ABOUT US

Amplify Her is a New York City-wide organization created to directly address women’s shocking underrepresentation in the City’s elected offices. With an increased and engaged voter base, passionate volunteers, and community-sourced donations, we will power progressive women candidates’ campaigns to win primaries in the next election cycle and ultimately amplify women’s voices so our values and diversity are represented across NYC.  

**Trans women are women. We support progressive cis and trans women running for office in New York, and we welcome trans men, gender nonconforming and non-binary folx to become Amplify Her members. Please let us know if you have suggestions for how we can improve our language or practices to be more inclusive and welcoming.

We are currently looking for Borough Directors. Click here for more information and to apply.

 

WE ARE AMPLIFY HER

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Marti Speranza
President, Chair of the Board

Marti's passion for women’s empowerment traces back to college, when she led the campus chapter of N.O.W.  After working in tech and starting a small business, Marti felt inspired to transition to public service. She most recently served as Director of Women Entrepreneurs (WE) NYC. Marti was elected as a Democratic State Committeewoman, appointed to Community Board 5 and served as President of a Gramercy Stuyvesant Independent Democrats. In 2017, she ran for City Council and experienced firsthand the unique challenges women face when running for office in NYC. Marti studied Economics and Political Science at Penn and earned her MBA from Harvard. She lives in Manhattan with her husband Rod and 1-year-old twins Gia and Leo.

marti@amplifyher.nyc

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Divya Sundaram
Executive Director

Divya is a recent graduate of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, where she studied urban and social policy. Before grad school, she studied at Barnard College, where the women's college environment pushed her to think more critically about issues through the lens of gender. Divya is a community organizer rethinking issues of race, civic engagement, and party politics. Outside of school, she has hustled on a few local campaigns in New York and is currently managing one. Divya has also researched and advocated for criminal justice reform, economic development, and the labor movement. She is a Hillary For America alum, avid kickboxer, and all-around straight shooter who is excited to change politics from “pale, male, and stale” to “fresh, fierce, and female.”

divya@amplifyher.nyc

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Alana Sivin
Co-Director of Policy

Alana is a fervent advocate for social and racial justice. After spending nearly four years defending indigent New Yorkers as a public defender in Manhattan, Alana is focused on changing the broader landscape and reforming our institutions to better represent the needs of women and people of color. She has worked with the Brooklyn Chapter of the NAACP and Gramercy Stuyvesant Independent Democrats, and has also volunteered on Marti Speranza’s campaign for City Council. Alana studied Political Science and Education at Columbia University and earned her law degree from Brooklyn Law School. A proud Puerto Rican, Alana can't resist dancing to salsa music and never missed an episode of Jane the Virgin. She's into exploring vegan restaurants, too.

alana@amplifyher.nyc

 
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Stephanie Silkowski
Co-Director of Policy

A self-described policy wonk, Stephanie has always been interested in exploring the intersections of identity and politics. With a passion for gender equity and grassroots advocacy, she has worked in progressive city politics, philanthropy, non-profit programming, and local campaigns. Stephanie received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Providence College and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at NYU. She also spent a year studying at the London School of Economics & Political Science—and falling in love with (pre-Brexit) British culture. Never one to miss a happy hour, Stephanie can most often be found eating and drinking her way through the city. She lives in Brooklyn with a crazy 3-year-old Labrador and a grumpy one-eyed cat.

stephanie@amplifyher.nyc

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Jen Hoppe
Director of Communications

Jennifer is a writer who once begged her way into a mall job at The Body Shop just because she liked the company's activism. While studying Journalism/Mass Communication and Women’s Studies at St. Bonaventure University, Jen brought the AIDS Quilt to campus—and developed a bona-fied obsession with college basketball. In 2008, two game-changing Democratic candidates ignited a political fire within her. Since then, Jen has knocked thousands of doors in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, called voters in districts all across the country and became active in two Democratic Clubs, Village Independent Democrats and Gramercy Stuyvesant Independent Democrats. She's also been elected as a Judicial Delegate and is mom to the former president of Hares4Hillary.

jen@amplifyher.nyc

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Ashmi Sheth
Treasurer

Ashmi is a proud first generation American who’s on a mission to identify new ways to empower people of color. She has worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Bipartisan Policy Center, where she wrote about small business, nominations and financial regulation. Now studying urban and financial policy at Columbia University, she’s examining the bridges between policy and finance. Ashmi’s a graduate of the University of Maryland and developed financial policies for state and local campaigns while living there. A big TRX and CrossFit fan, she’s also volunteered as an extended day teacher and always finds time to tutor and provide professional development support to communities in need.

ashmi@amplifyher.nyc

 
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Lisa Hattori
Director of Field

Lisa is all about using data to inform decision making and echo the voices of communities, especially those that are underrepresented. She has spent the last four years monitoring and evaluating programs for non-profit organizations and foundations in India, Egypt, Uganda and the United States. The programs she assessed ranged from unconditional cash transfers in Bidibidi—the largest refugee camp in the world—to technical support of medical clinics providing contraceptives in Bangladesh and India. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Macaulay Honors College at Baruch College and a Master of Public Administration in Development Practice at Columbia SIPA. Outside of her advocacy work, Lisa’s usually eating or biking…to her next food destination.

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Anika Michel
Director of Marketing

Anika is a human rights professional who is passionate about women’s empowerment and public policy. She has interned at UN Women, where she learned the importance of donor intelligence in global advocacy efforts toward gender equality. She has also worked in the Communications Department of the ACLU, where she established a performance metrics report that provided a baseline to consistently measure membership outreach. Anika studied English Literature and Spanish at Binghamton University and earned her Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia SIPA. She also attended the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain, where she studied Spanish culture and literature—and discovered her love of paella. She’s into learning languages and is even trilingual: Speak to her in English, Spanish or French.

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Gloria Bui
Director of Development

Gloria graduated from Davidson College, where she majored in History. She has worked on City Council and State Assembly campaigns as well as Hillary for America. As a member of Gramercy Stuyvesant Independent Democrats, she held the role of Outreach Chair and promoted new membership in the age of Trump. Gloria is also an elected member of Manhattan’s County Committee. Outside of politics and her day job at a global organizational consulting firm, she’s always down to clown at improv class. Growing up in the 90’s, Gloria wanted to be named Britney, after the great Ms. Spears, but now realizes how proud she is to share her namesake with the likes of Gloria Steinem and bell hooks.

 
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Emma Rehac
Press Secretary

Emma is a junior at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. She’s had a strong sense of civic engagement from a young age and has been an active volunteer and intern on many local campaigns. Emma has been a member of the Harlem Youth Court since 2017 and has also been teaching photography composition and Photoshop to elementary schoolers for the past five years. She is incredibly passionate about criminal justice reform, campaign finance reform, and education. Emma is an avid photographer and total foodie who is addicted to Dutch black licorice.

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Annie Giman
Chief Technology Officer

Annie is an advanced math major at the High School for Math, Science, and Engineering. Annie has a variety of interests and hopes to pursue astrophysics, philosophy, or computer science in college. Outside of class, she enjoys participating in a variety of activities including working at the Museum of Math, helping on local campaigns, and debating. Annie is grateful for the opportunity to be exposed to socioeconomic and racial diversity in a school environment. However, she hopes to introduce an increase in gender diversity at her male-dominated STEM high school by organizing monthly events focused on women’s issues. Annie is an ardent superfan of the New York Yankees, and can often be found yelling at the TV during a game.

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Camillia Liou
Director of Membership

When she was in sixth grade, Camilla received her first issue of Ms. magazine and has been an advocate for women’s empowerment ever since. She has worked on voter registration drives in minority communities and volunteered on Marti Speranza’s campaign for City Council. Her background is in academia and finance, where she has seen firsthand the lack of women in leadership positions. Camilla has a bachelor’s degree from UCLA, a master’s degree from Princeton and a MBA from the University of Chicago. She likes to root for underdog sports teams, has a thing for learning languages and is always excited to try new foods. 

 

Photos taken by Emma Rehac.