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About NAPW

July 13, 2016

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August 14, 2014
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Staff

March 24, 2009

Lynn M. Paltrow, JD, Executive Director, founded National Advocates for Pregnant Women in 2001. Ms. Paltrow is a graduate of Cornell University and New York University School of Law. She has worked on numerous cases challenging restrictions on the right to choose abortion as well cases opposing the prosecution and punishment of pregnant women seeking to continue their pregnancies to term. Ms. Paltrow has served as a senior staff attorney at the ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Project, as Director of Special Litigation at the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy, and as Vice President for Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of New York City. Ms. Paltrow is the recipient of the Justice Gerald Le Dain Award for Achievement in the Field of Law and the National Women’s Health Network’s Barbara Seaman Award for Activism in Women's Health. She is a frequent guest lecturer and writer for popular press, law reviews, and peer-reviewed journals. She is a Gemini and mother of twins.

Nancy Rosenbloom, JD, Director of Legal Advocacy, has been a lawyer fighting for equal justice for more than 25 years. She has represented clients in civil rights, reproductive rights, family law, education law and criminal defense matters, through individual case advocacy, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and training. Ms. Rosenbloom graduated from Brown University and Columbia University School of Law. After a federal court clerkship with the Hon. U.W. Clemon in Alabama, she served as a senior staff attorney and Director of Special Litigation at The Legal Aid Society in New York City, Director of Judicial Strategy at the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Project Director at the City Bar Justice Center.

Emily Gertz, MPH, Deputy Director, has more than a decade of experience implementing programs and overseeing grants and other special projects in the areas of family planning, HIV/AIDS, criminal justice and substance use. She studied Public Health at the University of North Carolina and earned her undergraduate degree in Women's Health at the University of Michigan. Emily was introduced to NAPW while attending a lecture in 2011. She was inspired by NAPW's work at that time and is thrilled to able to apply her skills to help advance the organization's mission.

Odell Mays II, Consulting Fiscal Manager and Acting CFO, is a nonprofit management and business professional with over 25 years of experience in financial management and administration, strategic and program planning, and marketing communications. Odell brings with him significant depth in coalition building, advocacy and program development and planning. He has augmented his professional experiences with extensive community service work, serving as a director on several national and local boards including the National Minority AIDS Council, the Black AIDS Institute (Los Angeles, California), and as Treasurer of The New York City Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender Community Services Center. He also served most recently as Chairperson of the board for the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC). Odell has a B.A. from Stanford University and an MBA in finance and taxation from New York University's Stern Graduate School of Business.

Shawn Steiner, Media and Communications Manager, has over 15 years of experience in marketing and communications for nonprofit and for-profit organizations. She made the transition to nonprofit as the Marketing & Communications Director at The Trevor Project. Shawn received a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing from Baruch College. After college she worked in the entertainment, fashion, and celebrity product placement industries before aligning her personal passion and career to develop communications strategies forwarding social justice movements.

Amber Khan, JD, Senior Staff Attorney, has represented clients in a variety of civil matters including family law and immigration law. She has also worked in the field of international human rights. Ms. Khan received her undergraduate degree from American University, her Master's degree from Columbia University, and graduated from George Washington University Law School. Most recently, she served as a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Family Representation in New York City.

Aarin Michele Williams, JD, Senior Staff Attorney is an experienced lawyer barred in New York and New Jersey. She most recently worked in the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender. In this position, she was a zealous trial attorney for citizens charged with serious crimes. She was identified as a lead attorney within the organization and was a sought-after trial strategy trainer for lawyers. Aarin is also an Adjunct Humanities Professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology where her popular courses explore a variety of socio-political topics, earning her a nomination for the 2017 University Excellence in Teaching Award. She is originally from Georgia and is a proud graduate of Howard University and Rutgers School of Law-Newark where she was a member of the Rutgers Law Review. She clerked in the New Jersey Superior Court and interned for leading civil rights organizations. Aarin passionately advocates for disempowered populations and believes that her community is owed and deserving of the benefits and fruits of her education.

Caitlin Dekker, Research and Program Associate, is trained as a full-spectrum doula and is a graduate of Oberlin College, where she studied Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies and Psychology. At Oberlin, she worked as a peer advocate and educator with the Oberlin Sexual Information Center, a student-run organization that provides education and confidential peer support services on issues related to reproductive and sexual health and justice. Caitlin has also interned with the Berkeley Media Studies Group, a project of the Public Health Institute, where she wrote and edited content addressing connections between health equity, policy and the media.

Gebrina B. Roberts, Bookkeeping Services, transitioned from the profit to the nonprofit world in January 2009. She brings more than 15 years of expertise in financial management with emphasis on accounting and bookkeeping. Gebrina worked at Allworth Press as a Business Manager for 14 years and has a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from Baruch College.

Molly Edminster, Receptionist/Administrative Assistant, credits NAPW with her introduction to reproductive justice and is glad to return to NAPW following her stint as an intern back in 2012. Ms. Edminster is an artist, a published writer and a native New Yorker. She is committed to the necessity of intersectionality in feminism and helping further the work however she is able.

Board Biographies

September 19, 2008

Nancy R. Aries, PhD. - TREASURER
Nancy R. Aries.,is a Professor and Executive Director of Academic Programs at the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College. She also holds an appointment in the Department of Community Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, and Health Care Management Review. She is the recipient of a 2008-09 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship.

Jeanne Flavin, PhD. - VICE PRESIDENT
Jeanne Flavin is an associate professor of Sociology at Fordham University. Her scholarship and advocacy mainly examines the impact of the criminal justice system on women. She is author of Our Bodies, Our Crimes: Policing Women's Reproduction in America (NYU 2009), co-author of Class, Race, Gender & Crime, 2nd ed. (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007) and co-editor of Race, Gender, and Punishment: From Colonialism to the War on Terror (Rutgers, 2007) as well as many articles. She also is 2008-09 Fulbright Award recipient to study gender, family and crime in South Africa.

Carol Mason, PhD.
Carol Mason is an interdisciplinary scholar whose expertise includes the rise of the right and reproductive politics. She is the author of Killing for Life: The Apocalyptic Narrative of Pro-life Politics (Cornell, 2002) and Soul On Appalachian Ice: Turning Right in the Mountain State (Cornell). Dr. Mason is the recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe/Harvard. Dr. Mason’s work has appeared in several publications, including Cultural Studies, NWSA Journal , American Studies Journal, Hypatia, and various edited collections. As associate professor of gender studies and English, she teaches at Oklahoma State University.

Angela Moreno, MA
Born and raised in Arizona borderlands, Angela Moreno has worked with foundations and community-based organizations across the country for more than two decades, helping to develop strategy and providing technical assistance, capacity-building, and support for fundraising and development. In addition to serving more than 10 years on the board of directors of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, she has also served as director or advisor to the mid-MO ACLU, Third Wave Foundation, Abortion Access Project (now PROVIDE), the Border Action Network (BAN), National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and the Spirit in Motion Project of the Movement Strategy Center. Angela holds a graduate degree from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Robert G. Newman, MD, MPH.
Dr. Newman is Director of The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation Chemical Dependency Institute of Beth Israel Medical Center and an internationally renowned expert on methadone treatment. For the past 35 years Dr. Newman has played a major role in planning and directing some of the largest addiction treatment programs in the world - including the New York City Methadone Maintenance and Ambulatory Detoxification Programs, which in the mid-‘70s treated over 33,000 patients annually. He has also been a strong addiction treatment advocate in Europe, Australia and Asia. Dr. Newman is also President Emeritus of Continuum Health Partners, a major non-profit hospital corporation, and a professor in the Albert Einstein College of Medicine's departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology and Social Medicine.

Lynn M. Paltrow, J.D.
Ms. Paltrow is the Founder and Executive Director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women ("NAPW"). She is a graduate of Cornell University and New York University School of Law. During her career, she has worked at many of the leading reproductive rights organizations including the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project and the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy. As Executive Director of NAPW, Ms. Paltrow combines legal advocacy with grassroots and national organizing and policy work works to secure the human and civil rights, health and welfare of all women, focusing particularly on pregnant and parenting women, and those who are most vulnerable - low income women, women of color, and drug-using women. Ms. Paltrow is a former Hays Civil Liberties Fellow, Georgetown Women's Law and Public Policy Fellow, and recipient of numerous awards including The Drug Policy Alliance’s Justice Gerald Le Dain Award for Achievement in the Field of Law; A Women's E-news 2005 Honoree: 21 Women Leaders for the 21st Centur; and the National Women’s Health Network’s Barbara Seaman Award for Activism in Women's Health. She is the mother of twins and a Gemini!

Mariotta Gary-Smith, MPH.
Ms. Gary Smith received her MPH from the Emory School of Public Health. Ms. Gary-Smith has a long history of activism with the National Black Women's Health Project, Be Present Inc., and with National Advocates for Pregnant Women. Ms. Gary-Smith's work includes public health work with drug using women and participation in NAPW's two national conferences. Most recently, Ms. Gary-Smith was awarded a national fellow position at the Morehouse School of Medicine, National Center for Primary Care in the Center of Excellence of Sexual Health.

Current information as of June 15, 2011

About NAPW

January 10, 2006

National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) is a non-profit organization that works to secure the human and civil rights, health and welfare of all people, focusing particularly on pregnant and parenting women, and those who are most likely to be targeted for state control and punishment - low income women, women of color, and drug-using women.

NAPW seeks to ensure that:

  1. no one is punished for the outcome of their pregnancies whether they have an abortion, experience a pregnancy loss, or go to term and give birth to a baby;
  2. no one loses their constitutional and human rights as a result of pregnancy;
  3. addiction and other health and welfare problems people face during pregnancy are addressed as health issues, not as crimes;
  4. families are not needlessly separated based on medical misinformation; and
  5. pregnant and parenting people have access to a full range of reproductive health care as well as access to confidential, non-punitive drug treatment services.

NAPW protects the rights, health, and dignity of pregnant and parenting people by:

  1. providing pro bono (free) legal assistance to people directly or to their defense attorneys if the person is threatened or charged with a crime or child welfare action for having an abortion, giving birth, being pregnant or experiencing a pregnancy loss;
  2. organizing with state based activists and organization as well as national coalitions;
  3. engaging in public education on paper, online, and anywhere people might listen!