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Dana Bolger is a co-founder of Know Your IX, contributor at Feministing.com, and recent Amherst College grad. While at Amherst, she co-founded it happens here, an anti-sexual violence organization pushing for cultural and institutional change on campus. You can find her on Twitter at @danabolger.
Alexandra Brodsky is a co-founder of KYIX, 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.
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.
Katarina Hyatt is a student at Mount Holyoke College where she studies International Relations and History. She was born in New Orleans, but currently resides in Germany. She is very passionate about the issues of human trafficking and sexual violence. She enjoys reading, ballet, and cards against humanity!
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.
Mahroh Jahangiri is 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.
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.
Zoe Ridolfi-Starr (Columbia ’15) is a co-founder of No Red Tape, a group of survivors and allies fighting to end sexual violence and rape culture at Columbia and beyond. 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.
Elizabeth Mohan Smith is a writer and development specialist based in New York City. She currently works as a Development and Communications Manager at progressive social service agency BronxWorks, where she works on housing, immigration, education, and access to benefits issues. She attended Smith College and completed her a dual masters in international & world history at Columbia University and the London School of Economics, where she specialized in transnational feminist history and postcolonial studies, and hopes to spend her career organizing and writing to support progressive social justice work.
Chandini Jha is a rising junior at Georgetown University, where she is studying Gender Studies and Government. She is politically active with College Democrats and is a Sexual Assault Peer Educator on campus.
Ivy Yan is a rising senior Social Studies and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality major at Harvard College. 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. A double major in Classical Languages & Literatures and Political Science, she is currently navigating the world of unpaid internships before she inevitably returns to grad 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.
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.
Know Your IX Alumni
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!
John Kelly is a senior studying Religion and Sociology at Tufts University. They’re a survivor and a past contributor to Know Your IX. John served on the Department of Education’s Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), shaping the regulations surrounding the recent changes to VAWA, and representing LGBTQ survivors, and student interests more generally. They love all animals, especially manatees and big dogs, Andrea Gibson, and fun socks.
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.
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.