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. She is an advisory board member for FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, which promotes consent and uplifts the experiences of survivors of rape and abuse. 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 co-directed Polaris, a leading international nonprofit organization combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery. He currently 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 Chinese cooking, meditation, 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. She is currently working on her PhD. 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.

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.

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 [email protected]. 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.

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.

Jarune Uwujaren – Contributing Writer

Jarune Uwujaren is a Nigerian-American student recent grad who’s stumbling towards a career in writing. Jarune can currently be found drifting around the DC metro area with a phone or a laptop nearby. When not writing for fun or profit, Jarune enjoys food, fresh air, good books, drawing, poetry, and sci-fi. Read their articles here.

Jaymie Campbell – Coming Out Course Leader

Jaymie CampbellJaymie is the Course Leader of the upcoming Coming Out Course. He brings together his own experiences with coming out as a queer and transgender youth of color and his work in social services, research, and education on LGBTQ issues. Because of his personal experience, Jaymie is pursuing an Ph.D in Human Sexuality Studies and is committed to improving the resources and experiences of LGBTQQ youth in the U.S. He currently works as the Ally Safe Schools Program Coordinator at Mazzoni Center in Philadelphia, and collaborates with LGBTQQ youth and allies to establish and build capacity for Gay Straight/Queer Straight Alliances (GSA/QSA’s) all over Pennsylvania. He has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Feminist Studies. He loves mentoring youth and providing information not only about sexual health but also one’s overall sense of wellness.

José Membreno -  Social Media Associate

José MembrenoJosé is a Queer Mexican/Salvadoran and currently, he serves as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in Central California. As part of a district pilot project, he’s helping out with the implementation of Restorative Practices in schools. He graduated last May studying Sociology and Women’s Studies at Chapman University in Orange County, CA. At Chapman, he worked as a Diversity & Equity Programming Assistant, and he also founded and facilitated a Q.P.O.C. (Queer People of Color) discussion group on campus. Some of his feminist s/heroes include Cherrie Moraga, Gloria Anzaldua, and Audre Lorde. To chill out, he loves to read and listen to music. Follow him on Tumblr and on Pinterest.

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.

Kaylee Jakubowski – Contributing Writer

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.

Kelly Young – Social Media Associate

Kelly YoungKelly is a Sophomore currently studying Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Art History at Washington University in St. Louis. Kelly is involved in various organizations on campus that aim to raise awareness about sexual assault and provide resources for survivors. Although she’s grown to love the midwest, Kelly is a San Francisco native and will always think of California as home. In her spare time, she is most likely binge-watching Netflix, making sandcastles at the beach, or trying to teach her cats how to speak English.

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.

Lesly Ruelas – Social Media Associate

Lesly RuelasLesly is an incoming senior at Tufts University where she is majoring in American Studies with a concentration on health, environment and society. She is a proud mixed race Latina, originally born in Mexico but raised in Albuquerque! She is passionate about sex positivity and teaching people to love their bodies, that’s why she choreographs and dances at the Tufts Burlesque Troupe! She is a tattoo enthusiast and an Hermana of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Inc. In her free time, she enjoys reading intersectional feminist theory, drinking good coffee and sketching!

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. 

R. Nithya – Contributing Writer

R. NithyaNithya lives in New Delhi, India. She has a Bachelor’s in Journalism and a Master’s in Political Science. She worked as a reporter with an online political news and analysis magazine before deciding to step out of her comfort zone to try on new things. Her interest in feminism began during her teenage years when she struggled with low self-confidence, and today that interest knows no bounds. She wants to be able to guide struggling teenage girls through their own journey, and she believes that her book, Treadmills & Push-up Bras, which is a novel about such high school girls, and the few workshops that she manages to run every now and then are a good place to start. She enjoys engaging in conversations on politics, feminism, and spirituality (but is easily annoyed when people mistake spirituality for religion and tell her how cool their god is and what she is missing out on). She loves reading books, writing letters to her loved ones and practicing gratitude. Learn more about her work on her website or follow her on Twitter @rnithya26. Read her articles here.

Regina Monge – Social Media Associate

Regina MongeRegina is a feminist Latina at American University, where she is double majoring in International Studies with a concentration in Latin America and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She strongly believes her Latino roots have made her a more passionate feminist, with a desire to make a family out of organizing communities. Regina’s main passion lies in education and using it as a vehicle for change. Through her commitment to volunteering regularly at the Latino Student Fund and interning at Community Bridges Inc she has been able to combine her passions for education and feminism by mentoring minority girls and connecting them to resources that will enable them to break cycles of poverty. Regina’s interests also include: abortion access, Latin@ issues, sexual assault prevention on campus, leadership, cycle-breaking and gender issues. When she’s not making herself or her causes heard, organizing or volunteering, you can catch her exploring DC on long runs or going dancing with her friends. Follow her on Twitter @reginaamonge.

Sarah Glassman -  Social Media Associate

SG-GreenSarah Glassman is currently the Victim Advocate at H.O.P.E. Works, a non-profit organization in Burlington, Vermont detected to ending all forms of sexual violence. In her role, Sarah provides crisis and ongoing support to people whose lives have been impacted by sexual violence. Her role allows her to coordinate and facilitate healing and recovery programming with the goal of empowering survivors. Prior to working at H.O.P.E. Works, Sarah received her Master’s degree at Michigan State University in Student Affairs Administration and then went on to serve as a Resident Director at American University (AU) in Washington, D.C.; while at AU, Sarah worked to implement the Green Dot bystander intervention program on campus. Sarah is a proud Minnesota native who enjoys coffee, CrossFit, and good books. Follow her on twitter @slglassman.  

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.

Valeria Del Castillo – Social Media Associate

Valeria Del CastilloValeria is a Venezuelan-born young feminist that finds joy in deconstructing our social reality and ranting about it on her Facebook. Having graduated from International Relations, she is now pursuing a Research Masters in Sexuality and Gender Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. Through her research, she aims to queer the ways we teach about gender and sexuality in institutions of higher education as she aspires to become an educator someday. Her interests also include body image, bisexual erasure, media literacy and the myth of virginity. She loves the beach, chai tea, Foucault and hot yoga. Follow her on Twitter @valcuit.

Virgie Tovar, MA – Contributing Writer

virgie2Virgie is one of the nation’s leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the editor of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Sexuality with a focus on the intersections of body size, race and gender. After teaching “Female Sexuality” at the University of California at Berkeley, where she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 2005, she went onto host “The Virgie Show” (CBS Radio) in San Francisco. She is certified as a sex educator and was voted Best Sex Writer by the Bay Area Guardian in 2008 for her first book. Virgie and her work have been featured by MTV, the San Francisco Chronicle, Bust Magazine, Jezebel, 7×7 Magazine, XOJane, Golden Gate Express, the East Bay Express, and SF Weekly as well as on Women’s Entertainment Television and The Ricki Lake Show. She lives in San Francisco and offers workshops, lectures and coaching nationwide. Find her online at www.virgietovar.com. 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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