Board of Directors
Josine Durant, Board Co-Chair
I am fortunate to grow in a developing country. This gave me a sense of family and unity. It provided me with the foundation of one for all and all for one. My brothers, sister and parents instilled in me the requirement to fight for an end to injustice, inequality and hate. I was taught from early to stand up and to speak out. It was not good to follow the crowd unless that crowd was a mass that was fighting for equal rights.
Women's March MN has provided me the support and the platform to fight for what is right. I serve on this board because I must. I serve in honor of those who are unable. I serve because I see future that is not defined by race, or gender or age or any other status. I believe that every child should be able to dream and dare to believe.
In my daily life I work as a HR partner and obtained my bachelors from Howard University and my Masters from the University of Minnesota.
bekah BaileY, Co-Chair
Hi there! My name is Bekah and I sit on the WMM Board of Directors and am also the Project Manager for our 2019 March coming up this month! Through my journey as an activist, I have gained an immense amount of knowledge and experiences that have shaped me to be the leader I am today. Growing up in a disabled, single parent household I was always learning how to navigate a world not built for marginalized groups. Being at an intersection of marginalized identities, I use my voice to represent them. Being queer and disabled in this society has made me take a lot of time to reflect on how I show up with my activism. Being white, I still hold a lot of privilege that any person of color will never have. It’s important that we show up for the underrepresented communities that we specifically fall into – but it’s even more important to recognize the privileges we hold as activists. About a year ago, I went out to Washington D.C. with lobbyists to organize and fight to kill the Tax Bill and save the ACA. Since then I have been out there participating in civil disobedience roughly a dozen times and I learn something new with every arrest. It was through these lessons that I decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Advocacy and Political Leadership. This program reminds me on a daily basis, why I do the work that I do. Moving into a new year of activism my hope is that no matter the degree you do it in, you know that the work you do to seek justice for all is so very important. No one should feel that their activism isn’t enough or isn’t making a difference, because it is. This year will bring so much change, and you, the change makers, have a lot of credit to take for it.
Jackie L. Craig, PR Chair
I march because our futures are tied together inextricably. I serve because I am eager to cultivate inclusive leadership skills with the Women’s March Minnesota Board of Directors because they value the strengths and contributions of all members of society and are dedicated to equity. I am hopeful that my enthusiasm for and commitment to social, racial, and economic justice paired with empathetic, genuine positive regard is a beneficial addition to an already resilient team of leaders.
Su Reaney, Treasurer
As the Treasurer of the Women's March Minnesota Board of Directors, I bring a long history of experiences and relationships that guide my work. For example, for 15 years I worked in HIV/AIDS treatment research during which I learned about how policy affects people personally and in this situation, their very lives. I witnessed the power of people organizing to affect positive long-lasting change. One of my core strengths is Belief. I believe that all people should be treated equitably. I also believe we all play a part - we must actively work for the world we envision. No one will hand it to us and that we all have room to learn, to listen, and to confront our biases. I am learning to recognize my privilege and to break down the structures that support and maintain white privilege, supremacy and patriarchy.privilege, supremacy and patriarchy.
Hello! My name is Alicia Donahue, I am one of the co-founders of Women’s March Minnesota and currently serve on the board of directors. I’ve lived, attended school and worked in Minnesota my entire life. I went to the University of Minnesota for both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees. I have dedicated my career to advocating for those whose voices have been silenced and to protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities. In 2017 I completed almost a decade-long journey of becoming a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. When I’m not fighting for women’s equality, I work as a therapist for individuals currently incarcerated.
I have never once been ashamed to be passionate, be bold, be vulnerable, or be uncomfortable. The intersection of my privilege and oppression has always been unique as a transracial adoptee, but it has provided me a level of empathy and compassion that I hope others will gain. It has also afforded me the privilege to stand up and fight back, and not face the same repercussions as my brothers and sister I fight side by side with. I need intersectional feminism in my life because Minnesota needs it. Our movement needs it because, in the words of Audre Lorde, “the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house.” I will not rest until all my people are free and if that means engaging in protests or civil disobedience, I will be there because intersectional feminism means I show up and I show out.
Hello! My name is Natasha Phelps. I was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. I consider myself to be an empathetic and curious person. I am a former litigator turner public interest attorney and adjunct professor of law. I have been active in my community for a long time, working with student organizations, non-profits, and community-based organizations in and outside of Minnesota on issues that advance equity and address white supremacy and toxic masculinity. Grounded in true intersectional feminism, improving on the status of women, femmes, and our non-binary siblings is incredibly important to me. The status of women, children, animals, and the environment are a direct reflection of a society’s well-being. I believe that when all people are freer and healthier, the communities they live in are happier, safer, and more vibrant places. I am able to work towards this vision through my work as a board member with Women’s March MN and our partnerships with incredible activists and organizations in Minnesota.
Jammi Hansen Blair, Board Chair Emeritus
In 2017 I was lucky to be part of the team that built the small city to support the amazing gathering of 110,000 women and allies in Minnesota. Since then, I have committed my energy as the Board Chair, working with leaders to create an organization dedicated to protecting the rights of all women, men and gender non-identifying folks and working towards equality, equity and justice. It is my hope that we are worthy of working in solidarity among the frontline groups who have been doing this work for generations.
As a woman, I know that activating feminine-principled leadership will transform our world. As an activist, I know that a woman’s body is not a political agenda, and that the most marginalized among us should have the largest voice in creating what works.
As an organizer, I know that we all need to come together as a feminist community vowing to be intersectional. The only way forward is together. As a human, it is my belief that we can build a world that works for all of us.