Session Type(s): Panel
Starts: Friday, Aug. 14 12:00 PM (Eastern)
Ends: Friday, Aug. 14 12:50 PM (Eastern)
A lot has changed across the country, but one thing remains the same: our opponents will use any moment—even a national crisis like this pandemic—to attack access to sexual and reproductive health, and talking to people who know us and trust us about these attacks has never been more important. This Spring, as states moved to lockdowns in the face of a pandemic, governors in several states moved to cut off access to abortion during the shutdown. Learn how state and national organizers pivoted into strong virtual organizing to protect access to reproductive health, hold governors accountable for their actions, and how Planned Parenthood Votes and Planned Parenthood Action Fund will leverage lessons learned from virtual relational organizing last spring to win elections this fall—and how you can help by talking to the people you know.
Heather has been with Planned Parenthood since 2011, currently serving as National Director of Digital Content and Campaigns team. Previously, she was VP of Digital at Fenton Communications, where she led the DC office’s digital practice. Earlier in her career, Heather served for four years as the director of political advocacy for Care2 and she was also a partner and online organizing director for the Carol/Trevelyan Strategy Group (CTSG), instrumental in developing and growing CTSG’s Creative Multimedia department, including serving as executive producer and co-writer for several Pollie-award winning campaigns.
Prior to Fenton, Heather served for four years as the director of political advocacy for Care2. She worked to connect Care2’s millions of members to non-profits doing political work and advocacy campaigns. She led the effort to develop Care2’s Election2008 Channel.
Heather was also a partner and online organizing director for the Carol/Trevelyan Strategy Group (CTSG), instrumental in developing and growing CTSG’s Creative Multimedia department, including serving as executive producer and co-writer for several Pollie-award winning campaigns.
Jared DeLoof is the National States Director at NextGen America. He has worked in the #youthvote space for the past eight years. He lives in San Francisco and is from Central Pennsylvania.
Jenny Lawson, executive director of Planned Parenthood Votes, is a firm believer in reclaiming our power at the ballot box and is committed to electing reproductive rights champions at every level of government in 2020. Jenny has been part of the Planned Parenthood team since 2012, where she previously served as the National Campaigns Director at Parenthood Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Votes. Jenny has worked in progressive politics and community organizing since 2000 in states like Virginia, Oregon, and Washington. As part of her early grassroots organizing work, she led ballot initiative signature drives on redistricting reform in Florida, fought for minimum wage increases, and advocated for predatory lending reform. Jenny lives with her three kids and husband in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Amanda R. Matos brings over a decade of experience in public affairs and social movements to the current movement for reproductive freedom. As Director of Constituency Campaigns at Planned Parenthood Votes, Amanda manages three national advocacy programs centering Black & Latinx communities and young people in state-based organizing and elections. Amanda’s commitment to social change stems from her childhood growing up in the Bronx, New York and later co-founding and directing the WomanHOOD Project, which is a youth-led non-profit mentorship program for girls of color. Throughout her career, she has worked with New York City Council, Girls for Gender Equity, Sadie Nash Leadership Project, Futuro Media, and the Hispanic Federation’s UNIDOS Fund on policy, digital media, and research initiatives.
Amanda received a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnicity & Race Studies from Columbia University and a Master in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School as a Sheila C. Johnson Fellow, and is a proud of fellowship alum of Young People For, New Leaders Council, Peace First, and the Open Society Internship on Rights and Governance. She is a 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Law & Policy awardee.
Jacinda Padilla began their organizing work as a fellow for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. They have worked on several ballot measures and lobbied state legislatures to ensure that reproductive healthcare is a priority in the state legislature.
Jacinda is queer, non-binary grassroots organizer and storyteller for Planned Parenthood Action Fund. They have been working on campaigns throughout the pandemic in order to create effective digital organizing tactics. They have been working on a non-traditional campaign for a local election, proving that you don’t always have to work within the system to beat the system.
Jacinda works with other BIPOC and queer organizers to break down the barriers that politics poses for marginalized folks. They have been on the frontlines of the Portland Protests and are a firm believer in abolition. They will be sharing their story and why it is important for us to use our people power to create lasting, anti-racist, and anti-capitalist change in the US.