BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Alisha Bhagat, President
Alisha Bhagat is a futurist and senior strategist whose work focuses on the creative use of futures tools to impact long term positive change, particularly around social justice and equality. She is based at Forum for the Future, a non-profit, where she utilizes foresight methods and speculative futures to engage with diverse stakeholders on strategic visions and the concrete actions needed to achieve them.
She discovered Bitch in 2002 at the Carnegie Mellon Women’s Center and has been a reader and supporter 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, science fiction enthusiast and trivia nerd. She lives in New York with her partner and two adorable daughters. You can find her @alishabhagat.
Manolia Charlotin, Vice President
In her roles as multimedia journalist, curator, strategist, and educator, Manolia Charlotin tells stories that feed spirit and amplifies voices that seek liberation. She is the Co-Founder of Press On, a Southern collective that advances movement journalism by providing support for reporting and trainings that reshape newsrooms to better serve communities.
Over the last 15 years she has helped lead several media organizations and campaigns, including the Boston Haitian Reporter, The Haitian Times, and Feet in 2 Worlds. Most recently, she was the Associate Director at The Media Consortium, a network of leading independent news media, where she advanced the sector’s racial equity strategy, development of emerging local media networks, coverage of social justice movements, and editorial management for a landmark scientific study on the impact of collaborative storytelling.
Currently, as a strategic consultant to movement-building organizations and independent media platforms, she’s helping change agents channel their resources to center the capacity of communities of color to build institutions in their image.
Leesa Almond, Treasurer
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.
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.
Ebony Murphy-Root teaches middle school humanities at Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica, CA, one of the most progressive K-12 schools in the country. Her curriculum expertise, at the intersection of literacy and social justice, grounded in discussion-based collaboration, close reading, and experiential problem solving, merges her interests in civic engagement, critical pedagogy, class mobility and Gen Z culture. Continuing her own journey as a learner is a major priority for this elder millennial; Ebony enthusiastically joined the 2020 cohort of the Stonewall Democratic Club Leadership Training Program and in 2018 she was a fellow of the Religious Literacy Summer Institute for Educators at Harvard Divinity School.
Ebony is the newest member of the NARAL Pro-Choice California PrivacyPAC Board of Directors, and she also supports Being Alive, Los Angeles County’s oldest nonprofit client-driven organization focusing on the mental health and wellness of people living with HIV and AIDS. A proud Connecticut native and daughter of a recently retired Teamster Dad, Ebony is an alumna of UCONN’s College of Arts and Sciences (Women’s Studies minor ‘04!) and Neag School of Education and the Campaign School at Yale (2012). Previously, Ebony served on the board of The Cove Center for Grieving Children and the Hartford Friends and Enemies of Wallace Stevens which awards a yearly award to a young poet. Ebony lives in Long Beach, CA, with her partner Jon, and two cats from Ojai, Oscar and Arabella. You can find Ebony, pretty much all the time, at @ebonyabsolutely
Stefania Pomponi is an influencer marketing pioneer, entrepreneur, author, speaker, third culturista, and values-based leader focusing on social impact and racial equity.
She is the Founder and Chief Branding Officer at Hella Social Impact, a marketing and communications consultancy that helps brands show up authentically and impactfully for racial justice. In partnership with Black and NBPOC influencers, content creators, and thought leaders, Hella Social Impact brings brand stories to the folks who are demanding to hear it. Hella Social Impact creates a strategy to both ensure alignment of a brand’s internal and public commitments to anti-racism and racial justice, amplify those commitments as an integral part of the company’s goals, and assess results to inform continuing work.
Stefania is proud to be Anouk, Wallie, and Dash’s mamma. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Danialie Fertile (she|hers) is a first-generation Haitian-American multidisciplinary educator, writer, pop culture enthusiast, facilitator, and proud member of the Rage. She has worked primarily in multicultural affairs and social justice education. As the eldest daughter of Haitian immigrants, Danialie understands what it means to live in a complex hyphenated world. As an educator, she has primarily worked with college students. As a facilitator, she seeks to create opportunities for learners at all levels to recognize the relationship between institutional violence and individual actions. Danialie completed her Bachelor of Arts in Government and Law and American Studies from Lafayette College and also completed her Masters of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the NYU Steinhardt School for Education, Culture, and Human Development. Chances are you’ll find her either listening to an episode of her favorite podcast The Read or reading a new YA novel.