About Us

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Our Vision

We envision a future where all people have what they need to live in dignity, freedom, and joy, and to self-determine the shape and direction of their lives and families. In our liberated future, we exist in thriving communities interdependent with the Earth, where we radically love, respect, and share leadership and power with each other.

Our Mission

Forward Together is a national reproductive justice organization that centers peoples, families, and communities who experience reproductive oppression. We prioritize queer, trans, Black, Indigenous, and other peoples of color. We utilize a cultural strategy to shift the ways we think about family and to build power and movements, grounded in our lived experiences, histories, theories and struggles for reproductive justice.

Our Politic

Forward Together is a reproductive justice organization. We shift the cultural conception of family through our queer and trans liberation frameworks and our history in reproductive justice.

Our Approach

Forward Together has always harnessed the power of culture to build courage, create connections, and make change—from our work on family definition with Family Values @ Work and the Family Justice Network to our Mamas Day and TDOR projects from our critical media and education interventions to our groundbreaking thought leadership. This work is part of our DNA—and it’s never been more necessary. As anti-abortion and anti-trans wedges threaten to split reproductive justice and LGBTQ movements, our approach can create greater solidarity, bring in more people power, and lift up solutions for and by those most marginalized.

We shift culture.

We shift culture. We transform shared beliefs and practices around family, care, and bodily autonomy. By collaborating deeply with cultural workers—artists, storytellers, educators, and more—we create meaningful opportunities for individuals to connect, learn, imagine new futures, and act toward building them together. Through visionary projects like Trans Day of Resilience focused on iteration, shareability, grassroots activation, strategic dissemination and memorable experiences, we create the cultural conditions for long-term change.

We build movements.

We build movements. We grow the people-power of our movements by activating individuals, weaving them into our networks, and strengthening connections between organizations. We build across strategies and issue areas, creating opportunities for collaboration and shared learning while lifting up the leadership of cultural workers. We incubate new projects and organizations—from comprehensive healthcare clinics in New Mexico and Oregon to the birth-worker led Queerception—to build movement infrastructure.

We change structures and policies.

We change structures and policies. We support structures and policies that remove barriers, advance bodily autonomy, and increase care for trans and queer people experiencing reproductive oppression. With our network of leaders, organizations, and cultural workers, we identify proactive policies, candidates, campaigns, and other structural and cultural interventions to make through both our C3 and C4. In New Mexico, we have passed reproductive healthcare and healthcare for all policies while supporting candidates and campaigns that secure bodily autonomy and access to care.

Our People


Proudly Women of Color led. Meet our Executive Team:

Wendy Calimag (she/her)
Co-Executive Director

In July 2021, Wendy began as the Co-Executive Director at Forward Together. She first joined Forward Together in January 2019 as the Deputy Director of Operations working closely with the executive team to forward the mission of the organization by maintaining its financial and operational health and by strengthening systems and capacity for the organization’s growth. Wendy has been committed to uplifting the experiences of girls and women of color, even before coming to Forward Together. She served in senior and executive roles in girl-serving organizations in Oakland and San Francisco, developing and supporting civic engagement, reproductive health, and college and career readiness programs for middle and high school girls from under-resourced communities.  She believes in the power of collective impact and worked in a number of community initiatives in the Bay Area. She holds a MSW from George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Outside of work, you can find her spending time with her family, reading, doing something creative or cuddling with her one-eyed pug.

Diana Lugo-Martinez (she/her/ella)
Co-Executive Director

Diana Lugo-Martinez is Co-Executive Director of Forward Together. For the last four years, Diana has served as Forward Together’s Movement Strategy Director, supporting the movement building and cultural strategy team. Diana brings over 15 years of experience in civic engagement, politics, academia and leadership development in a variety of social justice areas. Prior to joining Forward Together, Diana was the Senior Director of Community Engagement Programs at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice where she managed the community mobilization department. She previously served as an administrator at New York University, and also served as an adjunct at the school’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Diana holds an MPA in Health Policy and Management and an MS in Global Affairs. When not building with movement folks, you can find Diana reading about reproductive justice, race and class while drinking café, or hanging out with her familia, also while drinking café.

Christine Pauley (she/her)
Deputy Director

As the Director of Human Resources and Operations, Christine works closely with the Deputy Director of Operations and is responsible for the overall management of the human resources, facilities management and general business operations at Forward Together. Prior to coming to Forward Together, Christine worked as the HR Manager at a nonprofit and as a paralegal in the labor and employment legal atmosphere, bringing many years of human resources-related experience to Forward Together. She especially enjoys putting together policies that align with Forward Together’s organizational and cultural values, such as rest, spaciousness and care for self and community, and creating and implementing employee support systems, such as equitable compensation, that allows employees to focus on their work while maintaining overall life balance. Christine holds a Bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley, an Master’s in Business Administration from California State, East Bay, and is currently pursuing a law degree from Mitchell Hamline  School of Law.

Christine is passionate about Black liberation and  reproductive justice, especially for black women,  giving a voice to traditionally marginalized communities, and ensuring that everyone has the resources they need to live their best lives. Christine also volunteers for several nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area focused on helping women and children of color.

Outside of work and school, in her (very little) free time, Christine  loves spending time with her daughters and her Yorkie Berkeley, riding horses, napping, all things Disney, and planning her next travel adventure.


Adwoa Agyepong (she/her)
Network Organizer, Chicago

Adwoa Agyepong is a Ghanaian feminist living in Chicago. She supports the Cultural Strategy Program as a Network Organizer. A former student-organizer, Adwoa’s goal is to support the work of all marginalized peoples in both her personal and work-life. Prior to joining Forward Together, Adwoa worked for the Environmental Justice Program at NAACP. She currently organizes with Chicago AfroSocialists and Socialists of Color, P.O. Box Collective, and Silent Majority Ghana. In her free-time, Adwoa obsesses over astrology and has vegan cook clubs with friends.

L’lerrét Ailith (she/her)
Echoing Ida Manager, Los Angeles

L’lerrét is a Black trans writer, digital organizer, and storyteller originally from Baltimore, MD. She currently serves as the Echoing Ida Manager for Forward Together where she contributes to the development of a comprehensive media hub to foster and uplift the radical vision of Black narrative strategists. She got her start in organizing in Chicago as the Communications Manager for BYP100 where she was integral in building out a comprehensive communications infrastructure to support Black queer feminist youth organizing. After years of honing her skills through the Reframe Mentorship Program and working within the movement for Black Lives, she then moved to Los Angeles and served as the Communications Coordinator for the Black AIDS Institute before joining the Forward Together team. She is deeply devoted to cultural work and relies on writing and acting as her resistive mediums.

Aerin Gar-Yun Andriamahefa (they/them)
Grants Manager

Aerin Gar-Yun Andriamahefa (they/them) is a Chinese, Malagasy, queer, genderfluid, neurodivergent, child of immigrants from Chicago. They are currently based in the DMV on Piscataway land. As a carebear and writer, they’re committed to our collective and intergenerational healing and liberation and are continually learning how to move through conflict and tend to harm in compassionate and transformative ways. Aerin loves fractals – and uses water as a guide – to see, understand, and learn from the patterns, connections, and relationships between small and large, local and global, and the individual and the collective. With a sense of wonder and curiosity, they enjoy exploring new ways to embody, play, and create through things like tie dying, fiber arts, listening to music, dancing, hiking, and swimming!

Ally Ang (them/they)
Grant Writer

Ally Ang is a gaysian poet, editor, and grant writer based on the occupied Duwamish and Coast Salish lands known as Seattle. Ally’s professional and creative work is rooted in frameworks of queer and trans liberation, anti-racism, reproductive justice, abolition, and Community-Centric Fundraising. They hold a BA in Sociology & Asian American Studies from Wellesley College and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. Ally is a proud Pisces and is obsessed with their cat, Gomez.

Isabella Baker (she/her/ Ella)
Network Organizer, Albuquerque
Isabella Baker is a young Chicana organizer and has been involved in community organizing and social justice work since she was about 8 years old coming from a family of change makers. She started her own work in community organizing at 14 years old and has had the opportunity to work with many organizations with diverse issues but, has always focused on engaging BIPOC young folks in all areas of her work. She was able to experience empowerment as a young person to tell her story and work to create change and she feels it’s important to pass that on to young people in her community as well. When she is not working she enjoys being with family, friends, and her pets as well as traveling.
Adriann Barboa (she/her)
New Mexico Policy Director, Albuquerque

In 2012 Adriann Barboa pioneered Forward Together’s first state based program, Strong Families New Mexico.  Adriann works with families and communities across the state of New Mexico to bring about culture shift strategies that recognize the many kinds of families across her home state, and create new policies centered in the lived experiences of everyday New Mexicans. Adriann is a connector, an organizer, a trainer and loves to spend her time with families and communities working together toward building the world we all want to live in. She brings together a strong network of organizations and individuals in New Mexico that are modeling how to leverage their people power for the greater good. Adriann brings 15 plus years experience in the direct service and social justice sectors, working primarily on issues of gender, reproductive, anti-violence, education and youth and criminal justice in indigenous and communities of color. She is a proud mother of two loving young adults that bring her so much joy and keep her grounded.

Vivek G. Bharathan (he/him)
Information Technology Manager, Tucson

Vivek is the Information Technology Manager at Forward Together and supports us as we use technology in our work, maintaining our current resources and finding new ways for us to fulfill our mission across our various locations. He came from roles in web development, web strategy and IT at Race Forward, Diablo Valley College, the University of Pennsylvania and Brooklyn Law School. When he’s not crawling under desks or talking his colleagues’ ears off about digital security, Vivek plays music. He is an immigrant from India and is based in Tucson, AZ. 

Bianca Campbell (they/she)
Movement Building Senior Manager, Atlanta

Bianca Campbell is the Movement Building Senior Manager at Forward Together. She started as, and continues to be, a participant of our Echoing Ida program for Black women and gender non-conforming content creators. She has worked in reproductive justice work since 2011 with organizations like SPARK Reproductive Justice Now! and the National Network of Abortion Funds. She has also been a doula for births, abortions and personal transformations.  Now, she helps members of our Strong Families Network connect with one another and explore holistic strategies that move us all forward together. She also shares her commitment to holistic mind and body wellness through the Instagram page Carib Healing Collective, managed by fellow Echoing Ida members.

Jessica Lopez Collins (she/her)
New Mexico Program Director, Albuquerque

As the New Mexico Program Director at Forward Together, Jessica supports the planning, implementation, and evaluation of leadership development, civic engagement, and communication strategies in the state. She enjoys work that places New Mexico families at the center of change and enjoys collaborating on resources and curricula that expand our knowledge and help us grow. Jessica brings nearly 20 years of experience working in nonprofits. Prior to joining Forward Together, Jessica spent twelve years at Media Literacy Project where she led a program for young women of color that centered on reproductive justice and video production, taught classes to middle and high school students, and delivered trainings across the country. Jessica has a heart for leadership development, organizational development, and creating beautiful resources that are accessible to communities. When not at work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading nonfiction, and hiking in the mountains.

Selinda Guerrero (she/her)
Network Engagement Co-Manager, Albuquerque

Selinda Guerrero is the Network Engagement Co-Manager at Forward Together. As a grassroots human rights activist and organizer, Selinda belives her main work is to “give voice to the voiceless”. She is the National Action Coordinator for Save the Kids, a national all-volunteer organization, building a movement to end the school-to-prison pipeline. She leads the New Mexico chapter Millions for Prisoners, a national movement to abolish the loophole in the 13th amendment that allows for the continuation of slavery through the criminal justice system. As an organizer for Justice for Jaquise Lewis (“Albuquerque’s Trayvon Martin”), she is continuing our fight for justice. All of her work is intersectional with focus on issues concerning police violence, injustices within the Prison Industrial Complex while addressing underlying issues of generational poverty, access to housing, education, employment, and healthcare. She is a single mother of 6 with deep roots in New Mexico. She became active and motivated to work for change by building networks of community alliances over the last 24 years. She is always in the community and when not intentionally organizing she can be found at the dominoes table and spending time laughing with her children.

Gaby Hernandez (them/they)
New Mexico Field Manager, Albuquerque

Gaby Hernandez is the New Mexico Field Manager at Forward Together. They work with families across the state on issues affecting them and their loved ones to make the shifts needed for every New Mexican to thrive. Gaby is a queer non-binary immigrant, who’s identities profoundly shaped their commitment to making a change so every person has the room and freedom to live in dignity. Prior to joining Forward Together, Gaby has organized on various issues such as immigration, trans & queer liberation, reproductive justice, and healthcare. As an artist, they have been able to create visuals that translate the stories and visions of communities. Outside of work, Gaby enjoys runs with their dog, gardening, and cooking for their loved ones.

Rebeca Lagos (she/her)
Human Resources & Operations Coordinator, Oakland

As the HR & Operations Coordinator, Rebeca provides information and assistance to employees regarding human resources activities, processes, policies and procedures. She is also responsible for preparing various correspondence, coordinating activities and keeping our Oakland office location running smoothly. Before joining the Forward Together team, Rebeca obtained her BS in Business Administration with a Concentration in Human Resource Management from Cal State East Bay University. She is passionate about creating diverse and equitable workplaces for women, people of color, immigrants, queer, transgender, non-binary & nuerodiverse people and hopes to establish this through her work in HR. In her spare time, she likes to advocate for the unhoused community of Oakland and likes to learn about ways she can improve her community. Rebeca is an avid lover of documentaries, comedy movies, Oakland taco trucks and Mexican Music.

Janet Leung (she/her)
Staff Account, Oakland

As Staff Accountant at Forward together, Janet works closely with the accounting team to ensure the accuracy of the organization’s financial documents. Prior to joining Forward Together, Janet worked in the for-profit world in administrative and accounting positions. She earned her BA in Feminist Studies and Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  And went back to school to complete her Accounting Certificate.  She is the second-generation of immigrant parents and is excited to contribute to an organization that advocates for the community. In her free time, you can find her spending time with family, at the farmers market or backpacking.

Leslie Lopez (she/her/ella)
Digital Coordinator, Dallas

Leslie Lopez (she/her/ella) is a Black Mexican-American, disabled lesbian living on occupied Jumanos, Kickapoo, Tawakoni, and Wichita lands known as North Texas. She first came to the reproductive justice movement by way of a summer internship placement at the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR). Following this transformative experience, she began leading political education meetings at the University of North Texas with a group of peers. Upon graduating, Leslie worked as Sex Ed with DB’s social media intern then at All-Options in a fundraising and communications role. When not encouraging folks to get involved in movement work, you can find Leslie reading her way through piles of library books and cooking huge batches of soup to share with her friends.

Emma Martinez (she/her)
Network Organizer, Portland

Emma is a Network Organizer at Forward Together, where she works to build power with multiracial and LGBTQ+ folks of color in Portland.  As a queer biracial woman who comes from an immigrant family, Emma holds the values of intersectionality and what it means to navigate space while holding all the pieces that make up who we are. She is always down to learn and try new tools for centering and grounding, and how to take care of one another in the movement. When she isn’t organizing, Emma can be found at home cuddling with her 3-legged chihuahua, and attempting to bake new recipes.

Michael Murray (he/him)
Executive Assistant, Oakland

Michael joined Forward Together in June, 2018, on a temporary basis as executive assistant to Eveline Shen, and subsequently became a permanent employee in mid-2019.  Michael’s previous nonprofit experience includes stints at two different Community Development Financial Institutions (one in Seattle, one in San Francisco); shelter staff at the Berkeley Emergency Food Project; and as an intake counselor at a methadone clinic in Santa Cruz, California.  His volunteer work includes time with Neighborhood House and the University District Food Bank in Seattle, as well as the Santa Cruz AIDS Project.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing (Fiction) from the University of Michigan, and has published thirty or so poems and short stories in a variety of literary journals.  He is sincerely looking forward to a time when he and his partner, Danielle, can return to seeing live music on a regular basis. 

Aen Navidad (they/them y ella/ellé/ellx )
Network Coordinator , Oakland

Aen is an Aquarius; a first-gen, non-binary Salvadoran graduate from San Francisco State University. Growing up in MacArthur x Union District of Los Angeles, Aen’s passion for arts and community justice stemmed in the second grade, as they hand drew (and personally distributed) an activity booklet advocating for the importance of reusing, reducing, recycling for the earth and strength in community power. Aen was greatly inspired by their neighboring Central American and fellow immigrant communities, queer-identities, and they have been disrupting the narrative ever since! Currently, Aen is the Network Coordinator for Forward Together connecting with partners and learning ways to bridge and uplift queer, trans, and BIPOC narrative power. Aen is also a  co-founding member of @TransClosetClub, a free gender-affirming clothing service for BIPOC, trans, and non-binary individuals, and a 2021 Media Justice Fellow. Elle disfruta / They enjoy drawing and painting, loves creamy iced chai lattes, cute little pink things, and listening to live music with their partner.  

Ari Lima Oliver (she/her)
Development Coordinator

Ari Lima Oliver is an Afro Boricua queer, feminist mama living in her ancestral home of Puerto Rico. She is the Development Coordinator. Ari comes with over 20 years of experience working social justice, valuing the importance of coordination work within our movements. A healer, Ari values ease and rest, compassion and spaciousness, especially as we navigate the fronts of our many fights and intersections of our lives. When she isn’t loving on her babies and wife, Ari enjoys finding joy and softness in gardening, herbal medicine making, and all things astrology and tarot!!

Maria A. Santos (she/her)
Network Engagement Co-Manager, Oakland

Maria joined Forward Together in 2016 and has worn many hats including Administrative, Movement Building Coordinator, and now Network Engagement C0-Manager. Born in the Philippines, Maria immigrated to the United States when she was seven years old, settling with her family in Arizona and eventually moving to the Bay Area in high school. Maria earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University’s College of Ethnic Studies. Prior to joining Forward Together, Maria worked with multiple community-based organizations in San Francisco providing support and facilitation of services ranging from after school programs to workforce development training. At Forward Together, Maria’s role includes creating deep relationships with partner organizations and guiding her team through  short-term and long-term based projects to sharpen Forward Together’s lens and approach around the reimagining of what family means.  Maria is passionate about Filipino food, baked treats and envisioning new ways to do work that is joyful, sustainable and based in abundance.

ChaKiara Tucker (she/her)
Media Strategist , Charlotte

As the Media Strategist at Forward Together, ChaKiara amplifies Forward Together’s programmatic work through the implementation of strategic media efforts. As a Black femme woman who is also a member of the LGBTQ community, ChaKiara is committed to empowering communities of color to collaborate and mobilize. Prior to joining the Forward Together team, ChaKiara was the communications coordinator at Alliance San Diego, a social justice non-profit. During her tenure there, ChaKiara provided communications support for multiple non-profit entities to help bridge the gap between minority communities and governmental bodies. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University. When she is not creating spreadsheets of media contacts or working on new angles for op-eds, ChaKiara can be found working on her small business, Broke Bitches Gotta Eat

Cecy Velasco (she/her)
New Mexico Field Manager, Albuquerque

As the New Mexico Field Manager, Cecy engages and builds with members across the state through events and workshops and digitally through email, text and social media. She also helps grow and support the Strong Families New Mexico statewide network. Cecy earned her BA in Psychology and Family Studies from the University of New Mexico (UNM). While at UNM, she organized on campus for immigrant rights and education access, mentored freshmen students, and interned for the Strong Families New Mexico program. Cecy is the proud daughter of hard-working Mexican immigrants. After growing up and living all over the Southwest, she is happy to call Albuquerque home as it holds a special place in her heart. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her orange tabby cat named Chubby, taking long naps, listening to audiobooks from her local library and binge-watching shows on Netflix.

Jennifer Vu (she/her)
Director of Finance

Prior to joining Forward Together, Jennifer worked in high tech and biotech industries as a corporate accountant specializing in SEC Reporting and Technical Accounting for over 10 years servicing large multinationals in the San Jose and Bay Area. She holds a Bachelor in Accounting. For more than five years, she has volunteered with various nonprofits, including Fish and Loaves and other nonprofit organizations serving the underprivileged in Thailand and Vietnam. Having experienced the short term and long term challenges of immigrating to the United States, she uses her multiple faceted skills to listen and work toward empowering families to break the generational cycle of poverty.

Jennifer enjoys hiking and bicycling on the weekend and on summer nights with her family. She also loves snowboarding in the winter. During her leisure time, she can often be found sipping red wine while watching foreign movies. Her most precious moments are those she spends with her family and friends.

Cindy Yang (she/her)
Data Strategist , Brooklyn Park

As the Data Strategist at Forward Together, Cindy helps teams leverage data in their everyday work and strategies. She breaks the traditional ways of looking at data, and runs a people centered data program. In addition to her work, she’s committed to bringing more BIPOC folks into movement and political data. From her experience in political campaigning, community organizing, and running a statewide data program she’s ready to incorporate everything she’s learned into her data work at Forward Together.  Cindy joins us from TakeAction Minnesota, a statewide progressive political organization. Cindy says there’s lots to learn and she’s ready to win and fail forward.



Rosie Abriam
Board Member

Rosie is the former President/CEO for The Center for Asian Pacific American Women. “The Center” is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building leadership capacity within our communities. Previously, her career spanned multiple disciplines across government and corporate entities. Rosie holds multiple patents in manufacturing, software and laser applications and led projects in the US, Europe, Asia and South America. She left the technical sector to provide opportunities for women and our communities.

Rosie has taught martial arts for over 25 years and is a Gura Fifth Degree of the Kamatuuran School of Kali. She is a 2002 Fellow of the Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute (APAWLI). As a result of her APAWLI project, she co-founded Rosemary Pai, Inc., a small business focused on marketing and distributing products from artists and startup businesses. She is a recipient of the 100 Most Influential Filipinas in America award.

Yee Won Chong
Board Treasurer

Yee Won Chong is a trainer, strategist and social entrepreneur. His consulting practice aims to increase organizations’ abilities to fulfill their purpose by focusing on movement building, becoming more strategic, and creating inclusive organizational culture. He has trained employees of government agencies and colleges to create transgender-inclusive workplaces, coached community-based organizations on using racial equity strategies, and led nonprofits through real-time strategic planning.

Yee Won is passionate about using storytelling to change hearts and minds. His TEDx Talk, Beyond the Gender Binary, is used widely to spark discussions about gender. He is currently working on Trans Dudes with Lady Cancer, a film documentary highlighting his personal experience navigating the healthcare system as a transgender patient. Yee Won’s Say This, Not That startup is an award-winning idea dedicated to bringing greater language consciousness and compassion to communication.

Latonya Slack
Board Chair

Latonya Slack, certified executive coach, trainer and facilitator, is principal and founder of Slack Global Consulting, specializing in co-creation, visioning and assisting individuals and organizations with planning and navigating critical decisions. She served as Senior Program Officer for California Democracy Program supporting civic engagement, community organizing, voter engagement and capacity building with the James Irvine Foundation for seven years. While at the foundation, she was elected vice chair then chair of the Southern California Grantmakers board.

Prior to working in philanthropy, she was Executive Director of the California Black Women’s Health Project, where she created a comprehensive policy advocacy program, a mental health initiative and an Advocate Training Program. She has also worked for SEIU as a community political organizer, engaging community, religious, labor and health organizations on healthcare justice. After graduation from UCLA School of Law, she worked with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles as a Consumer Law Advocate, and through the AmeriCorps Legal Corps, helped community groups in South Los Angeles establish nonprofit organizations.

Additional Affiliations: Los Angeles Social Justice Consultants Network, Liberty Hill Foundation, California Association of Nonprofits

Our Offices

California – main office

Forward Together
300 Frank H Ogawa Plaza
Suite 700
Oakland, CA 94612
Ph: 510-663-8300

New Mexico

Strong Families New Mexico/Forward Together
8206 Louisiana Blvd NE
Ste B #10248
Albuquerque, NM 87113
Ph: 505-842-8070


Forward Together
5020 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Portland, OR 97211
Ph: 510-663-8300 Ext. 348