Aimee Arrambide (Austin, TX)
Aimee Arrambide’s professional commitment to reproductive rights and justice began with an internship at NARAL Pro-Choice while an undergraduate at the University of Texas. She then worked as a health educator at Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas before returning to school and earning a JD at New York Law School. Upon graduation, she returned to NARAL Pro-Choice Texas to serve as the Director of Public Affairs. Later, she held positions as a Legal Fellow at RH Reality Check (now Rewire) and the Director of Policy & Advocacy at the Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition. Currently, Aimee is Program Manager and Reproductive Rights Policy Specialist at the Public Leadership Institute. In this role, she co-edited A Playbook for Abortion Rights, a resource for winning pro-choice policies at the state and local levels. She also serves as the board chair of Fund Texas Choice and is a storyteller for the National Network of Abortion Funds’ We Testify initiative. When she isn’t lifting up leaders of color within the movement or advocating for abortion out loud policies & actions, Aimee is wrangling her children with her husband in Austin, Texas.
Shivani Desai (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Shivani Desai is a proud Midwest and AAPI feminist. She began her work in reproductive rights and intersectional feminist advocacy as a campus activist in St. Louis, interning with Planned Parenthood and serving as a fellow with Reproaction. She then spent two years in DC at the Feminist Majority Foundation, working to organize campus activists on anti-violence, abortion access, and equal rights causes. In that time, she had the opportunity to work with independent abortion clinics across the Midwest, helping to train volunteers in legal observation and clinic escorting. Shivani is honored to join the Reproaction Advisory Council due to her belief in the unapologetic organizing tactics of Reproaction, as well as her respect for Pamela Merritt’s powerful voice, which was seminal in building her involvement in reproductive justice work. Shivani is currently organizing, door-knocking, and calling every single person for Elizabeth Warren in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, working to ensure that a progressive feminist who believes in overhauling the system takes the White House in 2020.
Laura Craig Mason (Suburbs of Maryland)
After spending time in the tech and government realms, Laura Craig Mason has found her home in the non-profit sphere, where she helps people keep their organizational and personal information secure. She was motivated to join the Reproaction Advisory Council after witnessing how vibrant and energetic the organizers are. Laura has vowed to help the reproductive justice movement grow by advocating for all bodies and being intentional about taking space. Apart from her reproductive rights and justice activism, she enjoys short runs, ballet, cooking, knitting, and generally trying to live creatively in the Maryland suburbs she calls home.
Maribel Morales (Southern California)
Maribel Morales is a queer Latina, reproductive justice advocate, and fierce ally to undocumented people. She grew up in a Mexican immigrant family in Southern California with taco trucks on every corner. When asked why she joined the Reproaction Advisory Council, Maribel was not hesitant to share her belief in using her voice to advocate for her community, who often fears speaking up and catching the attention of white supremacist institutions that seek to harm them. She hopes to grow the reproductive justice movement by following the generations of bad-ass Latinas who have used legal avenues to fight injustice. Maribel knows Latina immigrants and their families often face barriers to accessing health care because of their immigration status; she hopes to pursue a career in public policy or immigration law in the future. She enjoys beer, self-reflecting through her tarot deck, and hanging out with the most fashionable Chihuahua in all of SoCal.
Oriaku Njoku (Atlanta, GA)
Oriaku Njoku is the co-founder and Executive Director of Access Reproductive Care-Southeast. The idea to start an organization that would help Southerners break through barriers to abortion came after working as a phone advocate at an abortion clinic in Atlanta. Through her work in facilitating abortion access, Oriaku vows to help the reproductive justice movement grow by creating safer, braver spaces for Southerners to speak out against reproductive injustice. She joined the Reproaction Advisory Council for the opportunity to learn about cutting edge strategies in the movement. In her free time, Oriaku enjoys planning stay/workcations with her partner, hanging out with their puppies (Marley, Charlie, and Ruthie June aka RJ), getting cupcake wasted, dreaming about new tattoos, and listening to music. Raised in Bowling Green, Kentucky, she currently calls Atlanta home.
Cicely Paine (Atlanta, GA)
Cicely Paine is working toward a day that all Black people can experience a boundless and fulfilling sexuality. She began her career as a sexuality educator with Planned Parenthood in 2011 and credits that position with helping her find her passion. She still uses the skills and lessons learned there in her new work as an adult store manager. In this role, she helps people find the tools they need to maintain sexual health and pleasure. Cicely was motivated to join Reproaction’s Advisory Council when she saw a new organization trying to change policy and legislation through direct action. Outside of her reproductive rights and justice work, she enjoys baking, traveling to warm places, and cuddling all the dogs. Cicely was born, raised, and currently resides in Saint Louis, Missouri.
Cherisse Scott (Memphis, TN)
Cherisse Scott hopes to reclaim the reproductive justice movement’s original intent of centering the leadership, expertise, and human rights of women of color. For more than 10 years, she has worked as a reproductive justice educator, activist, and advocate. Weaving these experiences together, she founded SisterReach in 2011, Tennessee’s only reproductive justice organization. Under her leadership, the organization has produced an informative report on the need for comprehensive sex education for Southern youth of color; organized a clergy cohort that trains faith leaders on social justice issues; and presented to the United Nations in opposition to Tennessee’s fetal assault law. She joined Reproaction’s Advisory Council because of her strong belief in the leadership of Pamela Merritt. Outside of her SisterReach work, Cherisse is an artist and songwriter and has independently produced two albums.
Libby Skarin (Sioux Falls, SD)
Libby Skarin is a former layer, avid reader, and civil rights enthusiast. After practicing law for several years in her home state of Iowa, her frustration with her inability to change systemic problems on a case-by-case basis pushed her headfirst into a career in policy advocacy. Since 2014, her professional efforts have focused on advancing civil rights and civil liberties – including reproductive rights and abortion access – for all South Dakotans. She is inspired by people who do hard work in hard spaces and is deeply committed to doing her part to enshrine a reproductive justice framework in both the legal and social norms of rural Midwestern states, including in carceral settings. Reproaction’s direct action philosophy and refusal to play by the rules favored in traditional power structures motivated Libby to join the Advisory Council. When she’s not working, Libby can often be found with a book in hand surrounded by her pack of scruffy rescue pets and her husband, volunteering with a local non-profit that provides support to transgender youth, or taking a nap.