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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.

Chelsea D. Yarborough, Programs Manager

Chelsea D. Yarborough is a reproductive justice organizer, historian, and trainer and she currently works as NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland's Programs Manager. She coordinates NPCM's outreach, issue-based campaigns, state wide organizing and communications, as well as managing interns and volunteers. She is a graduate of Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, where she earned a BA in History and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies and got her start in organizing, working with organizations like Ignite NC, Planned Parenthood of Greensboro, Sexual Assault Awareness, Support and Advocacy and others. Previously, Chelsea was the Senior HBCU and Southern National Campus Organizer with the Feminist Majority Foundation, where she organized with students in 12 states across the South and 6 HBCU's in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast to institutionalize a sustained feminist presence on campus. Chelsea currently sits on the Coordinating Council for BYP 100's D.C. Chapter as the Healing and Safety and Community Building Co Chair and is a part of the BYP 100 Trainer's Network, as well as being a member of Black Women's Blueprint, a Black women's research and advocacy organization working to fight sexual violence against Black women, femmes and girls. When she's not organizing for Black liberation or fighting for reproductive freedom in Maryland, she can be found reading books in Anacostia Park, sitting on her front porch listening to Beyonce, or hunting for all the gold jewelry she can find.  

Carly Wais,  Reproductive Justice Inside Coordinator

Carly Wais is a passionate and creative advocate from Baltimore, MD who ventured out to California to earn a B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University. After a transformative summer with the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project in San Francisco, they returned to Baltimore to work on housing justice efforts locally. Carly completed an M.A. in Social Design at Maryland Institute College of Art, applying a collaborative, human-centered design process to issues Baltimore residents face within reentry, health care, food access, and the LGBTQ community. As part of their thesis, Carly was extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to co-design with returning citizens through the City Accelerator grant. As a Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Fellow, Carly continued this work creating new platforms for people coming back to Baltimore from prison and jail to connect with resources and each other. Carly is a proud member of the MD grassroots advocacy organization Out For Justice, where returning citizens lead the way in reforming policies that impact them. Carly is so excited to be working for improved sexual healthcare for systems-involved women and girls in MD as Coordinator of the Reproductive Justice Inside coalition.

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.

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. 

Taylor, Policy Research Intern

Taylor is a rising senior at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is majoring in History and Political Science focusing on American government. Previously he has interned at the National Institute on Drug Abuse and Youth Service America working on grant evaluation and developing resources for grantee support. He is interested in the intersection between policy, contemporary social and health issues, and the legal system. Taylor is planning to apply to law school to pursue a career in policy advocacy and government relations.

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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