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Mahroh Jahangiri is Deputy Director for Youth Power and Strategic Partnerships for Know Your IX. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, she accepted a position as a junior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she critically examines U.S. foreign policy. Mahroh’s previous research on immigration detention in Washington, DC and work in Cairo, Egypt has focused on the ways in which American militarization, racism, and sexual violence impact non-white communities transnationally. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, she lives and organizes in DC.
Zoe Ridolfi-Starr is Deputy Director for Youth Power and Strategic Partnerships for Know Your IX. She’s a co-founder of Carry That Weight, which merged with Know Your IX in July 2015. As a second generation queer woman and a survivor of sexual violence survivor herself, she is committed to centering the voices of survivors and people of marginalized identity in anti-violence work, and building community-based solutions to sexual violence that do not rely on inherently violent institutions like the prison-industrial complex. She enjoys searching for the best dumplings in NYC.
Activist Profiles Team
Angela Lee, editor, is a proud feminist hailing from Austin, Texas. Her interest in sexual assault and rape culture stems from her experience as a peer counselor and mental health specialist. She is very much excited to pursue women’s health post-grad and, in the meantime, to organize with Know Your IX.
Leah Soule is a student at Gustavus Adolphus College, a small liberal arts school in rural Minnesota. She studies political science and gender, women, and sexuality. Leah organized a social justice conference entitled “Hidden in Plain Sight: Recognizing and Rejecting Rape Culture” to spark action on her campus around sexual assault and the culture that perpetuates and normalizes this violence. Leah is very passionate about all issues pertaining to body autonomy including gendered violence and reproductive rights. She tweets at @Souleleah.
Rebecca Krevat is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a B.A. in English literature and sociology. She is currently working as a Field Outreach Associate at the National Council of Jewish Women, and living in Brooklyn. In her free time she loves to travel, and watch movies and TV shows with strong female leads.
Olivia Ortiz is an activist at the University of Chicago, where she is studying linguistics. On campus, she is a founding director of the Phoenix Survivors Alliance and co-director of the campus Clothesline Project. A native of the Arizona desert, she endures Chicago’s cold winters by sampling all the great pizza the city has to offer.
Alyssa Peterson is an alumna of Georgetown University where she served in student government, as a Sexual Assault Peer Educator, and as a member of the university-run Sexual Assault Working Group. Prior to graduation, she served as a policy analyst in the Office of Vice President Biden. She is most interested in the intersections of violence and poverty and serves as a domestic violence advocate.
Nicole Ratliff is a single parent to four-year-old twins and recently graduated from Georgia Regents University (formally Augusta State University) with a B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies. When she is not with her twins, she spends her time volunteering in her community.
Marybeth Seitz-Brown is an activist based in Brooklyn, NY. She works in development at the Roosevelt Institute and was an organizer with No Red Tape at Columbia University, where she studied linguistics with a focus on language and identity. She enjoys park activities (running, biking, reading, picnicking, etc) and ice cream. She tweets sporadically at @marybeth_sb.
Ivy Yan is a 2015 graduate of Harvard College, where she majored in Social Studies and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Though also a previous resident of San Diego, CA; Alberta, Canada; and Tianjin, China, she primarily hails from Carmel, Indiana. She loves intentional life-long service, inclusive social change, music, reading, eating, and any combination of the above. She hates wearing shoes and sitting in chairs. Ivy tweets at @ivyzyan.
Social Media Managers
Sarah Gutman (Social Media Director) is a 2013 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a current 1L at Harvard Law School. A few of her favorite things include: fighting the patriarchy, funny animal videos, sharks, anything hobbit-related, beer, and the New York Rangers. She tweets at @sgutman13.
Jessica Garcia is a Media Arts and Design major at James Madison University (’17) where she is also double minoring in Women’s and Gender Studies and English. She is the president of JMU’s Campus Assault ResponsE (CARE), a student-run organization dedicated to supporting survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. CARE operates a confidential 24/7 helpline as well as facilitates peer-guided sexual assault education programs and events. Jess is passionate about providing accessible services to survivors and peer education on sexual violence. In her spare time, she enjoys coding, traveling, and tweeting at @jeslouisegarcia.
Student Engagement Organizers
Ava Blustein is a Southern Californian who graduated from Brandeis University with majors in Creative Writing and Film, Television, and Interactive Media Studies; and minors in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and English. She co-founded Brandeis Students Against Sexual Violence, SpeakOut! Brandeis, and the on-campus Rape Crisis Center, where she also served as Office Coordinator. Her favorite self-care activities include writing and reading, watching movies, baking, exploring new places, and drawing.
Sejal Singh graduated from Columbia University in 2015, where she studied political science and organized to end sexual and domestic violence. Sejal hopes to spend her life fighting for gender equity and progressive social policy. You can find her living in New York and on Twitter as @Sejal_Singh_.
Tracey Vitchers holds a Bachelor of the Arts in Women’s Studies and English from Williams Colleges and a Masters of the Arts in Comparative Women’s Studies from Utrecht University. Tracey works in nonprofit, serves on the board of the sexual violence prevention organization SAFER, and writes for The Huffington Post and PolicyMic.com. Tracey lives in Milford, Pennsylvania, with her partner, Troy, and their animals Mo and Nittay.
Alexandra Brodsky, Board Chair, is a co-founder of Know Your IX, editor at Feministing.com, and student at Yale Law School. She got involved with Title IX work as an undergraduate at Yale when she and 15 friends filed a complaint against the university. Alexandra hopes to spend her life organizing against interpersonal and structural violence through methods that resist, rather than strengthen, the prison system. She tweets as @azbrodsky.
Know Your IX Board
Suzanna Bobadilla graduated from Harvard University in May 2013, where she majored in American History and Literature and worked at Harvard’s Women Center. She’s Interviews Contributor at Feministing.com, a KYIX ED ACT NOW alum, and is learning how to be an adult in San Francisco!
Shelby Knox is nationally known as the subject of the Sundance award-winning film, The Education of Shelby Knox, a 2005 documentary chronicling her teenage activism for comprehensive sex education and gay rights in her Southern Baptist community. She travels across the country as an itinerant feminist organizer, doing trainings, workshops and civil disobedience in the name of reproductive justice and sexual health.
Kate Jae Sun Sim is a Korean-American from California and a 2014 Harvard grad, who concentrated in Social Studies and Gender Studies. She got involved with Title IX organizing through founding the Our Harvard Can Do Better campaign to address rape culture at her school. She is interested in consent and power, trauma processing, collective accountability, and how certain victim narratives are privileged over others. In her free time, she watches too many TV shows and movies, reads too many makeupping blogs, and gets too overwhelmed thinking about k/pop punk magic while listening to 2NE1, Good Charlotte, One Direction, Rihanna, and Tswift.
Cari Simon is a victims’ rights attorney with Bode & Fierberg, LLP. She graduated from Harvard Law School, cum laude and was the President of the Harvard Women’s Law Association and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal on Law & Gender.
Wagatwe Wanjuki is a survivor, writer, and activist who began doing anti-violence work when she co-lead the start of the movement to improve the sexual assault policy at Tufts University. Her writing on campus sexual violence has appeared on various sites and publications, including Feministing, Campus Progress, RH Reality Check, and The American Prospect.