Em-URGE-ing Voices

Kimberly Inez McGuire (she/her/ella)

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 »

Patricia Muñoz-Chernitsky (she/her/ella)

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.  

Kai Gurley (they/them, he/him)

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 »

Hope Jackson (she/her)

Hope L. Jackson (she/her/hers) joins URGE as the Deputy Director of Programs and Policy. An unapologetic Black queer organizer, Hope brings more than a decade of experience as an LGBTQ+ advocate, electoral strategist, and state legislative policy nerd to her work. Hope has a demonstrated commitment to fighting for the liberation and justice of historically excluded people. She is honored to continue that work at URGE by ensuring that young people, especially those in the margins, not only see themselves in the fight but that their voices are centered in the journey to reproductive justice and gender equity. Prior to joining URGE, Hope served as Deputy National Campaign Director at The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, where she managed the long-term strategic planning and… Read more »

Niara Stitt – Board Chair

Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati Niara Stitt is Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati. She graduated from the Cincinnati College of Law and from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Prelaw. Prior to her role as an at-large board member, Niara served as a student board member with URGE for two years, and as Vice President of Ohio University’s URGE Chapter, Intersectional Feminist Alliance. 

Heidi Gerbracht – Vice-Chair

Founder and Director of Equity Agenda Heidi Gerbracht is a veteran strategist and a local government expert.  She worked formerly as the National Program Director of Bright Cities, a program of Healthy Babies Bright Futures, where she works with cities on policies and programs to measurably limit neurotoxic chemical exposures in pregnant women and children.  Previously, she also served as the Vice President of Public Policy of a local association working on housing and transportation issues.  Ms. Gerbracht served the city of Austin in various capacities for nearly a decade, where she was instrumental in the passage of much of Austin’s innovative legislation, including regulation of so-called crisis pregnancy centers, paid parental leave for city employees, and requiring rest breaks for construction workers.  Prior to moving to Austin, she spent several years fundraising and doing… Read more »

Mugdha Mokashi – Secretary

Pathways M.D. Candidate, Class of 2022 Holmes Society | Harvard Medical School, MA  Mugdha is currently a first-year medical student at Harvard Medical School. Before medical school, she attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she received her B.S. in neuroscience and her MPH with a concentration in health behavior. At UAB, Mugdha was president of the URGE campus chapter and served as a student member of the URGE Executive Board for two years. Currently, she is interested in reproductive health policy, access to abortion care, and integrating reproductive justice frameworks into medical practice. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, listening to NPR podcasts, and exploring great places to eat in Boston. 

Fabiola Carrión – Treasurer

Senior Attorney, National Health Law Program (NHeLP), Los Angeles, CA   Fabiola is a senior attorney at the National Health Law Program (NHeLP), an organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the health rights of low-income individuals.  In this capacity, Fabiola works to expand access to reproductive health care services in public and private health insurance programs across the country. Before joining NHeLP, Fabiola was an Advocacy Program Officer at Planned Parenthood Global, where she designed, developed, and oversaw projects on sexual and reproductive rights in Latin America. She also served as the Director of Government Relations at Planned Parenthood of New York City and as a Policy Advisor for a network of progressive state legislators and state-based advocates from across the United States. Fabiola began her legal career as a law clerk for… Read more »

Kelly Baden – At Large Member

Kelly brings nearly two decades of experience in the nonprofit and advocacy sector to her work in building power with progressive state legislators. Since she joined SiX in 2017, Kelly launched the country’s only cross-state cohort of state legislators committed to reproductive freedom (www.sixrepro.org) with more than 400 state legislators from around the country, built a team of five, and piloted game-changing programs like convening a delegation of state legislators to visit El Salvador to understand the devastating impact of abortion bans. Kelly serves on the board of URGE (Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity) and is a recent Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Fellow with the Rockwood Leadership Institute. She has appeared on MSNBC and in outlets like the Los Angeles Times, Cosmopolitan, and Time magazine. You can follow Kelly on… Read more »

Nancy Starner

Foundation Gift Officer for the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland, OH   Nancy Starner is the Foundation Gift Officer for the Cleveland Orchestra in Cleveland, OH. Previously, she was the Director of Development and Communications at Preterm in Cleveland, the largest abortion clinic in Ohio and one of the largest in the country. She also led Ohio’s statewide abortion fund, Women Have Options, transforming an organization on the verge of closing into a dynamic, thriving organization with a nationally recognized advocacy program.  In 2014, Nancy was a CoreAlign Generative Fellow. In 2011, she was a 2011 Ohio Political Leaders Fellow at the Center for Progressive Leadership. Currently, she serves on the board of the National Network of Abortion Funds. Nancy holds a BA in political economy and an MBA, both from Tulane University.