National Coordinating Committee Members (NCC)

Deva Kyle, Board Chair

At 27 years old, Deva is a founding member of YWTF and comes to the National Director position after serving as Chapter Director for YWTF’s DC Metro Chapter and as a National Advisor on New Chapter Development. From 9-5, Deva is a full time pension lawyer.

Born in Long Beach, CA and raised in Los Angeles, Deva (along with her older brother) were the first in her family to graduate college and Deva is the first to attend graduate school.

Throughout Law School and her undergraduate career at Vassar College where she received a BA in Sociology with a focus in women’s studies, Deva has regularly worked and volunteered in the interest of women’s empowerment. She was a co-founder and editor-in-chief of Squirm Magazine, on the advisory board of the campus Women’s Center, and on the board of directors for the national non-profit Alternatives to Marriage Project (AtMP). She was an executive member of the LGBTQ campus organizations at Vassar College and Georgetown Law and participated in a number of organizing efforts in Poughkeepsie, NY and Washington DC including organizing a tri-state feminist conference.

Deva’s interest in social justice has focused on women here and abroad. At the age of 20 she spent a semester in Tamil Nadu, India where she focused her studies on the Indian Women’s Movement studying in the local Indian college and interviewing service providers and other women of the city of Maduria.

Deva received her Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. In law school, she was the editor-in-chief of the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law— the first law journal to address the intersection of gender and sexuality where she published on the First Amendment and pornography law.

Deva was nominated for the 2006 Young Woman of Achievement Award presented by the Women's Information Network. She currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia, and is a published poet and painter.

Chantelle Britton, Policy and Research Director

Chantelle Britton is currently employed with the United States Department of Health and Human Services as an Emerging Leader Intern. The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is designed to assist and train prospective leaders toward excellence in leadership and management of public policies and programs throughout the Department. Chantelle's areas of interest in the program include public health care financing and the policy implementation of federal-state partnership programs such as the State Children Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and Medicaid.

Chantelle has broad experience in the areas of policy development and implementation, grass-roots and legislative advocacy, and she is eager to work with other younger women on issues that face our generation in our communities and across our country.

Chantelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from James Madison University and a Master of Public Administration from Howard University. As a young professional woman, Chantelle has always believed that it is her duty to protect the rights, improve services and to remove barriers for people who are underserved and underprivileged in our communities. Chantelle is committed to public service as demonstrated by her professional roles and volunteer positions throughout the community.

Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Chantelle now resides in Washington, DC with her fiancÚ Derrick.

 

Alyssa Friedland, Media Consultant

Alyssa Friedland works in social-cause advocacy and marketing for a small public relations firm in DC. She focuses on work with local gender and sexual equality non-profits and also large companies who desire to foster a positive relationship with GLBT consumers. Alyssa graduated from Georgetown University in 2006 where she founded support services for women affected by eating disturbances and taught biology at a local public school. Alyssa has always been passionate about health and science and believes that ensuring all women are supported and healthy is the root of her commitment to equality.

Alyssa is originally from the Bay Area, loves visiting aquariums, and recently became a certified yoga instructor.

 

Brie Blumenreich, Chapter Liaison

Brie Blumenreich is the Chapter Liaison for YWTF. She has held the positions of Chapter Director and Finance Director for the Washington, DC Metro chapter of YWTF and is excited to use her previous experience to help current chapter leaders shape the organization. Brie's professional background is in Marketing and she currently leads the Marketing department for a mid-sized regional company. Brie has been active in the younger women's movement for almost 10 years, she has worked with organizations such as NARAL, NOW, and the Feminist Majority. She graduated from the University of Rochester in 2002 and will be beginning her MBA in Marketing in 2008.

Alex Walden, Policy and Development Research Co-Director

Alexandria "Alex" Walden was born and raised in San Jose, CA. Alex currently works in Legal Momentum’s (the new name of NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund) Public Policy Office on issues of poverty and violence and violence against women. She attended American University, in Washington, DC where she earned a B.A. in Political Science.

Alex is a founding member of YWTF and has been a committed leader of the group ever since. Alex's work with YWTF has been focused specifically on younger women and public policy.

 

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Kate Farrar, Communications and Board Community Director

Kate Farrar is an Associate Director of National Programs and Policy at Wider Opportunities for Women in Washington, D.C. Kate is from Connecticut, where she was a lobbyist for nonprofits, advocating for issues such as the statewide smoking ban, child nutrition, and women’s rights. Whether it has been teaching college freshman, leading the Women’s Caucus in grad school, or as a field coordinator for the presidential campaign, her passion remains the engagement of communities for change. Kate has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut and a M.A. in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Kate works on fundraising for YWTF.

 

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Aisha Taylor, Outreach and Membership Development Director

Aisha Taylor was born and raised in Sacramento, California. At the University of San Diego, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities with an emphasis on feminist liberation religious studies.

Currently, as Executive Director of Women's Ordination Conference (WOC) based in Washington, D.C., Aisha leads the world’s oldest and largest Catholic organization working for women to be priests in a renewed, inclusive Roman Catholic Church.  Aisha is also a diversity and organizational change consultant for Jones & Associates Consulting, Inc., which works to create leaders and human systems that counter oppression through diversity, inclusion and organizational excellence. Aisha also serves on the Board of Directors for NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby. Aisha spends her free time dancing, cycling or hanging out with family and friends.

 

Sheerine Alemzadeh, Media Consultant

Sheerine currently works for the legal department of Tahirih Justice Center, a nonprofit organization providing legal relief, social services and public policy advocacy for immigrant women and girls fleeing violence. A recent graduate of Georgetown University, she gained honors for her major in International Politics with a minor in Women’s Studies.

At Georgetown, Sheerine founded Girl Talk, a gender-awareness mentorship initiative with female Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts High School students. Sheerine has previously interned for KARAMAH, Search for Common Ground and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. She is a recipient of the School of Foreign Service Dean’s Medal, the Goldman Sachs Global Leader Award, the John Carroll Scholarship, the Krogh Millennial Scholar Award and the Lena Landegger Community Service Award. Sheerine is particularly interested in the intersection of gender and cultural identity, specifically in the context of intercultural dialogue and trans-national feminist organizing.

Alison Stein , YWTF Founder and Advisory Board Chair

Alison Stein is the Founder and Board Chair of the Younger Women’s Task Force (YWTF). Alison served as YWTF’s National Director from June 2004 until April 2006.

Born in New Haven, CT, Alison developed the concept of YWTF during her years as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was actively involved in women’s issues on her campus, in the communities of Philadelphia, and internationally.

Alison’s work with YWTF has been featured in a variety of publications including The Village Voice, Congressional Quarterly, Washington Post, Women's E News, and The New Yorker. She has been a guest lecturer at Georgetown University, and spoken at dozens of conferences and panels across the country. Alison is the youngest board member of Women's Prerogative and was nominated for the 2005 Young Woman of Achievement Award presented by the Women's Information Network. Alison is a violinist, lives in Philadelphia with her partner Tom, and will begin law school at the University of Pennsylvania in the fall of 2006.

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