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Staff

Diana Philip, Executive Director

Diana Philip has been working in public interest law and nonprofit organizations for over 30 years in issues involving gender-based violence, reproductive justice, civil liberties, and youth advocacy. During her career, Diana has served as North Texas Regional Director for the American Civil Liberties Union, founding Executive Director of Jane's DUE PROCESS, Director of Legal Advocacy for the Texas Advocacy Project, and simultaneously as Director of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers and the Abortion Conversation Project, while launching the Abortion Care Network in Washington, D.C. Diana is a seasoned crisis intervention specialist and advocate having worked many years in domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers, youth crisis hotlines, and reproductive healthcare clinics. She holds a B.A. in criminal justice and sociology from Indiana University and an M.S. in womenís and gender studies from Towson University. Diana originally joined the staff of NPCM in December, 2014 as Development Director.

Amber Banks, Director of Programs & Communication

Amber oversees NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland's outreach, issue-based campaigns, communications, and manages interns and volunteers. She received her BA in Government from the University of Virginia, where she got her start organizing as a campus activist. Amber has previously worked in reproductive rights advocacy at the federal level and at the state level in Virginia. She participated in an undercover investigation of Virginia's Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) and worked on furthering legislation requiring them to distribute medically accurate information and post disclaimers about their limitations. In her free time, she volunteers with the Women's Information Network (WIN), the Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force (WACDTF), and The Female Experience (femex), and enjoys cooking, traveling, and curling up with a good book and her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Amber joined NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland's staff in June 2012 as the Outreach and Communications Coordinator.

Annaliese Johnson, Organizer

Annaliese is a recent graduate of Rutgers University, where she majored in History and Cultural Anthropology. Combining her love of feminism and history, she wrote her senior thesis on the shifting access to abortions that New Jersey women experienced after the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. She previously interned at Pathways to Housing DC, and remains passionate about making safe housing affordable and available to all. When she is not busy fighting for reproductive justice, Annaliese can usually be found running along the Crescent Trail.

Chelsea, Policy Research Intern

Chelsea is a rising 2L at the University of Maryland School of Law. She has been working on feminist issues for the past five years. Chelsea became interested in reproductive health when she taught sexual education in New York City after graduating form the College of New Jersey with degrees in Women & Gender Studies and History in 2015. While at the University of Maryland School of Law she has been involved with Students Supporting the Women's Law Center, the Women's Bar Association, and If/When/How.

Erin, Policy Research Intern

Erin is a recent graduate from American University where she majored in international relations and focused on human rights, international legal theory, and peace studies. She previously interned at the Cisneros Center for New Americans, which provides services to rising immigrant communities, and worked for American University as a world politics Program Assistant. She also edits the Asia column for the World Mind magazine. She wants to use her experience at NARAL to focus in the future on international womenís rights.

Grace, Development & Special Events Intern

Grace is a rising senior at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is majoring in both English and communication with a focus in public relations. On campus, she works at the University of Maryland's Memorial Chapel as an event manager. She is passionate about women's rights and event planning and is excited to work on both.

Isabel, Policy Research Intern

Isabel is a rising senior at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She studies public health, specifically reproductive and maternal health, and will stay at Brown for a 5th-year to receive her masterís degree. In high school, Isabel volunteered with Planned Parenthood of Maryland for a year. She also worked for the Baltimore City Health Departmentís Bímore For Healthy Babies program in their tobacco cessation and substance exposed pregnancies initiatives. For the past three years, she has served as an intern for Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, educating patients about reproductive health legislation in the state and coordinating student volunteers.

Jenn, Policy Research Intern

Jenn is a rising 2L at the University of Baltimore School of Law. She developed an interest in reproductive health issues at Towson University where she majored in political science. During her senior year, she conducted research studying the correlation between laws that limit access to abortion and teen pregnancy rates in the United States. While at the University of Baltimore School of Law, she founded a chapter of the national organization If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice. She plans to intern with the National Abortion Federation in the Fall.

Natalia, Policy Research Intern

Natalia is a rising senior at the University of Maryland College Park, majoring in history and sociology, with a concentration in military and diplomacy. She is currently researching a senior honors thesis on the role of Greek military resistance during the Battle of Crete. Natalia became active in reproductive justice during her junior year, during which she worked with NPCM on their emergency contraception campaign as a campus organizer. She has also led and participated in lobbies with groups such as Planned Parenthood and MoveOn. After school, Natalia hopes to pursue Fulbright research, and continue into academia or union organizing. She will be studying in Thessaloniki, Greece this upcoming fall.

Usma, Policy Research Intern

Usma is a rising junior at American University in Washington D.C. She is majoring in International Relations, minoring in Womenís Gender and Sexuality Studies. In high school, Usma worked at Planned Parenthood of Maryland for two years, serving as a Peer Educator. She conducted monthly teen talks on various sexual health topics as well as assisting in the clinic on Teen Nights, conducting short surveys, doing condom demonstrations, and answering any pre-appointment questions that the patients had. Last summer, she interned at the Department of Defense where she had the opportunity to meet former Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. She worked in the Civilian Personnel Policy Department, exploring the creation of a new program called Force of the Future. Usma hopes one day to work as a human rights lawyer, focusing on policy and legislation surrounding reproductive justice and womenís health services.

 
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