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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, a Reproductive Justice advocate. As a young organizer, Danielle has lead, participated in, and worked with a number of progressive groups, concerned with issues of racial justice, reproductive and gender equity and LGBTQ+ liberation. Danielle brings more than five years of experience in reproductive justice advocacy work, youth activist work, and logistical support. Danielle has a long relationship with URGE, having begun as a State Organizer and currently serving as one of the directors 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… 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 Mitchum is a Black and queer civil rights advocate, writer, and public speaker who uses critical thinking and intersectionality in his writing and analyses. He brings more than 6 years in both legal and policy experience to his role as the Director of Policy of URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity. As Director of Policy, Preston shapes state and federal strategies and policies that center the voices and leadership of young people in the South and Midwest. Prior to joining URGE, Preston served as Senior Legal and International Policy Analyst with Advocates for Youth, the Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Health and Gender Equity, the Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable S. Pamela Gray and the Honorable Errol R. Arthur, and was a Policy Analyst with the Center for American Progress’… 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. Her responsibilities include accounting and various administrative tasks as well as coordination of meetings and activities. 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.

Rachel Waters

Rachel Waters is a lifelong writer, speaker, and advocate. Queer, non-neurotypical, and of Mvskoke-Irish ancestry, Rachel has dedicated her 15-year communications career to helping build a more equitable society in which the voices, perspectives, and rights of every person are valued and upheld. As Director of Communications at URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, she leads a team responsible for developing strategies that inspire action and advance reproductive and gender justice throughout the nation. Prior to joining URGE, Rachel served as the Media Relations Manager at YAI and as the Executive Communications Manager at The Doe Fund. Throughout her career as a writer and speaker, Rachel focused on the intersections of indigenous survivance, environmental justice, and reproductive and gender rights. Her essays, op-eds, investigative reports, and scholarly articles have… 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 »

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. Jaz’s movement work has been informed by their border life experiences as well as her previous campaign work around the local anti-fracking movement in the RGV, abortion access, comprehensive sex ed, undocumented students’ rights, LGBTQ youth safety, and HIV awareness. Jaz was also a 2015 Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps Intern at the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR). Prior to that, she was an intern with their State Representative and worked on the state gubernatorial campaign. In their free time Jaz can be found spending time with her… Read more »

Taylor Harrison

Taylor was born in Chillicothe, Ohio. She attended Bowling Green State University and graduated in 2012 with a BA in English Literature, with specialties in Queer Literature and Women in Literature. Taylor started working with URGE as a canvasser in the Fall of 2015, and fell in love with the work of voter engagement through a Reproductive Justice lens. She was promoted to Ohio Data Manager in 2016, and to Ohio State Organizer in 2017. Some of her proudest accomplishments include creating events like Sex Trivia and Drunk Dial Your Reps, and turning out 18-30 year olds contacted by URGE’s Ohio voter engagement team at a rate 4x higher than their peers in the Spring Primary. In her free time, Taylor enjoys live music, spending time in nature, and destroying… Read more »