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, Feministing.com, 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.

Community Manager

minaheadshotwMina Farzad has been working in digital and traditional organizing capacities since she was 17. Most recently, she was on the digital engagement team at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), running digital advocacy campaigns for America’s New Greatest Generation. Before that, Mina worked as head organizer for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland in Oklahoma and in the Hill office of Senator Claire McCaskill. She has also worked on several state, local, and Congressional campaigns throughout the south and continues to train campaign staffs across the country on digital strategy.

Mina is very involved in mental health advocacy and has shared her story of mental illness, difficulty accessing care, and ongoing recovery with audiences throughout the country. In addition to her advocacy work, Mina is a drummer and most recently played as a member of the New York Sticks (Knicks) and Aviators (Jets) drumlines. Mina graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BA in International Security Studies and Political Science and also attended the Hashemite University in Zarqa, Jordan.

When she’s not busy trying to change the world or banging on drums, you can find her at the nearest taco truck. A native of Washington, D.C., Mina currently lives in Ft. Benning with her partner, who is an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army, and their pet goldfish named Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Email Mina.

 

Board of Directors

Tracy Van SlykeTracy Van Slyke (Board President) Tracy Van Slyke is a nationally recognized leader and expert working in the intersection of progressive organizing, strategic communications and independent media. Van Slyke is currently a fellow at The Opportunity Agenda, where she is researching and writing about the the strategic shifts needed to power up social justice culture change work and advance social, gender and racial justice. She is also developing The Culture Lab, a new project of the Citizen Engagement Lab, that will develop the tools, knowledge and support systems needed to increase the sustainability, influence and popularity of social justice creative change work. She writes at www.tracyvanslyke.com.

Van Slyke has been the publisher of a national award winning magazine In These Times, written extensively about the evolution of journalism and how to understand media impact including her book Beyond the Echo Chamber (New Press, 2010), and led The Media Consortium, a national coalition of the country’s leading progressive, independent media. She was also the director of the New Bottom Line, a groundbreaking coalition of grassroots organizing networks and organized campaigns that have directly impacted our country’s politics and policies.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASoraya Chemaly is a feminist media critic and activist whose work focuses on women’s rights, freedom of speech, and the role of gender and violence in politics, religion and pop culture. She is a contributor to Salon, CNN, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Nation, Ms. Magazine, and Time and her work is also regularly published in gender-focused media.  She is a founding organizer of the International Feminist Network and a member of the executive board of the Women’s Media Center. She serves on the advisory committees of FORCE: Ending Rape Culture, In The Together Media and Secular Woman.  Ms. Chemaly was the 2013 recipient of the Donna Allen Award for Feminist Advocacy and the Secular Woman Award for Activism.  Last years, Soraya teamed up with WAM! to organize a successful global social media campaign demanding that Facebook recognize misogynistic content as hate speech. She works regularly with social media companies to address gender-based inequalities. She returned to feminist activism and writing after a fifteen year professional career in strategic planning and business development in the media, data, and technology fields. You can find her on Twitter @schemaly and she blogs personally on her tumblr.

 

Anna HolmesAnna Holmes is a writer and the author of two books, Hell Hath No Fury: Women’s Letters from the End of the Affair, and The Book of Jezebel, which was based on the popular website she created in 2007. She works as an editor for Fusion and as a contributing columnist for the New York Times Sunday Book Review.
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photoforgephoto (1)Jamilah King
 is a writer based in New York City. Currently a senior editor at Colorlines and interviews editor at Guernica Magazine, her writing focuses mostly on media, race, and culture. Her work has appeared on Salon, MSNBC, the American Prospect, Al Jazeera, The Advocate, and in the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She’s also a music junkie and an unabashed Bay Area sports fan. She’s on Twitter @jamilahking. You can read more of her work at her website.
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photoforgephotoAminatou Sow is a digital strategist who loves the Internet. As one of the cofounders of the women in technology networking group Tech LadyMafia, Forbes named her to its list of 30 Under 30 in tech. She is a is a frequent speaker on issues of diversity, journalism and Tech. Most recently she keynoted the Online News Association and presented at SXSW. For more about Amina, check out her website.

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DeannaZandt_bySophiaWallace_1000px-sqDeanna Zandt
is a media technologist, the co-founder of and partner at Lux Digital, and the author of Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking (Berrett-Koehler 2010). She is a consultant to key media and advocacy organizations, and her clients have included The Ford Foundation, The Daily Beast/Newsweek, and Jim Hightower’s Hightower Lowdown. Zandt is contributor to Forbes.com via her ForbesWoman “Prospect: Tech” blog, and a social media advice contributor NPR’s flagship news program, “All Things Considered.” She has advised the White House on digital strategy and public engagement. 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 Me Tumblr 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.