Clare Winterton, VP Advocacy and Innovation
Clare Winterton led IMOW for five years as its Executive Director. During her leadership, IMOW created seven exhibitions which inspired and activated over 2 million visitors, and held events and installations in 14 countries on five continents. She led IMOW’s merger with Global Fund for Women to create a bold new force for women’s human rights. Clare combines a deep commitment to social justice with a passion for culture, media and the arts and has been a regular contributor to the Huffington Post on the women’s rights and popular culture. Clare is a former Head of Communications for Prince Charles’ charity for at-risk youth, The Prince’s Trust, and a former Vice President of the Women’s Funding Network. Clare holds an MBA with distinction from Cambridge University, with an emphasis on international business strategy and nonprofit leadership. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and her five-year old daughter, Pearl, and baby son, Felix.
Catherine King, Executive Producer
Catherine brings over twenty years experience with major cultural institutions and innovative technology companies leading creative arts and media projects that promote awareness and action on social justice issues. She served as IMOW’s VP of Exhibitions and Programs for seven years. Before joining the IMOW team in 2007, she served as Chief Curator for Exhibitions and Programs at the San Francisco Public Library. Prior to that Catherine led content development for Antenna Audio and Visible Interactive, where she produced handheld media for the Smithsonian Institution museums, LucasFilm, The Art Institute of Chicago and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, among others. She was on staff at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and has served as exhibitions consultant to SFMOMA and the Contemporary Jewish Museum. In addition to museum work, Catherine managed web content development for several of the first online education brands. She holds a degree in Art History from Smith College and studied at the Université de Paris (La Sorbonne) and Institut d'Études Politiques (Sciences-Po).
Krista Walton, Digital Communications and Editorial Manager
Krista has a variety of writing and editing experience, as well as a passion for global women's rights and gender equity. Since joining IMOW in 2009, Krista has managed website production, content development, and social media outreach for all major IMOW projects, including Economica, MAMA, Muslima, and the Curating Change series. Prior to this, Krista worked as the assistant editor for Preservation magazine in Washington, D.C., a general assignment reporter for The Maui News in Hawaii, and a freelance writer and editor. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, AARP Bulletin, Washington City Paper, and AlterNet.org. Krista grew up in Lahaina, Hawaii, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California with a BA in English and a minor in photography, and studied Art History and African Literature at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
Juliana Britto Schwartz, Digital Communications and Media Manager
Juliana has extensive experience in online organizing for women's rights movements. As a young feminist blogger and writer, Juliana writes about feminism for Latinas, covering a range of topics, from immigration to reproductive justice. She has written for various outlets including Feministing, the Feminist Wire, and the Huffington Post as well as her own blog, Latina Feminista. Juliana manages content development, website production, and social media outreach for IMOW. Juliana graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Latin American and Latino/a Studies and a minor in Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies.
Michaela Leslie-Rule, Content Producer, Ignite: Women Fueling Science and Technology
Michaela Leslie-Rule is an artist and social scientist. She has worked for over a decade using creative media such as film, photography, and performance to engage communities that are often disenfranchised from health and human rights conversations. Michaela is passionate about the intersections of storytelling, digital media, and social change, and has developed short films and multi-media content in Europe, the Americas, Sub Saharan Africa, and most recently in India. She has explored issue areas including: child poverty, sexual and reproductive health, HIV prevention, incarceration and post-release stigma, gender-based violence, commercial sex work, and the schoolhouse to jailhouse pipeline. Her work has been recognized by the Zanzibar International Film Festival, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the International AIDS Society/ Agence Nationale de Recherche Sur le Sida et les Hépatites virales (ANRS). Currently Michaela is exploring the application of mobile technology to document social change as it is experienced by women, young people and in communities of color. Through Firelight Foundation and Nike Foundation’s Grassroots Girls Initiative, she is working with girls in Rwanda and Malawi to evidence girl’s personal agency and ability to create change in their own lives. She earned a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Masters of Public Health and Public Administration from the University of Washington.
Samina Ali, Curator, Muslim Women’s Art & Voices
Samina Ali has spent the past 15 years of her career as an artist and activist addressing myths and prejudices about Muslim women, both from outside and from within the Muslim community, in order to bring about gender reform. She cofounded the Muslim American feminist organization Daughters of Hajar and is the first Indian Muslim woman fiction writer to be published in America. Her critically acclaimed novel, Madras on Rainy Days, received both national and international awards. She contributed to the groundbreaking anthology, Living Islam Out Loud. Her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle and Child Magazine, among other publications. Samina has lectured at colleges throughout the United States, including Foothill Community College, Harvard University, and Yale University. Most recently, she was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Nonfiction at St. Mary's College. Additionally, Samina worked with the U.S. State Department as an American Muslim ambassador in Europe, speaking to civic and political leaders, university students, and the general public in churches, mosques and synagogues. Samina has been named a "Muslim Leader of Tomorrow" by the American Society for Muslim Advancement and was included on the list of “100 Extraordinary Muslim Women: Past & Present” from the Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality & Equality. Her various roles as writer, activist, ambassador, community leader, lecturer, and feminist all share the same mission: to build better understanding between people in order to remind us all of our shared humanity.
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