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.

Erin Clark

Organizer

Erin is joining the 9to5 Georgia team as the childcare...

Amanda Shaw

Communications & Digital Coordinator

Amanda joined 9to5 in September 2021 as Communications & Digital...

Phoebe Goodson

Executive Assistant to the Executive Director

Phoebe has over 20 years of experience in executive administrative...

Hannah Recht

Community Organizer

Hannah is a community organizer who believes deeply in building...

Sam Green

Communications Coordinator

Sam joined the 9to5 communications team in February and currently...

Christina Thor

Wisconsin State Director

Christina has a demonstrated history of robust civic engagement work, leading communications...

Carolyn Ouellet

Accountant

Carolyn has over ten years of experience in financial planning,...

Jenn Rivera

Associate Director of Communications & Digital Engagement

Jenn Rivera is a communications & nonprofit professional and macro...

Mica Whitfield

State Director

Mica Whitfield is a nonprofit leader and women’s advocate with...

Shanda Neal

Senior Organizer

Shanda is a firm believer that someone else’s opinion does...

LaToya Brannen

Human Resources Manager

LaToya is passionate about closing the gender pay gap, and...

Allison Glass

Training Manager

Allison is a new(ish) Atlantan, transplanted from her hometown of...

Chineva Smith

Senior Organizer

Chineva is passionate about serving the community and empowering others...

Truth Freemyn

Training Manager

Truth Freemyn was the Principal Consultant of PBF Leadership Consultants...

Ashley Campos-Torres

Data & Administrative Coordinator

Ashley Campos W. is the Admin Coordinator for 9to5’s Colorado...

Diana Castro

Coordinator

Diana Castro is a Coordinator for 9to5 in the Larimer/Weld...

Edith Mata

Organizer

Edith became involved in the Justice for Janitors movement in...

Jessica Ramos

Organizer

Jessica Ramos joined the 9to5 team in the fall of...

Kaitlin Altone

Organizer

Kaitlin first joined 9to5 Colorado as an intern while earning...

Luz Galicia

Housing Organizer

LUZ GALICIA. is a single mother of two daughters Katherine...

Cesiah Guadarrama

Associate State Director

Cesiah is the Associate State Director for 9to5 Colorado, her...

Ashley Panelli

Associate Colorado State Director

Ashley is the Associate State Director at 9to5 Colorado advocating...

Andrea Chiriboga-Flor

Colorado State Director

Dre started at 9to5 as a public transit organizer but...

Krishna Inmula

Communications & Data Coordinator

Krishna Inmula joined the 9to5 Georgia team in October 2020,...

Jewel Howard

Civic Engagement Manager

Jewel Howard has been active in civic engagement since 2015....

Amna Farooqi

Senior Organizer

Amna's organizing background is in Israel/Palestine, specifically doing anti-occupation work...

Yaneth Solano

Senior Finance Director

Yaneth received her bachelor’s degree in Management Accounting from Alverno...

Charmaine Lang

Chief of Staff

Charmaine Lang has been a part of the reproductive and...

Nasreen Jilani

Deputy Director of Communications and Development

Nasreen joined the staff in 2005 and currently leads 9to5’s...

Leng Leng Chancey

Executive Director

Leng Leng Chancey is an activist, an organizer, and champion...

Erin Clark

Position: Organizer
Email: erin@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, Georgia Chapter
Primary Issue/Area:: Child Care
Geography:: Savannah

Erin is joining the 9to5 Georgia team as the childcare organizer in Savannah. She first became involved in organizing as an intern with the New York based organization, For the Many (formerly Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson). As a fundraising team leader, Erin worked to move money and build power with working people in the Hudson Valley to fight for healthcare and housing for all and immigration, racial, and economic justice. Prior to joining 9to5, Erin worked as campus organizer at schools in Florida, Virginia, and Massachusetts to help engage new voters and make higher education more affordable. She holds a B.S in Geography from Vassar College and is interested in the ways social movements use and produce space to enact change.  Erin was raised as a Quaker in New York and now lives with friends and their many much loved animals in Savannah.

 

Amanda Shaw

Position: Communications & Digital Coordinator
Email: amandas@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, National Network
Primary Issue/Area:: Administration

Amanda joined 9to5 in September 2021 as Communications & Digital Coordinator. Before joining 9to5 she worked for 8 years preventing and responding to sexual assault, abuse, and harassment for state and national organizations. She loves creating digital communications including social media, podcasts, video, and GIFs. She holds a BA in Public Relations and Advertising from Point Park University. 

Phoebe Goodson

Position: Executive Assistant to the Executive Director
Email: phoebe@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, National Network
Primary Issue/Area:: Administration

Phoebe has over 20 years of experience in executive administrative support.  She joined the 9to5 staff in 2021 and currently serves in the role as Executive Assistant to the Executive Director.

She also supports the Chief of Staff, and the Payroll and HR Departments when needed.

Prior to joining 9to5, she worked in the small business sector in various administrative roles.

Phoebe is a self-proclaimed Google-fu, information junkie and foodie.

Hannah Recht

Position: Community Organizer
Email: hannah@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, Colorado Chapter

Hannah is a community organizer who believes deeply in building collective power for systemic change. She has been working as a community and electoral organizer since 2016 in the areas of economic, immigrant and housing justice, and voting rights in Denver, Chicago, Tucson, and Virginia. She is thrilled to be back in Denver, where she was born and raised, to work on housing and climate justice with 9to5.

Sam Green

Position: Communications Coordinator
Email: sam@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, Colorado Chapter

Sam joined the 9to5 communications team in February and currently manages social media and assists with digital projects. Prior to 9to5, she graduated with a BA in Media Communication and a minor in Women’s Studies from Colorado State University where she gained experience creating content for the campus recreation center. In her communications work, she aims to inspire change by bringing awareness to social injustices through digital channels.

Christina Thor

Position: Wisconsin State Director
Email: christina@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, Wisconsin Chapter

Christina has a demonstrated history of robust civic engagement work, leading communications and development in the non-profit sector, and strategic community organizing in electoral and grassroots campaigns, specifically in the Midwest region.

Grounded in her upbringing in systemic poverty with war-refugee parents, she has a strong passion for identifying collaborative solutions to lift vulnerable, marginalized, and oppressed communities out of inequity and injustice cycles.

Building deep and meaningful relationships to create community is core to her personal mission. Ensuring equitable policies are crafted in the municipal, state, and federal levels in Wisconsin, while providing education on equity and inclusion, is a central goal of hers.

Christina has managed successful political campaigns to put people of color in elected seats and is currently the campaign manager for a candidate running in the most diverse district in St. Paul, Minnesota. Christina also sits on the Immigration Task Force for Esther, a social-justice organization based in the Fox Valley region of Wisconsin, working towards equitable immigration policies.

She is a board member at the Hmong American Partnership of the Fox Valley and is pursuing her Master in Social Work degree at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Carolyn Ouellet

Position: Accountant
Email: carolyn@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, National Network
Primary Issue/Area:: Finance

Carolyn has over ten years of experience in financial planning, analysis and accounting.  Prior to joining 9to5, she worked with several social impact organizations in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.  Her areas of expertise include project management, operations, and streamlining processes.  Carolyn holds a Master in Business Administration from Marquette University, where she was a Trinity Fellow, a program fostering social change with a focus on social and economic justice. 

Jenn Rivera

Position: Associate Director of Communications & Digital Engagement
Email: Jenn@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, National Network
Primary Issue/Area:: Digital Communications
Geography:: National Network

Jenn Rivera is a communications & nonprofit professional and macro social worker. Before joining 9to5 as their resident communications and digital go-to, Jenn worked in philanthropy helping manage programs and relationships with community based Indigenous organizations across the US. Jenn is passionate about resourcing and sustaining our movement towards collective liberation and sees themselves as part of the larger ecosystem of systems weavers and bridge builders. She majored in sociology and Latin American studies during her undergraduate studies and holds a Masters degree in Social Work. Outside of work, Jenn enjoys gardening, dabbling in ceramics, and spending time with her family in her home state of Virginia. 

Mica Whitfield

Position: State Director
Email: mica@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, Georgia Chapter
Pronouns: She/Her
Primary Issue/Area:: Leadership

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 Neal

Position: Senior Organizer
Email: Shanda@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, Georgia Chapter
Primary Issue/Area:: Civic Engagement
Geography:: Atlanta, Macon-Bibb

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 Brannen

Position: Human Resources Manager
Email: Latoya@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, National Network
Primary Issue/Area:: Child Care, Civic Engagement
Geography:: Savannah

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 Glass

Position: Training Manager
Email: Allison@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, Georgia Chapter
Primary Issue/Area:: Training & Policy
Geography:: Statewide

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

Position: Senior Organizer
Email: chineva@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, Wisconsin Chapter
Primary Issue/Area:: Civic Engagement

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

Position: Training Manager
Email: truthfree@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, Wisconsin Chapter
Primary Issue/Area:: Training & Policy

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.

Ashley Campos-Torres

Position: Data & Administrative Coordinator
Email: ashleycw@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, Colorado Chapter
Primary Issue/Area:: Data Admin

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

Position: Coordinator
Email: dianacastro@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, Colorado Chapter
Primary Issue/Area:: Civic Engagement

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 Mata

Position: Organizer
Email: edith@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, Colorado Chapter
Primary Issue/Area:: Civic Engagement

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

Position: Organizer
Email: jessicar@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, Colorado Chapter
Primary Issue/Area:: Civic Engagement

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 Altone

Position: Organizer
Email: Kaitlin@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, Colorado Chapter
Primary Issue/Area:: Civic Engagement

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

Position: Housing Organizer
Email: luz@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, Colorado Chapter
Primary Issue/Area:: Housing, Civic Engagement

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 Guadarrama

Position: Associate State Director
Email: Cesiah@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, Colorado Chapter
Primary Issue/Area:: Leadership

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 Panelli

Position: Associate Colorado State Director
Email: Ashley@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, Colorado Chapter
Primary Issue/Area:: Leadership

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.

Andrea Chiriboga-Flor

Position: Colorado State Director
Email: andrea@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, Colorado Chapter
Primary Issue/Area:: Leadership

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

Position: Communications & Data Coordinator
Email: Krishna@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, Georgia Chapter
Primary Issue/Area:: Data, Digital Communications
Geography:: Statewide

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

Position: Civic Engagement Manager
Email: Jewel@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, Georgia Chapter
Primary Issue/Area:: Civic Engagement
Geography:: Atlanta

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

Position: Senior Organizer
Email: Amna@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, Georgia Chapter
Primary Issue/Area:: Utilities & Housing
Geography:: Albany

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 Solano

Position: Senior Finance Director
Email: yaneth@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, National Network
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Primary Issue/Area:: Finance

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

Position: Chief of Staff
Email: charmaine@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, National Network
Primary Issue/Area:: National Leadership

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.

Nasreen Jilani

Position: Deputy Director of Communications and Development
Email: nasreen@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, National Network
Pronouns: Digital Communications
Primary Issue/Area:: National Network

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

Position: Executive Director
Email: LengLeng@9to5.org
Categories: All Staff, National Network
Pronouns: She/They
Primary Issue/Area:: Leadership

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.

 

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