Our three-pronged strategy is to transform workplaces, public policy, and culture so that everyone can give and receive family care when it matters most.
Together, we can win this.
Founder & Executive Director
Katie was the first Campaigns Director at MomsRising.org and ran the North American Campaigns team at Change.org. In 2014, Katie was named one of Fast Company’s ‘Most Creative People in Business.’
Brianna Cayo Cotter
Chief of Staff
Brianna co-founded and led Change.org’s global communications team, as well as the communications programs at Avaaz, Energy Action Network, and Rainforest Action Network. She won the Changing the Game Award and PR Campaign of the Year.
Jenn has led advocacy and political engagement for groups like the AFL-CIO, AFSCME and Revolution Messaging. She got her start serving on Al Gore’s digital team for his 2000 presidential campaign.
Sarah supported massive organizational growth as the first Director of Finance & Operations at If/When/How. She is proud to lead the Board of Directors of ACCESS Women’s Health Justice, where she champions abortion access and reproductive justice for all.
Fabiola uses her public health training to support social justice movements and campaigns. Her work and transformational relationship with stakeholders has helped pass equitable public policies.
Workplace Program Director
Annie is a longtime activist and campaigner who has advocated for environmental and health at the world’s largest corporations at Rainforest Action Network, Breast Cancer Action and the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments.
Orli served as the Deputy Communications Director for the National Sierra Club for 9 years and led the communications team for the groundbreaking Beyond Coal campaign. She is a proud graduate of Green Corps.
Legislative Director and Counsel
Andie has lead multi-city and multi-organization legislative campaigns for Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City, AFL-CIO, and AFSCME. She helped develop NYC’s paid parental leave policy and played a key role in the historic AFL-CIO and Chamber of Commerce comprehensive immigration reform agreement.
Bri has designed and implemented fundraising systems and events for the SF LGBT Center, Horizons Young Professionals for Equality, Causa Justa :: Just Cause, and Transgender Law Center.
Jenna has executed both digital and field operations for political campaigns. In addition to her grassroots experience, Jenna has also worked in the international political arena at the United Nations.
Shira’s driven campaigns at Senator Mikulski’s Press Office, the United Nations, the Gates Foundation, The Representation Project that meaningfully chip away at socio-economic and political inequity.
Melissa Sandgren, Chair
Melissa is a Diversity Strategy Lead at Airbnb where she focuses on diversity, inclusion and belonging within the employee lifecycle and product design. She's previously worked for: Yahoo, UN Women, the Global Fund for Women, the World Health Organization and the Women’s Foundation of California. Her research expertise is built through partnerships with the Clayman Institute on Gender at Stanford University and the Women in Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. Melissa holds a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her knowledge / passion is rooted in experiential learning and feminist theory.
Kara Gustafson, Treasurer
Kara is Head of Community Impact at SoulCycle. In this role she oversees the company’s philanthropic programs and giving, and serves as a member of the SoulCycle Diversity & Inclusion Council. Prior to SoulCycle, Kara spent fifteen years at Goldman Sachs, where she was a Senior Vice President in the Executive Office, overseeing strategic global partnerships and initiatives to advance the firm's Corporate Engagement platform. She was a member of the founding team that, beginning in 2008, launched and scaled Goldman Sachs' $1.6 billion of philanthropic investments. These efforts have driven economic growth through innovative programs focused on women entrepreneurs in emerging markets and small business owners in the US and UK, by providing them with business education, access to capital, and mentorship. During her tenure, Kara also served as a committee member of the Goldman Sachs Women’s Network.
Nick Allardice, Secretary
The Vice President of Global Campaigns for Change.org. He leads a team of campaigning and communications experts across 18 countries to support Change.org's nearly 120 million users to win campaigns on issues they care about. Nick previously lead and managed Change.org's entry and growth in Australia, India, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia -- pioneering thinking and models for how digital activism works in developing and emerging country contexts.
Nick is also the co-founder of the Live Below the Line campaign. First created in mid 2010, over 40,000 people around the world have since taken the challenge to live on the international extreme poverty line for five days, raising more than $20 million to fight poverty.
A social entrepreneur and venture capitalist at Incite Ventures. She has previously held leadership positions at Square, Quid, and Google. A Truman Scholar, and Rhodes Scholar, she’s also on the board of BLab and Bayes Impact.
Erin helps individuals, nonprofits and companies who are serious about making a difference in the world develop and execute a plan to do just that. She is currently the president of Erin Thornton Consulting and co-founder of HIVE, through which she helps individuals, nonprofits and companies leverage their voice to advance social issues. Prior to starting her own firm, she worked side by side with her co-founder Christy Turlington Burns as the Executive Director of Every Mother Counts (EMC), a campaign designed to engage the public on global maternal health. Before that, Erin spent 8 years on the Executive Leadership team as the Global Policy Director of DATA and later the ONE campaign to fight global poverty.
So many people have been a part of bringing PL+US to our launch that it's impossible to name you all. We do want to give a special shout-out to Brad, Semira, and their beautiful baby for their support, friendship, and modeling. And we simply would not be here without the significant contributions and strategic guidance of Austin King, Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, Joe Dinkin, Amanda Kloer, Patrick Schmitt, and Melissa Sandgren.