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At Woodhull we understand that all issues are “women’s” issues from social justice to education, from the constitution to the economy, from science and politics to mathematics. To that end, Woodhull has reached out to women experts in all fields. Woodhull Fellows do not share a single partisan or political position; they stand across the political spectrum. What they do share is the commitment to raise issues in a conscientious way, to encourage open debate, to challenge and to enlighten public discussion in America. Woodhull Fellows are selected by a committee, they are experts in their fields and they have committed to to lead with honesty, respect, courage and compassion; to strive for the common ground in decision-making; and to share in community service.

Woodhull Fellows are available for speaking engagements. Please forward all quesitons and booking requests to: Wende Jager-Hyman, Executive Director at wjagerhyman@woodhull.org.

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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. She had a regular column on Salon.com in which she addresses a wide range of issues, from the incarceration of pregnant women to the Medicare crisis to the political indoctrination of children in the Middle East. Ms. Waldman was born in Israel to a family of pioneers and kibbutzniks and she has written widely on the subject of contemporary Zionism. As a person with bipolar illness, she has also commented on mental health issues from a personal perspective as well as from a larger societal one.

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 to serve as District Attorney in California; and she is the 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. In 2003, she ran for governor as an Independent in California’s recall election. Her populist grassroots campaign was widely praised for putting the media spotlight on the corrupting influence of special interest money on American politics.

Erica Jong

Erica Jong is a poet, novelist and essayist best known for her seven best-selling novels: Fear of Flying, which has sold 20 million copies in thirty-seven languages, How to Save Your Own Life, Fanny: Being the True History of the Adventures of Fanny Hackabout-Jones, Parachutes & Kisses, Shylock’s Daughter (formerly Serenissima), Any Woman’s Blues and Inventing Memory. Her mid-life memoir, Fear of Fifty, also became a major international bestseller. Ms. Jong is also the author of six award-winning collections of poetry. Known for her commitment to women’s rights, authors’ rights and free expression, Ms. Jong is a frequent lecturer in the U.S. and abroad. She established a program for young writers at her alma mater, Barnard College. The Erica Mann Jong Writing Center at Barnard teaches students the art of peer tutoring and Columbia University acquired her literary archive in 2008. Her twenty-second book, due out in February of 2009 from Penguin, is Love Comes First: A Collection of Poems.

Karla Jackson-Brewer

Karla Jackson-Brewer is an African American feminist therapist 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. She has taught at the college level for the past 23 years. She teaches the course “Dynamics or Race, Sex and Class,” Intro to Africana Studies,” “The Black Woman,” and “African Religions.” She currently advises a women’s activist organization at Rutgers.

Margot Magowan

Margot is a writer and commentator. Her articles on politics and culture have been in Salon, Glamour, the San Francisco Chronicle and numerous other newspapers. She has appeared on Good Morning America, Crossfire, Fox News and other TV and radio programs. She has worked as a radio producer for KGO Radio, the ABC affiliate in the Bay Area. She is currently working on a novel about marriage. She lives with her husband and their three daughters in San Francisco.

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. At Third Wave, Amy created public education campaigns –and initiated projects such as “I Spy Sexism,” a public education and postcard campaign encouraging people to take action on the injustices that they witness every day, and “Why Vote?,” a series of panel discussions on funding for the arts, education, reproductive rights, and affirmative action. Through this leadership, Amy became a spokesperson and leading voice for young feminist issues. Amy has appeared in a range of media venues including Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor, Oprah, Talk of the Nation, New York One and CNN. Amy was publicly distinguished as a leader in 1995 when Who Cares magazine chose her as one of twenty-five Young Visionaries. She has gone on to win accolades from Ms. magazine, which profiled her in “21 for the 21st: Leaders for the Next Century,” Women’s Enews, which in 2003 named her one of their “Leaders for the 21st Century,” and the American Association of University Women, which recently chose her as a 2004 Woman of Distinction. Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, Amy’s first book, which she co-authored with Jennifer Baumgardner, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in October of 2000. Amy and Jennifer just completed their second book, Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism.

Rose E. Rodriguez

Rose E. Rodriguez was Senior Advisor to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. As Senior Advisor to the Senator she managed the Office of Constituent Affairs, and advised the Senator on matters pertaining to the Hispanic community. Rose E. Rodriguez previously served as an appointee of President William Jefferson Clinton, assigned to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development as the Special Assistant to Secretary Andrew Cuomo. As the Special Assistant to Secretary Andrew Cuomo, she advised the Secretary on housing and policy matters affecting the nation’s Hispanic population. In addition, she served as the Deputy Director for the Office of Policy within the Department of Community Planning and Development. In this role, Ms. Rodriguez was part of the executive team that had oversight of policy matters and strategic planning pertaining to HUD federal programs administered in block grants to cities and states. In 1993 Governor Mario M. Cuomo appointed Rose E. Rodriguez as his Special Advisor and Executive Director of the Governor’s Office for Hispanic Affairs. She advised Governor Cuomo on all state issues pertaining to the Hispanic community including healthcare, social services, housing and economic development.

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. At MLT, Ms. Rosen was responsible for establishing the national headquarters, developing an operational infrastructure, and doubling the program’s reach and scale. As a graduate student at Harvard Business School, Ms. Rosen was a recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, a competitive award for individuals pursuing graduate degrees who are first-generation American citizens (Ms. Rosen’s parents are immigrants from the Dominican Republic). Ms. Rosen was recently awarded a Broad Residency in Urban Education, an intensive two-year management development program which places leaders from the private and nonprofit sectors in managerial positions in the central operations of urban school districts. As a Broad Resident, Ms. Rosen is working at Chicago Public Schools (CPS) in the Department of Human Resources as part of the leadership team that is restructuring the entire human capital management structure within CPS, presently the second largest employer in the state of Illinois managing 49,000 employees.