We are powered by a cohort of unstoppable womxn volunteering their time to turn anger into action.

Catherine Almonte
MANAGING DIRECTOR
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Joining our team in March 2019, Cat Almonte serves as The Broad Room’s first full time paid staff! Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New York, she comes to us from The Brooklyn Museum where she’s been working at the intersection of art and activism. Cat’s made it her mission to create space for underserved communities to feel welcome and seen at the Museum by breaking down barriers to access. Before entering the art world, she worked for the City of New York, learning the (often male dominated) ins and outs of the NYC political scene and becoming the Mayor’s right hand at City Hall and on citywide campaigns. Cat took numbers, names, and raised millions of dollars. And along the way, she trained our Broad Room members on “How to Get That Money.” Now, Cat’s taking these tools to train up an all female activist army.

Monica klein 
Founder 
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is a native New Yorker and founding partner at Seneca Strategies, where she specializes in communications strategy and media consulting for local and statewide campaigns, non-profits and political parties.

ELANA LEOPOLD 
Founder 
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is a seasoned political consultant, and has worked in local government and on citywide campaigns. Leopold is a co-founder of Seneca Strategies, and regularly featured on panels and speaker series focusing on women.

ANNA POE-KEST
founder
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is a principal at New Deal Strategies where she works to build power and platforms for progressive causes and candidates. Prior to joining NDS, she served in City government and on numerous campaigns around the country.

KEMI ILESANMI
BOARD MEMBER 
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Executive Director of The Laundromat Project, which advances artists and neighbors as change agents in their own communities. She has previously worked at Creative Capital Foundation and the Walker Art Center. She is a graduate of Smith College, NYU, and Coro Leadership NY. She is a Sterling Network Fellow.

Jahmila “JJ”        Edwards

Board member
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is the Assistant Associate Director of District Council 37, NYC’s largest
municipal labor union. She oversees the Council’s approach to public policy, political operations, strategic campaigns, and community partnerships. She earned her B.A. from The New School, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Labor Studies at UMASS Amherst.

MARJORIE VELÁZQUEZ

Board Member
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is a proud Latina born and raised in The Bronx. After her run for City Council in 2017, she has spent most of her time empowering women to get involved in government and politics. A lover of great food, conversation, and company (not necessarily in that order).

Rosemary Boeglin
communications 
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is a Midwest-bred broad, disco queen, and political communications strategist passionate about progressive change, intersectional justice, and ensuring that the future is, in fact, female.

ALLISON DEVEREUX
COMMUNICATIONS
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is a literary agent based in NYC. She earned her B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin’s Plan II Honors program.

Francesca royal
COMMUNICATIONS She/her/hers

is a native New Yorker residing in Brooklyn. She is passionate about electing more Broads to office, making public schools more equitable, and brewing the perfect cup of coffee.

ERIN CAMIN
DIGITAL 
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is a Brooklyn broad (via Chicago). She’s a media strategist with a love of travel, scuba, and advocating for womxn and family issues.

SOFIA GONZALEZ
DIGITAL 
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is a Bronx-based broad and current undergrad at George Washington University, where she is studying political science and feminist theory. She is passionate about survivor advocacy and enjoys distributing free emergency contraception in DC.

Nieve MOONEY
digital and board member 
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is an Irish/American citizen obsessed with politics, cooking, and repro justice. She's so into all things social media she made it her career. When she's not logged on for work, she's logged on to her personal social media to complain and/or tell you why you're wrong.

WHITNEY HU
TRAINING AND POLICY 
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is an activist and abolitionist. She’s a daughter of immigrants living in South Slope and organizing with South Brooklyn Mutual Aid. There’s no fight she won’t take on to protect and uplift her community and her neighbors.

Fionnuala Seiferth
training and policy 
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is a graduate student in domestic policy at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School and a City government alumni.

DivyA K CHhabra  
TRAINING AND POLICY
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is a former teacher, now child psychiatrist and freelance writer.
She has worked with/advocated for asylum seekers, children in the welfare system, death row and other marginalized groups. You can spot her camping, dancing, art gallery-ing, and finding her next look.

brittany jones
MEMBERSHIP
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is a California-native Brooklynite who loves food, travel and activism. When she isn't advocating for underserved New Yorkers, she is avoiding cold weather.

Cathleen Marrow
MEMBERSHIP
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is a Queens broad whose passionate about health equity, live music, and will eat ice cream no matter how cold it is outside.

rachel swach
membership 
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is a New England broad who loves local politics, speed walking, and oatmeal.

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