Bitch Media Board of Directors

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.


Ginger Hintz, Secretary

Ginger Hintz has updated her 20+ year 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. 

Ginger was born and raised on the prairies of western South Dakota. She moved to Ohio at the tender age of 20. In Ohio, she found punk, feminist community, and her ride-or-die partner. She has a BA in Environmental Policy and an MA in American Cultural Studies from Bowling Green State University. Ginger has 11+ years’ experience working in strategic philanthropic organizing and even more years in subversive rabble-rousing.

In October 2017, she spent three weeks at the Audre Lorde Archive in Berlin to explore Lorde’s Afro-German organizing in Berlin (1984-1992) and Lorde’s conscious, active practice of living a poet’s life. That work is ongoing. Her second poetics inquiry of William Stafford continues to explore how a consciously lived non-competitive politic and disciplined creative practice is an integration of radical integrity.

Ginger is an independent scholar and “action philosopher.” She looks for courage in complexity and lives in Oakland, California. 

You can find her online at cacheculture.com.


Megan Kovacs

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. 


Veronica Arreola

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. 


Kate Ertmann

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

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