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Congratulations To The Women’s Media Center’s Progressive Women’s Voices Class of 2012

| August 24, 2012

Congratulations to our Progressive Women's Voices Washington, DC class of 2012!

Progressive Women’s Voices is the premier media and leadership training program for women in the country. Participants represent a range of expertise and diversity across race, class, geography, sexual preference, ability, and generation. They receive advanced, comprehensive training and tools to position themselves as media spokespeople in their fields, thereby changing the conversation on issues that fill headlines. Graduates join a supportive network of alumnae who support each other in their media goals.

With the WMC’s training and support, over 100 Progressive Women’s Voices experts have been featured in the Washington Post, The New York Times, Elle, New York magazine, USA Today, Forbes, Variety, Mother Jones, the Wall Street Journal, Slate, Salon, the New Republic, the Los Angeles Times; by the Associated Press and Reuters; on Good Morning America, CNN, MSNBC, CBS Nightly News, Fox News, ABC News, CNBC, Bill Moyers, numerous NPR shows; and within hundreds of other top-tier media outlets.

Introducing the PWV DC Class of 2012:

Alexandra Acker-Lyons (Mountain View, CA)

Over the past 10 years Alexandra has worked for candidates and campaigns, party committees, and progressive organizations, with an emphasis on youth politics. Alexandra is a recognized political commentator and appears regularly on CNN, Fox News, and in numerous national print publications. Currently, Alexandra is a consultant for the Youth Engagement Fund, a collaborative project of the Democracy Alliance and civic engagement foundations, and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. She also travels internationally as a consultant and trainer for the National Democratic Institute and is the author of the recently published book, The Political Ladder: Insider Tips on Getting a Job in Politics.

Jennifer Crumpton (New York, NY)

Reverend Jennifer Crumpton earned a Master of Divinity in 2011 from the Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, where she studied inter-faith dialogue, feminist theology and social ethics, and she was ordained in the Christian Church. She previously spent 12 years as an advertising executive creating strategic campaigns for global clients such as Citigroup and the MasterCard “Priceless” campaign. Along the way she also appeared in off-Broadway theater productions, independent films and commercials, and as a playwright, her one-act comedy “Shucked” was staged in New York’s theater district. She is currently the Communications Director at Intersections International, a New York-based NGO that works internationally with communities in conflict toward peace and reconciliation. Jennifer is an author, speaker, columnist for Patheos and writer for the Huffington Post, among other publications. Follow her on Twitter @JenniDCrumpton.

Kimberly Ellis (Pittsburgh, PA)

Affectionately known as “Dr. Goddess,” Kimberly Ellis, PhD is a scholar of American and Africana Studies, an artist, activist, and entrepreneur who loves technology and social media. She has successfully won the “Raise Your Hand! No Casino on the Hill!” campaign, helped with the first Community Benefits Agreement for the State of Pennsylvania, ran RootsCamp Pennsylvania 2010 and is the social media consultant for a number of campaigns. Her work on American studies, history, women’s studies, theater and popular culture can be found in The Paradox of Loyalty; An African American Response to the War on Terror, on,, MSNBC, NPR Radio, and more. Follow her on Twitter @drgoddess.

Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas (New York, NY)

Jessica is the Executive Director at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the only national reproductive justice organization that specifically works to advance reproductive health and rights for Latinas. Jessica was honored by El Diario/La Prensa and Huffington Post Latino Voices on pressing reproductive health issues in the Latina community, as well as a regular voice in outlets such as NPR, the Boston Globe, and The New York Times. Jessica provided content for the Reproductive Justice Briefing Book: A Primer on Reproductive Justice and Social Justice and served as an Advisory Member for the publication of Latina/o Sexualities: Probing Powers, Passions, Practices, and Policies. She has received proclamations from the New York State Senate, New York State Assembly, and the New York City Council for local and national leadership. Follow her on Twitter @jgonzalez_rojas.

Fatima Goss Graves (Washington, DC)

Fatima is the Vice President for Education and Employment at the National Women’s Law Center, where she works to promote the rights of women and girls at school and in the workplace. Fatima advocates and litigates core legal and policy issues relating to at-risk girls in school, including those that impact pregnant and parenting students, students in a hostile school climate, and students participating in athletics. She uses a number of advocacy strategies in her work on these issues, ranging from public education and legislative advocacy to litigation, including briefs in the Supreme Court and federal courts of appeals. Prior to joining the Center, Fatima worked as an appellate and trial litigator at Mayer Brown LLP.

Sarah Granger (Los Altos, CA)

Sarah has over 20 years of experience in technology and new media, including policy, politics, and social good. She recently founded the Silicon Valley—based Center for Technology, Media & Society, dedicated to educating, informing, and connecting stakeholders around converging topics like transparent e-government, high-tech workplace flexibility, and gender bias online. She is also a Fellow at the Truman National Security Project and co-chairs their cybersecurity expert group. Sarah writes regular online columns at the Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her work has also been published in Security Focus, Spectrum magazine, Forbes Russia, and MSNBC. Follow her on Twitter @sarahgranger.

Deepa Iyer (Takoma Park, MD)

Deepa is the Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national non-profit organization in the Washington, DC area. An attorney by training, Deepa has previously worked at Asian American legal organizations as well as the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she litigated immigration-related unfair employment practices and addressed the post-September 11 backlash facing South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, and Arab American communities. She is the Executive Producer of a documentary on hate crimes, has written extensively on the post 9/11 backlash, and taught classes at Columbia University, Hunter College, and the University of Maryland. Deepa has been quoted and featured in print and media outlets including The New York Times, the Huffington Post, and community press.

Koritha Mitchell (Columbus, OH)

Koritha is author of the award-winning book Living with Lynching and is an associate professor of English at Ohio State University. Her research centers on African American literature, violence in American history and culture, and black drama and performance. Koritha has been invited to lecture at Northwestern, Lehigh, and Columbia University, among others, and in community spaces such as the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati and the Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum. Her research has been funded by the Ford Foundation and the American Association of University Women. Koritha is also the Columbus ambassador for Black Girls RUN!, a national organization encouraging African American women to make fitness and healthy living a priority. Follow her on Twitter @ProfKori.

Pamela O’Leary (Arlington, VA)

Pamela is the Executive Director of the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) and she currently serves on the Board of Directors of Running Start, an organization dedicated to inspiring young women to run for public office, and is a facilitator for their Elect Her-Campus Women Win program. Pamela was elected to the Executive Committee of the National Council of Women’s Organizations (NCWO) and co-founded Hope for Justine, an international solidarity group to support threatened women’s human rights activists from the DRC. She is a contributing author for The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World and for UChic: The College Girl’s Guide to Everything. Follow her on Twitter @olearypd.

Ilaha Omar (Los Angeles, CA)

Ilaha Omar is an Afghan born entrepreneur and philanthropist living in Hollywood, California. Today, Ilaha co-owns and operates a successful technical staffing company, Multipoint Wireless LLC, which specializes in the placement of contract personnel within all areas of technology throughout the United States. She has also aided many women and children in post-Taliban Afghanistan, led multiple donation drives for post-tsunami Sri Lanka, and shipped relief goods to orphanages in Burundi and Mexico. Ilaha continues to be a champion for women’s rights wherever they live, supporting programs and organizations that are committed to women’s self sufficiency and empowerment through women-owned business and the creation of sustainable and educational opportunities.

Nicole Rodgers (Washington, DC)

Nicole Rodgers is the co-founder and Editor-In-Chief of Role/Reboot and a senior brand and marketing strategist for public interest clients, including PBS. She is a former Vice President at Fenton, the nation’s premier public interest communications firm, where she ran Fenton’s branding and messaging practice for the DC office and was part of the Education and Women’s practice groups. Nicole has guest lectured at the Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School and written about gender, culture, and politics for the Huffington Post, The American Prospect, Alternet, The Good Men Project, and Hypervocal.