Alisha Bhagat, President
Alisha Bhagat is a futurist and strategist whose work focuses on the creative use of futures tools such as strategic foresight and scenarios planning to impact long term positive change, particularly around social justice. She is based at Forum for the Future, a non-profit, and is a part-time faculty member at Parsons School of Design. Alisha is passionate about changing the narrative around who the future is for - and convenes the Diaspora Futures Collective, a group of POC working on decolonizing, reframing, and taking action for the future.
She discovered Bitch in 2002 at the Carnegie Mellon Women’s Center and has been a reader and supporter ever since. During her time on the board she hopes to co-create a future for Bitch that embodies transformation, abundance, and a thriving community.
Alisha is an avid gamer, science fiction enthusiast and trivia nerd. She lives in New York with her partner and three children. 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 Allmond, Treasurer
Leesa is a proud Oklahoman whose passion for activism, social media, and online culture has led her through Chicago and now to Brooklyn, where she currently resides with her two cats and partner. A former “politico,” Leesa has built digital and visual communication strategies for several political candidates and progressive organizations throughout the country including a statewide gubernatorial race, a Tribal nation election, SEIU, Justice Democrats, and more. She now oversees social media strategy for live entertainment experiences and music festivals.
When she isn’t posting for a paycheck, Leesa can be found expanding her political education, being enamored by pop culture, following the trending topics on Twitter, or at a concert. She loves cold brew, female R&B and rap, raspberries, and the inevitable demise of capitalism.
What Leesa most hopes to achieve during her time on the Board of Directors: “My hope for my time on the board is to build on and continue Bitch’s radical, feminist legacy by incorprating my own skills and amplifying the voices of Bitch.”
Amy Guth, Secretary
Amy Guth is an author, editor, journalist, broadcaster, filmmaker and producer, and her work is sharply focused around telling and sharing important stories on multiple platforms.
Guth is the host of the daily business, technology and economics podcast for Crain’s Chicago Business, produced and directed the episodic documentary film project about online harassment and suppression, “Din,” and associate produced, “La Mitad Del Mundo,” a Spanish-language documentary film about sex trafficking in Ecuador.
Previously, Guth was a Senior Facilitator at The Op-Ed Project, an academic media initiative aimed at increasing the diversity of voice in the public narrative where she edited and shaped essays and opinion pieces that appeared in dozens of U.S. outlets. She’s worked with universities including Brown, Cornell, Northwestern, Loyola, and DePaul, and foundations including Ford Foundation and Schusterman Foundation as well as in Johannesburg, South Africa for Aspen Institute.
In addition to her novel, Three Fallen Women (2016), Guth’s work has appeared in various publications including Los Angeles Review of Books, Los Angeles Times, WGN-TV, WBEZ, MLK50 Justice Through Journalism, WCIU-TV, Chicago Tribune, University of Illinois Press, The Nosher and Jewcy, among others.
Because hobbies and joys are still a thing, Guth is also a 200H-RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) with focus on trauma-informed, accessible and inclusive yoga, has trained to teach yoga to people in all body sizes and from diverse communities through Yoga For All/YA-CE, and has practiced yoga for more than 16 years.
What she most hopes to accomplish on the Board of Directors: “Bitch has played a huge role in my life since it first began, and my goal as a board member is to help it continue to grow and thrive so it can serve others.”
A former policy analyst, and nonprofit executive, Cindy has utilized the power of her lived experiences to empower communities of color, youth, and leaders across the country through her work in the areas of policy, education, politics, leadership development, and advocacy. She is a policy advocate and believes in strengthening voices through civic engagement, education and holistic methods rooted in innovative and transformational leadership practices that guide the creation of conscious policy initiatives that support marginalized communities across the country.
As a former DACA recipient, Cindy has focused on opening access for immigrants interested in policy and politics to begin a pathway of leadership development and training that creates opportunities for them to serve within those sectors. Cindy marked historical precedent after becoming the first undocumented person to intern for a national political party in Washington, DC, and the first DACA recipient to work as a Majority Pool Analyst for the New Mexico House of Representatives. Formerly, Cindy served as Executive Director of Learning Alliance New Mexico, and as Chief Administrative Officer at The United States Hispanic Leadership Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Most recently, Cindy served as Political Director of the Ben Ray Luján Senate campaign and is Principal of Nava Strategies.
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.
What she most hopes to achieve on the Board of Directors: “I hope to make sure I am accountable to the young Black feminists of Bitch’s readership and Rage community.”
Debbie Millman is a designer, author, educator and the host of the award-winning podcast Design Matters, one of the first and longest running podcasts in the world. She is also co-founder and chair of the world’s first graduate program in branding at the School of Visual Arts; editorial director of Print magazine; and the author of six books on design and branding. She has worked on the design and strategy of over 200 of the world’s biggest brands.
What Debbie most hopes to achieve on the Board of Directors: “To help celebrate and amplify the 25th anniversary of Bitch and to plan a roadmap for growth for the next 25.”
Deyanira Nevárez Martínez
Deyanira Nevárez Martínez is a Ph.D. candidate in the Urban Planning and Public Policy Department at the University of California, Irvine. She conducts research on housing justice, housing precarity, colonias and the role of the state in domestic informal settlements. In the fall of 2021, she will be joining the faculty of the Urban and Regional Planning Department at Michigan State University. Her work is interdisciplinary and has been published in planning, criminology, and public health journals.
Professionally, she has worked for the public and non-profit sectors. From 2009 to 2010 she worked for U.S. Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva before moving to spearhead the campaign to fight Arizona’s ban on Mexican American Studies which was found to be unconstitutional by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017. Additionally, she served as the Arizona State Coordinator for Mi Familia Vota Education Fund.
As a volunteer, she has previously served on the boards of Arizona List, Las Adelitas Arizona, the YWCA of Southern Arizona, and served as Chair of the City of Tucson Human Relations Commission.
As a board member of Bitch Media, Deyanira hopes to shed light on how urban issues, specifically housing justice issues, are feminist issues. She lives in Irvine, CA with her husband Richard and her two sons, Carlos and Juan. You can find her on twitter @deyant and on IG @urban_planning_chola
Donna Zuckerberg is a writer, editor, and recovering academic. Her work focuses on the intersection of Classics, contemporary feminism, and digital culture. She is the author of Not All Dead White Men: Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age (Harvard University Press, 2018), and according to a (very negative) review of her book in the “intellectual dark web” publication Quillette, she is “arguably… the most influential scholar of Greek and Latin literature in America.” She is currently at work on a second book, provisionally titled Resistrata!, about the history of feminist response to sex strikes.
She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2014 and was the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Eidolon, a prize-winning online publication that sought to make Classics “personal and political, feminist and fun.” Eidolon ran from 2015 to 2020 and received more than 2 million views. She hopes that, as part of the Board of Directors, she can work to further support sharp feminist cultural criticism. Donna lives in California with her two children and bulldog. You can find her on Twitter as @donnazuck.
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
A former child actor, Kate realized as a teenager that she could have a more effective voice behind-the-camera, getting a telecommunications degree from Ohio University and then working in commercial production. Her creative and math-nerd interests soon merged, and she became a partner at Animation Dynamics in 2000, growing the company to the point of sale in 2014. She further honed in on her love for patterns and spreadsheets, focusing on organizational design for start-ups and established companies, becoming hyper-focused on the generational and cultural impacts that influence the sustainability of any company in the 21st century.
Her board experience includes 6 years with Bradley Angle, the oldest domestic violence services organization on the west coast, as well as serving on the club and trust boards of Rotary Club of Portland in 2019/20.
As a Bitch Media board member, she wants to support expanding the brand awareness of the organization past its own readership, amplifying and solidifying its place in feminist media as it continues to provide and encourage the communities of next-gen feminist voices around the world.
Nicole Cliffe is the co-founder of The Toast. She has written for the Guardian, New York Magazine, Foreign Policy, and the New York Times. Born in Kingston, Ontario, she is currently on book leave from her biweekly parenting column at Slate, and lives in Utah with her husband and three children.
Her biggest hope for her time on the board of Bitch Media is to increase and foster coverage of disability issues.
Patricia Valoy is a Dominican STEM activist from New York City. She holds a BS from Columbia University where she majored in Civil Engineering and Construction Management, and is a Civil Engineer Project Manager, writer, and speaker. She writes and speaks on a variety of issues pertaining to people in engineering and other male-dominated fields, particularly as it relates to women of color and underrepresented minorities. Patricia’s advocacy is on attracting and retaining women in STEM careers and building work environments where women are free from discrimination, sexism, and racism. She also speaks and writes on a variety of issues affecting the Latinx community including racism, immigration, cultural and religious pressures, and living at the intersection of two cultures. When she isn’t too busy fighting injustices, she is at home sewing and listening to podcasts with her husband, young daughter, and two dogs.
As a board member of Bitch Media, Patricia hopes to bring her experiences as a woman of color in STEM so that the unique intersection of being a feminist of color in male dominated fields is better understood and represented.
Tatiana Mac (they/she) is an independent American engineer who works directly with organisations to build clear and coherent products and design systems.
They believe the trifecta of accessibility, performance, and inclusion can work symbiotically to improve our social landscape digitally and physically. When ethically-minded, they think technologists can dismantle exclusionary systems in favour of community-focused, inclusive ones.
Tatiana is an open source maintainer, currently focused on building a dictionary called [Self-Defined](https://www.selfdefined.app/). Self-Defined seeks to provide more inclusive, holistic, and fluid definitions to reflect the diverse perspectives of the modern world. The dictionary will eventually include integrated bots and an API to embed into enterprise software.
Never totally pleased with design tools, they design in browser to bring performant, semantic, and accessible visual narratives into the web. Their current obsessions are optimising variable fonts, converting raster images into to SVGs, and recreating modernist paintings in CSS grid. When they can successfully :q vim, they find new countries to explore (36 and counting) and design tech merch at [StyleDotCSS](https://www.styledotcss.com/).
Tatiana’s biggest hope for their time on Bitch Media’s board is to bring Bitch’s radical feminist thinking and actions into tech and to bring accessible and ethical tech to Bitch.