In July 2009, I was appointed by President Obama and Vice President Biden as the first-ever White House Advisor on Violence Against Women. For more than five years, I worked closely with Vice President Biden to engage communities and create new ways to reduce domestic and sexual violence. As a senior advisor to Vice President Biden, I developed new initiatives to address sexual violence, reduce domestic violence homicides, and improve the workplace response to violence against women. On behalf of Vice President Biden I co-chaired the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault and was a key advisor for its recommendations. I also represented the Vice President on the White House Council on Women and Girls and co-chaired the Federal Interagency Working Group on HIV/AIDS and Violence Against Women.
From 2000-2006, I served as the Executive Director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, where I represented state domestic violence coalitions in Congress and worked closely with corporate leaders to develop funding initiatives addressing violence against women.
After my service at the White House, I served as the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
I also served as the executive director of state domestic violence coalitions in Florida and New Mexico and as a consultant in Florida, working to improve housing options for domestic violence survivors.
I began my work at the grassroots level, serving as director of a local domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center.
Now, as a consultant, I focus on bringing knowledge and innovation together and building strong, movement-based organizations.
Appointed to the White House in 2009 as the first-ever White House Advisor
on Violence Against Women.
Wrote for the White House blog for five years. See my posts here.
Vice President Biden's statement
about my service in the White House.
WHITE HOUSE REPORT
White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault