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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 »

Kai Gurley

Kai is a development professional with almost 20 years of experience fundraising in the reproductive health/rights/justice sector. Kai joined the staff of URGE in 2013. Since coming to URGE, Kai has lead the growth of the Development Department from a one-man shop to a team of three, and has helped grow the budget from under $1million to over $5million, managing a portfolio of over 20 institutional donors. Before coming to URGE, Kai served as Institutional Giving Officer at Provide, Inc. (formerly the Abortion Access Project). Kai was the Development Coordinator for the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective from 2005 – 2010. Since 2010, Kai has done institutional fundraising and grantwriting consulting work with several national reproductive health/rights/justice organizations. Additionally, Kai served on the board of the Third Wave… Read more »

Danielle Hurd-Wilson

Danielle Hurd-Wilson is a southerner, a queer Black Feminist, and a Reproductive Justice advocate with nearly a decade of experience in youth organizing and reproductive health/rights/justice program development and leadership. As a young organizer, Danielle worked on issues of racial justice, reproductive and gender equity, and LGBTQ+ liberation. Danielle has a long relationship with URGE, having begun as a State Organizer and currently serving as the director of URGE’s Field Department, where they work to support and constantly evolve the work with URGE’s members. An ardent spokesperson and author for reproductive justice advocacy, Danielle has been quoted or published in: The Advocate, Essence, Re.Wire and other outlets. Danielle holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and MA in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Alabama. They are also a graduate of… 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.  

Preston Mitchum

Preston is a Black queer attorney, advocate, and activist with a focus on the power of Black people, young people, and queer, trans, and nonbinary people. With nearly a decade of legal and policy experience, he develops reproductive health, rights, and justice policies and strategies as the policy director with URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, a young people’s Reproductive Justice organization. Preston is an adjunct professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and teaches LGBT Health Law & Policy. Preston serves as co-chair of the board of directors for Collective Action for Safe Spaces, and was the first openly LGBTQ chair of the Washington Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. He holds an LL.M. in law and government from American University Washington College of Law, a Juris Doctorate, cum laude,… Read more »

Donna Roseburough

Donna joined URGE in February 2013. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the URGE Office. She works in conjunction with the Deputy Director of Finance & Operations. Her responsibilities include accounting and various administrative tasks. Prior to joining URGE, she worked as an Executive Assistant with National Assembly on School Based Health Care for two years. Donna uses she/her pronouns. 

Monica Edwards

Monica is a queer intersectional Black feminist and currently works as the Federal Policy Manager at URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity. In her role, Monica does federal policy work and coalition building to advocate for Reproductive Justice and young people. A proud southerner, Monica was born and raised in Alabama and is an alum of The University of Alabama and The University of Alabama School of Law. Monica is a long-time outspoken activist having done organizing and programming work 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 and writing around issues of intimate partner violence, racial justice, abortion access, and combating anti-blackness…. Read more »

Jaz González

Jaz is a queer Tejana activist hailing from the beautiful Rio Grande Valley, but now living in Central Texas. She is a UT-RGV Alum where they first got involved with URGE as a Chapter Leader back in 2015. They started working as the Texas Organizer in 2016, then transitioned to the Texas Coordinator in 2018. Jaz made another internal transition to Digital Campaigns Manager in 2020. Jaz has lead bold and innovative issue-based campaigns in Texas. Ranging from fighting the border wall, to increasing abortion access, to educating people on the difference between sex work and sex trafficking. She has lead culture shift work in Texas around these issues in addition to doing voter engagement around these issues. Jaz’s movement work has been informed by their border life experiences as well as… Read more »

Taylor Harrison

Taylor (she/her) is a queer white woman born and bred in the rolling hills of beautiful Southern Ohio. Raised by a nurse, Taylor grew up learning about sex and bodies in a home with no stigma, so when she attended public school and saw the “sex ed” being taught, she was confused. Confusion turned to anger and helplessness as she saw firsthand how a lack of access to proper sex ed negatively impacted people’s lives. She obtained a BA in English Literature with specializations in Queer Lit and Women in Lit, due to her deep love of stories and her dedication to gender-oppressed people. While in college, she distributed hundreds of condoms to her classmates and organized with what would eventually become the URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity… Read more »

e’Marcus Harper-Short

e’Marcus brings to URGE over 10+ years of experience providing administrative and HR support fostering the success and sustainability of grassroots organizations, 20+ years of experience working with youth led organizations that uses music and theater to promote non-violent conflict resolution and the empowerment of young people, and over 30 years ago, joined the fight for resources and services for people of color in the LGBTQ+ community living with HIV/AIDS. e’Marcus is also a United States Special Arts Envoy who travels globally at the request of US Embassies, leading lectures, concerts, linguistic workshops, and other productions, to promote the musical and theatrical contributions of African-Americans to American culture. e’Marcus uses he/him pronouns.