ERA Coalition Board Members

Jessica Neuwirth is the President and Director of the newly formed 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 Robles-Román is co-President of the ERA Coalition/Fund for Women’s Equality. She is the President and CEO of Legal Momentum, where she spearheads 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. Prior to joining Legal Momentum, 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.

Marcy Syms is Chair of the ERA Coalition/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.

Liz Young is Treasurer and co-founder of the ERA Coalition/Fund for Women’s Equality. She is the Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications for Sony Music Entertainment, and 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.

Carol Jenkins Secretary 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.

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.

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 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, 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.

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 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.

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.

Maria T. Vullo is the Superintendent of New York State Department of Financial Services. She was formerly a Partner in the Litigation Department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP with over 25 years of trial and appellate experience in a broad range of complex business litigations and investigations. Ms. Vullo recently 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. 

Teresa C. Younger is the President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women. She has been on the frontlines of some of the most important battles for women’s health, safety and economic justice. A noted speaker, advocate and activist, she has been recognized by many organizations for her commitment to civil rights. Younger serves on several boards — including the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut and Women’s Campaign School at Yale University — and previously served on the board of the National Association of Commissions for Women.

ERA Advisory Council

Melanie Campbell

Minna Elias

Christine Lahti

Marla Schaefer

Wendy Davis

Gloria Feldt

Suzanne Lerner

Taylor Schilling

Donna Deitch

Agnes Gund

Judy Lotas

Glennda Testone

Lindy Dekoven

Jane Fonda

Jane Levikow

Jamia Wilson

Abigail Disney

Sarah Jones

Catharine MacKinnon

Marie Wilson

Tiffany Dufu

Linda Kaplan Thaler

Laura Neuwirth

Mel Wymore

ERA Coalition Staff

Bettina Hager is the DC Director of the ERA Coalition and Fund for Women’s Equality. She also serves as the co-chair of the Equal Rights Amendment Task Force of the National Council of Women’s Organizations. Bettina has conducted focused lobby training workshops 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. Bettina organized and moderated a Senate briefing on the three-state ratification strategy legislation sponsored by Sen. Cardin in April, 2014. She participated in a House briefing on the ERA, March, 2013, and was a speaker on grassroots organizing for the ERA at the ERA conference, Roger Williams University, Nov., 2013. Bettina previously 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.