on the condition of Black women in activism and the academy. Her scholarship contributes new perspectives in Black women’s history and the connections between gender, health, and race using Black feminist praxis to explore wellness, intimacy, and activism. Her dissertation, “Learning to Take the Excess Baggage Off,” examines the ways contemporary Black women in Milwaukee use activism as a form of care. The dissertation centers on self-care and the overall health of Black women as an integral part of the history and future of social activism. Charmaine is a Forever Echoing Ida writer and currently resides in North Carolina with her fiancé.
Linda oversees the Operations and Finance divisions of the organization. She began as a 9to5 member activist in the 90’s fighting for paid leave. Her experience as a young caretaker of a disabled mother as well as living life struggles as a teen mom helped shape her vision and commitment to fight for gender and racial justice through policy change. As an Organizer, she led a nationally recognized Contingent Work campaign and continues to support making paid leave a reality for all families. Linda holds an MBA and studied at Marquette Law. She was a 2018 Fellow of Wisconsin Women’s Network Policy Institute and is a graduate of UW-EX’s Nonprofit Management Certificate Program.
Nasreen joined the staff in 2005 and currently leads 9to5’s communications and fundraising strategy and practice. Nasreen holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Georgia State University. Before joining 9to5, she worked with Amnesty International to win rights for incarcerated women, and researched living wage legislation nationwide with Good Jobs First in Washington DC. Nasreen is first-generation American, raised in the southern US by parents from Pakistan and Germany.
Leng Leng Chancey is an activist, an organizer, and champion of equity and liberation. Her long-standing passions revolve around social justice issues concerning communities of color with “equitable access for all” as her motto. Currently, she is the executive director of 9to5, national association of working women. 9to5 is a national organization on the frontlines working for women’s rights through a gender and racial justice lens. The organization has a national network of grassroots advocates and offices in Colorado, Georgia and Wisconsin and members throughout the country.
As Data Manager for 9to5 National, Lindsey tends to the tools that help us keep our people close as we grow. After studying anthropology at Grinnell College in Iowa, Lindsey came up through 9to5, beginning as an intern in 2012. Outside of work, she spends her time repurposing leftovers and fermenting, queer community building, and meandering around beautiful parts of Georgia.