Leadership

Our leadership team supports and guides IWPR’s work and goals by bringing diverse professional experience and expertise from the financial, legal, foundation, nonprofit, and academic sectors.

Board of Directors

Lorretta Johnson

Position: Secretary-Treasurer

Lorretta Johnson is the secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. Before becoming AFT secretary-treasurer, Johnson was the union’s executive vice president. In 2011, Johnson was elected treasurer of the AFT Educational Foundation and chair of the AFT Benefit Trust. She also serves on the board of directors of the Albert Shanker Institute.

Johnson has held, and currently holds, several leadership positions outside the AFT. She is a vice president of the AFL-CIO and serves on the boards of the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department, Union Label and Service Trades Department, and Union Privilege organization. In March 2019, she was elected treasurer of the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO. She was vice president of the Metropolitan Baltimore Council AFL-CIO for 30 years, and is a trustee for the Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO. She also serves on the board of directors of the Municipal Employees Credit Union of Baltimore. Johnson was named treasurer of the national board of the A. Philip Randolph Institute in 2008, and is president of APRI’s Baltimore chapter. She is the assistant treasurer for the Baltimore County chapter of the NAACP. In addition, she is on the boards of the BlueGreen Alliance, Citizens for Tax Justice, the Child Labor Coalition (which she co-chairs), the Faith & Politics Institute, and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (which she chairs).

Johnson is the proud mother of three children, whom she raised with her late husband, Leonard. She has seven grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren.

Secretary-Treasurer

Martha Darling

Position: Boeing (Retired)

Martha has held a variety of nonprofit leadership roles nationally and in Michigan since retiring from the Boeing Company, where she was a senior program manager. She is a member of the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, has consulted on education policy for the National Academy of Sciences, and has chaired the boards of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation and the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund. She also served as an “invited expert” to Michigan’s Lt. Governor’s Commission on Higher Education and Economic Development.

In 1977, Martha was appointed a White House Fellow by President Jimmy Carter, serving as Executive Assistant to Secretary of the Treasury W. Michael Blumenthal, and later was Senior Legislative Aide to U.S. Senator Bill Bradley. Following graduate school at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, she relocated to Paris to conduct cross-national policy analyses as a freelance consultant to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. In 2012, Martha was named United Way of Washtenaw County’s Woman of the Year in recognition of her leadership on early childhood issues, including serving as the founding co-chair for Washtenaw County’s Success by 6 Leadership Commission. Martha’s husband, Gil Omenn, is a professor of internal medicine, human genetics and public health at the University of Michigan and was a PSI board member for many years. Her son, David, is a vice president with Global Citizen Year, after spending 10 years with Teach for America.

Boeing (Retired)

Nadia Alludin

Position: Senior Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor

Nadia Allaudin is a Senior Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management in Century City. She has been the recipient of numerous distinguished awards including Forbes’ “America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors” list in 2020 and Working Mother/Shook Research’s “Top Wealth Advisor Moms” list in 2019.

With more than 20 years of in-depth experience in the financial services industry, Nadia focuses on empowering women and the LBGTQI community to better understand their wealth management needs. She enjoys exploring clients’ relationship to money and assisting them with their financial concerns.

Having founded the annual Women, Wealth & Wisdom Conference in Los Angeles that brings together hundreds of professional women, Nadia works to foster deeper relationships and participate in discussions with renowned speakers on health/wellness, leadership and spiritual best practices. In appreciation of her efforts, she was awarded the prestigious Bank of America Diversity & Inclusion Recognition award.

Nadia earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration with a dual emphasis in Finance and Business Communication from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

Senior Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor

Daisy Chin-Lor

Position: Principal

Daisy Chin-Lor has served as a leader, advisor and role model for Fortune 100 companies throughout her career. She has worked in South Korea, U.S., South Africa and Australia since 2009. She is a transformational business leader with deep experience in quickly adapting to a changing marketplace, assessing the landscape and identifying the strategy, people and processes to bring the highest value to the business. Over the course of Daisy’s career, she has proven to be an accomplished strategic marketer with an outstanding track record in fast paced, competitive global brands. She is best known for her visionary and global thinking while being cognizant of local requisites. She led multinational companies in growth strategies, global business initiatives, operational excellence, and leadership team development.

Principal

Hilary Doe

Position: Chief Strategy Officer

Hilary Doe is a nonprofit + technology leader, committed to powerful citizen engagement and leadership development.  She is the Chief Strategy Officer at NationBuilder.

As a member of NationBuilder executive team, Hilary is responsible for the company’s growth strategy as a leadership company. She is expert in the strategies that makes leaders and movements effective in this era, online and off, and seeks to highlight the barriers that prevent individuals from leading, so that we can all knock them down.

Prior to joining NationBuilder, Hilary as a senior leader at the Roosevelt Institute–a leading economic think tank based in New York City–and acted as the National Director of the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network–the nation’s largest student policy and leadership development organization. In her roles at Roosevelt, Hilary received national recognition from the White House, the Francis Perkins Center, the National Consumers League, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and was featured by numerous media outlets, including the Washington Post, the Nation, Fox Business, and NPR.

Hilary has also held positions and fellowships at Anderson Economic Group, the Brookings Institution, and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. As a native Michigander, Hilary proudly earned her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Michigan, and later studied as a doctoral student in the Department of Politics at Princeton University.

Chief Strategy Officer

Beth Grupp

Position: President

Beth Grupp has been raising money and serving as an organizational expert for over three decades. She founded Beth Grupp Associates in 1996 and works nationally and internationally providing best-in-class expertise on growing bottom-line revenue and increasing organizational effectiveness. Beth is recognized as an innovative leader in fundraising strategy, organizational capacity building, and board development.

Before opening her own firm, Beth was the Finance Director for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) in both his 1988 and 1994 races and some of the programs she has run have broken national records. She went on to work in the races of Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), John Kerry (D-MA), and Ron Wyden (D-ORE), among others.

Her clients range from those with portfolios of $100 million to portfolios of $100,000. Beth has a particular commitment to encouraging others to becoming more adept at fundraising skills through training and executive coaching. Over the years she has trained hundreds of people at all levels of skill and experience.

Beth was educated at Cornell University in New York where she received a B.A. in an independent major entitled “The Use and Abuse of Power.” She is also the recipient of the 1984 Cornell Peace Studies Award.

Beth was raised in New York City and has lived in Washington, D.C. since 1985.

President

Rhiana Gunn-Wrigh

Position: Policy Director

Rhiana Gunn-Wright is the Policy Director for New Consensus. Ms. Gunn-Wright was previously the Policy Director for Abdul El-Sayed’s 2018 gubernatorial campaign. A 2013 Rhodes Scholar, Ms. Gunn-Wright has also worked as the policy analyst for the Detroit Health Department, the Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow of Women and Public Policy at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), and on the policy team for former First Lady Michelle Obama. Ms. Gunn-Wright graduated magna cum laude from Yale in 2011 with majors in African American Studies and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies.

Policy Director

Darrick Hamilton

Position: Executive Director

Darrick Hamilton is the Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University. In addition, Professor Hamilton holds a primary faculty appointment in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, with courtesy appointments in the departments of economics and sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences. Professor Hamilton is a pioneer and internationally recognized scholar in the field of stratification economics, which fuses social science methods to examine the causes, consequences and remedies of racial, gender, ethnic, tribal, nativity, etc. inequality in education, economic and health outcomes. This work involves crafting and implementing innovative routes and policies that break down social hierarchy, empower people, and move society towards greater equity, inclusion, and civic participation.

Executive Director

Mary Eschelbach Hansen

Position: Professor

Mary Eschelbach Hansen’s current research is in two main areas: bankruptcy and child welfare. Hansen’s work on Bankruptcy aims to uncover the ways that federal and state law shaped the increasingly complex relationship between debtors (both business and personal) and creditors in the rapidly evolving financial markets of the 20th century. Hansen’s work on Child Welfare aims to measure the extent to which federal and state statutes and policies impact the goals of safety, stability, and permanence for children. A major facet of this work was the creation of a dataset describing state child welfare policies.

Professor

Esmeralda Lyn

Position: Senior Advisor

Dr. Lyn is a senior advisor for Worldwide Capital Advisory Partners, a global research, analysis and advisory organization. She is the former Vice Dean and C.V. Starr Distinguished Professor of Finance and International Financial Services at the Zarb School of Business, Hofstra University. Dr. Lyn served as Co-Director of the Merrill Lynch Center for the Study of International Financial Services and Markets and as Editor-in-Chief of Corporate Finance Review. Dr. Lyn published numerous articles in national and international finance and business journals and has led executive seminars and workshops here and abroad. In addition, she worked in financial services for the United Nations in New York and Asia, as well as companies such as Integrated Resources, Inc. and Smith Barney Shearson. Dr. Lyn is currently on the Board of The Institute for Women’s Policy Research and served as its Chairperson from 2011-2013. She served on the NEFCU (now Jovia FCU) Board of Directors for over 10 years. She is a Founder Director of Global ShareResource Foundation in New York.

Senior Advisor

Joan Marsh

Position: Chief Regulatory and State External Affairs Officer

Joan Marsh, AT&T’s Chief Regulatory and State External Affairs Officer, is responsible for federal regulatory relations, state external and legislative affairs and the national regulatory organization supporting AT&T.

In 2016, Ms. Marsh was named SVP – Federal Regulatory; and in 2007, she was named VP – Federal Regulatory, with responsibility for AT&T’s wireless, spectrum and public safety regulatory affairs. From 1997 to 1999, she served as Senior Regional Attorney for AT&T in its Chicago offices, representing AT&T before various state public utilities commissions in the Midwest.

Ms. Marsh is active in the community, particularly in mentoring women as they launch or build their careers. She participates in the Year-Up mentoring program, which empowers low-income young adults to transition to professional careers, as well as American Corporate Partners, which helps retiring veterans transition to the private sector through mentoring, networking, and career advice. She is also on the Board of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in DC.

Prior to joining AT&T, Ms. Marsh spent five years as a trial litigator with the Chicago law firm of Kirkland & Ellis. She received a J.D. with Honors from the University of Southern California Law Center in Los Angeles in 1990 and upon graduation was a law clerk for the Honorable Edward Rafeedie of the U.S. District Court for Central District of California, Los Angeles. Ms. Marsh received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1986.

Chief Regulatory and State External Affairs Officer

William M. Rodgers III

Position: Professor and Chief Economist

William M. Rodgers III is professor of public policy and chief economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and serves as the Academy’s Board Chair. Rodgers also serves as Treasurer for the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. He is a Non-Resident Fellow at The Century Foundation and has served in many public capacities, including on President Obama’s Department of Labor transition team, and as chief economist at the US Department of Labor from 2000 to 2001. He served on the US Board of United Way Worldwide and currently works on the Board of Trustees of McDaniel College.

Rodgers’ expertise on compensation, pay equity, diversity and inclusion, labor market and general economic trends is frequently called upon by journalists for articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Financial Times, and many other publications. He is a frequent guest on numerous television and radio talk shows: MSNBC, Yahoo Finance, CNBC, NPRs Marketplace, Weekend Edition, and America Amplified.

At the state level, Rodgers serves on the Governor’s Restart and Recovery Commission and the Public State Bank Board. Locally, he sits on Hopewell Borough’s Planning Board and Economic Development Committee.

Professor and Chief Economist

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner

Position: Executive Director/CEO and Founder

Executive Director/CEO and Co-Founder of MomsRising, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner has been deeply involved in grassroots engagement and policy analysis for more than two decades. Rowe-Finkbeiner is a frequent public speaker, radio host of the nationally syndicated program, Breaking Through; and an award-winning author of books, including The F-Word: Feminism in Jeopardy and The Motherhood Manifesto, which she co-authored with MomsRising co-founder and board President Joan Blades. Her most recent book is Keep Marching: How Every Woman Can Take Action and Change Our World.

Rowe-Finkbeiner has received numerous accolades for her work. Among them are: Spirit of Motherhood Award from the Maternity Care Coalition; the 2014 Spirit Black Civic Participation 2014 Spirit of Democracy, Community Empowerment & Social Innovation Leadership Award; 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Award; National Priorities Project Democracy Champion Award; Center for Women & Healthcare Heroine award; SheKnows named her as one of Ten Inspiring Moms, as well as a Prime Mover; and she received the Washing State League of Women Voters Good in Government Award; and ParentMap Magazine’s “Super Hero” award. Her awards for writing include the Society for Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism award for magazine writing, the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Award, as well as an award from the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Executive Director/CEO and Founder

Paula Sammons

Position: Program Officer

Paula Sammons is program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan with expertise in Family Economic Security. She has over 25 years of experience in philanthropy, with the majority of her career focused in family economic security. She is currently leading a portfolio of $53 million.

Paula has led multiple national family-centered programmatic and policy change initiatives, including “A Whole Family Approach to Jobs,” “Parents and Children Thriving Together,” and “Supporting Transitions to Employment for Parents.” She also led the development of family-centered coaching, a trauma informed coaching toolkit based in the latest brain research and behavioral economics that is being scaled across the country. Additionally, she was also co-chair of the Working Families Success Network. She is a licensed masters social worker by training with 7 years’ experience in counseling and therapy.

Earlier, Paula worked in various sectors including the banking industry, secondary education, higher education, retail sales, and nonprofits. She currently serves on the Children, Youth, and Families Funders Roundtable, as well as previously on Workforce Matters, Economic Opportunity Funders, and the Earned Income Tax Funders Network. She has over 15 years serving on boards.

Program Officer

Elizabeth Shuler

Position: Secretary-Treasurer and CFO

Liz Shuler is the Secretary-Treasurer and chief financial officer of the AFL-CIO, the second top-level officer for the federation, the first woman elected to the position, and the youngest woman to sit on the federation’s Executive Council. Liz started her career in Portland, Oregon as a proud union organizer and local union activist with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 125. Prior to her election as Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO, Liz worked her way up through the ranks of the IBEW honing her mobilizing, policy, legislative and leadership skills, winning critical labor and progressive legislative fights on the west coast, and ultimately gaining executive leadership at the international headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Liz’s passion for broadening the union movement drives her leadership to reach to the rising American electorate – young workers, women, people of color, and immigrants – and re-introduce unions to America. In addition to overseeing the federation’s operations and finances, Liz leads at the AFL-CIO on initiatives around the future of work, workforce development and training, industrial union councils, and women and young workers’ economic empowerment. Liz is committed to busting myths to show the labor movement’s diversity and innovative approaches to the workplace of the future, and the meaningful improvements a union voice on the job can bring to working families and our economy.

Liz chairs both the AFL-CIO Executive Council Committees on Finance and Women Workers, and represents the AFL-CIO on the boards of the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, the International Trade Union Confederation, the National Women’s Law Center, Global Fairness Initiative, and the Solidarity Center, among many others.

Secretary-Treasurer and CFO

Marci Sternheim

Position: Consultant

Marci Sternheim is an experienced independent consultant dedicated to the success and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations, foundations, and academic institutions. She served previously as Senior Advisor for the Israel Program, the President of The Dibner Fund, and founding Executive Director of The Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale. Earlier she worked in the Office of the Secretary and Vice President at Yale where as Assistant University Secretary.

She holds a doctorate in Spanish and Latin American literature from Yale University, and she taught at both Yale and Wesleyan. She is a trained mediator, having earned her Certification in Mediation from the University of Connecticut and the Quinnipiac University Law School. She is also a BoardSource-trained governance consultant and has received Interim Executive Director leadership training from the Support Center in New York. She teaches nonprofit professional practice classes in the UConn Encore! Program and was a regular guest lecturer on mentoring and on nonprofit leadership at NYU/Stern School of Business Women in Business Leadership course.

She is a frequent public speaker/conference presenter on topics ranging from organizational culture to the philanthropic partnership. She has served on a wide variety of boards, locally and nationally including, most recently, as Advisory Committee Chair of Ask Big Questions, a national program engaging young adults on campuses and others in reflective community conversations about purpose, identity, and responsibility. Currently she serves as Board member and Governance Committee Chair of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) in Washington, DC, and she chairs the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Consultants Network.

Consultant

Damali Taylor

Position: Attorney

Damali Taylor is an accomplished trial lawyer with significant trial experience. She is a former federal prosecutor who advises clients on white collar, securities, and civil litigation matters, as well as criminal, congressional, internal, and regulatory investigations.  She has tried more than 20 jury trials, defended against hundreds of pretrial motions, led dozens of grand jury investigations and presentations, and conducted more than 100 court hearings.

Before rejoining O’Melveny as a partner, Damali spent six years as a federal prosecutor at the United States Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of California.  Most recently, Damali served as the Deputy Chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force Section.  As a federal prosecutor, Damali handled complex fraud, racketeering, money laundering, tax, and homicide cases.  Prior to her tenure as an Assistant US Attorney, Damali served as an Assistant District Attorney in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office from 2009-2011.

Attorney

Anne Mosle

Position: Vice President and Executive Director | Ascend at the Aspen Institute

Anne Mosle is a vice president and executive director of Ascend at the Aspen Institute and also serves as co-chair of the Aspen Institute Forum on Women and Girls. As a leader in building pathways to opportunity for children, women, and families with low incomes, her expertise is in the sweet spot of policy, practice, and philanthropy, and she has been a catalytic force in the two-generation approach and leadership strategies for child and family well-being. Among other roles, Mosle was previously a vice president and officer of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where she led Family Economic Security, Civic and Philanthropic Engagement, and Impact Investing teams, and was president of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation. She serves on the board of American Public Human Services Association, Institute for Women’s Policy Research Institute as well as a trusted advisor to numerous public, private, and philanthropic efforts focused on creating intergenerational economic mobility.

Vice President and Executive Director | Ascend at the Aspen Institute

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