March Forward - JANUARY 20, 2018

Meet the steering committee

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Charly Carter

Charly Carter (far left) is the founding director of Maryland Working Families, an independent political organization that fights to lift up families across the state, leading on issues like Equal Pay for Equal Work, Raising the Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Leave, and Fair Scheduling to allow workers more control over work schedules. Charly has spent her career empowering women in the workplace and at the ballot box. As Director of the Women's Campaign Fund, the oldest pro-choice PAC for women, she recruited, trained and elected dozens of our nation's top elected leaders and she continues to follow her passion for women leadership to Maryland thru Working Families' Progressive Pipeline. Charly is proud to call Baltimore her hometown by choice and lives with her family in Hamilton.

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Zainab Chaudry

Zainab Chaudry is Spokeswoman and Maryland liaison for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. She is on the Advisory Board of the Interfaith Action for Human Rights, and serves as it's liaison to Shoulder-to-Shoulder - an interfaith campaign founded to counter anti-Muslim bigotry in America. Zainab is the first known Muslim to be appointed to the Maryland State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights - an independent, bipartisan agency established by Congress in 1957 that is charged with advising the President and Congress on civil rights matters. She is a Fellow of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute and graduated from the Maryland Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellows Program at the University Of Maryland Carey School Of Law. he serves on the Board of Tarbiyah Academy, a Muslim leadership school that is the first International Baccalaureate Islamic primary school in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia region. She is a former Task Force member of the Bilal Initiative, which was launched to expand conversations within American Muslim communities on building a multiracial, multigenerational, and women-friendly society.

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Monisha Cherayil

Monisha is one of the founders and coordinators of Indivisible Baltimore (www.indivisiblebaltimore.org), a grassroots group of Baltimore area residents committed to engaging with our elected representatives to resist the divisive and reactionary agenda of the current Congress and Administration. Since its formation one year ago, Indivisible Baltimore has hosted multiple town halls themed around such topics as the 2017 tax reform bill and Muslim travel ban; met with Maryland's Senators and Baltimore's Congressmen to urge bold and progressive action on the issues of immigration, Islamaphobia, healthcare, and the budget; canvassed for Democratic candidates in statewide elections in Virginia; and participated in a campaign to expand voter protections in Maryland. Outside of helping to lead Indivisible Baltimore, Monisha works full time as an attorney at a non-profit law firm advocating on behalf of low-wage workers and low-income students. She is an immigrant from India, a Baltimore resident of ten years, and the parent of a toddler who will soon begin school in Baltimore City.

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Lenora Dawson

Lenora earned her M.S. degree in Applied Psychology/Conflict Management and Negotiation from the University of Baltimore; graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from Morgan State University; and has an A. A. degree from Baltimore City Community College. Lenora maintains active involvement in several community service organizations including Advocates for Children and Youths and The Roundtable on Community Change. She is a member of the League of Women Voters, Psi Beta National Honor Society in Psychology, Phi Theta Kappa Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, and Psi Chi National Honor Society of Psychology. She currently works as the Aide to the Sheriff of Baltimore City, acts as the envoy and is the Inter-Governmental Liaison and Legislative Affairs Officer. Lenora is also the owner and CEO of Mind Evolution, LLC; a life coaching and motivational speaking entity which inspires individuals to discover their genius through her keynote speeches, private coaching and seminars in the areas of relationship building, leadership development, and trauma recovery.

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Ateira Griffin

Ateira Griffin is a Baltimore City native with a passion for education, women’s empowerment, and urban community development. She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Morgan State University in 2008 and her Masters of Science in Secondary Education from Johns Hopkins University with a Certificate in School Administration and Leadership from Johns Hopkins University in 2014. Ateira served at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women in the roles of math teacher to school administrator for five years. Ateira was featured in the winter 2015 edition of The Warnock Foundation’s Baltimore Social Innovation Journal and the Daily Record, and The Baltimore Sun for her work with BOND: Building Our Nations Daughters, Inc.; a mother-daughter mentoring program for single mothers and their daughters in urban communities. Currently, she continues to serve Baltimore as Director of Civic Engagement for Councilmen Elect Zeke Cohen's office, lead organizer of Baltimore Rising and CEO of BOND, Inc.

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Jill Hornstein

Jill Hornstein is a Baltimore County native and a Jewish American. She studied at Ithaca College and graduated with a master’s degree in physical therapy. Jill, disturbed by the results of the 2016 Presidential election, joined the resistance the day after Trump’s victory was announced. Since then, she has been an unflagging advocate for healthcare for all, immigration, DACA, clean energy, paid sick leave and all progressive legislation that supports families and equal rights. Jill is the lead organizer and manager of Together We Will Baltimore Area, a group of 4,000 grass root activists in Baltimore City and County. She manages the Facebook page, educates the members and uses the group’s vast membership to lead “calls to action” whether it be phone calls to legislators, phone banking, canvassing, or leading marches and rallies. Most recently, she was part of the group that organized Maryland’s First Pre-Legislative Summit. Jill works from home with her activism supported by her most devoted allies and followers, her husband Steven and her two boys, Jeffrey and Samuel.

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Ricarra Jones

Ricarra Jones is a Political Organizer with 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Baltimore, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from Temple University. Ricarra is a seasoned community organizer and policy advocate who has spent her career empowering underserved communities and building coalitions to fight for social and economic justice in Baltimore. Ricarra has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of working families, as chair of the Raise Maryland coalition, she successfully led the fight to increase the state's minimum wage to $10.10. She is currently working to ensure that full time employees earn paid sick leave and to raise Maryland’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. Ricarra is a champion for working families.

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Jessica Klaitman

Jessica Klaitman is on the steering committee of Baltimore Women United. She has a long career as a social worker, group therapist, and community activist in New York. She is a Baltimore City native and product of Baltimore City public schools, Baltimore County resident, yoga teacher, and mother of three young children.

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Camille Mihalic

Camille (far left) is a long-time Baltimore City resident and a graduate of Loyola University with a degree in business management. For most of her career she was a senior risk executive in the banking and finance industry. However, once the 2016 election results were announced, she decided to take a sabbatical from her job and join the resistance full time. Since then, she has worked vigorously in the fight against the “Trump Agenda.” Camille is an organizer and leader of Together We Will Baltimore Area, where Jill Hornstein and she work 40 hour weeks to fight for justice, equality, immigration and healthcare for all. She is also a lead organizer in B & Dee’s Baltimore Love, a non-profit organization that provides resources and food for struggling families and people experiencing homelessness in Baltimore City. In addition, she is on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Child Abuse Center, an advocacy group for children who have been traumatized by childhood sexual abuse.

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Sarah Mogol

Bio coming soon!

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Becca Niburg

Becca Niburg is currently co-chair of Together We Will/Do the Most Good Howard County and works as an immigration attorney at the Green Law Firm. She is also the chair of the Howard County "Out of the Darkness Walk" and volunteer coordinator for the MLK 5K to benefit the Howard County Branch of the NAACP. For the last two decades she has worked tiredlessly on her passion in numerous efforts to stop domestic violence and human trafficing.

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Mary Otterbein

Mary J. Otterbein was born and raised in Baltimore City. She is a lifelong city resident. She has a BS from Towson University and a Masters from Johns Hopkins. For 13 years she was the Academic Program Coordinator for the Political Science Department and the Program in Jewish Studies at Johns Hopkins. This is her first major involvement in Politics.

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Ava Pipitone

Ava Pipitone is a Co-founder of HostHome Inc., the Executive Director of the Baltimore Transgender Alliance, and a worker-owner at Red Emma's Bookstore and Coffeehouse. She invites authentic community healing through the spoken word and egalitarian spaces. Housing LGBT folx, building collective worker power, and empowering the transgender community are the fruits of her labor. Functioning as a collective of transgender parents, business owners, artists, and activists, the BTA lifts up the voices of Baltimore's transgender and gender non-conforming communities. The BTA is one of the only peer run transgender advocacy organizations in Baltimore.

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Odette Ramos

Odette is the co-chair of Baltimore Women United, an all-volunteer women lead progressive organization activating women as voters, donors, constituents and candidates. Odette is the 43rd District representative to the Democratic State Central Committee in Baltimore City. Professionally, she is the Executive Director of the Community Development Network of Maryland, a statewide nonprofit where she advocates for affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization and family stability programs. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Justice from Goucher College. Odette is of Puerto Rican decent.