Our Team

ERA Coalition Board Members

Jessica Neuwirth

Jessica Neuwirth is co-Founder and co-President of the ERA Coalition/Fund for Women’s Equality, and author of Equal Means Equal, Why the Time for the ERA is Now. She is also the Director of Donor Direct Action, and a founder of Equality Now. Jessica hasworked for Amnesty International and for the United Nations. As Special Advisor on Sexual Violence to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2010, she organized the UN high-level panel on reparations for victims of sexual violence in the DR Congo.

Carol Jenkins

Carol Jenkins is co-President and CEO of the ERA Coalition/Fund for Women’s Equality. Carol is an award-winning writer, producer and media consultant. She is a sought-after speaker and writer on issues relating to the media, specifically the participation of women and people of color; women’s participation in the political and economic structures in the US; and the health of women in developing countries, particularly on the African continent. She was founding president of The Women’s Media Center, a national non-profit and serves as chair of AMREF USA, an African health organization.

Marcy Syms

Marcy Syms is Chair of the ERA Coalition’s sister organization, the Fund for Women’s Equality. Marcy served as a director of Syms Corp., a chain of retail clothing stores, from 1983, when she was named President and COO, until 2012. Ms. Syms became CEO of Syms Corp. in 1998 and was named Chair in 2010. Ms. Syms is also a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University. Currently, Ms. Syms serves as President of the Sy Syms Foundation and Founder and President of the TPD Group LLC, a multi- generational succession planning company.

Maria T. Vullo

Maria T. Vullo is co-Founder and Chair of the board of the ERA Coalition. She has been involved in women’s equality causes for her entire career. Ms. Vullo is the former Superintendent of New York State Department of Financial Services. She was a Partner in the Litigation Department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP for over 25 years, with trial and appellate experience in a broad range of complex business litigations and investigations. Ms. Vullo received the New York Women Making a Difference Award from Eleanor’s Legacy, the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Interfaith Nutrition Network, and the Distinguished Corporate Citizen Award from A Better Balance, among many other awards and professional recognitions.

Ron Baldwin

Ron Baldwin is the owner and president of Cabal Management and Consulting, a talent management and strategic consulting company. Ron began his career in the music and entertainment industry, Ron chose to focus his work on social benefit related initiatives. Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, he served as Executive Director of J/P HRO, a Haitian relief organization from 2010 to 2013. He is currently advising celebrity influencers, raising public awareness and financial support for their efforts to promote social justice and for their political advocacy work. He is also a political strategist and fundraiser for national political campaigns and grassroots organizations.

Susan Bevan

Susan Bevan is a graduate of the University of Washington, Foster School of Business and DePaul University, College of Law, where she was an editor of the DePaul Law Review. She practiced law in California, Illinois and New York with an emphasis in Commodities, Securities and Corporate Law. Susan volunteers in various capacities for a number of organizations. She is on the boards of Alpha Phi International Fraternity and the Fund for Women’s Equality and is the former national Co-Chair of the Republican Majority for Choice. She sits on the Advisory Boards of the The Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, Foster School of Business, University of Washington and the Breast Cancer Alliance, based in Greenwich.

Lauren Embrey

Lauren Embrey is president and philanthropic visionary of the Embrey Family Foundation and CEO of Embrey Interests, Ltd. She serves on many boards, including the AT&T Performing Arts Center and Women Moving Millions. Embrey’s awards for her philanthropic work include the Women Who Give Hope Award from Chiapas International in 2010, Women’s eNews’ 21 Leaders for the 21st Century in 2011, Ms. Foundation’s Women of Vision Award for Philanthropy in 2013, She Should Run’s Wendy Award in 2014 and Nomi Network’s Abolitionist Award in 2016

Antuan M. Johnson

Antuan M. Johnson is a legal scholar and lawyer. Antuan is also a Ph.D. student in the Philosophy Department at Yale University. They received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2016. Following graduation, they worked as a litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York. They co-founded The Colors Project, a student-run publication for queer people of color in the Philadelphia community, at the University of Pennsylvania and co-founded the Queer & Trans affinity group for students of color at Harvard Law School. They also co-founded the Royall Must Fall and Reclaim Harvard student movements at Harvard Law School.

The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones

The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, a highly respected scholar and public intellectual, is the 16th President of the historic Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. The first woman to head the 180-year-old institution, Jones occupies the Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy. She is the Immediate Past President of the American Academy of Religion, which annually hosts the world’s largest gathering of scholars of religion. Jones came to Union after seventeen years at Yale University, where she was the Titus Street Professor of Theology at the Divinity School, and Chair of the University’s Program in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Suzanne Lerner

Suzanne Lerner, co-founder and president of lifestyle and clothing brand Michael Stars, is an activist entrepreneur and philanthropist. As a philanthropist, she focuses on creating economic empowerment for women and girls. She supports organizations that promote gender and racial equality in the United States and internationally through personal grants, impact investments, and the Michael Stars Foundation. Today Suzanne inspires new generations of social impact entrepreneurs and is a frequent speaker on investing, founding, and running socially conscious businesses. She serves as a director on several non-profit boards including the ACLU of Southern California and the Ms. Foundation.

Kimberly Peeler-Allen

Kimberly Peeler-Allen has been working at the intersection of race, gender and politics for almost 20 years. Kimberly is the Co-founder of Higher Heights, a national organization building the political power and leadership of Black women from the voting booth to elected office. A highly skilled political fundraiser and event planner, Kimberly was the principal of Peeler-Allen Consulting, LLC from 2003 to 2014, the only African American full-time fundraising consulting firm in New York State. In 2010, Kimberly was named to the Crain’s New York Business 40 Under 40 list as well as named one of The Feminist Press’ 40 Under 40: The Future of Feminism.

Diana Revson

Diana Revson is a philanthropist and supporter of the arts and education. She is a Board Member at the Academy for Teachers and at the Gordon Parks Foundation. She previously served as the Director of External Affairs for The Gordon Parks Foundation and the Meserve Kunhardt Foundation. She was also a fashion editor at Videofashion News, was the Director of Public Relations at Henri Bendel and was a Fashion Editor at L’Officiel de la Mode.

Heidi Schreck

Heidi Schreck is a playwright and award-winning actor. Her play What the Constitution Means to Me, which she also performs in, was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Her play Grand Concourse was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and winner of the Stacey Mindich Lilly Award. Heidi has commissions from Atlantic Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, and South Coast Repertory and has been a writing fellow with the Clare Tow Foundation, Soho Rep and Sundance Theatre Lab. Heidi’s television writing includes “I Love Dick,” “Billions” and “Nurse Jackie.” Winner of two Obies, a Drama Desk, and the Theatre World Award.

S. Mona Sinha

S. Mona Sinha is a passionate advocate for the rights of women and girls. She has parlayed a career in finance, marketing and restructuring to work at the intersection of social change and women’s leadership. Mona works with organizations to develop capacities to uplift women and girls across different sectors. She is co-founder of Raising Change, which coaches mission-driven organizations to raise resources for social change. Mona began her professional career as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, followed by a brand marketing career at P&G and Unilever and culminating in restructuring the Asia Pacific Oceania operations of Elizabeth Arden, then owned by Unilever.

Carol Robles-Román

Carol Robles-Román is Secretary of the ERA Coalition/Fund for Women’s Equality. Carol was previously the President and CEO of Legal Momentum, where she spearheaded legislative, legal and policy efforts to ensure equal rights for women and girls, combat human trafficking and violence against women and to protect women’s economic security. Carol was Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs and Counsel to NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg for 12 years. She served as a NYS assistant attorney general for civil rights.

Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer. She travels in this and other countries as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. Among the many organizations she co-founded are the Women’s Action Alliance, the National Women’s Political Caucus, the Women’s Media Center, Voters for Choice and Choice USA. She was the founding president of the Ms. Foundation for Women. She also co- founded Ms. magazine and helped to found New York magazine.

Candy Straight

Candy Straight is the private investor, independent director, and executive producer of the first-female-driven Wall Street film which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016. She started off her professional career with numerous corporations, including Merck & Co. Inc., Bankers Trust Company, Securitas Capital, LLC, Montpelier Re and many more. Straight was a co-chair on Governor Christine Todd Whitman’s budget advisory committee and a past president of the Financial Women’s Association of New York. She is the co-founder and past president of the WISH List, which is a national donor network to support pro-choice Republican women for high political office.

Christina Swarns

Christina Swarns is the President and Attorney-in-Charge of the Office of the Appellate Defender, Inc. (OAD) OAD is one of New York City’s oldest providers of appellate representation to poor people convicted of felonies, the City’s second oldest institutional indigent defense office and a national model of effective, innovative, and holistic appellate defense representation. Prior to joining OAD, Christina served as the Litigation Director for the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF). While at LDF, Christina also served as lead counsel in some of this country’s highest profile death penalty cases. She argued, and won, Buck v. Davis – a Texas death penalty case challenging the introduction of explicitly racially biased evidence at trial – in the 2016-2017 Term of the United States Supreme Court.

Liz Young

Liz Young is Treasurer and co-founder of the ERA Coalition/Fund for Women’s Equality. She is a visiting Fellow of the University of Oxford’s Said Business School. She is the former Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications for Sony Music Entertainment, where she was responsible for corporate giving and major events. She previously worked as Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications for Bertelsmann, Inc, and represented the Bertelsmann Foundation in the United States. As Vice- President of Mazda North America, Liz was the founder of the Mazda Foundation USA. She was also a registered lobbyist for US Japan trade.

Leslie Bhutani
Leslie Sweem Bhutani is a graduate of the University of Kansas and started her financial career in banking at Republic Bank Dallas and then at Salomon Brothers in NYC.  She is an activist on a number of different issues and involved with several non-profits, including Planned Parenthood, The Brennan Center for Justice, Earth Justice, and Connecticut Against Gun Violence.  She has produced several documentary films and is on the board of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
Andy Prozes

Andrew graduated with a Bachelor of Mathematics in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and subsequently received an MBA from York University. He served as CEO of LexisNexis and on the Board of Directors of Reed Elsevier. Today he serves on several for-profit boards including Transunion. Andrew served on the board of the National Executive Service Corps and was an Executive Board Member of the American Bar Association Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI), and a Board & Executive Committee Member of The Atlantic Council. He serves today on board of trustees of Freedom House.

Thursday Williams

Thursday WIlliams is making her Broadway debut! She recently appeared in What the Constitution Means to Me at New York Theatre Workshop and is currently a senior at William Cullen Bryant High School in Queens. She has debated at Brooklyn Law School and NYU through the Legal Outreach Program and completed a judicial internship at the Civil Supreme Court through the Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program last summer.

ERA Coalition Staff

Carol Jenkins

Carol Jenkins is co-President and CEO of the ERA Coalition/Fund for Women’s Equality. Carol is an award-winning writer, producer and media consultant. She is a sought-after speaker and writer on issues relating to the media, specifically the participation of women and people of color; women’s participation in the political and economic structures in the US; and the health of women in developing countries, particularly on the African continent. She was founding president of The Women’s Media Center, a national non-profit and serves as chair of AMREF USA, an African health organization.

Bettina Hager

Bettina Hager is the DC Director and COO of the ERA Coalition and Fund for Women’s Equality. She previously served as the co-Chair of the Equal Rights Amendment Task Force of the National Council of Women’s Organizations and has been helping lead the movement for constitutional equality since 2012.Bettina has conducted focused lobby training workshops across the country on the issue of constitutional equality and oversaw the creation of a widely used ERA advocacy packet with information on how to contact elected officials, reach out to media and encourage constituency outreach. She has organized and moderated briefings on the Equal Rights Amendment in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Bettina also writes for the The Hill as an opinion contributor on gender issues. In 2018, she was named one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women’s eNews.Prior to joining the ERA Coalition, she worked as Programs Director and Interim Executive Director at the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC), advocating for the necessity of women’s political participation at all levels of government. Bettina graduated from St. Olaf College with a degree in Biology and concentration in Women’s Studies.

Kevin Chisolm II

Kevin Chisolm II is a third year Political Science major at Howard University from Maplewood, New Jersey. Since arriving at Howard, he’s developed a bond with the campus and the city. Kevin loves studying politics in D.C, and the experience of going to an HBCU. As an intern in the office of the ERA Coalition, he notes that his greatest joy comes from knowing that the work he does will make lives better for millions of Americans today and in the future. Kevin is inspired to be able to have a role in helping to ratify the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution of the 21st Century. His goal is to gain experience working on political campaigns, and to continue working hard to prepare himself for a law program after college so he can build a career in servitude and public policy.

Aminat Sanusi

Aminat Sanusi attends Howard University and is working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Criminology. After Howard, she wants to attend law school and be an attorney that works with domestic violence victims; which is the reason why she is very passionate about interning with the ERA Coalition. Aminat has been interning with the ERA Coalition since the spring of 2019 and is proud to be a part of the Coalition’s effort to get the Equal Rights Amendment ratified. She also enjoys traveling and has lived in India to complete a service project and studied abroad in Nigeria.

Joselin Serrano

Joselin Serrano is Hunter College student, in her senior year majoring in Spanish Translation and Interpretation with a concentration in juridical translation, while also working towards her Human Rights certificate at the Roosevelt House for Public Policy. Ms. Serrano is a first generation College attendee dedicating her studies and career in the hopes of creating social change. Joselin is an intern for the ERA Coalition and The Fund for Women’s Equality working on translation of press packet materials as well as board member bios. Ms. Serrano has also helped to-create a social media campaign for the month of August celebrating National Women’s Equality Day. With her degree in Spanish Translation and Interpretation Ms. Serrano plans to work nationally and internationally to help others on social justice issues such as women’s equality and immigration policy.

ERA Advisory Council

Beth Monaghan
Melanie Campbell
Wendy Davis
Donna Deitch
Lindy Dekoven
Abigail Disney
Tiffany Dufu
Minna Elias
Gloria Feldt
Jane Fonda
Agnes Gund
Sarah Jones
Linda Kaplan Thaler
Christine Lahti
Suzanne Lerner
Jane Levikow
Judy Lotas
Catharine MacKinnon
Alyssa Milano
Laura Neuwirth
Marla Schaefer
Taylor Schilling
Glennda Testone
Jamia Wilson
Marie Wilson
Mel Wymore

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