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SIECUS Staff
 

Chitra Panjabi
President & CEO


As President & CEO, Chitra advances SIECUS’ efforts to reshape cultural and societal narratives around sexuality. Leading with an intersectional vision, she is spearheading SIECUS’ work of addressing the impact of sexual stigma and shame on individuals across age, race, gender, gender identity and expression, class, sexual orientation and ability.

Chitra has a professional background in intersectional feminist activism, nonprofit management and fundraising. She joins SIECUS having previously served as Vice President Membership for the National Organization for Women (NOW). While at NOW, she was responsible for managing operations, communications, fundraising and membership engagement. Under her tenure, Chitra increased NOW’s membership by nearly a third in a single year, led the most successful end-of-year online campaign and implemented multiyear strategic planning. In addition to her time at NOW, Chitra has spent much of her career working for progressive nonprofits, including South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT); The Women’s Foundation in Hong Kong; and the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum in Washington, DC (now known as the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument). Currently, she serves on the Board of a local DC-metro area membership organization that is focused on women’s personal and professional development.

Chitra holds a bachelor’s degree from King’s College London, a master’s degree in international journalism from City University, London and a master’s degree in women’s studies from The George Washington University. Born and raised in Hong Kong to Indian immigrants, she spent her formative years in Asia and another five years in London before moving to Washington, D.C. in 2008.
 

Jennifer Driver
State Policy Director


Jennifer joined SIECUS in August 2017 as the State Policy Director. In this role, she oversees SIECUS’ efforts to integrate and engage state and community partners, develops and provides strategic policy and advocacy guidance to state and local partners, and leads research and analysis of the SIECUS state profiles and legislative reports.

Prior to joining SIECUS, Jennifer served as the Manager of Training and Education with Welcoming America where she managed the racial and health equity work for the organization.  In addition, she incorporated an intersectional approach to immigrant inclusion while providing training and education on race, structural racism, ethnicity, housing, health, and poverty. She examined policies and practices that addressed disparities related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and socioeconomics.

Her previous experience includes working for The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential. She has particular expertise and experience in issues related to social determinants of health, health disparities, and public policy issues of concern to African Americans and other minority populations. She brings extensive knowledge and experience in creating an intersectional approach to reproductive health and social justice. 

Zach Eisenstein
Communications Manager


Zach joined SIECUS in July 2017. As the Communications Manager, Zach oversees SIECUS’ communications work — both traditional and digital, creatively working to develop and implement campaigns that promote SIECUS’ mission, policy and program priorities, and fundraising efforts.

Prior to SIECUS, Zach worked as the Communications & Policy Assistant at The AIDS Institute where he executed a multitude of communications campaigns advocating for improved federal policies for people living with HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and other serious or chronic conditions, in addition to serving as a member of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership (FAPP).

His previous experience includes working for The American Psychological Association’s State Advocacy Office and Hollywood Agency — a Boston-based integrated communications firm.

A Plymouth, Massachusetts native, Zach relocated to the DC-metro area to attend George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where he received his bachelor’s degree in communications.

 

SIECUS Board of Directors

  Stephen Russell, Ph.D., Chair
  Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor in Child Development
  Department of Human Development and Family Sciences
  University of Texas at Austin
  Austin, TX

 


 

  Keely Monroe, J.D., Vice Chair 
  Counsel
  Bolder Advocacy Initiative
  Alliance for Justice
  Washington, DC


 

 

 

  Barbara Libove, Treasurer
  Director of Finance
  Freelancers Union
  New York, NY

 

 


 

 

  Debbie Bazarsky
  Manager for Diversity and Inclusion
  Princeton University
  Princeton, NJ

 

 

 

         

 

 

  Dana Beckton
  Director, Diversity and Inclusion  
  Christiana Care Health Systems
  Newark, DE
 

 

           

  Ralph Chartier
  Director
  Providence Community Health Center
  Providence, RI

 




 

  Lawrence J. D'Angelo, M.D., M.P.H.
  Chief, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine
  Children's National Medical Center
  Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
  George Washington University
  Washington, DC

 




 

  Sofia Jawed-Wessel
  Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska
  Associate Director, Midlands Sexual Health
  Research Collaborative (MSHRC)
  Omaha, NE

 

 

 

 

 

  Shelagh Johnson
  Youth Sexual Health Program Coordinator
  Public Health Division, Oregon Health Authority
  Portland, OR

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Kristine Kippins
  Director of Constitutional Messaging
  Constitutional Accountability Center
  Washington, DC

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Thao Nguyen
  Director of Advocacy
  Feeding America
  Washington, DC
  
 

   
 
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