Staff & Board

Executive Director

Jaclyn FriedmanJaclyn Friedman is a writer, educator, and activist, and creator of the books Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape and What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex & Safety.

Friedman is a popular speaker on campuses and at conferences across the U.S. and beyond. She has been a guest on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show, the BBC, Democracy Now, To The Contrary, and numerous other radio and television shows, and her commentary has appeared in outlets including CNN, The Washington Post, The Nation, Jezebel,, The American Prospect, and The Huffington Post. She is a SheSource expert, and was named one of 2009’s Top 40 Progressive Leaders Under 40 by the New Leaders Council. Friedman holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College.

Friedman started with New Words Bookstore in 2000 as the store’s marketing and events coordinator, and became program director of Center for New Words when the store transitioned into a nonprofit. At CNW, she co-founded the Women, Action & the Media conference with CNW Co-Director Laura Zimmerman in 2004, and ran the conference through 2009. She relaunched WAM! as an independent organization at the beginning of 2010. Email Jaclyn.


Jaime ComberJaime Comber is most recently from Sydney, originally from England, and is currently whiling away her days in Boston. She has a B.A. in Cultural Studies and Creative Writing from the University of Technology, Sydney, and an Honours degree in Gender Studies from the University of Sydney. Her thesis explored the possibilities and pitfalls of creative representation by examining the portrayal of secret, sacred women’s business in the Hindmarsh Island Bridge Affair, a land rights dispute in Southern Australia. She believes that representation can make change and we must harness its power for good!

Her hours from 9 until 5 are spent working at MIT Sloan in communications and event planning and her other hours are spent writing, reading, talking, walking, and spending quality time with the internet. In Sydney she was involved in the F:Collective, a diverse group of feminist activists, and has volunteered for Oxfam Australia and the Women’s Lunch Place in Boston. She values equality, diversity, compassion and humor. Email Jaime.

Board of Directors

Sabrina Hersi IssaSabrina Hersi Issa (Board President) is the CEO at Be Bold Media, a digital media agency and the curator for StoryBold. She is also the co-founder of End Famine, a campaign dedicated to seeking sustainable solutions to global hunger launched in response to the famine in the Horn of Africa and a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute focused on technology, human rights and humanitarian disasters. Previously, she was a Program Adviser at Afghans for Civil Society, an NGO that developed women’s programs and independent media in southern Afghanistan, worked for National Public Radio and Oxfam America. She’s advised women legislators on digital civic engagement and social media and created the Human Rights Roundtable, a forum for activists and technologists. Forbes named her ’30 Under 30′ for Law and Policy and Washingtonian Magazine featured her as a Woman to Watch. She is a Truman National Security Project Partner and an advisor to Digital Democracy.

Ingrid Hu DahlIngrid Hu Dahl is the director of the Bay Area Video Coalition’s Next Gen youth programs, which provides young adults the media skills in film, audio, gaming, design and code to participate in creating media and impacting social change. She holds a Master’s degree in Women’s & Gender Studies from Rutgers University, lectures nationally and internationally, and is a founding member of the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls in Brooklyn, New York. Dahl recently gave a TedxFiDiWomen talk. In addition to sitting on the WAM! Board she also is on the Board of Directors for the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp.

Anna HolmesAnna Holmes is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Glamour, and the website of The New Yorker. In 2007, she founded the popular women’s website, which she ran until her departure in 2010. She has made appearances and spoken at numerous conferences and universities, including Netroots Nation, the University of Michigan, Syracuse University and the University of Louisville. Anna is the 2012 recipient of the Syracuse University Newhouse School Mirror Award for Commentary for her columns in the Washington Post, which ran from 2011-2012. Her first book, “Hell Hath No Fury: Women’s Letters From the End of the Affair”, was published in 2002. Her next book, “The Book of Jezebel”, will be published this October by Grand Central Publishing.

Tracy Van SlykeTracy Van Slyke is the director of The New Bottom Line-a growing movement fueled by a coalition of community organizations, congregations, and individuals working together to build a new economy that works for everyone.  Van Slyke is the former director of The Media Consortium, a network of the leading progressive, independent media outlets in the country. She is the co-author of the book, Beyond the Echo Chamber: Reshaping Politics Through Networked Progressive Media (January 2010, The New Press) and has produced numerous other articles, blogs and reports on the future of journalism and progressive media. She is the former publisher of In These Times, a national, an award winning political magazine.  She started her work in organizing and progressive communications as the communications director for National People’s Action.

Deanna ZandtDeanna Zandt is a media technologist and the author of Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking. She is contributor to via her ForbesWoman “Prospect: Tech” blog, and a social media advice contributor NPR’s flagship news program, “All Things Considered.” Zandt specializes in social media, is a leading expert in women and technology, and is a frequent guest on CNN International, BBC Radio, Fox News and more. In 2012, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America awarded Deanna their first-ever social media Maggie Award for Media Excellence for her work on the Planned Parenthood Saved MeTumblr blog during the Susan G Komen crisis. In addition to her technology work, Deanna writes and illustrates graphic stories and comics, and volunteers with dog rescue organization Rat Terrier ResQ.