Staff

 

anne.pngAnne Moses, President & Founder, IGNITE. Dr. Anne Moses, has 20+ years experience in social justice organizations with a career spanning non-profit, political, policy, and academic sectors, and a focus on women’s and girls’ issues. Alongside an extensive consulting practice, Anne has served as Chief Operating Officer for Emerge America, Majority Council Director for EMILY’s List, and Executive Director of GirlSource. Anne is also adjunct faculty at Mills College in Oakland, CA. Anne holds a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley and an MSW from New York University. You can reach Anne at anne@IGNITEnational.org

Read about why Anne started IGNITE here.

 


sara.jpgSara Guillermo, Chief Program Officer. Sara has extensive experience in youth leadership, curriculum development, and program management having developed and led youth empowerment and community service programs at BuildOn and Aspire Public Schools for a decade prior to joining IGNITE. Sara started with IGNITE managing our high school programs and was quickly recruited to administer statewide and then national programming. Under Sara’s leadership, IGNITE has refined and developed new programs and brought them to an ever-expanding audience of young women across the country, supervising program staff and fellows in multiple states and managing our evaluation process. Sara holds an MSW from the University of Denver and a B.A. in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz. You can reach Sara at sara@IGNITEnational.org

 


amy.jpgAmy Zucchero, Chief of Resource Development & Communications. Amy brings 15+ years of experience championing women’s rights to IGNITE. As a member of The Representation Project’s founding team, she helped raise significant funds and national attention for the organization’s efforts to challenge the media’s portrayal of women and girls. She was also instrumental in raising production funding for the organization’s documentary The Mask You Live In. Amy spent seven years with the Women’s Funding Network, a global association of foundations investing in women-led solutions.  She comes to IGNITE from the SF-Marin Food Bank where she was a prominent member of the Leadership Gifts team as a Major Gifts Officer.  Amy holds a BA in History from University of California Santa Barbara and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. You can reach Amy at amy@IGNITEnational.org


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Kristin Hayden, Chief Partnership Officer. Kristin has a long history as a social entrepreneur, having founded OneWorld Now!, an after-school foreign language learning and global leadership program for low-income and minority youth, which has been hailed as one of the most innovative after-school programs in the nation. Kristin is also one of the founding members and Official Spokesperson for the Global Access Pipeline (GAP), a national consortium whose mission is to increase the representation, preparedness, and retention of underrepresented groups in the international arena and has been recognized for her work as an Ashoka Fellow. She is a high-energy, sought-after speaker on diversity, women’s leadership and social entrepreneurship for audiences ranging from high school-aged youth to aspiring change-makers and brings all these dynamic skills to IGNITE. You can reach Kristin at kristin@IGNITEnational.org


Tierra Stewart, Fellowship Program Director. Tierra joins the IGNITE team with over seven years of experience in community organizing, youth development, and non-profit work. Before joining IGNITE Tierra served as a Program Manager at After-School All-Stars, overseeing the expansion of comprehensive after-school programs in Washington, DC’s Ward 8 community. Tierra received her B.S in Political Science from Ohio State University. During that time, Tierra orchestrated numerous community events to raise awareness and resources for homeless youth in Columbus, Ohio. For this work, Representative Anne Gonzales of the Ohio state legislature recognized Tierra a one of Ohio’s most exceptional young citizens and future leaders. Tierra is passionate about being a part of the solution in closing the achievement gap by helping to provide innovative models that prepare future leaders to thrive. You can reach Tierra at tierra@ignitenational.org.


kirsten.jpgKirsten Rogers, Communications Director. Kirsten’s passion is cultivating thriving communities through online engagement and digital communications. Fostering authentic connections is one of Kirsten’s core values, something she has been doing for over 12 years in both the public and private sectors, specializing in international education, social and human services and health. Kirsten earned her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs and served two years in Morocco with the Peace Corps’ Small Business Development program. She speaks Moroccan Arabic and hopes to master French and Spanish one day. Through her consulting practice as a Social Communications Strategist, Kirsten guided startups to successful launches and small businesses to build loyal and engaged customer communities. In her spare time, Kirsten appreciates travel, getting lost in bookstores, playing with her dogs, and volunteering. You can reach Kirsten at social@ignitenational.org and on Twitter as @KirstenLeah.


 Whitney Thomas, National Alumni Manager. Whitney Thomas is a passionate advocate for women in Texas politics. Whitney is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and Texas Woman's University and has served in countless leadership roles, including as the North Texas Regional Director of Texas College Democrats and founding Executive Director of Elect Her on the SMU campus. Whitney is also a Phi Theta Kappa honor society member, graduate of New Leadership Texas, Falk Scholar, Maynard Scholar and recipient of the SMU Betty Jeanette Maynard Award for Excellence in Women’s and Gender Studies. Whitney is committed to public service and currently serves as an appointed official on two boards for the City of Farmers Branch, and as an elected precinct chair. As IGNITE's Alumni Network Manager, Whitney strives to connect students across the country and propel them into public leadership. You can reach Whitney at whitney@IGNITEnational.org.


aileen.jpgAileen Zhong, California Program Manager. Aileen is a fervent advocate for empowering women and our youth to become the next generation of informed leaders because she truly believes it to be the greatest equalizer. Prior to joining the IGNITE team, Aileen served as the Policy Associate at the Campaign for College Opportunity - an organization dedicated to increasing college graduates in California. As the Policy Associate, she worked with numerous college campus leaders from across California to pass student centered legislation. Outside of work, Aileen is very active in her community and has membership in various organizations that encourage women to pursue careers in politics and expand their sphere of influence, such as the Asian Pacific American Women of Excellence. Aileen holds a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of California, Davis. You can reach Aileen at aileen@IGNITEnational.org


Headshot_(1).jpgLizzie Robbins, Texas State Program Manager. Lizzie brings five years of experience in education and nonprofit work to IGNITE. She taught junior high English as a Teach for America corps member. While serving as youth programs director at a community-based nonprofit in Greensboro, Alabama, she piloted and developed several initiatives for her students, including girls' empowerment yoga. Lizzie has a B.A. from the University of Alabama where she majored in English. Most recently, Lizzie taught 9th-grade English at Spring Woods High School and served as IGNITE's Houston Program Coordinator.  You can reach Lizzie at lizzie@IGNITEnational.org 


margo.pngCydnei Drake, Texas Program and Donor Relations Coordinator. Cydnei was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and is a proud product of Dallas ISD. She is excited to join the IGNITE team and looks forward to combining her passions for social justice and advocacy. She graduated cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington receiving her Bachelor of Social Work and is currently pursuing her MSW. Cydnei is a member of Phi Alpha Social Work honor society and has served as both the undergraduate and graduate student representative on the Office of Field Education Committee. Before joining IGNITE, Cydnei spent three years at The Ortiz Law Firm. You can reach Cydnei at cydnei@ignitenational.org


 

aileen.jpgJessica Edmond, Operations Manager. Jessica, an advocate for women's empowerment, is excited to join the IGNITE team as Operations Manager. Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Jessica’s background is in development, providing strategic assistance to improve health, and address poverty. She attended Langston University where she served on the student activities board. Jessica loves to have a hand in fundraising and enjoys working as part of a team to improve her community. She has volunteered with Meals on Wheels, Alameda County Food Bank, Davis Street Family Resource Center, and many more. You can reach Jessica at jessica@IGNITEnational.org 


aileen.jpgMonique Francisco, Programs and Evaluation Coordinator. As a Human Services major passionate about social justice, equity, and diversity at California State University, Fullerton, Monique was selected as a BOLD Scholar in the inaugural cohort of the BOLD Women's Leadership Network, a national women's leadership development program. With BOLD, Monique was given the opportunity travel to India for a cultural immersion and service learning experience and also collaborated with her fellow scholars to develop and execute an original campus-wide transformation project- a social justice podcast where Monique served as a content creator and writer. In addition to her BOLD activities, she has made several legislative advocacy trips to Sacramento, served as a Trustee on the Associated Students, CSUF, Inc. Titan Student Centers Board of Trustees, interned on her campus' Women's Center as a Peer Facilitator, and also served as a Peer Mentor for the College of Health and Human Development's Peer Mentor Program. Through her past service and internship experiences, she has grown as a leader and is excited to use her knowledge and skills to empower the next generation of young women leaders with IGNITE. You can reach Monique at monique@ignitenational.org. 


Board

Katie Bouton, Chair
Founder & CEO, Koya Leadership Partners

Sean Schickedanz, Treasurer 
Managing Director, MFW Advisors LLC 

Marcella Medina, Secretary
Director of Public Affairs, AT&T

Aimee Gabrielle Carroll
Consultant, Co-Founder Ares Consulting

Ray Casas
Programs and Community Outreach Manager, Texas Rangers 

Edie Lycke
Founder, Bridge Lacrosse Dallas

Anne MacDonald
C-suite Global Marketing and Business Development Executive 

Megan McTiernan
Consultant

Anne Morriss
Principal, The Morriss Group

Anne Moses
Founder & President, IGNITE

Anne Marie Painter
Partner, Perkins Coie LLP

Sean Peake
Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley

Rini Sampath
Senior Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton 

Julia Taylor
CEO & Co-Founder, EverlyWell

Ashley Wiley
Program Director, Speech-language Pathologist at Los Angeles Speech and Language Therapy CTR

Nancy Wiltsek
Executive Director, van Löben Sels/RembeRock Foundation


 

California State Council

Fatimah Aure
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

Pam Connor
Retired HR Professional

Chana Fitton
Consultant

Kelly Hardesty
Kelly Hardesty Events Consulting

DeDe Hornes
Union Bank

Sheri Lucas

Megan McTiernan
Consultant

Jodie Medeiros
WalkSF

Leslie Milloy
Milloy Consulting

Lily North
Dechert, LLP

Danielle Oliveto
BART Office of Director Nicholas Josefowitz

Daisy Ozim
Resilient Wellness

Julie Ross
Google

Tia Seltzer
Tulchin Research

Susan Spitzer
SAP

Mary Taylor
Visa

Carolyn Weyforth Glanville
Facebook


Texas State Council

 

Rebecca Acuna
Pepsico

Hannah Alexander
Attorney at Law

Alejandra Aguirre
ECA Strategies/ Government Consultant

Chris Bhatti
Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations, Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, UT Dallas

Ashley Bliss-Lima
Assistant Director, Strategic Policy Initiatives, University of Texas at Austin

Tamara Bond Beverly
Project Manager, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, LLC

Betty Bourgeois
Educational Consultant, Retired Principal, Ursuline Academy

Anne Crews
VP Public Affairs, Mary Kay Corp

Bobbie Edmonds
Esquire, Law of Bobbie Edmonds

Dr. Karina E. Gil
Assistant Professor, Our Lady of the Lake University

Gabrielle Gunn
Development Director, Change Happens!

Kimberly Manns
Commit!

Jamie Meyers
Director, Victory Search Group; Founder and Executive Director, CCC Leadership

Geovanie Ordonez
First San Antonio Fellow in Texas

Scott Orr
Vice President, Government Relations & Public Affairs for Fidelity

Ann Marie Painter
Attorney, Management-side Employment Law, Perkins Coie LLP

Sheena Payne
Blue Cross Blue Shield

Will Pryor
Mediation & Arbitration

Claudia Sandoval
Councilmember, City of Cockrell Hill

Stephanie Simpson
Sanofi

Kimberly Sims
Attorney, Landlord-Tenant, Property Litigation, Palter Stokley Sims PLLC

Asmara Saleemi
Professor, Brookhaven College

Lisa Stone, MPH 
ADL Goldensohn Fellow

Norma K. Stone, Ed. D.
Educator and Community Volunteer, Former Business Owner

Cathy Tang
VP, General Counsel, YUM! Brand


IGNITE Advisory Council

 

Olympia Ammon
Vice President, Development at Los Angeles County Museum

Gwyneth Borden
Executive Director, Golden Gate Restaurant Association

Jennifer Childress
Managing Director of Development, Communities In Schools of Los Angeles

Sheila Lewis
Chief Executive Officer, Ashton 212

Heather McLeod Grant Founder
Principal, McLeod-Grant Advisors

Jamice Oxley
Attorney at Law, Entertainment Law Group

Julie Ann Robertson
Principal, OnMarketing