EVERYDAY FEMINISM

Meet the Team

Sandra Kim - Founding CEO & Editor-in-Chief

SandraHeadshot-600pxSandra Kim is the Founding CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Everyday Feminism. Launched in June 2012, Everyday Feminism has become one of the most popular independent feminist media sites in the world, with over 3 million monthly visitors from over 200 countries and a team of almost 30 writers. EF takes an intersectional approach to feminism, addressing the daily issues people face around gender, sexuality, race, class, and more, and how we can create change in our lives and our communities. As a genderqueer person of color from an immigrant family, Sandra is committed to an intersectional feminism that focuses on personal and social liberation for everyone. 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 here. Book her for speaking engagementsRead more about her bio. 

Derek Ellerman – President

Derek-Headshot-4-14Derek Ellerman is the President of Everyday Feminism, overseeing site development, traffic optimization, and revenue generation. As a bi-racial, genderqueer Buddhist, he strives to fuse the radical self-love of Buddhism with the anti-oppression lens of intersectional feminism to shape his personal practice as a human being and his professional work as social entrepreneur. He co-founded and co-directed Polaris, a leading international nonprofit organization combating modern-day slavery. He also 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 working on various start-ups, Derek is usually listening to history podcasts, cooking Chinese food, trying out new hobbies, or rambling in the backwoods of his home in West Virginia. Read more about his bio.

Melissa A. Fabello – Managing Editor

Melissa A. FabelloMelissa A. Fabello is the Managing Editor of Everyday Feminism. She’s also 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 Kammer is the Assistant Editor of Everyday Feminism. She’s also 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 Reichard is the Social Media Manager of Everyday Feminism. She 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.

Akilah S. Richards – Contributing Writer

Akilah S. RichardsAkilah S. Richards 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 Boguhn 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.

Ann Brasco – Contributing Writer

Ann BrascoAnn Brasco is a writer, public speaker, advocate, and mother. She earned her B.A. in both English and criminal justice from Caldwell University. She received her Master’s Degree in social work from New York University where she was awarded the Dr. Georgia L. McMurray Student Award for her outstanding contribution to services to children and families. Ann is a weekly parenting writer on nj.com. Her children’s book, Sweetie’s Search for a Forever Home in the Garden State, will be available online and in bookstores this September. Ann spends most of her time in northern New Jersey and Charleston, South Carolina. She is the wife of one lovable husband, as well as the mom of three feisty daughters and three spirited rescue dogs. Follow Ann on Twitter @AnnBrasco or on her Facebook page. Read her articles here.

Andrew Hernann – Contributing Writer

Andrew HernannAndrew Hernann is a public anthropologist and teacher. He is completing his PhD in cultural anthropology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and he adjuncts at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) and Baruch College (CUNY). Andrew bases his research out of West Africa and the Sahara, working on issues of human rights, labor and religion. In his spare time, you can find Andrew placating his dog, Pip, who he’s convinced is an evil genius. You can follow him @AndrewHernann.Read his articles here.

Aph Ko – Contributing Writer

Aph KoAph Ko is an intersectional feminist invested in exploring new ways of resisting systems of domination through self-care and pleasure. She has a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies, and an M.A. in Communication/Cultural Studies. Aph is the creator of the [ratchet] web-series, “Tales from the Kraka Tower,” which centers on the problematic ways academic diversity is employed to reinforce whiteness, ableism, and tokenism. Her show has been featured on SlateEbonythe Feminist Wire, and Clutch Magazine. Aph loves merging digital media with feminism and anti-racism. Aph is interested in critical media literacy, and engages with popular controlling images of race, gender, and sexuality. In addition to deconstructing these images, Aph has a new burgeoning interest that centers on identity negotiations in mixed-race/bi-racial populations. As a Black polish woman from an immigrant family, Aph is interested in grappling with cultural citizenship and belonging. Aph is also a musician and sings and plays guitar and drums. She is also extremely sarcastic and loves binge watching the Twilight Zone. In her free time, she tends to re-read Angela Davis’ autobiography. Follow her on Facebook hereRead her articles here.

Danica Johnson – Contributing Writer

Danica JohnsonDanica Johnson 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.

Ellen Friedrichs - Contributing Writer

Ellen FriedrichsEllen Friedrichs is a health educator, sometime writer, and mom. After doing a BA in Women’s Studies in her hometown of Vancouver, Ellen moved to New York where she did a Master’s degree in Health and Human Sexuality Education. Since then, she has worked at Manhattan’s Museum of Sex, developed sex education curricula in Mumbai, India, and run HIV prevention programs for at-risk teens in the South Bronx. Currently, Ellen teaches human sexuality at Brooklyn College (something she also did at Rutgers University). For the past eight years, her main gig has been coordinating the middle and high school health education program at a school in Brooklyn. Ellen also runs About.com’s LGBT Teens site. Before that, she wrote for Planned Parenthood’s teen website and blogged about sex education for gURL.com. More of Ellen’s writing can be found hereIn addition to work-related projects, Ellen spends a lot of time with her 8- and 5-year old kids, tries to find time to run, and dreams of learning another language. Follow her on Twitter @ellenkatefRead her articles here.

Erin Tatum – Contributing Writer

Erin TatumErin Tatum 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 Utt 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.

Jack Qu’emi – Contributing Writer

Jack Qu'emiJack Qu’emi is a Caribbean, nonbinary queer and a deep appreciator of all things glitter. They are an occasional blogger, queer-oriented sex education facilitator, and frequent volunteer. They’ve spent the better part of the last five years working in various social justice movements and have a BA from the University of Central Florida. You can usually find them covered in the fur of their pets (two cats and one dog), obnoxiously undulating to the sound of every Beyoncé album in existence. When they aren’t navigating post-grad-quarter-life-stability crises, they bang out some rad articles for Everyday Feminism. You can find them on Twitter @bunnibutts. Read their articles 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 Campbell 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.

Kat Lazo -  Contributing Vlogger

Kat LazoKat Lazo 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 Jakubowski 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. Read her articles here. 

Laura Kacere – Contributing Writer

Laura KacereLaura Kacere is a feminist activist and organizer, grad school student, clinic escort, and yoga instructor living in Chicago. Laura is dedicated to doing work that supports the trans* community, challenges the prison industrial complex, and removes all barriers to abortion access. Since receiving her undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies at the University of Iowa, Laura has done restorative justice and support work in Iowa’s women’s prison, then moved to Washington, D.C. where she organized students around abortion access through theFeminist Majority Foundation, co-coordinated the Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Forceand did outreach for the sex worker support organization, HIPS. She recently moved to Chicago to study at Adler University, where she studies mental health from a social justice perspective, organizes with Students for Justice in Palestine, and works for the Institute on Social Exclusion. When she isn’t face-deep in textbooks, she’s usually thinking about zombies, playing music, eating Lebanese food, and wishing she was surrounded by trees. Follow her on Twitter @Feminist_OryxRead her articles here.

Maddie McClouskey – Contributing Writer

Maddie McClouskeyMaddie McClouskey 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

Patricia ValoyPatricia 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 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.

Robin J. Landwehr – Contributing Writer

Robin LandwehrDr. Robin J. Landwehr is a mental health counselor and an unapologetic feminist. She holds a Doctor of Behavioral Health degree from Arizona State University, a MS degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University, and is a licensed counselor in North Dakota and Florida. She is a National Certified Counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors. Robin has worked in several areas, including domestic and sexual violence, substance abuse, homelessness, child abuse and neglect, mental health disorders, and health concerns that are affected by our behaviors.  Follow her on Twitter @RobinLandwehr1. Read her articles here.

Sara Whitestone - Contributing Writer

Sara WhitestoneSara Whitestone is a third year student at the University of Cincinnati studying Biology with a minor in Women’s Studies. As a disabled feminist, Sara proudly advocates for accessibility issues and other students with disabilities at UC. She is founder and President of Sara Spins, a foundation dedicated to raising funds and awareness for students with disabilities. Sara’s an avid foodie and amateur yogi with goals of healing her chronic illness holistically. When she’s not making a complete mess of her kitchen or trying to keep up with her personal health blog, she enjoys taking naps on campus, attempting to be punny on Twitter @doubleosara, and searching for new street art downtown. Read her articles here.

Sian Ferguson – Contributing Writer

Sian FergusonSian Ferguson 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.

Taté Walker - Contributing Writer

Taté WalkerTaté Walker is Mniconjou Lakota and an enrolled citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. After receiving her BA in English-Communications from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, Taté spent the next four years as a full-time daily newspaper reporter; in 2008, Taté threw her lot in with the social service sector, focusing on at-risk Native American youth and families, including voting rights, juvenile justice reform, and education. She earned her Master’s of Science degree in Nonprofit Administration in 2013 from the University of South Dakota to better serve families and communities most in need. In addition to her activism surrounding Native American and LGBTQI2A social justice issues, environmental protection, and domestic violence prevention and awareness, Taté currently works as a family advocate for a Colorado Springs area nonprofit and is also an award-winning freelance feature news writer, web designer, and photographer. She blogs at Righting Red, tweets @MissusTWalker, and can be contacted at www.jtatewalker.com. Read her articles here.

Virgie Tovar, MA – Contributing Writer

virgie2Virgie Tovar 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 Reading is a Contributing Writer at Everyday Feminism. Wiley is a New Jersey-born artist, writer, environmentalist, and social justice advocate located in Burlington, VT. They work as a community health worker for the Greater Burlington YMCA, and write for Disrupting Dinner Parties, a small collective feminist blog. In their free time, Wiley draws bugs and old buildings, loves every show on the Food Network, makes creative (read: pulled from the recycling) toys for their bunnies, and tipsily reminds every person in every bar that New Jersey is the best state. Follow them on Twitter @wreadinggoRead their articles here. 

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