Sandra Kim is the Founder and President of Everyday Feminism. Launched in July 2012, Everyday Feminism has become one of the most popular feminist digital media sites in the world, with millions monthly visitors from over 150 countries. 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 person with multiple marginalized identities, Sandra is committed to an intersectional feminism that focuses on personal and social liberation for everyone. She’s also pioneering a values-driven self-governing organizational approach and an innovative online business model to make this work holistically and financially 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. 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, or book her for speaking engagements. Read more about her bio.
Derek Quo Ellerman – Interim Executive Director
Derek Quo Ellerman is the Interim Executive Director of Everyday Feminism. He has spent the last two decades starting up and helping lead social change organizations, most recently Resist Media. Derek is a queer, biracial Buddhist, survivor, and wounded healer. Most of his work now focuses around trauma-informed healing, grief, and self-love.
Sheena Wadhawan – Deputy Director
Sheena is the Deputy Director of Everyday Feminism. She has spent the last decade as a community lawyer, activist, and advocate working alongside communities to build power and fight for systemic change. Sheena has experience in the movements for economic justice, housing, civil rights, education, and immigrants’ rights. She is a multilingual immigrant, person of color, mother, sister, daughter, and survivor. Sheena is committed to being a joyful warrior and leading with love.
Michelle Zenarosa – Managing Editor
Michelle Zenarosa is the Managing Editor for Everyday Feminism. She’s a Los Angeles-based media-maker committed to building alternative and vibrant community media platforms. She has worked as a journalist and editor for over 15 years at various media outlets that include national news sites like Fusion, local newspapers, newswires, industry trade magazines and non-profit organizations. She also teaches journalism at the university level. She has been a facilitator for storytelling by youth in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and Palestine. Michelle received her bachelors in journalism with a minor in peace studies at Cal State University Long Beach and her masters in public affairs journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she served as the Howard Simons fellow for the Washington Post. Her work has been featured in the LA Weekly and in independent magazines like Left Turn, $pread, Make/Shift, MaximumRocknRoll and LOUDmouth. Michelle is an ex-punk, a pop culture and food maniac, and a self-identified caring grouch.
Ludmila Leiva – Deputy Editor & Creative Strategist
Ludmila Leiva is the Deputy Editor & Creative Strategist for Everyday Feminism. She’s a Brooklyn-based Latina writer, editor, illustrator, and activist dedicated to exploring diasporic Latinx identity, race, gender, and sexuality. Holding a B.A. in Political Science with Gender and Sexuality Studies, Ludmila spent years working in grassroots activism, including as a domestic violence and sexual assault counselor and a youth workshop facilitator. In 2015, she came to journalism and media in search of more creative means of affecting social change. Ludmila is committed to anti-oppressive work, particularly the empowerment of [queer] women and femmes of color. Her writing, illustrations, and translations have been published across several media platforms including Broadly, WIRED, Vice, and The New York Times Women in the World. You can find Ludmila on Twitter and see more of her work on her website.
Marina Watanabe – Social Media Manager
Marina Watanabe is the Social Media Manager for Everyday Feminism. She is also a vlogger, blogger, overenthusiastic tweeter, and frustratingly close to being a college graduate (like, so close.) Marina identifies as mixed-race Japanese-American, a bisexual woman of color, a feminist, and a Gryffinclaw. She is particularly passionate about speaking of issues of sexual harassment and rape culture, overlapping intersectional identities, and fighting mental health stigma. She is currently majoring in Women’s Studies and Communications at Sacramento State and hopes to continue using social media as a tool to discuss and raise awareness for feminist and social justice issues. Aside from creating video content for Everyday Feminism, she hosts a YouTube series called Feminist Fridays that explores the social, the political, and the media from a feminist and intersectional perspective – and uses a lot of F-words. She also runs a Tumblr called Everyday Harassment that serves as a safe space for women and members of marginalized groups to share their stories and educate others on the nature and frequency of sexual harassment. Check out her Tumblr, or follow her on Twitter @marinashutup. Check out her videos here.
Yelky Perez – Administrative Coordinator
Yelky is the Administrative Coordinator for Everyday Feminism. She is a freelancer virtual assistant with experience in the legal and technology field. She is an activist at heart who is passionate about women and immigrant’s rights. She attended Baruch College in New York and graduated top of her class.
Deonna Anderson – Course Support Specialist
Deonna Anderson is the Course Support Specialist at Everyday Feminism. She is an Oregon-based freelance print, digital and radio reporter with experience covering city government, social issues and equitable economic development. In 2017, she was an equitable cities fellow at Next City and freelanced as a fact checker for New York Magazine’s website. Deonna is an alum of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, where she concentrated in urban reporting. She’s also interned at NYMag.com and The Marshall Project, covering the criminal justice system.
Clarissa Brooks – Social Media Associate & Reporting Fellow
Clarissa Brooks is a senior at Spelman College, a journalist, and a community organizer. Originally from Charlotte, NC, Clarissa works to blend her love of community, ethical journalism and scholarship in a way that will create a better world. Clarissa has been an ONA HBCU Fellow, Equality For Her Intern and Summer Fellow for Students For Education Reform. Clarissa has been engaged in community organizing work and journalism for nearly 3 years. From mobilizing communities, hosting teach-ins, leading direct actions, and developing policy her love of community always comes first.
Alaina Leary – Social Media Associate & Reporting Fellow
Alaina Leary is an editor, book publicist, and activist from Boston, Massachusetts. She’s a social media editor for the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books, and has an MA in publishing from Emerson College. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Boston Globe Magazine, Teen Vogue, The Washington Post, Vice, Cosmopolitan, The Rumpus, and more. Twitter/Instagram: @alainaskeys.
Hadiya Abdelrahman – Reporting Fellow
Hadiya Abdelrahman, graduated from Rutgers University with a double major in Women and Gender studies and Middle Eastern Studies. Hadiya currently works with refugees and asylees in NYC. When she’s not at work, Hadiya writes angry rants and poetry. She enjoys writing about topics that focus on refugees, intersectional feminism, and state violence against people of color.
Nesima Aberra – Reporting Fellow
Nesima Aberra is a writer and digital strategist passionate about social impact. She received her undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Global Studies from Arizona State University and her master’s degree in International Media from American University. In her free time, she enjoys reading, creative writing, traveling, and performing with The Sanctuaries and the Muslim Writers Collective. Follow her on Twitter: @NesimaAberra
Alisha Acquaye – Reporting Fellow
Alisha is a Brooklyn-born writer, tea enthusiast and lipstick babe who loves creating all-natural potions for her hair and body. Her writing focuses on race, gender, body, beauty, social issues and pop culture. You can find her work in Elle, The Establishment, Teen Vogue, and OkayAfrica. She’s low-key obsessed with Trader Joe’s, Chopped, and creating Spotify playlists.
Ngozi Ize Ahantou – Reporting Fellow
Ngozi IzE Ahanotu is an author, writer, and business consultant who specializes in reporting on women’s sexual health and wellness, alternative education options, and financial independence. A new voice dedicated to empowering women of color through refreshing profiles and the application of historical traditions to current lifestyles, her independent news work is a call-to-action for readers everywhere. Find more of her work at ngoziiahanotu.com.
Nahal Amouzadeh – Reporting Fellow
Nahal Amouzadeh is a reporting fellow for Everyday Feminism. She has two B.A. degrees from UCLA in English and Gender Studies. She is a writer, poet, second-generation Iranian-American, self-identified postcolonial feminist, and cat lady. Her twitter is @nahalll.
Katelyn Burns – Reporting Fellow
Melissa Chadburn – Reporting Fellow
Melissa Chadburn has written for Guernica, Buzzfeed, Poets & Writers, Salon, American Public Media’s Marketplace, Al Jazeera America and dozens other places. She is a fellow for The Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Her essay, “The Throwaways,” received notable mention in Best American Essays and Best American Nonrequired Reading. Her debut novel, A Tiny Upward Shove, is forthcoming with Farrar,Straus, and Giroux.
Marisa Cherry – Reporting Fellow
Marisa is a queer, mixed Asian American woman, community worker, and cultural worker. She holds a B.A. in Media Studies and Critical Studies from Pomona College, where she focused on visual art by people of color. Contextualizing herself within historical movements of survival and resistance, Marisa is most interested in brainstorming alternatives to violence and envisioning new futures where our communities are supported and well-resourced. She enjoys watching an above-average amount of TV, spending time outdoors, poetry, and petting dogs.
Nico Dacumos – Reporting Fellow
Nico Dacumos is a lower-middle class and college-educated child of a Manila-born Ilocano and a Central California Chicana. He currently writes, teaches high school, runs a decolonial food pop-up, builds spiritual community, loves, co-parents, and instigates non-binary transgender faggotry in Oakland, CA.
Zainab Karim – Reporting Fellow
Zainab Karim is a Chicago-based freelance writer. She does most of her writing on her personal blog www.bealestreetspeaks.com. Aside from writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, and having deep conversations with strangers. Twitter: @fromzeewithlove
Brittany King – Reporting Fellow
Brittany is an independent journalist located in the Midwest where she covers race, gender and politics for national publications. Formerly, she managed social media for brands like Hershey and Anheuser Busch and covered diversity and inclusion issues for higher ed institutions. Currently, she’s a business reporter for the Indianapolis Recorder and a copy editor for FoodBeforeLove.com.
Sezin Koehler – Reporting Fellow
Sezín Koehler is a biracial Sri Lankan American feminist horror novelist whose writings have also been featured on Wear Your Voice Magazine, Bitch, Broadly, The Mary Sue, Ravishly, HuffPost, and more. An adult Third Culture Kid, Sezín has lived in 13 countries and 18 cities around the world, and now calls Lighthouse Point, Florida home. You can find her Tweeting about politics, Facebooking about writing and culture, and Instagramming her growing collection of art and tattoos.
Maya Lewis – Reporting Fellow
Wendy Lu – Reporting Fellow
Wendy is a national reporter based in New York City, with a focus on health, politics, and social issues. She is a disabled Chinese American woman and a graduate of Columbia Journalism School. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Teen Vogue, Bustle, Columbia Journalism Review and more. Follow her on Twitter at @wendyluwrites or visit her website at wendyluwrites.com.
Mala Muñoz – Reporting Fellow
Mala Muñoz is a writer, advocate, and crisis counselor from Los Angeles. Her writing has been featured in VIBE Magazine’s online Latinx platform, VIBE Viva and the Huffpost Blog. A third generation Xicana and one half of the podcast Locatora Radio, Mala’s work online and in real life focuses on the creativity, genius, and legacies of women and survivors of color.
Neesha Powell-Twagirumukiza – Reporting Fellow
Neesha Powell-Twagirumukiza (she & they pronouns) identifies as an intersectional feminist, womanist, writer, community organizer, facilitator, dancer, freedom fighter, wife, and cat mama. She’s constantly conspiring in the name of liberated Black futures, queer and trans people of color power, solidarity economics, and transformative justice/community accountability. Neesha’s based in a suburb south of Seattle, where she lives, loves, and creates with chosen family. Tweet with Neesha @womanistbae.
Ixty Quintanilla – Reporting Fellow
Itxy Quintanilla is a multimedia journalist telling nuanced stories through writing, photography, film, and audio. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and received her B.A. in English and Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara. You can find her snacking on trail mix and daydreaming to the sound of Frank Ocean. Follow her on Twitter @itx_yagirl
Dina Sayedahmed – Reporting Fellow
Dina is a multimedia journalist based out of the New York area. Her work focuses on immigration, national security, and international conflict. Currently, she is a video editing and audience engagement fellow at The Intercept.
Ayesha Sharma – Reporting Fellow
Ayesha Sharma is a non-binary South Asian scholar and artist continually negotiating a relationship with themselves and their communities through practices of decolonization. They are most interested in literal and symbolic reclamation as an art practice, and investing themselves in community care. Ayesha has written for the Urban Democracy Lab and is published in ANTYAJAA: Indian Journal of Women and Social Change.
Alicia Soller – Reporting Fellow
Alicia Soller is a first generation-born Filipinx American digital storyteller committed to uplifting the narratives of communities of color. She is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she received her B.S. in Journalism and was first inspired to incorporate advocacy and activism into her work as a journalist. She currently does freelance writing, marketing and design work with nonprofit organizations.
Serena Sonoma – Reporting Fellow
Serena Sonoma is a contributing reporter for Everyday Feminism. Prior to her work in journalism, she was a Disaster Survivor Assistance Specialist for FEMA. In 2013 and 2015, she traveled the country doing service work for non-profit organizations, earning two congressional medals and two presidential awards. Serena is a transgender woman and most of her work focuses on culture through an LGBTQ+ lens. Follow her on Twitter @SerenaSonoma
Sophia Stephens – Reporting Fellow
Sophia Stephens is a Contributing Reporter at Everyday Feminism, an Editorial Intern at The Stranger, and contributing writer at Youth Radio. Sophia’s primary focus includes social justice, politics, and popular culture. Her/their work has also appeared in The Huffington Post, Rookie Magazine, and others. Based in Seattle, Sophia splits her time between writing, working as an early childhood educator, and snuggling her beloved cat, Gem. Follow: @sophia_akiko
Katie Tastrom – Reporting Fellow
Katie Tastrom is an activist, writer, and lawyer. She writes about living with chronic illnesses, disability justice, fatness, parenting, queerness, bodies, and other stuff. She lives in Syracuse, NY with her four kids and amazing partner. She also watches a lot of TV. You can find more at katietastrom.com or follow her on Twitter at @katietastrom.