Meet the Team

Sandra Kim - Founder & CEO

SandraHeadshot-600pxSandra is the Founder and CEO of Everyday Feminism, one of the fastest growing online feminist platforms. Launched in June 2012, Everyday Feminism has built a readership of 500,000 average monthly visitors to the online magazine and team of almost 20 writers. Sandra brings an inside-out approach to feminism because she believes personal transformation and social transformation are interdependent. She’s also pioneering an innovative online business model for feminism and social justice to make this work sustainable for activists. Sandra brings a wide range of approaches and skills to Everyday Feminism from her experience working with trauma survivors, healing and personal transformation, social change work, and life coaching. She is also a board member of Brown Boi Project, which is a community of masculine of center womyn, men, two-spirit people, trans* men, and our allies committed to transforming our privilege of masculinity, gender, and race into tools for achieving racial and gender justice. Sandra believes in living a life you love while creating social change in the world. So in addition to her work, she spends time knitting, gardening, and training in martial arts and parkour. Connect with her on LinkedIn. Read her articles and listen to her podcasts here. Book her for speaking engagementsRead more about her bio. 

Derek Ellerman – President

Derek-Headshot-4-14Derek Ellerman co-founded and serves on the board of directors of Polaris Project, a leading international nonprofit organization combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery. He also serves as Board Chair of Groundswell, a national organization building new models for economic organizing in the clean energy economy. At age 26, Derek was elected as an Ashoka Fellow, joining the global association of social entrepreneurs as the youngest U.S. Fellow at the time. When not trying to save the world, Derek enjoys doing website development, writing, vegetarian cooking, meditation, guitar, and rambling in the backwoods of his home in West Virginia. Read more about his bio.

Melissa A. Fabello – Editor

Melissa A. FabelloMelissa is a domestic violence prevention and sexuality educator, eating disorder and body image activist, and media literacy vlogger based out of Philadelphia. She holds a B.S. in English Education from Boston University and an M.Ed. in Human Sexuality from Widener University, where her research focus was in the media’s perpetuating of societal myths and how it affects healthy sexual development in adolescent girls. Along with Everyday Feminism, Melissa also currently works with Miss Representation on her YouTube channel, where she makes videos about the relationships between gender and media. In the past, Melissa has also done extensive work for HollaBack!Adios Barbie, and Laci Green’s Sex+ community. She enjoys rainy days, tattoos, yin yoga, Jurassic Park, and the occasional Taylor Swift song. Melissa can be reached on Tumblr or Twitter @fyeahmfabello. Read her articles here and book her for speaking engagements here.

Margaret Kammer – Assistant Editor

Margaret KammerMargaret is a video blogger, University of Washington graduate (with a BA in English Literature), and food enthusiast with a tendency to turn hobbies and interests into lifestyles. She currently lives in Washington state and has post-graduate hopes of combining her editorial interests, librarian experience, social media presence, and activism into one alpha career of awesome. Follow her musings about everything from body positivity to Harry Potter on Twitter, or on Tumblr.

Raquel Reichard – Social Media Manager

Raquel ReichardRaquel is a Latina feminist, multimedia journalist, and social media strategist based in New York City. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Central Florida and is pursuing a Master’s degree at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration in Gender, Race, and New Media. Raquel has done social media, graphic design, and writing for numerous feminist organizations including Adios BarbieFeminspireStop Street HarassmentWomen for Afghan Women, and Latinitas magazine. Follow her on Tumblr or Twitter @raquelreichard. Read her articles here.

Amy Shackelford – Senior Online Community Manager

Amy ShackelfordAmy is a senior at Wake Forest University studying Communication and Women’s and Gender Studies & Sexuality. She co-founded Gender Equality Allies, a student organization that aims to educate and raise awareness to gender issues such as body image, sexual misconduct, and stereotypes. Recently, Amy traveled to Paris to research the concept of beauty. Post-grad, she hopes to work for a feminist organization to fight injustice and spread the message of self-love. She also enjoys chocolate, traveling, and Shania Twain, always. Find her on Twitter @AnthemofAmy and Tumblr.

Karen Lum – User Experience Designer

20130426170901507Karen Lum first gained interest in feminism when she was 16 and made a film called “Slip of the Tongue,” which addressed unrealistic westernized beauty standards. Her film subsequently won a regional Emmy Award and was screened in over 40+ film festivals around the world. After graduating from Stanford University with a B.S., she now works as a user experience designer in Silicon Valley. Her goal is to help young women build self-esteem and confidence, in order to set themselves up for stronger relationships, fulfilling careers, and an enduring sense of self.

Akilah S. Richards – Contributing Writer

Akilah S. RichardsAkilah guides women through a process of self-inquiry and unfiltered exploration she calls Radical Self-Expression. Through her work at The Life Design Agency, women address and resolve emotionally unsustainable lifestyle habits and mindsets. She’s a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) and speaker and has authored several books on spiritual entrepreneurshipfree-range learning, and radical self-expression. She has been featured in Essence, Clutch, and Real Simple magazines, and online at TinyBuddha.com, MSNBC’s Today Moms, RollingOut.com, CNN.com, and MyBrownBaby.com.  Akilah blogs about unschooling, location independence, her big, fat, emotional marriage, and other “life design” topics over at radicalselfie.com. She then photo-blabs about it all on her Instagram feedRead her articles here.

Ally Boguhn – Contributing Writer

Ally BoghunAlly is a feminist activist and media researcher living and working in Washington, DC. She completed both her B.A. in Communications and Art History as well as her M.S. in Professional Communications at Clark University, where she researched abortion debate rhetoric. Ally is also the founder and editor of Because I am a Woman, a blog devoted to intersectional feminism and reproductive justice. In her spare time, you can find her at an art museum, consuming massive amounts of coffee while writing, or trying to convince her cat to go for walk. You can follow Ally on Twitter @AllyBoguhn. Read her articles here.

Amy Sun – Contributing Writer

Amy SunAmy Sun is a life-long educator and proud feminist. She is originally from south Florida, but she likes to pretend she is from Hawai’i. After graduating from the University of Miami (Go Canes!) with a major in Child Psychology, she taught middle and high school mathematics in Hawai’i. Amy earned her Masters in Education from the University of Hawai’i and her Masters degree in Women’s Studies from the George Washington University. Although her life’s passion is in gender and education, Amy’s interests also include street harassment, the APIA community, transgender* rights, and the ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) phenomena. She currently lives in DC and rues cold weather. Amy coaches new teachers in the classroom by day and teaches graduate-level classes for Masters of Education candidates by night. She watches at least two cat videos each day, loves to talk about zombie apocalypse escape plans, and needs to get paid for her people-watching (because she is very good at it). Read her articles here.

Callie Otto – Online Community Manager

Callie OttoCallie is a reproductive justice advocate in Washington, DC, and a hotline operator with the National Abortion Federation Hotline Fund, where she helps folks from across the country to access safe abortion care and other reproductive health resources. Callie completed her B.A. in Education Studies from The Catholic University of America, where she co-founded Catholic University Students for Choice, an unofficial student group that worked to provide students with sexual health resources and raise awareness of University policies that shamed students and disregarded students’ sexual health. While in school, Callie also interned at Choice USA, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Wisconsin. In her free time, Callie enjoys writing, getting more tattoos, and going to hardcore shows.

Cynthia Kane – Contributing Writer

Cynthia KaneCynthia has her B.A. from Bard College and M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College. Her writing has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and journals including: wandermelon.com, VegNews, Pregnancy, Yoga Journal, Bridal Guide, The Jerusalem Post, and more. She has published short stories as well as Take a Hike: The Best 50 Routes in the Community of Madrid (Ediciones la Libreria, May 2011). Cynthia mentors individuals to live deliberately. For a free consultation, contact her at kanementoring@yahoo.com. For more of Cynthia’s writing, visit her website or follow her on TwitterRead her articles here.

Danica Johnson – Contributing Writer

Danica JohnsonDanica is the Communications Manager at the Coalition on Human Needs, an alliance of national organizations working together to promote public policies which address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations. Social justice has always been a central focus for Danica with her starting to campaign on pro-worker union issues at the tender age of eight. Now living in Washington, DC, this West Coast native uses her free time to write for her blog Duckyfem, practice yoga, read, work on her photography, travel, and try new restaurants. Having grown up on a farm, she also tries to spend as much time with animals and in nature as possible. Danica has a BA in History with minors in Political Science and Spanish from UCLA. Follow her on Twitter @duckyfem. Read her articles here.

Denisse Giron – Online Community Manager

Denisse GironDenisse is a Latina feminist at Hofstra University, where she is double-majoring in History and Labor Studies with a minor in Civic Engagement. She began her activist work with Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives  on peace, nonviolence, and alternatives to conflict through dialogue, and most recently with a position on the board of STRONG Youth, Inc. Denisse is also the assistant coordinator for one of Long Island’s biggest community organizations to promote Central American pride and culture. After graduating, she hopes to pursue her Masters degree in Costa Rica. When she isn’t out protesting on the streets or on Twitter @denisse_giron, you can usually find her scouting new pizza restaurants or watching slam poetry videos online.

Erin McKelle – Contributing Writer

Erin McKelleErin is an e-activist, video blogger, student and non-profit advocate. As a fierce feminist, she has launched several projects including Fearless Feminism and Consent is Sexy, a web series about healthy sexuality. She will be attending Ohio University in May as a Women’s Studies major. She works with Scenarios USA as a youth blogger and a co-founding member of the I Will End Sexual Violence campaign on Tumblr. She is also a columnist for Fearless Press where she writes about gender and sexuality.  She also has written for publications such as Brainwash Magazine, Stop Street Harassment and The F Bomb. Erin also enjoys volunteer work and has given her time to numerous organizations such as WiserEarth, LEGACY and MoveOn.org. In her spare time, Erin enjoys reading, writing bad poetry, drawing, politics and reality TV. You can visit her site here or read her blogging at Fearless FeminismFacts About Feminism, and Period Positive. Read her articles here.

Erin Tatum – Contributing Writer

Erin TatumErin is a recent graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a major in film and a minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender studies. In addition to Everyday Feminism, she’s also a weekly contributor to Bitch Flicks. She hopes to pursue further graduate studies in gender and sexuality. She is a complete television junkie because she’s fascinated with how marginalized identities (particularly gender, sexuality, and ability) are portrayed in media. She hopes to one day work in television or media with the aim of diversifying representation. Follow her on Twitter @ErinTatum91 and read her articles here. 

Jamie Utt – Contributing Writer

Jamie is the Founder and Director of Education at CivilSchools, a comprehensive bullying prevention program, a diversity and inclusion consultant, and sexual violence prevention educator based in Minneapolis, MN.  He lives with his loving partner and his funtastic dog. He blogs weekly at Change from Within. Learn more about his work at his website here and follow him on Twitter @utt_jamie. Read his articles here and book him for speaking engagements here.

Kat Lazo -  Contributing Vlogger

Kat LazoKat is a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology where she studied Advertising and Marketing Communications. In order to combat the skewed-sexist messages of advertising she decided to create her own YouTube Channel: TheeKatsMeoww. With her love of media literacy, feminist beliefs, and a dash of humor, she aims to empower and educate the youth. When she’s not vlogging, she’s out creating video content with her best friend through their own production company; June Baby Productions. Follow her on TwitterTumblr, and Facebook. Read more of her writing here and her Everyday Feminism articles here and book her for speaking engagements here.

Kate Kerns – Online Community Manager

Kate KearnsKate is studying Mass Communication and Psychology in Austin, Texas, where she works as a domestic violence advocate. She is a photographer, and a graphic designer who hopes to use her visual communication skills to address social justice and promote social change. Kate has worked with WAM! – Women, Action, and the Media, where she was a social media intern and assisted on the Facebook Rape Campaign. She has done freelance graphic design work for VitaminW, an online, women-owned media platform. In her free time Kate enjoys reading, trying to keep up with her personal blog (an ongoing struggle), and spending endless hours trying to find the perfect puppy to join her family.

Kaylee Jakubowski – Contributing Writer & Online Community Manager

Kaylee JakubowskiKaylee is a trans*, queer feminist who prides herself on being an educator on issues of queerness and gender. She is in her last semester at Winona State University in Minnesota pursuing a B.S. in Statistics with a minor in Women’s & Gender Studies. She is currently volunteering at the Women’s Resource Center of Winona answering the domestic violence/sexual assault crisis line and creating a database and quarterly statistics report for the center. Kaylee prides herself on being both an educator and a tough-as-nails activist in her campus and community and wants to work as a statistical researcher to begin gathering data and spreading education on trans* folks. She is also in the process of writing a book that will formally organize and explain gender philosophies within the trans* community. Feel free to add her on Facebook, follow her on Tumblr and her personal blog, or see what she’s up to musically.

Kelsey Lueptow – Contributing Writer

Kelsey LueptowKelsey is a small town amateur yogi, poet, and feminist from Wisconsin. She’s a single mother and seasonal waitress working on a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Caffeine addict and book enthusiast, Kelsey spends her time playing with her son and hanging out at coffee shops. Read her articles here.

Laura Kacere – Contributing Writer

Laura KacereLaura is a feminist activist, social justice organizer, clinic escort, and yogi living in Washington, D.C. After graduating from the University of Iowa with degrees in Gender Studies and Anthropology, she spent a year doing restorative justice and support work in Iowa’s women’s prison, then moved to Washington, D.C. to organize students around abortion access on their campuses and in their communities. Laura is co-coordinator of the Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force, teaches yoga with the intent of making it accessible to all, and does outreach for the DC-based sex worker support organization, HIPS. When she isn’t on her mat or at the clinic, she’s usually thinking about zombies, playing violin, eating Lebanese food, and wishing she had a cat. Follow her on Twitter @Feminist_Oryx. Read her article here.

Lauren Rosenthal – Contributing Writer

Lauren RosenthalLauren is a Gemini with aspirations of helping people (and herself) move toward authenticity. She enjoys reading and spending time with people and cats. Lauren’s main interests of activism are awareness surrounding sexual and gender diversity, women and body issues, and ageism as an invisible but pervasive form of oppression. Aimless musings and other thoughts of hers can be read on her personal blog, and she loves e-conversing with anyone interested in the history of feminism and what it means for women of all ages today. Read her articles here.

Lindsay McAllister – Online Community Manager

Lindsay McAllisterLindsay attended Queen’s University and is a graduate of the Assaulted Women’s and Children’s Counsellor and Advocate program. She currently works as the Residential Program Manager of a women’s shelter and is the former Executive Director of an anti-poverty non-profit organization.  In her spare time, she loves to read while cuddling with her cat, watch Netflix for hours on end, take long bubble baths, and go on hikes with her dog. Lindsay is the co-creator of the pro-choice group, Canadians Against Pregnancy Care Centres and also the #wedeservebetter project for sexual assault survivors. Her writing can be found in the Feministing Community section and on the Feminists for Choice website. You can follow her on Twitter @LindzMcAllister.

Lisa Bernier – Contributing Writer

lbernier2Lisa Bernier is a freelance writer based out of NYC. She graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from Manhattan College and has never forgotten her love of Elizabethan literature. She has written for sites such as PolicyMic, Mashable, and the Huffington Post. She has always been interested in feminism and is particularly interested in looking at the intersections of race and feminism when it comes to entertainment (film, TV, and music). This is a personally vested interest, since she performs improv and sketch comedy with the group B.Y.G.(WOOF!), and heads their blog, bygwoof.com. As a side note, she also loves Twitter and her two adorable dogs, Tiberius and Andromeda. You can follow her on Twitter @pilrimkimRead her articles here.

Maddie McClouskey – Contributing Writer

Maddie McClouskeyMaddie is a writer and performer in New York City. She has a background in musical theatre but recently found her voice writing for feminist sites and stand-up comedy. In addition to EverydayFeminism, she writes a weekly lesbian dating advice column on the app/website SheSeekOnline.com and wrote for Melissa Fabello’s site ToughxCookies. When she isn’t writing, Maddie loves making up jokes on Twitter @soundofmaddie, working with children, watching bad TV shows, and singing show tunes to her girlfriend and dog against their will. Read her articles here.

Patricia Valoy – Contributing Writer

Screen Shot 2013-05-02 at 9.58.55 PMPatricia Valoy is a Dominican women’s rights advocate and a trained Civil Engineer. She combines her experiences as a Latina and an engineer to advocate and inspire girls considering careers in the fields of STEM. Patricia also speaks and writes on a variety of issues affecting the Latin@ community including safe abortion access, racism, immigration, cultural and religious pressures, and living at the intersection of two cultures. Most of her writings can be found on her blog Womanisms, or at Flyover Feminism and Sex and Fessenjoon. Patricia was formerly a host at Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio where she spoke about political and social issues. Follow her on Twitter @Besito86. Read her articles here. Book her for speaking engagements here. 

Sara Alcid – Contributing Writer

Sara is a young feminist living and working in Washington, DC as a reproductive health and justice advocate. She grew up in a small town in Idaho and recently graduated from Bryn Mawr College, where she studied Political Science and Gender & Sexuality Studies. Sara loves thinking, reading and writing about the socially and personally transformative power of feminism, queer issues, and women’s health. Follow her on Twitter @SaraAlcid. Read her articles here and book her for speaking engagements here.

Shannon Ridgway – Contributing Writer

Shannon is from the great flyover state of South Dakota (the one with the monument of presidential heads). She has a B.A. in Spanish and Sociology, and is currently pursuing a second degree in Journalism and Women’s Studies. She is passionate about all things feminist and currently volunteers at her local NARAL Pro-Choice chapter. In her free time, Shannon enjoys reading, writing, jamming out to ’80s music and Zumba, and she will go to great lengths to find the perfect enchilada. She dreams of effecting great change in the world by working for a nonprofit agency or an organization that works toward social revolution. In the meantime, she’ll just try to make people laugh.  Follow her on Twitter @sridgway1980. Read her articles here.

Sian Ferguson – Contributing Writer

Sian FergusonSian is a South African feminist who is currently studying towards a Bachelors of Social Science majoring in English Language and Literature and Gender Studies at the University of Cape Town. She has featured as a guest writer on websites such as Women24 and Foxy Box, while also writing for her personal blog. Her areas of interest include examining the meaning and effect of Western privilege and attempting to understand the complex race relations that exist in post-apartheid South Africa. She is also passionate about investigating the gap between the liberal rights given to women and the LGBTIQAP+ community and their lived realities in her country. One day, she hopes to transform the South African sex education syllabus so that it is less hetero- and cisnormative, more practical, and less sexist. In her spare time, she tweets excessively @sianfergs, reads about current affairs, and spends time with her gorgeous group of friends. Read her articles here.

Wiley Reading – Contributing Writer

Wiley ReadingWiley is a New Jersey-born artist, writer, environmentalist, and social justice advocate currently located in Washington, DC. While in college, they co-chaired the transgender rights’ organization, Transcending Gender, for two years, as well as completing a sustainability internship and working as a rock-climbing instructor and dog trainer. Wiley is a certified Weed Warrior with the Rock Creek Conservancy, a Clinic Escort with Planned Parenthood, a Behavioral Training and Socialization volunteer with the Washington Humane Society, and writes for Disrupting Dinner Parties, a small collective feminist blog. In their free time, Wiley makes comics and posts them at Note the Note, loves every show on the Food Network, makes creative (read: pulled from the recycling) toys for their bunnies, and tipsily reminds every Washingtonian in every single DC bar that New Jersey is the best state. Follow them on Twitter @wreadinggoRead their articles here.

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