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 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 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 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 »
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 »
Kwentoria A. Williams is a passionate advocate for reproductive justice and family planning, equitable and affordable accessibility of health care, social justice, and gender equity. A native of the Oak Cliff neighborhood in Dallas, Texas, she has long been led by a desire to serve communities of people who look like her and come from similar socioeconomic backgrounds. Kwentoria holds a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies with concentrations in Public Health and Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas as well as a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Texas Woman’s University. During her academic career, Kwentoria conducted and presented research across the country on social determinants of health, cultural competency, community health, HIV, breast cancer, and unethical health practices. Most recently, Kwentoria worked as the Communications Director and… Read more »
Desireé S. Luckey, Esq. (she/her/hers) is excited to join URGE as Director of Policy. Previously, she was Senior Policy Counsel for Democracy at The National LGBTQ Task Force and a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow at the National Women’s Law Center, where she worked on health equity issues. Desireé is also a Co-Founder and Principal at The ACD Strategy Group, a progressive political consulting and DEI firm. Prior to law school, she worked on political campaigns and for a San Antonio City Councilmember. As a Midwesterner, her commitment to reproductive justice stems from her own experiences growing up in downstate Illinois and she is thrilled to work with young people from communities like her own. She is a proud graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Howard University and… Read more »
Toni (she/her) is an accomplished author, producer, political consultant, and organizer. Working in political campaigns since the age of 5, Toni Watkins brings a wealth of experience in community organizing, fundraising, and field management expertise to the Reproductive Justice Community. Toni has run and managed state, federal, and local campaigns field operations all across the country and in fields ranging from local council races to United States Congressional races, and organized around Prison Reentry Reform, Environmental Justice, and Reproductive Justice. Most recently, Toni has served as Deputy Organizing Director for The New Georgia Project where she led the Organizing efforts across the State of Georgia during the 2020 election cycle.
Cindy Cruz (she/ella) is a passionate advocate for reproductive justice, racial justice, and LGBTQ rights. She is currently the Western States Program Director at URGE: Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity, where she oversees programming, policy, and organizing work in California and Texas. Prior to joining URGE, she served as Director of Education for Planned Parenthood California Central Coast where she oversaw the delivery, implementation, and evaluation of the organization’s sex-education programming and worked closely with colleagues and community partners to lobby and inform policy that supports access to comprehensive sex education and health care services. Cindy serves on the Board of Directors for California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ) and Just Communities Central Coast. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and received a BS in Public Health Education,… Read more »
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.