Em-URGE-ing Voices

Kimberly Inez McGuire (she/her/ella)

Kimberly Inez McGuire is a nationally recognized campaign and communications strategist, reproductive justice movement leader and policy expert with two decades 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 young people power for reproductive justice, forging cross-movement collaborations, and manifesting a world where all people have agency over their own bodies and relationships, and the power, knowledge, and tools to exercise that agency. Kimberly is the Board Chair for the Groundswell Fund, serves on the Board of Directors for the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), and is Co-Chair of the Abortion On Own Terms campaign to normalize self-managed abortion. In 2022, Kimberly served as Vice… 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. 

Kelly Baden

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 »

Leng Leng Chancey

Leng Leng Chancey is an activist, an organizer, and a champion of equity and liberation. Growing up, she watched from behind the counter of a small grocery store owned by her parents on how they organized their community over multiple issues. As a first-generation immigrant, Leng Leng is dedicated to dismantling systemic structures of oppression in all forms. Her long-standing passions revolve around social justice issues concerning communities of color with “equitable access for all” as her motto toward liberation for BIPOC communities. Currently, she is the executive director of 9to5, the national association of working women. 9to5 is a national organization grounded in community-led solutions to advancing economic, gender, and racial justice through grassroots organizing. The organization has a national network of grassroots advocates and offices in Colorado, Georgia,… Read more »

Mugdha Mokashi

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. 

Jessica Pinckney

Jessica Pinckney is the executive director of ACCESS REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE, a community-based organization funding abortion and advocating for Reproductive Justice for all. ACCESS removes barriers and builds the power of Californians to achieve Reproductive Justice. Jessica oversees the organization’s work to combine direct services, community education, and policy advocacy to promote real reproductive options and access to a high quality of life for people in California. No other organization in the state provides the same range of support for people considering or seeking an abortion. She returns to her home state of California after living for nearly a decade in Washington, DC, where she previously served as vice president of government affairs at In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, a national/state partnership with eight Black women’s… Read more »