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.
Vice President OF LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS
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.
Digital grassroots engagement Director
Apollo has built winning digital engagement tools and mobilization strategies for organizations like NRDC, Greenpeace International, The Center for Science and the Public Interest, Food and Water Watch, and Bread for the World. He currently serves as the board chair for Resource Media.
Fabiola uses her public health and research experience to advance equitable public polices. While at Human Impact Partners, she led a cross-collaborative project that helped pass labor rights policies at the city and state level. She also has vast experience working on housing, education, and criminal justice issues.
Director of Advocacy
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.
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.
Aliya has held multiple senior-level accounting and finance roles in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. She has worked with budgets upwards of $60 million dollars. She is a member of the African American Chamber of Commerce's Young Professional Advisory Committee and as currently serves as Board Treasurer of Oxford Circle CCDA.
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.
Kate is a political and community organizer who has developed and executed electoral, issue advocacy, and worker justice campaigns in the battleground state of Ohio for the AFL-CIO and the Ohio Environmental Council. She is a proud Ohioan who is #MarionMade!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tolu Lawrence is Director of Strategic Partnerships at The Representation Project. She brings together leading nonprofits, social enterprises, and philanthropic brands to develop audience-driven initiatives and campaigns that further social good. With a focus on gender equality, progressive masculinity, and intersectional identity, Tolu serves as an advisor to Feminist.com, Good Men In Sport, MotherCoders, NO MORE, and Spotify’s Culture Change Collective. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from American University Washington College of Law and is a member of the California Bar.
Parker has spent the past 25 years working in philanthropy and non-profit cause related work. During that time, he has served in a variety of capacities, from grassroots organizer and non-profit executive director to business leader and grant maker. His expertise spans a broad range of issues from early childhood development and education reform to environmental protection and social and economic justice. Working with dozens of different foundations, from small family foundations to some of the nation’s largest foundations such as the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Parker has helped shape their strategic plans, giving priorities, communications strategies, and supported their priority grantees. Parker enjoys working with philanthropists and non-profits to help them take their nascent ideas or programs, develop an appropriate plan for growth, and nurture the model into a successful vehicle for positive social change.
Chloe advises startups, invests in early stage companies, and is a board member at Gannett (NYSE: GCI, publisher of USA Today). As a founding partner of the #Angels investment collective, she seeks out teams and products that can have disproportionate impact. At Twitter (2009-2014), she built media partnerships and strategy from the ground up, and oversaw Twitter’s growth from a few dozen celebrities and journalists to daily participation by tens of thousands of the world’s most high profile individuals and media companies. She was responsible for the quality of Twitter’s content across news, music, TV, sports and politics and ensured Twitter was indelibly woven into traditional and new media.
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.