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about me

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.

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