Current Board

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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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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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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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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Elizabeth Barajas-Roman

October 19, 2012

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Melissa Meade

October 19, 2012

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Mia Kim Sullivan

August 4, 2010

Co-chair and Secretary Mia Sullivan is the Director of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy program at Hampshire College, a national project dedicated to educating, training and inspiring new generations of reproductive justice advocates, leaders and supporters. Combining education, activism, leadership training and organizational support, CLPP promotes an inclusive agenda that advances reproductive and sexual health and rights nationally and internationally. Mia oversees CLPP programming, develops community and internal movement relationships, and works to strengthen program infrastructure, sustainability, and participant and issue diversity. Before joining CLPP, Mia was a civil rights and anti-poverty lawyer and worked on a wide range of housing, family law, public benefits and consumer cases, engaging in impact litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, and community organizing. Mia is a graduate of New York University School of Law.

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Sara Joseph

May 4, 2012

Sara Joseph joined the Board of Third Wave in the spring of 2012. She is originally from the Boston area and is currently pursuing her MBA at the University of Michigan. Sara brings to the Board years of marketing and development experience with grassroots organizations reforming media policy, documenting the effects of U.S. foreign policy in Latin America, and campaigning for investment in public water infrastructure. She recently returned to the United States after two years in Central America. Sara holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a Robertson Scholar, Sara completed coursework at Duke University and interned with the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta. She also led cancer screening workshops in northern Argentina and organized safer sex information sessions for students in western Kenya. As an instructor with the Women’s Health Education Consultants, she taught medical students best practices in gynecological healthcare. Sara has volunteered with a sea turtle conservation project in Costa Rica, organized a day camp for Jewish youth in Ukraine, and bicycled across the United States as a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. In her spare time she enjoys hiking with her dog, Dino.

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Sonya Shields

February 29, 2012

Sonya Shields was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Great Neck, Long Island.  She is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC, where she received a degree in Public Relations.  Sonya is a long-time social justice activist and seasoned development and marketing professional who has raised over $25 million to support various progressive nonprofit organizations. She is currently working as the Chief Officer for External Relations and Advancement with Brooklyn Community Services.  Sonya has also worked as the Director of Development for National Advocates for Pregnant Women, Keep A Child Alive, Astraea Foundation, New York City Anti-violence Project and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.  She has also provided consulting services for the National Black Justice Coalition, Freedom to Marry, Queers for Economic Justice, Afropop Worldwide, African Refuge and many other organizations.  Sonya is a founder of the National Black Justice Coalition; and served on the board of the organization.  She has served on the Board of Directors of the Astraea Foundation, Mautner Project, National Black Leadership Forum, Dance Institute of Washington, DC, and the HIV/AIDS Council for the Mayor's Office of Washington, DC.  When Sonya is not working for various charities, she enjoys writing, photography, and DJing.  

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