People

Amoretta Morris

July 22, 2010

  Co-chair Amoretta Morris is the Director of Student Attendance for the District of Columbia Public Schools. She provides leadership to a continuum of activities ranging from truancy intervention and dropout prevention to supports for homeless students. Previously, she served as a youth and education policy adviser in the Executive Office of the Mayor in the Anthony Williams and Adrian Fenty administrations. She joined local government after serving as the founding director and lead organizer for the Justice 4 DC Youth! Coalition, an advocacy group that mobilized youth and adults to promote juvenile justice reform. She joined Third Wave’s board to give back to an organization that has given so much to her. In 2001, she was honored to be a ROAMS (Reaching Out Across Movements) Tour participant. Spending two weeks traveling around the Southwest in a not-so-big van with oh-so-fabulous young feminists broadened her perspective of social justice work, forced her to explore her assumptions about what “qualified” as radical politics and allowed her to forge connections with fellow women she remains inspired by today. In addition to her work with Third Wave, she is privileged to have served on the boards of the Youth Education Alliance and Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive. She has consulted for philanthropic, community-based and municipal organizations in the areas of strategic planning, organizational development, performance measurement and policy research. When she was growing up, her career aspiration was to be the lead-singer and keyboardist in an all-girl band. She was planning to balance this role with her duties as an Olympic gymnast. Though she fell just short of realizing her aspirations, she thinks the work she is doing now is pretty cool, too. When she’s not working, Ms. Morris enjoys traveling, writing and local performance art. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, MO with a degree in Economics and African Studies. And, she received her Master in Public Policy from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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Amy Richards

June 20, 2010

Amy is best known for creating the Third Wave Foundation as well as for her writings on contemporary feminism. Besides her books, Manifesta, Grassroots and Opting In, Amy’s writings and opinions can be found in numerous anthologies and various media outlets, including NPR, The New York Times, Bitch and The Chicago Tribune. Amy is a consulting producer on the HBO documentary Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words, and an adviser to Makers, a PBS documentary on the women’s movement in America. She is the president of Soapbox: Speakers Who Speak Out, creators of Feminist Summer Camp, and was most recently a vice-president with The Domino Project, a publishing imprint at Amazon. She lectures frequently about the state of feminism and has traveled the world representing feminism in America — most recently at Ewha University in Seoul, Korea and at the American Embassy in Russia and as far back as 1995 where she was a youth delegate to the UN Conference on Women in Beijing. Amy is an occasional media expert offering her perspective on women's issues; most memorably on Oprah, The O'Reilly Factor and NPR's All Things Considered. She has won numerous awards for her activism, including “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” from both Women's eNews and Ms. magazine. She serves on the boards of Sadie Nash Leadership Project and Feminist.com, where she hosts an advice column Ask Amy, and she is an adviser to many organizations, including the Sex Workers Project and FAIR Fund. Amy graduated from Barnard College in 1992 with a BA in Art History and has lived in New York City ever since.

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Andrea Flynn

August 4, 2010

Andrea Flynn External Relations Chair Andrea Flynn was born and raised in a small-town, middle-class community in Massachusetts. Andrea is committed to the political, economic, and social equity and advancement of young women and has spent the last ten years working with organizations committed to these goals. She is currently pursuing a joint master’s degree in public health and public administration at Columbia University, where she is focusing on reproductive and sexual health and international development. Andrea has worked as a consultant for a number of women’s foundations and organizations, most recently for the Namibia Women’s Health Network, where she helped to raise awareness of the forced and coerced sterilization of Namibian women living with HIV. Prior to beginning her master’s program, Andrea managed the Women Moving Millions campaign, an initiative that raised $190M for women’s foundations globally.

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Carter Klenk

September 28, 2011

Carter Klenk-Morse is a queer mother living in Brooklyn, NY. As a consultant, she travels nationally providing training, technical assistance, facilitation, organizational development and organizing support to community-based and movement organizations. Carter has a background in LGBTSTGNC anti-violence work, youth organizing and radical parenting work. She has been a member of a broad range of groups including: the All Nations Alliance, the Audre Lorde Project's (ALP) Capital Campaign Organizing Committee, the Red Earth Women's Alliance, Colorado Street Medics and NYMAA. She served on the Board of Directors of YouthAction, the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. Carter represented community members calling for police accountability as part of the Denver Taskforce on Police Use of Force. She is a volunteer and ally with the Audre Lorde Project's SOS Collective and has also provided security and de-escalation of conflict services at numerous community events. She currently works as an organizational development consultant for SONG. For over a decade Carter has been facilitating group processes and offers trainings on consensus decision-making models. She is an amateur baker and wild fermenter, extended nursing and cloth diapering advocate and an aspiring doula.

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Catherine Gund

June 20, 2010

Catherine Gund co-founded the Third Wave Foundation. An Emmy Award-nominated producer, director, writer and organizer, Catherine started the non-profit production company Aubin Pictures in 1996. Her media work — which focuses on arts and culture, sexuality and gender, reproductive health and rights, and other social justice issues — has screened around the world in festivals, on PBS, Discovery Planet Green and the Sundance Channel, at community-based organizations, universities, and museums. Her productions include What's On Your Plate?; Motherland Afghanistan; A Touch of Greatness; Making Grace; On Hostile Ground; Object Lessons; Hallelujah! Ron Athey: A Story of Deliverance; When Democracy Works; Positive: Life with HIV; Sacred Lies, Civil Truths; Not Just Passing Through; Among Good Christian Peoples; and Keep Your Laws Off My Body; as well as work with the collectives DIVA TV (co-founder) and Paper Tiger Television. She was the founding director of BENT TV, the video workshop at the Hetrick-Martin Institute for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth. She was on the founding boards of Iris House, The Sister Fund, The HIV Law Project, Reality Dance Company, and Working Films and currently serves on the boards of Art Matters, Green Team, Youth Race, and The George Gund Foundation.

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Causten Wollerman

July 22, 2010

Causten Wollerman Causten Wollerman is a mixed Latin@ who grew up in Denver, Colorado. For the past three years Causten has worked at the Colorado Progressive Coalition and is currently their Lead Racial Justice Organizer focusing on racial disparities in the juvenile justice system and organizing against police and prisons. While at the Colorado Progressive Coalition Causten has worked on LGBTQ voter registration, get out the vote campaigns, the Fail the Jail campaign, the Rights and Juvenile Justice Education campaign, the Fix Broken Policing community project and a racial profiling hotline. Causten is also a member of the Luz Reproductive Justice Think Tank, and a Third Wave Foundation Board member. Most of Causten’s work and activist experiences have been in social justice, racial justice, police accountability, queer rights, anti-violence, youth organizing, education and reproductive justice. Causten is passionate about challenging oppression, building community, being a whole person and working towards a society where justice is the status quo.

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Darshan Khalsa

May 29, 2012

Darshan Khalsa has served on Third Wave's board since October 2009. She currently serves on the Executive Committee and the Finance Committee. Darshan's passion for social justice, organizational development and finance have led her to a career in managing nonprofits across a variety of issues. She is the former Deputy Director of Choice USA, a national organization that engages young people in creating and leading the way to reproductive justice for all. Prior to Choice USA, Darshan was the Deputy Director at the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, the first national organization addressing the housing and community development needs of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. In 2004, Darshan founded the Racial Justice Campaign, a program of Progressive Majority that works to support and elect progressive candidates of color to state and local political offices and to increase the collective political power of all communities of color. Darshan is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento and New York University School of Law.

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Dawn Lundy Martin

June 20, 2010

dawn-lundy-martin Dawn Lundy Martin, a writer, professor, and social justice researcher, is co-founder of Third Wave Foundation and the co-editor of The Fire This Time: Young Activists and the New Feminism (Anchor Books, 2004), a collection of essays that examines issues ranging from criminal justice and media to globalization and immigration through a gender lens. She is also the author of A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering (University of Georgia Press 2007), winner of the Cave Canem Prize; DISCIPLINE (Nightboat Books, 2011), which was selected by Fanny Howe for the Nightbook Books Poetry Prize and a finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Lambda Literary Award; Candy, a limited edition letterpress chapbook (Albion Books 2011); and The Morning Hour, selected by C.D. Wright for the 2003 Poetry Society of America’s National Chapbook Fellowship. Her forthcoming book, Life in a Box is a Pretty Life, will be published by Nightboat Books in 2014. Dawn has given lectures on race, gender, and poetics at universities across the country, including most recently, the Naropa University Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and the University of California at Berkeley. She is a member the experimental black poetry and performance group, the Black Took Collective and is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, Dawn works as a research consultant on gender and other social justice issues for foundations and other NGOs.

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Diana Chavez

May 23, 2012

Born in the Bay Area, Diana has served as a social justice advocate for over 7 years. She began working in community organizing as an AmeriCorps member working with youth in low-income neighborhoods of Boston. Back in San Francisco, she became a social justice grantmaker and project manager at Tides, a nonprofit that provides infrastructure and grantmaking services to more than 200 social justice organizations and more than 400 philanthropists and institutions across the globe. Diana recently returned from a year in Nicaragua advocating for women’s reproductive rights while partnering with Central American Women’s Fund (Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres), and is very excited to join the Board of Third Wave to continue this focus at home. She brings a desire to strengthen underserved communities and to support the fields of health and justice for women and girls.

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Dior Vargas

October 19, 2012

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