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SIECUS Staff
 

Chitra Panjabi
President & CEO


As President & CEO, Chitra advances SIECUS’ efforts to reshape cultural and societal narratives around sexuality. Leading with an intersectional vision, she is spearheading SIECUS’ work of addressing the impact of sexual stigma and shame on individuals across age, race, gender, gender identity and expression, class, sexual orientation and ability.

Chitra has a professional background in intersectional feminist activism, nonprofit management and fundraising. She joins SIECUS having previously served as Vice President Membership for the National Organization for Women (NOW). While at NOW, she was responsible for managing operations, communications, fundraising and membership engagement. Under her tenure, Chitra increased NOW’s membership by nearly a third in a single year, led the most successful end-of-year online campaign and implemented multiyear strategic planning. In addition to her time at NOW, Chitra has spent much of her career working for progressive nonprofits, including South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT); The Women’s Foundation in Hong Kong; and the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum in Washington, DC (now known as the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument). Currently, she serves on the Board of a local DC-metro area membership organization that is focused on women’s personal and professional development.

Chitra holds a bachelor’s degree from King’s College London, a master’s degree in international journalism from City University, London and a master’s degree in women’s studies from The George Washington University. Born and raised in Hong Kong to Indian immigrants, she spent her formative years in Asia and another five years in London before moving to Washington, D.C. in 2008.
 

 

Jaspreet Chowdhary
Federal Policy Director


Jaspreet joined SIECUS in August 2017 as the Federal Policy Director.  In this role, she leads national policymaker and partner education, advocacy, and lobbying; assists in shaping state policy support and engagement; and produces related resources and publications.

Most recently, Jaspreet was the Senior Policy Specialist at the 30 for 30 Campaign where she created materials and conducted nationwide facilitator trainings for focus groups of women living with HIV, ultimately co-authoring a report on campaign findings. Previously, Jaspreet was a State Advocacy Manager at Community Catalyst where she focused on equitable implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She was part of the inaugural class of the If/When/How Reproductive Justice Fellowship program, serving within the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. Prior to attending law school, Jaspreet worked in public health research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Duke University Medical Center. As a research analyst, she collected, analyzed and interpreted social, economic, and health data. Jaspreet has also created and facilitated workshops on social justice using techniques of the Theatre of the Oppressed.

Jaspreet received a B.A. in English and Women’s Studies from Goucher College, a M.P.H. with a concentration in Epidemiology from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law.   She is licensed by the Maryland State Bar Association.

 

Jennifer Driver
State Policy Director


Jennifer joined SIECUS in August 2017 as the State Policy Director. In this role, she oversees SIECUS’ efforts to integrate and engage state and community partners, develops and provides strategic policy and advocacy guidance to state and local partners, and leads research and analysis of the SIECUS state profiles and legislative reports.

Prior to joining SIECUS, Jennifer served as the Manager of Training and Education with Welcoming America where she managed the racial and health equity work for the organization.  In addition, she incorporated an intersectional approach to immigrant inclusion while providing training and education on race, structural racism, ethnicity, housing, health, and poverty. She examined policies and practices that addressed disparities related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and socioeconomics.

Her previous experience includes working for The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential. She has particular expertise and experience in issues related to social determinants of health, health disparities, and public policy issues of concern to African Americans and other minority populations. She brings extensive knowledge and experience in creating an intersectional approach to reproductive health and social justice. 

 

Taissa Morimoto
Policy Research Fellow


Joining SIECUS in January 2017, Taissa conducts research and analysis of policy activity, contributing to and developing various legislative and policy publications and reports. During her time in law school, Taissa was an organizer for the Restoration of Civil Rights Project in Florida, a volunteer-based organization assisting former felons in applying for restoration their civil rights. Additionally, she worked in a clinic where she advocated for and represented clients in court who were survivors of intimate partner violence.
 
A few months after she graduated, she moved to Washington, D.C. to work in public policy. Prior to joining SIECUS, she was the criminal and economic justice policy advocate at the  National LGBTQ Task Force.
 
Taissa received her bachelor's of art degrees in sociology and anthropology from the University of Florida and her juris doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
 

Zach Eisenstein
Communications Manager


Zach joined SIECUS in July 2017. As the Communications Manager, Zach oversees SIECUS’ communications work — both traditional and digital, creatively working to develop and implement campaigns that promote SIECUS’ mission, policy and program priorities, and fundraising efforts.

Prior to SIECUS, Zach worked as the Communications & Policy Assistant at The AIDS Institute where he executed a multitude of communications campaigns advocating for improved federal policies for people living with HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and other serious or chronic conditions, in addition to serving as a member of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership (FAPP).

His previous experience includes working for The American Psychological Association’s State Advocacy Office and Hollywood Agency — a Boston-based integrated communications firm.

A Plymouth, Massachusetts native, Zach relocated to the DC-metro area to attend George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where he received his bachelor’s degree in communications.

 

SIECUS Board of Directors

  Stephen Russell, Ph.D., Chair
  Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor in Child Development
  Department of Human Development and Family Sciences
  University of Texas at Austin
  Austin, TX

 


 

  Keely Monroe, J.D., Vice Chair 
  Counsel
  Bolder Advocacy Initiative
  Alliance for Justice
  Washington, DC