Board of Directors
Jules De La Cruz
Co-Chair
Jules De La Cruz
Jules De La Cruz is a graduate of the University of Michigan/Ann Arbor where she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. After teaching fifth grade in the Detroit Public School System, she embarked on a 17-year law enforcement career to include time as a traditional beat cop, Detective, SGT/Crime Prevention, LT/Watch Commander and for a time, a member of SWAT. Further studies garnered a Master's in Public Administration from Georgia State University. A former Chief of Police for a large, multi-campus metro Atlanta college, she was briefly profiled in "Breaking the Brass Ceiling: Women Police Chiefs and Their Paths to the Top". In 2004 Jules relocated to San Diego, California, where she has been employed as the Director of Security for the prestigious Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

Beverly Guy-Sheftall
Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Ph.D., is the president of the National Women's Studies Association and founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center and the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies. She is also adjunct professor at Emory University’s Institute for Women’s Studies where she teaches graduate courses. She has published a number of texts within African American and Women’s Studies which have been noted as seminal works by other scholars, including the first anthology on Black women’s literature,Sturdy Black Bridges: Visions of Black Women in Literature (Doubleday, 1980). Her most recent publication is a book coauthored with Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women’s Equality in African American Communities (Random House, 2003).

Cynthia Neff Cynthia Neff
Co-Chair
Cynthia Neff has lived in Charlottesville, Virginia since retiring from IBM in 2006. Prior to settling down in Virginia she was a human resources executive with IBM and ran a number of operations during her tenure there. Throughout her career she fostered a number of initiatives focused on building high-performance, global workforces with a focus on diversity.
 
Cynthia is now a Democratic candidate for the Virginia General Assembly and running for the House of Delegates and Thomas Jefferson's old seat. In her spare time she works with a number of non-profits in addition to TrueChild, including the AIDS Services Group and the Legal Aid Justice Center. She is happily ensconced on five gorgeous acres with a variety of young campaign staff, family and dogs.

Kimberly OtisKim Otis
Kimberly Otis is a consultant in non-profit advancement and philanthropy with a dedicated 25+ year career focused on the rights and empowerment of women and girls and progressive social change. From 2008-3014, Otis was director of the Caring Economy Campaign, and is the former CEO of the National Council of Women’s Organizations, Women & Philanthropy, the Rauch Foundation, and The Sister Fund. During the challenging aftermath of September 11, 2001, Otis was chair of the board of Philanthropy New York. She now serves as board chair of Gender Action and as a board member of True Child, and is a former Board member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the Women's Funding Network. She has published three book chapters, authored dozens of reports and OpEds, and has presented widely at venues including the National Press Club and on Capitol Hill.

Michele Ozumba
Michele Ozumba is President of the Women's College Coalition. Michele has over twenty years of leadership with organizations focused on women and girls, and was recently named one of FAST Company's Extraordinary Women of 2013. Prior to joining the Women’s College Coalition, Michele was CEO of the Women's Funding Network. Before that, she served as President of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, helping build it into the nation's largest state teen pregnancy prevention organization.  Michele has served as a Program Director of Public Health for the Georgia Department of Human Resources and as a Senior Lecturer on the Faculty of Environmental Studies at the University of Nigeria. 

Karen PetersonKaren Peterson
Karen A. Peterson is the Chief Executive Officer for the National Girls Collaborative and Principal Investigator (PI) for the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP). The NGCP seeks to maximize access to shared resources for organizations interested in expanding girls’ participation in STEM. Peterson is also Co-PI for the ITEST Learning Resource Center, Citizen SciGirls, SciGirls CONNECT, and Build IT Scale Up projects. Funded by the NSF, these projects address gender, racial and socioeconomic underrepresentation in STEM fields. Peterson has over 25 years of experience in education as a classroom teacher, university instructor, teacher educator, program administrator, and researcher.

Gina ReissGina Reiss
Gina is currently the Director of the UN Foundation's Girl Up campaign, working with US adolescent girls to raise funding and awareness for their counterparts in developing countries. Prior to that, Ms. Reiss served as Executive Director of TrueChild. She was the Managing Director of the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition (GenderPAC), Executive Director of the New Jersey Lesbian & Gay Coalition, and Action Vice-President of NOW-NJ. She is a founding member of the Equality Federation. She is the proud mother of a six-year-old daughter.


Emily Muskovitz Sweet
Emily Muskovitz Sweet is a social justice advocate, policy expert and women's philanthropic leader whose work has focused on issues related to community engagement and women's safety and security. Emily currently serves as the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council and Government Affairs Department at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, where she oversees the Federation's public affairs efforts. Prior to that, Emily was the Executive Director of the Jewish Women's Foundation of Chicago. Emily also worked at the City of Chicago Mayor's Office on Domestic Violence and Neopolitan Lighthouse. Emily was part of the 2013 Fellows Class of Leadership Greater Chicago, and was the 2013 recipient of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago's Samuel A. Goldsmith Leadership Award.


A Toni Young Toni Young
Toni Young is founding Executive Director of Community Education Group in the District of Columbia. Founded in 1993 as the National Women and HIV/AIDS Project (NWAP), it has consistently focused on the needs and challenges the Black community, particularly those faced by women. Today CEG conducts the bulk of community HIV testing and counseling in SouthEast DC. A recognized expert on reproductive health and gender-based violence, Toni is in frequent demand as a speaker. In 2012, CEG was selected to lead the Road to AIDS, a nationwide tour to increase community participation in the 15 cities most adversely impacted by HIV.

   

 

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