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Omar Lazcano

Omar Lazcano (he/him) was born and raised in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas. He is currently majoring in political science and minoring in Spanish at the University of Texas at Arlington. He has been attentive to issues of social justice since high school, as they enfolded within his life and my community, Ever since, he has used his skills to help combat these issues. Reproductive justice for him is paramount to the goal of ensuring that civil rights are not only protected, but made equally accessible to all. His favorite things: almost any mammal, Solange Knowles’ music, justice, art, and poetry. Omar is supported by the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program and uses he/him pronouns.

Makayla Richards

Makayla Richards “M.K.” is a Black queer femme, birth worker, and organizer devoted to pursuing truth.  They are second-generation Jamaican and from Gwinnett County, Georgia by way of New Jersey. Their life’s work centers establishing extra-institutional means that support the holistic wellbeing of Black, non-binary, and/or trans people and their families. Prior to coming to URGE, Makayla worked with Black and brown Trans and Queer youth as a facilitator for The Theater Offensive, a Boston based theater organization committed to utilizing community-based art as a means to mobilize social conversations about racial and gender equity, and queer liberation. She also has completed many projects and extensive research on Black maternal care networks, radical parenting, and transformative sex education across the lifespan. Makayla graduated with highest honors from Brandeis University with… Read more »

Patricia Munoz-Chernitsky

Patricia Munoz-Chernitsky is a seasoned financial and administrative professional with over 20 years of experience in all levels of accounting, financial management, and Human Resources.  As a passionate conservationist and believer in social justice, her career has been spent working with the administrative and finance side of Nonprofits as her way to live her beliefs after she left her undergraduate studies at Georgetown University.   Patricia has both hands-on and executive-level experience in human resources, accounting, financial management, risk assessment, cash management, audit, and systems implementation. Patricia resides in Virginia on the first mountain of the Appalachian chain and enjoys hiking, gardening, spending time with her family, and takes pride in her Native American (Echota Cherokee tribal association) and Hispanic ancestry. Patricia uses she/her pronouns.  

Kimberly Inez McGuire

Kimberly Inez McGuire is an award-winning communications strategist, queer Latina reproductive justice advocate, and lifelong policy wonk with more than a decade of experience creating and implementing winning strategies to reshape the public narrative and policy landscape. As Executive Director of URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, Kimberly leads the organization in building a world where all people have agency over their own bodies and relationships, and the power, knowledge, and tools to exercise that agency. Kimberly brings to her work with URGE comprehensive, intersectional experience with youth leadership, wins in federal and state policy and campaigns, and deep roots in reproductive justice organizing. Previously, Kimberly served as a Senior Program Director with ConwayStrategic and Director of Public Affairs for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH). Kimberly… Read more »

Neve Brown

Neve Brown is an intersectional feminist and sophomore at the University of Delaware, where she studies Public Policy and Gender studies. Growing up in Southern California, she developed a passion for reproductive justice at a young age. On-campus, she is proudly involved with Planned Parenthood of Delaware and Sexual Offense Support, which allows her to present bystander intervention training to fellow college students. Additionally, Neve has recently interned with the Texas Equal Access Fund, where she was able to expand her knowledge regarding barriers to abortion access in southern regions of the United States. After graduation, Neve hopes to pursue a degree in law and ultimately work on expanding access and affordability surrounding sexual and reproductive healthcare, whilst prioritizing and elevating the voices of marginalized communities. In her spare time,… Read more »

Isabelle Beauregard

Isabelle Beauregard is from New Hampshire and has spent the last five years learning from reproductive justice advocates while living and studying in Alabama. They are currently pursuing their Master’s degree in the Department of Gender and Race Studies at the University of Alabama with an expected graduation in May 2020. They graduated in 2019 from the University of Alabama with a BA in African American Studies and Political Science. Isabelle has been organizing with URGE on the University of Alabama campus since 2015, including in chapter leadership roles and in voter engagement campaigns. They most recently were a Programs Intern at URGE, where they worked to support field staff. In their free time, Isabelle enjoys baking vegan desserts for friends, planning trips they may never take, and reading. Isabelle… Read more »

Janae Chestnutt

Janae is a native New Yorker who moved to DC to make a difference. Janae has over seven years experience in organization administration and operations. Prior to joining URGE in 2018, Janae was an active volunteer with the Journey to Happiness Movement Inc., a nonprofit organization destined to raise awareness of the sickle cell trait that causes a rare type of cancer. At URGE, Janae is responsible for the daily administration of the URGE program/operations work. Her goal at URGE is to build a bridge of connection and support between the field team and administrative team as we make a difference within our communities. Janae uses she/her pronouns.

Jordyn Close

Jordyn Close, a 22 year old woman of color, a previous intern organizer for NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, a storyteller with Youth Testify, a leadership program of the National Network of Abortion Funds and Advocates for Youth. She also serves on the board of Women Have Options- Ohio, an abortion fund, and she has had an abortion. Jordyn uses she/her pronouns.

Emily Cuarenta

Emily Cuarenta (she/her/Ella) is a first-generation Mexican-American. She is a born and raised Georgia Peach from the metro-Atlanta area. She moved to Middle Georgia to attend Mercer University. She will complete her B.A. degree in Women’s and Gender Studies and a certificate in Applied Social Justice in the summer of 2020. She will proudly be the first in her family to be a college graduate.  Emily was the president of the Mercer URGE chapter. She was involved with Rainbow Connection, which is an organization that facilitates LGBTQ+ education workshops for Mercer staff and faculty. She was also an RRASC intern for Access Reproductive Care-Southeast in 2017. Her eye-opening experience with the abortion fund motivated her to continue to fight for abortion access in the South. She is unapologetically abortion positive!… Read more »

Monica Edwards

Monica is a queer intersectional Black feminist and an alum of the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama School of Law. A proud southerner, Monica was born and raised in Alabama. Monica is a long-time outspoken activist having been a part of the URGE chapter at UA as well as a member of UA’s Women and Gender Resource Center’s student leadership council in college. She continued organizing and activism in law school and was a part of UA Law’s Black Law Student’s Association (BLSA), OutLaw Queer-Straight Alliance and La Raza. A lover of reproductive justice her passions include activism around issues of intimate partner violence, racial justice, abortion access, and combating anti-blackness. In her spare time Monica enjoys re-watching Scandal, learning salsa and bachata, listening to music, and… Read more »