Our Team

ERA Coalition Board Members

Carol Jenkins

A women’s rights activist, author and Emmy Award-winning former television journalist, Carol hosts the New York Emmy-nominated interview show, “Black America,” on CUNY TV, and is also executive producer, writer and correspondent of its documentaries. Founding president of The Women’s Media Center and a pioneering African American television reporter, Carol was an anchor and correspondent for WNBC-TV in New York for nearly 25 years.

She is a sought-after speaker and writer on issues relating to women and their participation in the political and economic structures in the US; and the health of women in developing countries, particularly on the African continent. She is the co-author of the award-winning “Black Titan: AG Gaston and the making of a Black American Millionaire”, a biography of her uncle. Carol serves on the boards of Amref Health Africa, The Feminist Press, Veteran Feminists of America, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance and Certified Humane.

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 has worked 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. She currently serves as the Rita E. Hauser Director of the Human Rights Program at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute of Hunter College.

Kimberly Peeler-Allen

Kimberly Peeler-Allen 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.In 2018, Kimberly served as the Co-Executive Director of New York Attorney General Letitia James’ Transition Committee.

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. Kimberly serves also serves as Co-Chair of Higher Heights for America PAC, and is a Board Director of NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation. She is currently a Visiting Practitioner at The Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

S. Mona Sinha

S.Mona Sinha is a globally recognized advocate for gender equality in business and society. She has parlayed a career in finance (Morgan Stanley), marketing (Unilever) and restructuring(Elizabeth Arden/Unilever) to work at the intersection of social justice and women’s leadership.

She founded Raising Change to address the funding gap in mission-driven organizations for social change. She also founded the Asian Women’s Leadership University, to bring liberal arts pedagogy to train future women leaders. She is the current Board Chair of Women Moving Millions, a community of women who fund big and bold ($1 million+) to create a gender equal world. She is an Executive Producer of Disclosure, a documentary film on the representation of trans people. Mona serves on several Boards and is an active investor in women entrepreneurs. In 2015 she was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. She has also been recognized for her leadership in the field of gender equality and social enterprise by Gloria Steinem & Apne Aap, Breakthrough, Smith College, Women’s eNews and Columbia Business School.

Leslie Bhutani

Leslie Sweem Bhutani 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.

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.

Steve Andersson

Steve Andersson is a Commissioner of Human Rights for the State of Illinois appointed by Illinois’ Governor JB Pritzker.  He is also a retired member of the Illinois House of Representatives.  During his tenure, he was floor leader for the House Republican Caucus and oversaw all debate on the House floor.  In addition, Representative Andersson led a bi-partisan initiative to end the longest state budget impasse in US history, overriding the veto of his own Republican Governor in order to do so.

During his last session in the Illinois House, Representative Andersson was the Chief Republican Sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment and successfully passed the amendment making Illinois the 37th to pass the ERA.  Since passage of the ERA in Illinois, Representative Andersson has traveled the country advocating for passage in additional states.  He has been a practicing lawyer since 1992 and is licensed to practice in Illinois, the 7th Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

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.

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

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.

Dru Levasseur

M. Dru Levasseur is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the National LGBT Bar Association and leads Lavender Law 365®, the only LGBTQ+ inclusion coaching and consulting program designed specifically to enable the implementation of best practice standards for LGBTQ+ equity across law firms, law schools, and companies. He is co-founder of the Jim Collins Foundation and former director of Lambda Legal’s Transgender Rights Project. Dru holds a Women’s Studies degree from the University of Massachusetts and his J.D. from Western New England University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in DC, NY, GA, and MA.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

A women’s rights activist, author and Emmy Award-winning former television journalist, Carol hosts the New York Emmy-nominated interview show, “Black America,” on CUNY TV, and is also executive producer, writer and correspondent of its documentaries. Founding president of The Women’s Media Center and a pioneering African American television reporter, Carol was an anchor and correspondent for WNBC-TV in New York for nearly 25 years.

She is a sought-after speaker and writer on issues relating to women and their participation in the political and economic structures in the US; and the health of women in developing countries, particularly on the African continent. She is the co-author of the award-winning “Black Titan: AG Gaston and the making of a Black American Millionaire”, a biography of her uncle. Carol serves on the boards of Amref Health Africa, The Feminist Press, Veteran Feminists of America, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance and Certified Humane.

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 the U.S. Senate. Bettina also writes for 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 News. 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.

Katherine Hiraldo

Katherine Hiraldo is an alumna of Binghamton University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Art History. She has over ten years of experience in Office Administration and Management, as well as over 6 years as a Freelance Web Designer. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design, with a minor in Religious Studies, from Arizona State University.

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.

ERA Advisory Council

Patricia Arquette
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
Judy Lotas
Jane Levikow
Catharine MacKinnon
Alyssa Milano
Beth Monaghan
Kathy Najimy
Laura Neuwirth
Marla Schaefer
Taylor Schilling
Ilyasah Shabazz
Glennda Testone
Jamia Wilson
Marie Wilson
Mel Wymore

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