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Lynn Paltrow, 

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 conceived of and filed the first affirmative federal civil rights challenge to a hospital policy of searching pregnant women for evidence of drug use and turning that information over to the police. In the case of Ferguson et. al., v. City of Charleston et. al., the United States Supreme Court agreed that such a policy violates the 4th amendment's protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.


Sara Ainsworth, JD, Director of Legal Advocacy, is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law. She began her legal career in poverty law, advocating for safety and economic security for survivors of intimate partner violence. Sara was Senior Counsel with Legal Voice (formerly the Northwest Women’s Law Center), where she worked to secure the rights of all women to reproductive health and freedom. While at Legal Voice, she helped lead Washington State efforts to stop the deceptive practices of crisis pregnancy centers and to pass a bill prohibiting the shackling of pregnant incarcerated women. Sara is also adjunct faculty with the University of Washington School of Law and a former visiting assistant professor at Seattle University School of Law, where she taught women’s rights courses. She is a founding board member of Surge Northwest, a non-profit that works for reproductive and racial justice in the Northwest. She is overjoyed to be able to work for NAPW from Seattle, her hometown.

Cynthia Greenlee, PhD, Director of Special Projects and Communications Director, earned a master's in communication from the University of North Carolina and a PhD in history from Duke University. She is a legal historian whose work focuses on African-American and women's history in U.S. South and understanding how that region became what she calls "reproductive red space." Among her professional experience, Cynthia was senior editor at Ipas, has consulted with social-justice organizations, and has worked at various newspapers and online publications. She is also a freelance writer who pens historically informed pieces that connect the contemporary with current events and policies related to race, the arts and reproductive issues. She is currently at work on two historical projects: a manuscript about black girls and the law, and a second book about African-Americans and abortion.

Farah Diaz-Tello, JD

Farah Diaz-Tello, JD, Senior Staff Attorney, is a graduate of the City University of New York School of Law, where she was a Haywood Burns Fellow in Civil and Human Rights. Her work at NAPW has focused on the rights to medical decision-making and birthing with dignity, and on using the international human rights framework to protect the humanity of pregnant women regardless of their circumstances. A proud Texan, she is an alumna of the University of Texas at Austin.


Gebrina B. Roberts, Office Manager, 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.

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Laura Huss, MPhil, Research & Program Associate, received her MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Her graduate studies focused on social movements, activism, and community-based development. Her master’s research looked into the ways in which informal market workers in Cape Town organized against evictions in an economy that prioritized formalized business. After graduate school Laura worked as a researcher at the Gender, Health & Justice Research Unit in Cape Town focusing on issues relating to the incarceration of women, gender-based violence, and sexual assault. At NAPW Laura is working extensively to challenge drug war misinformation about pregnancy and drug use and further expose the consistent punitive attacks on pregnant people.


Kebé, Research & Program Assistant, graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Anthropology. Her undergraduate studies focused in women, gender, sexuality, and africana studies subjects. She has a deep interest in facilitating safe spaces for women of color and is invested in the wellbeing of all women in all aspects of their lives. At NAPW she provides operations, programs, events, and research support.


Laura Hecht-Felella JD, Carr Center for Reproductive Justice Fellow, graduated from NYU School of Law in 2015. At NYU, Laura co-chaired the Courtroom Advocates Project in coordination with Sanctuary for Families and served as a staff editor of the NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy. She participated in the Reproductive Justice Clinic and the Community Development and Economic Justice Clinic at the Urban Justice Center. She also interned at Americans for Immigrant Justice and at NAPW. Laura graduated summa cum laude with a degree in political science from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in 2012.


Lisa K. Sangoi, JD, Ford Foundation Public Interest Law Fellow,is a graduate of NYU School of Law, where she was an Arthur G. Hays Civil Liberties Fellow and Articles Editor on the NYU Law Review. Before joining NAPW as a Law Fellow, she was a legal intern and student attorney at the Brooklyn Family Defense Practice, the ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project, and the Incarcerated Mothers Law Project. Before law school, Lisa worked at the Open Society Foundations, where she helped build the international women's rights grantmaking portfolio. She received her undergraduate degree from NYU, and also holds a Master's in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University. Lisa speaks Gujarati, Hindi, and Mandarin Chinese.

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Odell Mays II, Consulting Fiscal Manager & 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.

Board of Directors

Nancy Aries, PhD (Treasurer)
Carolyn J. (Cali) Cole
Jeanne Flavin, PhD (President)
Hytham M. Imseis, MD
Carol Mason, PhD
Jennifer Morgan, PhD
Robert Newman, MD, MPH
Lynn. M. Paltrow, JD

Board Biographies

Nancy R. Aries, PhD.

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.

Carolyn J. (Cali) Cole

Carolyn J. (Cali) Cole, is Chairman and Founder of The Cole Group, a consultant to family offices and non-profit organizations. A trusted advisor to corporations, financial institutions, endowments, foundations, and individuals for over three decades, Ms. Cole has an extensive record of success in many areas of financial services and investment management. She has held senior executive positions at Citigroup, RBC Dain, and UBS. She is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the CFA Institute, the Economic Club of New York, and the YWCA Academy of Women Leaders. Her current non-profit board positions include the UFT Charter Schools, Girls Inc. of New York City, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, and the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association. She attended Vassar College and the Leonard N. Stern School of Business Administration, New York University, and has lectured at the Harvard Business School, the Sloan School of Business at MIT, the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Rochester Simon School of Business.

Jeanne Flavin, PhD.

Jeanne Flavin is a 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 the award-winning Our Bodies, Our Crimes: Policing Women's Reproduction in America (NYU 2009) and co-editor of Race, Gender, and Punishment: From Colonialism to the War on Terror (Rutgers, 2007), and author of many articles, including “Arrests of and forced interventions on pregnant women in the United States (1973-2005): The implications for women's legal status and public health”, "Punishing Pregnant Drug-Using Women: Defying Law, Medicine, and Common Sense", and "Toward a “Pro Lives” Perspective that Values the Lives of Pregnant Women and the Well-Being of Our Nation" co-authored with NAPW executive director Lynn Paltrow. She received a Fulbright research award in 2009 to study gender, family, and crime in South Africa. She also is the 2013 recipient of the Sociologists for Women in Society’s Feminist Activism Award. Jeanne grew up on a farm in rural Kansas.

Hytham M. Imseis, MD

Dr. Imseis is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist practicing in Charlotte, North Carolina. His career has been dedicated to caring for and advocating for pregnant women. He is very involved in the medical education of Obstetrician/Gynecologists across the United States for which he has won many teaching awards. He currently serves on the Women’s Executive Board and the Ethics Committee at his hospital and has served as the Medical Director of the Mountain Area Perinatal Substance Abuse Program and the Mountain Area Health Education Teen Pregnancy Clinic. Dr. Imseis has published research articles in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Obstetrics and Gynecology and currently reviews manuscripts for publication in both the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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 publications, such as Cultural Studies, NWSA Journal, American Studies Journal, Hypatia, and various edited collections. She is a professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and American Studies at the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences.

Jennifer Morgan, PhD.

Jennifer Morgan is a New York University Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, History and Director of Graduate Studies, SCA. She received her PhD in 1996 from Duke University. Her areas of research interests include early African American history, comparative slavery, histories of racial ideology, women and Gender. Her other affiliations include, American Historical Association, Berkshire Conference of Women's Historians, McNeil Center for Early American Studies. NAPW was introduced to Professor Morgan by her father, John Morgan a drug policy reformer and leader in research and writing regarding the effects of criminalized drugs.

Robert G. Newman, MD, MPH.

Dr. Newman is President Emeritus of Continuum Health Partners, Inc., a $2.2 billion hospital network controlling three major academic medical centers. He was CEO of the Beth Israel Health Care System for 20 years prior to the creation of Continuum in 1997; he retired from Continuum in 2001. From 2001 until June of 2013 Dr. Newman served as Director of the Baron Edmond de Rothschild Chemical Dependency Institute of Beth Israel Medical Center. For over 40 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 1970s served 33,000 patients annually. He has also been a strong addiction treatment advocate in Europe, Australia and Asia. Throughout his career he has championed the right of drug-dependent persons to treatment access and choice of provider, and the right to be cared for under the same conditions as apply to the management of all other chronic medical conditions.

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 in order 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 Century; 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!

Advisory Board

Angela Moreno, MA, President

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, Moreno was recently elected to the board of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. In the last two decades, 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..