Woodhull Fellows

Woodhull Fellows

Our goals are to bring the voices of extraordinary women, whose accomplishments reflect ethical thinking, into the mainstream of public discussion, as well as to bring those leaders so inclined into productive contact with one another and with our young trainees. We want to ensure that great ideas are not kept exclusively in academia, policy journals or the nonprofit world, but to bring these ideas into the public forum in a way that both serves the needs of producers and editors and informs listeners and viewers. We want to break the glass ceiling that currently exists for women in the press and on TV, where only 14% of the voices Americans hear in their media is female.
Woodhull Fellows stand across the political spectrum. But they share a commitment to raise issues in a conscientious way, to challenge and enlighten public discussion in America.

Gina Amaro-Ruden
Gina Amaro Rudan is a 14-year global marketing veteran with a passion to inspire women to greatness. Gina is the Director of Multicultural and International marketing for PR Newswire. She previously served as marketing manager for Avon Products and president of Avon’s Hispanic Corporate Network. Gina is a founding board member of the Woodhull Institute, a leadership academy for the ethical leadership of women. She is also a founding member of 100 Hispanic Women, a professional women’s organization based in NY. In 1997, Gina was awarded a scholarship to travel to Beijing China for the United Nation’s N.G.O. Forum on the status of women. She holds a Bachelor Degree in English Literature from Binghamton University and is a National Urban Fellow holding a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Baruch College. Her writing credits include PR Week, Tactics,and the Strategist.

Cheri Kalil Anisman
Dr. Cheri Kalil Anisman is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and personal and professional coach in Amherst, New York. As a practicing psychotherapist and coach for over twenty years, her clientele are mainly comprised of professional women in the business, education and healthcare industries.

Marlene Arnold
Marlene Arnold specializes in cross-cultural communication, issues, and policy for government, business, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions. This work includes changing and/or merging corporate or organizational cultures, as well as cross-cultural communication within the diverse U.S. work force and internationally.

Druis Ann Beasley
Druis Ann Beasley is an artist, educator, and activist with an extensive and diverse background in multiculturalism, arts-in-education, arts administration, humanistic community development. For over 25 years, Ms. Beasley has conducted standards-based, interdisciplinary arts-in-education residencies that integrate Performing Arts with English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Visual Arts, as well as literary residencies in Poetry, Fictional Writing, Autobiography and Storytelling, along with performing throughout Upstate New York, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Vermont.

Melissa Lynn Bradley
Melissa is Founder and President of New Capitalist™ – providing business development, strategy, and capitalization assistance to emerging and social entrepreneurs. She is also Managing Director of Positive Impact™ – a collaborative initiative to promote diverse voices and visions within independent media.

Susan H. Cain
is the author of the forthcoming book, “QUIET: The Importance of Introversion in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” which will be published by Random House/Crown in January 2009. She is also the owner and President of The Negotiation Company.

Beth Bogart Fenton
Beth Bogart Fenton is co-owner of Fenton Communications. She formerly directed its Washington office and for many years was the firm’s creative director.

Beth Greenberg
Beth Greenberg is a stage director who specializes in opera and musical theatre. She has directed numerous productions for the New York City Opera and has also staged shows in Japan, Germany and Austria, and Peru.

Kamala D. Harris
Kamala D. Harris was elected District Attorney of San Francisco on December 9, 2003. The election of District Attorney Harris is historic on many fronts: she is the first woman to serve as District Attorney in San Francisco; she is the first African American woman serve as District Attorney in California; and she is first Indian American woman to serve as District Attorney in the United States.

Arianna Huffington
Arianna Huffington is a nationally syndicated columnist and author of ten books. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was sixteen and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in Economics. At twenty-one she became President of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

Linda E. Hyman, Ph.D.
Linda E. Hyman, Ph.D. joined Montana State University on November 1, 2003 in the position of Montana WWAMI Director and Vice Provost for Health Sciences. She received her undergraduate training at the State University of New York and her graduate training at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, receiving her Ph.D. in Biology in 1987.

Karla Jackson-Brewer
Karla Jackson-Brewer is an African American feminist psychotherapist whose private practice serves women of color, sexual assault survivors, and addresses issues of cultural/ethnic identity, spirituality and empowerment. Karla is an adjunct professor at Rutgers University in the Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies Departments.

Erica Jong
Erica Jong is the author of eight novels including Fear of Flying; Fanny; Being the True History of the Adventures of Fanny Hackabout-Jones; Shylock’s Daughter (formerly titled Serenissima); Inventing Memory, a story of mothers and daughters, and the new novel SAPPHO’S LEAP. Several of her novels have been worldwide bestsellers.

Joanna Lipper
Joanna Lipper is an award-winning filmmaker and the author of the nationally acclaimed book, Growing Up Fast (Picador, 2003). She runs Sea Wall Entertainment, a New York City based company dedicated to the development and production of feature films.

Margot Magowan
Margot Magowan is a writer and commentator. Her articles on politics and culture have been in Salon, Glamour, the San Francisco Chronicle and numerous other newspapers.

Courtney Martin
Courtney E. Martin is a writer, teacher, and filmmaker. Her book, Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters, will be published on Simon & Schuster’s Free Press in April of 2007. In it she blends personal essay and cultural critique to explore her generation’s obsession with food and fitness. In addition, one of her essays will be included in We Don’t Need Another Wave: Dispatches from the Next Generation of Feminists, out on Seal Press in the fall.

Catherine Orenstein
Catherine Orenstein has written on culture, mythology, and power for The New York Times (where she is an occasional contributor to the op-ed page), The Washington Post, The San Francisco Examiner Sunday Magazine, and Ms. Magazine, among other places. Her first book, Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Morality & the Evolution of a Fairy Tale, follows a fairy tale through time, from the werewolf trials of old Europe to the movies of modern Hollywood, to trace our changing ideas about women, sexuality and morality.

Alissa Quart
Alissa Quart is working on her third book, to be published by FSG, tenatitvely titled “The Maverick Principle.” She is the author of “Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers” (Basic Books 2004) and “Hothouse Kids: How the Pressure to Succeed Threatens Childhood” (Penguin Press 2006).

Amy Richards
Amy Richards is the co-founder of Third Wave Foundation, a national organization for young feminist activists between the ages of 15 and 30. For a decade, Amy led Third Wave as it grew from a small grassroots organization into a national institution.

Rose E. Rodriguez
Rose E. Rodriguez is Senior Advisor to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. As Senior Advisor to the Senator she manages the Office of Constituent Affairs, and advises the Senator on matters pertaining to the Hispanic community.

Monica Santana Rosen
Monica Santana Rosen has a deep background in nonprofit management, serving as a grants administrator for the Tiger Foundation in New York City and then as Executive Director for Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), a career guidance program for young minority professionals.

Tiffany Shlain
Honored as one of Newsweek’s “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain, 34, is founder and chairperson the The Webby Awards, an award winning filmmaker and the on-air Internet expert for ABC’s Good Morning America.

Deborah Siegel, Ph.D.
Deborah Siegel, Ph.D. is the author of a forthcoming book on changing images and ideas of feminism in American culture over the past 40 years and co-editor of a forthcoming literary anthology of personal essays by writers on being an only child.

Agapi Stassinopoulos
Agapi Stassinopoulos was born and raised in Athens, Greece. At age 18, she entered the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, where she received the Ronson Award for best actress of the year.

Andrea Dew Steele
Andrea Dew Steele serves as the Political Advisor to Susie Tompkins Buell, the former co-founder of Esprit Clothing and current Democratic activist and philanthropist. Working for Susie, Andrea is able to use her fundraising expertise and political skills to direct both Susie’s political donations and support of local, state and federal candidates.

Robin Stern, Ph.D.
Robin Stern, Ph.D. holds a doctorate in Applied Psychology, a Masters in Personality and Social Development, and a postdoctoral degree in analytic group psychotherapy. She is also on faculty and a research scientist at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, in private practice, the Social and Emotional Learning Consultant at The School @ Columbia University, and a Senior Supervisor at the Leadership Center at Hunter College.

Jacquette Timmons
Jacquette M. Timmons, a national investment expert and financial coach, is the founder of Sterling Investment Management, an investment education and financial coaching firm. She has worked in the investment industry for 20 years, dedicating the last ten to teaching intelligent people how to be smarter with their money.

Ayelet Waldman
Ayelet Waldman is a novelist and essayist whose work has appeared in a variety of newspapers, including the New York Times, the Guardian, the London Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She writes regularly for women’s and parenting magazines, including Elle, Glamour, Allure, More, Ladies Home Journal, Child, and Parenting.

Joan Walsh
Has written on presidential politics, interracial romance, youth violence, motherhood and baseball for publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times to Mother Jones to Vogue. Ms. Walsh has run her own consulting business, working with foundations and think tanks on education, race, poverty and youth issues while freelancing for national magazines and raising her daughter.

Diana Winston
Diana Winston is a Buddhist teacher, writer, and change leader. She is the author of Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for Teens, and the founder of the Buddhist Alliance for Social Engagement (BASE), America’s first leadership training program for Buddhist activists.

Naomi Wolf
Naomi Wolf’s landmark international bestseller, The Beauty Myth, challenged the cosmetics industry and the marketing of unrealistic standards of beauty, launching a new wave of feminism in the early 1990s. The New York Times called it one of the most important books of the 20th century.