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Marti Speranza Wong
President

Marti's passion for women’s empowerment traces back to college where she led the campus chapter of N.O.W. After working in tech and starting a small business, Marti transitioned to the public sector, serving as Director of Strategic Initiatives at the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs and Director of Women Entrepreneurs NYC. Marti was elected Democratic State Committeewoman, appointed to Community Board 5, served as President of Gramercy Stuyvesant Independent Democrats and is on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity. In 2017, Marti ran for City Council and experienced firsthand the unique challenges women candidates face. Marti studied Economics and Political Science at Penn and earned her MBA from Harvard. Marti lives in the West Village with her husband and 2-year-old twins. Contact Marti at marti@amplifyher.nyc.

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Tania Arrayales
Director of Engagement

A proud Latina and Mexican immigrant, Tania has been involved in political advocacy since childhood. Growing undocumented in America until age 18 showed her the immense shortcomings of our political establishment and the flaws in our legal system. For her, becoming an activist was necessary to create change. As a sustainable fashion influencer (@sustainablystylish), as well as member of the Activist Council at Planned Parenthood and UNICEF, Tania uses her voice and platform to promote sustainable lifestyles and elevate issues for women and people of color. Tania currently lives in Manhattan with her pup Ms. Marley Sue and spends her free time discovering new thrift stores across New York City. Contact Tania at tania@amplifyher.nyc.

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Nuala O’Doherty
Director of Policy

Nuala is a community organizer in Jackson Heights. Nuala retired after a 20+ year career as a Manhattan Prosecutor with the goal to bring small d democracy back to Queens. Upon retiring, Nuala worked to elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Next, she helped Jessica Ramos defeated the incumbent IDC member. She also worked as the volunteer coordinator for Catalina Cruz, successfully campaign to be the first Dreamer to be sent to Albany. After completing her retirement trifecta, helping to elect 3 young, powerful women to represent Queens, Nuala now wants to work to educate the Queens electorate by registering them and empowering them to build an independent slate of candidates to replace the old Queens Democratic machine. Contact Nuala at nuala@amplifyher.nyc.

 
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Sapna Moudgil-Shah
Treasurer

Sapna earned a B.S. in Computer Science at the University of Michigan before moving to Chicago, Los Angeles, and finally New York City. After the 2016 Presidential election, Sapna was determined to apply her creative skills towards political awareness. As Sapna became more involved with politics, she decided to expand her impact by transitioning to a career in politics and is now enrolled at Fordham University in NYC for an M.A. in Elections and Campaign Management. She plans to use her degree, and her 20 years of professional experience to aggressively promote progressive female candidates and advance women's rights issues in New York and across the country. Contact Sapna at sapna@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. In 2008, two game-changing Democratic candidates ignited a political fire within her. Since then, Jen has knocked thousands of doors in NY, PA and VA, called voters in districts all across the country and became active in two Democratic Clubs, Village Independent Democrats and Gramercy Stuyvesant Independent Democrats. Jen is a District Leader and has served as a Judicial Delegate. She is mom to the former president of Hares4Hillary. Contact Jen at jen@amplifyher.nyc.

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Bianca Guerrero
Director of Research

Bianca Guerrero is the daughter of two NYC public school teachers. She grew up in Washington Heights and Yonkers, and advocated for first-gen and low-income students on Columbia’s campus. In 2018, she organized her building with support from the Bronx/Upper Manhattan branch of NYC Democratic Socialists of America. For the last two years, Bianca has worked on public health, workers’ rights, and climate policy at City Hall. She joined Manhattan Community Board 12 and then quit. The only thing she loves more than New York is the Jonas Brothers.

 
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Gloria Bui
Founding Member

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 90s, 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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Megan Douglas
Borough Director, Queens

Megan has lived in five states and is proud to now call Queens her permanent home. Megan obtained a degree in economics from Smith College. While putting herself through college she directly benefited from many social programs, and has experienced firsthand the pivotal role such programs can play in a person’s success. Megan has been involved in environmental and feminist activism for approximately twenty years, has dedicated her professional life to advancing such causes. She lives in Sunnyside with two fierce rescue cats. Megan is currently studying Spanish and will enthusiastically attempt to discuss politics, makeup, whiskey, or The Good Place with anyone who has the patience. 

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Asmaa Elamrousy
Borough Director, Staten Island

Asmaa is a proud ambitious Egyptian, singer-songwriter, community organizer and the founder of Muslims In Music, a media movement that seeks to promote the endeavors of Muslims in the music industry. She began her own journey in music when she started singing at age 7, songwriting at 9, and rapping at 17. She is a Staten Island local who holds a BA in International Studies, minor in Political Science and Arabic and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies at the CUNY Grad Center with a concentration in the arts and culture, media, and political science of the region. Asmaa previously worked as a Participatory Budgeting Coordinator and Legislative and Budget Aide for Staten Island's North Shore District 49.

 
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Shari Francis
Founding Member

Originally from Canada, Shari came to the US to pursue her studies at Ohio Wesleyan University, and later at Pratt Institute for masters in Interior Design. She was inspired by the Obama administration and decided to become an American citizen and call Brooklyn her home. In the time she has been a Brooklynite, she has created her own Interior Design Studio to assist and teach developers how to strategically design for a neighborhood’s demographic and architectural significance. After experiencing the effects of new government and local policies, Shari realized that she needed to assist in whatever way she can and is now excited to be surrounded by like minded people to help effect positive change in her community, New York and beyond.

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Daniella Eras
Borough Director, Manhattan

Daniella has been a dedicated public servant since college when she joined the NYC Commission on Human Rights to work on gender & racial discrimination in housing and employment. Daniella is passionate about health policy, women’s rights, budgets, politics and good government. She has held positions in the NYC Council and the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget. Recently, she completed a finance fellowship with the South American Institute of Governance in Health in Rio de Janeiro. When she is not working - she likes to bike around the city, paint, travel, practice her broken Portuguese and eat great food in Harlem. Daniella holds a B.A. in Political Science, Women’s Studies & Latin American Studies and an MPA in Health Policy and Management from NYU Wagner.

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Melanie Lewis
Borough Director, Brooklyn

Melanie’s first canvassing experiences were during time off from serving in AmeriCorps in Boston and college in Atlanta. She credits those days with teaching her about the real world of politics, local issues and diverse opportunities to serve. Now she’s excited to mobilize volunteers in her home state, where she’s not only canvassed but led phone banking and get out the vote initiatives. Born and raised in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Melanie completed her degree in Mass Media Arts with a concentration in Journalism from Clark Atlanta University. She currently works in the field of education, is a freelance writer, and active supporting member of various organizations in her Brooklyn community.

 
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Sara Lind
Borough Director, Manhattan

Sara has been committed to public service since her first act of political rebellion: bringing volunteer-led, real-talk sex-ed to her small-town conservative high school. Sara serves on Community Board 7 and is a community organizer on the UWS. She’s worked on campaigns from the very federal – Hillary – down to City Council, and everything in between. Sara did her undergrad in Economics and Political Science, has a law degree from University of Chicago, and recently went back to school to get a Masters in Public Policy from Columbia SIPA because she didn’t feel she had quite enough student loan debt. She lives on the UWS with her husband, two kids, four foster kittens and two hamsters.

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Camilla Liou
Founding Member

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. 

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Lucy Merriam
Youth Outreach

Lucy is a born-and-raised New Yorker, Baruch College student, and cat person. She first got involved in City agencies, the Mayor’s Office, and the 2017 local election cycle during her freshman year of high school and has lived and breathed local politics ever since. She has helped on campaigns for eight women since 2017. Building on her interest in electing progressive women in 2021, she currently works on Helen Rosenthal’s Comptroller campaign. She also serves as Social Media Director on the Executive Board of Manhattan Young Democrats and is a 2019 Five Borough Future Fellow. Outside of politics, Lucy tries her best (and often fails) to fit Art Students League classes into her schedule..

 
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Anika Michel
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. 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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Nuala Naranjo-O’Doherty
Youth Outreach

Nuala is a high school senior at The Brooklyn Latin School, an IB School where she also studies Latin and World Religions. Her school encourages her argumentative nature with frequent seminars in many of her classes and the school's debate team. Living in NYC and attending a specialized high school had offered Nuala the unique ability to interact with people from backgrounds from all over the world and try food from all over the world. she frequently drags her friends or family around NYC to try new food and post about them on Instagram.  Largely involved in Queens politics Nuala is a huge supporter of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and can usually be seen wearing an Ocasio-Cortez sweater. 

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Rebecca Nieves
Borough Director, Bronx

Life-long Bronxite and proud Hufflepuff, Rebecca graduated from CUNY John Jay College with a Bachelors in Political Science. Right out of school, she jumped on as Field Director for Amanda Farias’ insurgent City Council campaign in the Bronx and she's been hooked on community organizing and getting progressive candidates into office ever since. Rebecca has a passion for public service and currently serves as Chief of Staff to a NY State Assemblymember. Rebecca is an Oreo lover and yoga enthusiast and when she isn’t fighting against machine politics, you can find her re-reading Harry Potter, listening to a podcast, or playing The Sims.

 
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Cassandra Quito
Summer Intern, Queens

Cassandra was born and raised in Queens. She is a senior at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice studying Criminal Justice and Political Science and is currently studying for the LSAT to apply to Law School. Her political awakening began in her freshman year of college when she joined a CUNY Wide strike to “Make the City University of New York (CUNY) a Sanctuary Campus!” At her community college she worked with several non profit organizations to help people incarcerated at Rikers Island enroll into community colleges following their release. Cassandra is passionate about the environment and recycling. She loves thrift shops, farmers markets, and carries her reusable water bottle everywhere and stays away from plastic bags.

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Gwen Robinson
Borough Director, Staten Island

Gwen became a community activist when the apartment building that she lived in was abandoned by the landlord. A neighborhood organization taught Gwen how to organize tenants and get legal help.  Gwen successfully spearheaded a community outreach program and under her leadership she fundraised to secure over two thousand pounds of food for City Harvest, adopted an elementary school to provide supplies and raised money for Autism Speaks.  Gwen is the mom of three amazing daughters, one who ran for office in 2018. In her spare time, Gwen loves to cook, read, knit and crochet.

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Tammy Rose
Borough Director, Queens

Tammy is a Jackson Heights community organizer, activist and educator who owns and operates five early childhood centers throughout Queens.  She has served on Community Board 3 and interned for a Councilmember. Tammy works to bring democracy to the people of Queens by volunteering on campaigns to get women in office such as Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, State Senator Jessica Ramos and Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz.  Tammy lives in Queens with her husband, Ron, teen daughter Aaliyah and her two rescue cats, Toby and Max.  In her spare time, you will find Tammy playing with her students on the playground or surveying Queens for the perfect slice of pizza.

 
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Edda Santiago
Borough Director, Manhattan

Edda was born in NYC and raised in Puerto Rico and Florida. She now resides in Washington Heights. An avid runner, Edda can be found logging miles along Upper Manhattan’s running paths or helping progressive women run…for office. Prior to moving to NYC, Edda lived in Washington D.C., where she worked for a U.S. Senator, interned for the National Women’s Political Caucus and the U.S. Department of State, and was active in the ‘04 and ‘08 Presidential elections. She also served as the Membership Director for the Women’s Information Network. In 2014, Edda graduated from St. John’s University School of Law where she served as President of the Latin American Law Students Association. She now represents low income tenants as a Housing Staff Attorney for the Legal Aid Society’s Harlem Community Law Office. 

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Angela Sherpa
Borough Director, Queens

A Queens-native and active organizer, Angela has worked with various local non-profit groups focusing on domestic workers and immigrant rights. In 2018 she worked on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional campaign. Currently, Angela serves as a grant writer and mentor for a program that focuses on providing career development opportunities for first generation and undocumented students. Angela holds a B.A. in Political Science from Brooklyn College, and is passionate about bolstering civic engagement in underrepresented communities. Angela can usually be found trying (and failing) to kick her coffee habit and stressfully scrolling through Twitter.

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Ashmi Sheth
Borough Director, Manhattan

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 is 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.

 
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Felicia Singh
Borough Director, Queens

Felicia Singh is a New York City native who grew up in  Queens. She served in the Peace Corps from 2013-2015 in China as a TEFL volunteer. During her service, she created and co-taught her school’s first women’s studies course. She is currently a contributing writer and editor with Brown Girl Magazine. She holds an M.A. in Adolescent English Education for grades 7-12 and currently teaches in Brooklyn. Her passions include, but are not limited to discussions on race and diversity, gender equality and feminism and understanding the balance between a healthy mind and body.

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Marjorie Velazquez
Borough Director, Bronx

Marjorie is the daughter of Puerto Rican parents who moved here in the 1970’s to create a better life. Marjorie has dedicated her life to public service and to fiercely and tirelessly advocating for her community. Marjorie was appointed to Bronx Community Board 10 where she serves as treasurer and executive board member. Marjorie is Democratic District Leader and an executive board member of the Chippewa Democratic Club. Marjorie earned her degree in Finance and Accounting at the Stern School of Business at New York University. She lives in Throggs Neck with her husband, Jeff, and their three cats. When Marjorie isn’t busy serving the public, she enjoys Karaoke, Board Games and Excel Spreadsheets.

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Rae Wilson
Borough Director, Brooklyn

Rae Wilson, a California native, has resided in New York since 2001. As a professional performance artist and arts educator, Rae has used her craft to help NYC youth develop skills in both public speaking, analytical thinking, community building, and self empowerment. Through Amplify Her, Rae hopes to encourage the next generation of voters and politicians to be vocal within their community.