Partners

The Team

Vivien Labaton

Vivien Labaton

@vivienlab

Vivien is Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Make It Work. For the past 20 years,
she has been a leader and strategist in philanthropy, advocacy campaigns, and progressive nonprofits. She started her career working with Gloria Steinem and has worked as the founding director of the Third Wave Foundation, a staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights, and as Director of Strategic Initiatives at Atlantic Philanthropies. Most recently, Vivien was Co-Chair of We Belong Together, a national campaign for comprehensive immigration reform focused on immigrant women. Vivien is currently Board Chair of UltraViolet Action and Co-Editor of The Fire This Time (Anchor Books). A mother of two young kids, Vivien makes it work with a lot of caffeine and not enough sleep.

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Tracy Sturdivant

@TracySturd

Tracy is Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Make It Work. For the last 20 years, she has worked to strengthen democracy for all. A self-professed “one-woman coalition,” Tracy has been a leader and strategist inside progressive organizations and philanthropic institutions dedicated to increasing the civic participation of women, people of color and youth. She was most recently Executive Director of State Voices. Tracy serves on several boards, including the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Greenpeace USA, and Higher Heights for America, where she is Board Chair. She loves to travel, pretend she is a contestant on Top Chef, and spend time with her family—especially her 2 year-old nephew in Detroit, her hometown.

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Alicia Jay

@aliciasjay

Alicia Jay is a Co-Founder and the Managing Director of Make It Work. She has spent the last decade focusing on leadership development and gender justice as staff at the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program, Young People For, and the Atlantic Philanthropies, and as a board member of the Third Wave Fund. She is also a certified coach and the founder of Rabble Up, helping emerging leaders find sustainability in their careers. Alicia makes it work by discovering new hiking paths with her dog, honing her identity as a secret comedy nerd, and with the patience and generosity of family and friends.

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Ai-jen Poo

@aijenpoo

Ai-jen Poo is a Co-Founder of Make It Work. She has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996, and co-founded Domestic Workers United in 2000, the New York organization that spearheaded the successful passage of the state’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. Among Ai-jen’s numerous accolades are the Ms. Foundation Woman of Vision Award, and TIME’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Ai-jen makes it work thanks to a circle of support from her team at NDWA, friends, family, and a consistent yoga practice.

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Alicia McMullen

@AliciaMcMul

Alicia serves as Make It Work’s Communications Director. She has worked on dynamic communications campaigns for progressive and nonprofit organizations for more than ten years, elevating issues like women’s rights, LGBT rights, and racial justice. Alicia has worked on behalf of a wide range of clients and organizations, from the ACLU to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to the Girl Scouts of the USA. When she isn’t wrangling a cast of characters for a press conference, or crafting digital strategies, Alicia makes it work by indulging in sci-fi flicks, comic books and Shondaland with her husband.

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Becca Rueble

Becca is the campaign’s Senior Communications Manager. For ten years, she has provided creative communications strategy for a range of organizations, including national progressive groups, community-based organizations, educational institutions and political campaigns. She also moonlights as a graphic designer. Most recently, Becca was Director of Communications & Technology at State Voices, a national network of state civic engagement organizations. Becca makes it work with the help of good books, an incredibly loving family, and DIY home repair videos on YouTube.

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Jordan Fitzgerald

Jordan Fitzgerald is Make It Work’s Organizing and Political Director. For over 20 years, she has been an activist and advocate for women and progressive issues. She has launched campaigns, developed programs, recruited and organized volunteers, and fostered coalitions. Most recently, Jordan spent 15 years at Planned Parenthood Federation of America where she held several senior leadership positions and was responsible for the organization’s national ballot measure program. Jordan is a board member of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center. The mom of 5 year old twins, she makes it work by having a super supportive partner who shares in making it happen.

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Kia Woods

Kia serves as the campaign’s Operations Associate, strengthening campaign operations, creating organizational policy, managing workflow, and handling meetings and events. Kia brings to the campaign a long history and background in nonprofit management that encompasses human resources, social media strategy, content development and website management. She has worked in the media production field, providing original content and program production finishing services to TV and cable networks. Kia makes it work by doubling as a photographer, a dare-to-try-it foodie, and caring for aging in-laws in partnership with her loving husband.

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Julie Kashen

Julie is Make It Work’s Policy Director. She is a seasoned progressive policy and non-profit consultant with a strong track record of implementing successful legislative and management initiatives. She has served in a variety of roles including as Senior Vice President of Single Stop USA, policy advisor to Senator Edward Kennedy, and Deputy Director of Policy for Governor Jon Corzine, where she led the successful initiative to enact paid family leave in New Jersey. Julie makes it work in partnership with her husband and family, her Google spreadsheet of backup child care providers, great books, and chocolate.

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Terrysa Guerra

Terrysa Guerra serves as Make It Work’s National Organizing Manager. A recent Texas to California transplant, she has over 12 years of political organizing and management experience, having managed tough competitive campaigns in Texas and worked for labor groups and national organizations. When Terrysa isn’t crisscrossing the nation to help organize our state campaigns, she makes it work by taking long desert drives while listening to the Grand Ole Opry, cooking Mexican cuisine and spending every spare minute with her two wolf dogs.

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JT Johnson

JT is Make It Work’s Communications Associate. Over the last few years, JT has been a nonprofit communications strategist with a passion for economic and racial justice and reproductive rights. Most recently, JT served as a senior communications associate with The Hatcher Group in Baltimore, Maryland, developing video, media relations support and social media strategy for a range of nonprofit clients. JT was a media relations associate with the Feminist Majority Foundation, and spent time as a local news researcher and content contributor at NBC Washington. JT makes it work with the help of family, Netflix and Audre Lorde quotes.