BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Deb Walsh, Board Chair
Deb Walsh picked up her first copy of Bitch magazine in New York city in 2007 and has long admired its thoughtful, distinctive voice in journalism. As a board member, Deb feels freshly inspired by her feminist mentors from her legal and educational backgrounds. She also appreciates the women who guided her work with feminist NGOs in Morocco during a year abroad. Although the legal field gave Deb opportunities to advocate for women, LGBTQ communities, and non-profits, she found her true calling in 2000 when she joined the faculty at an independent school in Portland. As a Dean of Students and teacher of history and Constitutional Law, she feels fortunate to work in a progressive community that engages with important questions around culture, gender, power, identity, spirituality, and more.
When she’s not in the classroom with teenagers, Deb recharges through outdoor adventures with her husband and two children, and by cooking with unexpected ingredients for friends and family.
Megan M. Wentworth, Vice President
Megan is proud to be a fourth generation Oregonian and fifth generation car dealer. Her professional background is in wealth planning, philanthropy and organizational development. She spent seven years as a stockbroker (the tech bubble burst but the housing market was stable), seven years in philanthropy (anonymous charity gave way to active advocacy), and is currently the Vice President of Operations and Strategy at DHM Research a non-partisan, independent political and community research firm. She is honored to work with an incredible group of data wonks and pollsters who believe making impact is a collective activity. Everyday they strive to ask the right questions, listen with intent, and understand the values & beliefs of the people who answer.
In 2006 Megan helped found Backline, a national reproductive justice organization, with fellow board member Grayson Dempsey. She now serves as the Vice President of Women’s Foundation of Oregon and is an advisor for the Mary McKinney & Flay Ezell Fund.
Megan believes in the power of a good dinner party, actively cultivates fun, and is a big fan of welcome surprises. Bitch is Megan’s chance to reconcile her lifelong identification as a feminist with her (not so) secret love of reading supermarket tabloids.
Ginger Hintz has updated her Bitch subscription every time she moved across town, over state lines, and into new time zones. She credits Bitch’s consistent radical integrity in supporting her feminist praxis and keeping her pop culture literate as she avoids mainstreaming.
Ginger grew up on South Dakota prairies. She moved to Ohio at the tender age of 20 and embraced punk, community, and writing to fight for reproductive, racial, and gender justice. She has a BA in Environmental Policy and an MA in American Cultural Studies from Bowling Green State University. Manifesting west coast aspirations, Ginger moved with her partner and asthmatic cat to Seattle where she curiously learned about philanthropy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This and experiences with Resource Generation, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, and Social Justice Fund NW afforded an opportunity to learn how power dynamics influence social change strategies. Formerly the Program Manager for the Women Donors Network, Ginger managed and advised the organization’s donor circles using an intersectional feminist lens.
Ginger looks for courage in complexity and lives in Oakland, California.
You can find her online at cacheculture.com.
Leesa is a proud Oklahoman whose passion for activism and storytelling led her to Chicago, where she currently works as the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) Local 1’s Digital Communications Specialist. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma with an advertising degree, Leesa decided to combine her experiences and struggles as a biracial woman with her marketing skills in order to fight for justice. As a self-proclaimed “politico,” Leesa has run digital and visual communications for several political campaigns including a statewide gubernatorial race, a Tribal nation election, and a state’s attorney’s race.
When she isn’t in the streets, live-tweeting a protest or rally, Leesa can be found watching too many documentaries, listening to too much Kanye West, or cheering on the OKC Thunder, her favorite NBA team (Thunder Up!). If you like hearing about labor unions, the NBA, or hip-hop, follow Leesa on her favorite social media outlet, Twitter.
Grayson Dempsey has spent over a decade advocating for women and families through her work in the Reproductive Justice movement. She is the Founder of Backline, a nonprofit organization that promotes connection, conversation and support around all aspects of pregnancy, parenting, abortion and adoption, and served as the organization’s President from 2003-2009. In recent years she has served as a consultant to organizations such as the Abortion Care Network, Ipas, the Abortion Access Project, OHSU, Spence-Chapin Adoption Services, Open Adoption & Family Services, the Center for Health Training and Pro Kan Do. Grayson currently works as a Childbirth Educator at OHSU and sits on the Board of Directors for The Mother PAC and The Abortion Conversation Project, as well as the Advisory Boards of Backline and Nursing Students for Choice. Grayson holds a degree in Literature and Women’s Studies from the University of Florida, and is thrilled to be merging her love of writing and feminism by serving on Bitch Media’s Board of Directors.
As a former competitive policy debater, Jazmyn spent most of her youth talking fast and persuading people to do things. Jazmyn channeled those years of “nerdom” into a fundraising and communications career that includes cultivating donor relations at the American Civil Liberties Union and managing accounts at a global direct marketing agency.
She is currently the Associate Director of Donor Communications and Audience Engagement at the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region, where she directs multichannel fundraising strategies to engage a diverse community in the fight for women’s rights in the Americas and Caribbean. She loves using smart communications to make questions of reproductive justice evident and actionable. Jazmyn also serves on the Advisory Committee of the Haiti Adolescent Girls Network, plays on a women’s amateur soccer team in New York City, and has a Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate from the Nonprofit Technology Network.
Growing up in Las Vegas, Jazmyn loves spending time in the mountains as much as she appreciates a good neon sign. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her partner and their dog Iggy Pup.
Megan currently works at Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest as Director of Community Relations after more than a decade working in Portland-area non-profits to promote social justice, sexual and reproductive health, gender equity, and prevent dating and sexual violence. She is the recipient of the 2015 Judge Stephen B. Herrell award for Outstanding Collaborative Efforts to End Family Violence. In her spare time, Megan volunteers on the Network for Reproductive Options hotline and engages in political activism.
Like many readers, Veronica I. Arreola found her way to Bitch when her best friend handed her an issue. Since then she has gone from reader to contributor to board member. Veronica is a professional feminist, writer, and mom. She took her degree in biological sciences with a minor in women’s studies and turned it into a career working on diversity issues in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Veronica is the assistant director of the UIC Center for Research on Women and Gender and directs their Women in Science and Engineering program. The White House recognized her work with an organizational Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. Her blog, Viva la Feminista, has been named a top political blog by Blogher, Women’s Media Center and LATISM. Veronica’s writing can be found in outlets such as USA Today, New York Times, the Daily Dot and The Broad Side. Her current project, #365FeministSelfie, aims to have people take a close look at themselves every day and see the beauty everyone else sees.
Christine Yoon is currently a Product Manager at Boston Globe Media, where she sits at the intersection of Media and Technology to ship products related to content distribution, editorial workflow, and site enhancements. She’s passionate about building beautiful products that solve real problems, and really enjoys working on cross-functional teams. Born and raised right outside of Boston, Massachusetts, she holds a Bachelors degree in Anthropology from the University of Vermont where she also served as Captain of the women’s lacrosse team, and later coached at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Babson College. During her free time, you can find her roaming the streets of Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she currently resides with her partner, reading Bitch, trying out new restaurants, and chasing after her dog Stanley.
Mary Kay Tetreault
Mary Kay Tetreault benefitted greatly from the Second Women’s Rights Movement. It opened up the possibility of a life beyond that expected of her generation: marry, raise the children, stay at home and don’t grow old. Instead, after earning her doctorate, a twenty-five year career in higher education was possible, first as a professor at Lewis and Clark College, next as a dean at California State University Fullerton, followed by serving as provost there as well as at Portland State University. Her work that she values the most are her publications which include Women in America: Half of History (1978); The Feminist Classroom with Frances A. Maher (1994 & 2001); and Privilege and Diversity in the Academy also with Maher (2007). She is presently at work on a memoir of her journey.
Hilary Doe is a nonprofit leader, committed to civic engagement and leadership development. She is currently the Vice President of NationBuilder.
Prior to joining NationBuilder, Hilary served as the Senior Advisor to the President and, previously, the Vice President of Operations and Programming at the Roosevelt Institute–a leading economic think tank based in New York City. Before becoming Roosevelt’s Vice President, Hilary acted as the National Director of the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network–the nation’s largest student policy and leadership development organization–and founded Roosevelt Institute | Pipeline–a progressive policy organization designed for young people in their 20s and 30s. In her role at the Roosevelt Institute, Hilary received national recognition from the White House, the Francis Perkins Center, the National Consumers League, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and others for her work designing and implementing the pioneering Think Impact model, Think 2040 program, and a national, participatory policy-making effort, the Blueprint for the Millennial America. Her work has been featured by numerous national and regional media outlets, including cable news networks, the Washington Post, the Nation, and NPR.
Prior to joining the Roosevelt Institute, Hilary worked as a Senior Analyst in the Public Policy Analysis practice area of Anderson Economic Group, and held positions with the Brookings Institution and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. Hilary holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University
You can reach Hilary at firstname.lastname@example.org or on social media at: (t): @hilarydoe (f): facebook.com/hilary.doe
Kate Copeland is a conceptual artist and mischievous documentarian with a penchant for craft-intensive 19th century photographic and printmaking processes. Using cyanotype, salt printing, photogravure, letterpress, and more, her work isolates and ossifies moments, objects, and nuances that might otherwise be overlooked. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at a variety of non-profit, alternative and university spaces.
During her 2013 Fulbright Scholar Fellowship in Baroda, India, Copeland taught Alternative Photographic Processes in the Graphic Arts Department of Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. She also continued a series — initially begun at the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum — investigating the role of iconic typefaces in cultural history, using printing technology as source material, process and content. Details of Copeland’s Fulbright experience can be found at www.katecopeland.com.
Over the past fifteen years, Copeland has taught Foundation, Printmaking, Letterpress, Book Art, and Photography classes and workshops at various colleges and non-profit organizations including Pacific Northwest College of Art, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Rhode Island School of Design, Portland State University, Portland Community College, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, and Minnesota Center for Book Arts.
Alisha Bhagat is passionate about working with organizations to think systematically about a sustainable future. She is a futurist and advisor at Forum for the Future, a sustainability non-profit that works with companies on strategic planning and systems change. Prior to joining Forum, Alisha was a foreign policy consultant for the US government.
She discovered Bitch in 2002 at the Carnegie Mellon Women’s Center and has been a reader ever since. Her feminist journey since then has included research and activism around FGM in her own community, volunteering at a domestic violence organization, and serving as a Girl Scout troop leader for several years.
Alisha is an avid gamer and loves board games and RPGs. She is a science fiction enthusiast and pub trivia nerd. She lives in New York with her husband, adorable daughter, and two cats. You can find her @alishabhagat.
Tia personally connected with Bitch as she sat on their panel discussing Anita Hill’s impact on the awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace. A not-so-traditional HR professional, Tia’s passion is empowering people and helping to facilitate their simple dreams and big ideas. Currently, Tia works at Wieden + Kennedy, an independent, creatively led advertising agency, where she serves as a strategic HR partner and talent manager. She previously served as the Asst. HR Advisor for the Department of Employment Services in the Government of the District of Columbia. For four years, she was the Managing Director of The Sevan Group - an African American woman-owned photography and design studio which she also co-founded. Tia graduated from Howard University in 2005 with a BBA in International Business and Marketing and holds an MBA from the University of Maryland University College which she received in 2011. She recently chartered and sits on the Executive Board of the Portland Willamette Valley Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., a national organization of mothers with children ages 2-19, dedicated to nurturing future African-American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. Tia is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Whenever she can, Tia explores Oregon with her husband and two little boys.
Erica Tremblay is a Native American filmmaker and activist living in New York City. She is the Director of Video at Bustle where she is responsible for the strategic vision and execution of Bustle’s editorial video content. Previously, she worked as the Video Development Director at Hearst Digital Media where she developed strategy and content across Elle, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan.
Tremblay has also directed and produced films independently, and has been featured on PBS, CNN, IFC and VICE. Her work has screened at 60+ film festivals and has received numerous awards. Her most recent short documentary examines the epidemic of non-Native perpetrators committing acts of violence against Native women and children on Native lands. This film screened at the 2016 UN’s Commission on the Status of Women. She is currently a Ford Foundation Native Arts and Council Fellow.
A former child actor, Kate renounced her Hollywood hopes in favor of a telecommunications degree from Ohio University. She is one of the founders of the Portland chapter of Women in Animation and is an active member of many industry organizations. For 6 years she sat on the board of Bradley Angle, the oldest domestic violence services organization on the west coast. She has been on both the club board and trust board of the downtown Portland Rotary Club, and in 2011 she won an Orchid Award for being one of Portland’s Most Influential Women for her work.
Kate became a partner at Animation Dynamics Inc in 2000 and the sole owner in 2008. In 2014, Kate sold ADi to Funnelbox, a strategic video agency, where it continues to live on as their animation division. In 2015/16, Kate was COO at Qcut, making women’s jeans in 400 sizes to fit 8 different body types and all heights. Her energetic leadership style can best be defined by her tattoos: a series of mathematical equations that represent movement – all led by the word GO.
She continues to focus her work on the impact of the metrics of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the operations side of (what is usually) male-dominated corporations and industries. The world of Bitch Media has been a constant thread in her life, a place to turn to for insight, for sanity, for support, in all of her work.
Kate’s favorite food is buttered popcorn.
Jessica Wakeman is a freelance writer and editor living in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Glamour, Bust and Bitchmagazines as well as RollingStone.com, Glamour.com, NYmag.com The Cut, the Guardian, Racked, the New York Times Review of Books, New York Daily News, Salon, Healthline, The Establishment, and Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting. For six years, she was a blogger and editor for The Frisky and has also edited for HelloGiggles, The Daily Dot, YouBeauty, and The Huffington Post. She graduated from NYU with a degree in journalism.