Board of Directors


Kathleen Tait, Chair

Kathleen Tait, Chair, is currently a full-time parent; prior to becoming a mother, she was a Vice President and Co-Portfolio Manager of a growth equity fund with over $1 billion in assets under management.  While at J.P. Morgan, Ms. Tait worked on the firm-wide Diversity Task Force, which resulted in policies that helped to retain women and minority employees.  This work was a natural outgrowth of the work Ms. Tait performed while serving as a Special Assistant to Earle G. Graves, a member of the Federal Glass Ceiling Commission under the Clinton administration.  Ms. Tait is Treasurer of the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region, an Audit Committee member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and previously served on the Executive Board of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) during a time of explosive growth for the organization.  She currently serves on the Global Advisory Board of PPFA.  Ms. Tait is also a Board Member of the Retreat, a women and children’s shelter on the East End of Long Island.  She is a fundraiser for Jack and Jill of America, Metropolitan Chapter and Village Community School (VCS).  Ms. Tait is a magna cum laude graduate of Spelman College and has an MBA from Columbia Business School.  (New York, NY)

Jonathan Kaufelt, Vice Chair

Jonathan Kaufelt, Vice Chair, is a former Los Angeles-based tax and business law attorney specialized in the entertainment industry. He was the head of the business and tax departments at Armstrong Hirsch Jackoway Tyerman & Wertheimer, P.C. Mr. Kaufelt was a board member of the Humane Society of the United States, Planned Parenthood-Los Angeles, American Cinematheque, and ACLU of Southern California, as well as outside general counsel for the Natural Resources Defense Council and numerous private foundations. Mr. Kaufelt’s current board service includes Rutgers Preparatory School and The Redford Center. Mr. Kaufelt is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University Law Center, and New York University Law School, where he received a LLM. (Santa Monica, CA)

J.B. Kittredge, Treasurer

J.B. Kittredge, Treasurer, is Senior Counsel (and, until March 1, 2018, General Counsel) for Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co. LLC, an asset management firm that provides investment advice to institutional clients. Previously he was a partner at Ropes & Gray, where he practiced from 1979 through 2005. Other board memberships include the ACLU of Massachusetts, where he is President. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Harvard Law Review. (Gloucester, MA)

Amy Metzler Ritter, Secretary

Amy Metzler Ritter is a non-practicing attorney, who practiced at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen in San Francisco and at Hewlett-Packard Company in Palo Alto after serving as a law clerk to the Hon. William B. Shubb, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California. While raising four children, she has served as an active community volunteer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Other board memberships have included Marin FC and The Little School. Ms. Ritter is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia University School of Law. (San Francisco, CA)

Nancy Northup, President & CEO

Nancy NorthupNancy Northup, President & CEO, has led the Center for Reproductive Rights since 2003.  Under Ms. Northup’s leadership, the Center’s game changing litigation work—combined with its unparalleled expertise in the use of constitutional, international, and comparative human rights law—have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies.  She has led the organization’s exceptional growth:  tripling its operating budget over the course of a decade; opening four overseas offices; conceiving and implementing its strategic focus on ensuring reproductive health and freedom as a fundamental human right; and establishing the Center as an international resource for litigation strategy and innovation.  She was previously the founding director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law; a prosecutor and Deputy Chief of Appeals in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York; and a law clerk to the Honorable Alvin B. Rubin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  She has taught human rights and constitutional law as an adjunct professor at NYU Law School and Columbia Law School and appears frequently in leading media and press.  She is a graduate of Brown University and Columbia Law School, where she was a Kent Scholar and Managing Editor of the Columbia Law Review.  (New York, NY)

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Lorraine Clasquin, Assistant Secretary

Lorraine Clasquin is President of The KLE Foundation, which she co-founded with her husband in 1997 to assist and promote quality public education in underserved communities and reproductive rights. Previously, she was a partner at Holtzmann, Wise and Shepard, where she practiced in the firm’s Palo Alto office from 1983 to 1993, and served as counsel from 1993 to 1997. Ms. Clasquin is an active and dedicated supporter of several organizations that provide access to affordable reproductive health care, sex education and women’s reproductive rights, including the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas (PPGT). She is a graduate of Wellesley College and USC Law School. (Austin, TX)

Joseph Stern, Assistant Secretary

Joseph Stern is a Managing Director in the Legal Department at Goldman Sachs and is the general counsel for the firm’s mergers and acquisition advisory practice. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Joe was general counsel, executive vice president and a member of the Board of Directors of Dow Jones & Company until News Corporation’s acquisition of Dow Jones in 2008. Previously, he was a corporate partner at the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and a member of that firm’s governance committee. Joe previously served as a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund and currently serves on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the Bar Association of the City of New York, where he serves on the Mergers & Acquisitions Committee. Joe earned a BA from Yale College and a JD from Yale Law School and attended Trinity College, Cambridge University. (New York, NY)

Board Members

Cynthia Blumenthal

Cynthia Blumenthal is a dedicated activist for women’s personal autonomy and fundamental human rights. She has worked in a leadership role in the twelve successful elective campaigns of her husband, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). She has served on various Boards including: Meals on Wheels, the YWCA, the Research and Grants Committee of the Fund for Women and Girls, as well as working with the Breast Cancer Alliance and Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. In addition to her service on the Center for Reproductive Rights Board, she is currently a Board member of the Bob Woodruff Foundation and Commissioner of the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. Ms. Blumenthal is a graduate of Harvard University. (Greenwich, CT)

Catalina Botero Marino

Catalina Botero Marino is an attorney and expert in constitutional law, international human rights law, and transitional justice. She is currently the Dean of the law school at La Universidad de los Andes and founding partner of DeJusticia Colombia, which is focused on the regional defense of human rights. She previously served as the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression for the OAS Inter-American Commission on Human Rights from 2008 to 2014 as well as the Auxiliary Magistrate at the Constitutional Court of Colombia for several different periods. Ms. Botero Marino was a senior advisor for UNESCO and she was adviser of the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary of Mexico. She serves on the Board of La Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa, a freedom of expression organization in Bogotá. In addition, she worked as a member of the Academic Council of the Center for Constitutional Studies of the Supreme Court of Mexico. She is currently part of the academic committee of the Centro de Estudios en Libertad de Expresión y Acceso a la Información at the University of Palermo, Argentina, a member of the advisory board of Derechos Digitales Chile, and member of the Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter of the Carter Center and expert member of the Inter-American Dialogue. Ms. Botero Marino previously held a number of public and private non-profit posts in Colombia, including: National Director of the Office for the Promotion and Dissemination of Human Rights, in the Office of the People's Defender of Colombia; Director of the Consultancy for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law at the Social Foundation; adviser for the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Nation; and professor and researcher at the Law School of the Universidad de los Andes. She is also a member of the awards committee of the Columbia University Global Freedom of Expression Prize. Ms. Botero Marino received her law degree from La Universidad de los Andes and went on to complete her postgraduate studies in Public Management and Administrative Law at the same university. She continued her postgraduate work in Madrid, where she studied human rights at the Universidad Complutense. Ms. Botero Marino also studied constitutional rights and political science at the Center for Constitutional Studies and received a degree in advanced studies (DEA) at the Universidad Carlos III. (Bogotá, Colombia)

Maria Cardona

Maria Cardona has more than two decades of experience in the government, politics, public relations and community affairs arenas. Recognized as among the most influential Latinos in the country, Maria is a Principal at the Dewey Square Group (DSG), the founder of Latinovations, and a CNN/CNN en Español Political Contributor. As the head of DSG’s Public Affairs Practice, she combines public policy, communications, coalition building, constituency outreach, government relations, traditional and new media at this premier national public affairs firm. Prior to signing on exclusively with CNN, Maria was a frequent political commentator on MSNBC, Fox, Univision and Telemundo, appearing as a public policy expert and providing political analysis on all manner of national issues. Cardona was also senior vice president for the New Democrat Network, and before that, the communications director for the Democratic National Committee. During the Clinton administration, Cardona served as chief spokesperson at the Immigration and Naturalization Service at the U.S. Department of Justice after serving as Press Secretary for the Department of Commerce. Ms. Cardona is a graduate of Duke University. (Washington, DC)

Phyllis Cohen

Phyllis Cohen, Secretary, is a Houston-based philanthropist. As the founder of the Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas, she is active in causes promoting the advancement of women both personally and professionally with a focus on reproductive rights, social justice, and health care access. She is a former law partner at Porter & Hedges and Woodard, Hall & Primm in Houston, Texas, and was an associate at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. From 2005 to 2009, she was an elected member of the City Council of West University, serving as Mayor Pro Tem and Acting Mayor during that time. She was previously the Chairman of the Board of a Federally Qualified Health Clinic, which delivered health care to underserved and uninsured communities. She is on the Advisory Board for the Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality at Rice University. Ms. Cohen is a member of the Women’s Leadership Forum of the Democratic National Committee, an active fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee, a Majority Council member of Emily’s List, and serves on the Houston Steering Committee of Annie’s List. Ms. Cohen is a graduate of Hamilton College and Syracuse University College of Law. (Houston, TX)

Nicki Nichols Gamble

Nicki Nichols Gamble was President and CEO of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts for 25 years during which she chaired the National Executive Directors’ Council and the Metropolitan Executive Directors’ Council.  Before and since her retirement in 1999, Ms. Gamble has been an advocate and volunteer for reproductive rights and health organizations, both domestically and internationally, including service as President of the National Abortion Federation; Chair of the Board of the Center for Reproductive Rights (2005-09 and 2014-16); Co-Chair of the Power the Promise Steering Committee for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA); Board member of PPFA and founding Board member of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund; Board member and former Chair of Ipas; and Board member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts Foundation.  Ms. Gamble is a graduate of the University of Missouri and Harvard University, where she received a MAT, Ed.M., and Ed.D. (Boston, MA)

David H. Hoffman

David H. Hoffman is a partner at the law firm Sidley Austin.  His practice focuses on complex civil litigation at the trial and appellate level and the representation of Boards of Directors in internal and governmental investigations.  Before joining Sidley in 2011, Mr. Hoffman worked in public service, including serving as Inspector General for the City of Chicago (2005-09), an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Deputy Chief with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago (1998-2005), and Press Secretary and Legislative Assistant to Senator David Boren (D-OK) (1990-92).  He was appointed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to serve as a Commissioner on the Illinois Reform Commission (2009) and by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to serve as a Director of the Chicago Infrastructure Trust (2012-14), and has served since 2012 as a member of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Legal Services Corporation, the federal entity that provides funding to legal aid clinics.  Recent not-for-profit positions include Co-Chair of the Civil Rights Executive Committee of the Anti-Defamation League, Midwest Chapter, member of the Board of Advisors of the American Constitution Society’s Chicago Lawyer Chapter, and Director of the Better Government Association, where he remains a Life Trustee. Mr. Hoffman was the runner up in the Illinois Democratic primary for the United States Senate in 2010 after being endorsed by all the major daily newspapers in Illinois.  He is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School where he was Articles Editor of the Law Review, a Patino Fellow, President of the Law School Democrats, and recipient of the University President’s Award for Volunteer Service.  After law school, Mr. Hoffman served as a law clerk for Judge Dennis G. Jacobs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court.  He has been a Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School since 2010 and is the co-author of Public Corruption and the Law (West 2016), the first law school textbook on the subject.  (Chicago, IL)

Rachel Lam

Rachel Lam is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Imagination Capital, an early stage venture capital firm based in NYC.  She also serves on the board of supply-side video software company, Telaria (NYSE: TLRA).  Previously, she launched the Time Warner Investments group in 2003, and was head of the strategic investing arm of Time Warner Inc. for 14 years until early 2017.  Under Ms. Lam's leadership, the venture capital group of Time Warner invested over $325MM in 54 companies. She has led numerous investments in early stage digital media companies, and managed Time Warner's investments in and exits from many portfolio companies, including: Maker Studios (sold to Disney), Bluefin Labs (sold to Twitter), Admeld (sold to Google), Playspan (sold to Visa) and MediaVast (sold to Getty Images).  She was also an officer at Quetzal/Chase Capital Partners, and at CSFB Equity Partners.  Prior to that, she was Director, Office of the President at Time Warner Inc., where she worked with Imagination Capital Co-Founder, Richard D. Parsons, the former CEO of Time Warner, on corporate transactions and strategic initiatives.  In addition, Ms. Lam spent several years in investment banking, focusing on the media sector at Credit Suisse First Boston and on mergers and acquisitions at Morgan Stanley.  She received a B.S. degree in industrial engineering and operations research from U.C. Berkeley and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School. (New York, NY)

Heidi Fugeman Lindelof

Heidi Fugeman Lindelof is a Los Angeles-based advocate for women & children. She worked for 13 years in feature film before leaving the entertainment industry to have a child with husband, Damon Lindelof.  Heidi coordinated & attended a medical mission in Jos, Nigeria for Global Strategies, directed a short documentary for the Children’s Defense Fund and helped launch the literacy & service learning non-profit Milk + Bookies.  She previously sat on the board of and continues to attend The Weekend [to be named later], a conference for innovators in tech, non-profit, education, government and art & entertainment.  Ms. Lindelof’s current board service includes The UCLA Lab School and The Mother Co.  In addition to her service on the Center for Reproductive Rights Board, Heidi is a proud member of Liberty Hill Foundation’s XX Fund and the Los Angles Women’s Collective.  Ms. Lindelof’s primary areas of focus are Women’s Reproductive Rights, Education and Politics. (Los Angeles, CA)

Janice Mac Avoy

Janice Mac Avoy is a New York-based partner at the Fried Frank law firm, where she is a member of the Real Estate Department and the Litigation Department, head of the Real Estate Litigation Practice Group, and co-chair of the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee.  She received the “Commitment to Justice Award” for her extensive work on and long-term commitment to family law cases referred to her by Her Justice.  She is a member of the American Law Institute and the Association of Real Estate Women, a former member of the Board of directors of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and current member of Sanctuary for Families, as well as a member and voting representative of the CRE Finance Council.  Ms. Mac Avoy graduated summa cum laude from Washington University, where she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society and has since been recognized as a distinguished alumna.  She received her JD from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and associate editor of the Law Review.  (Bronxville, NY)

Karla L. Martin

Karla L. Martin is a Bay Area-based seasoned executive strategist and business advisor with a successful track record of helping CEOs on their most significant strategic and operating decisions. Currently, Ms. Martin is a Managing Director at Deloitte Consulting. She was previously the Director of Global Business Strategy at Google and prior to that, had a 17-year career at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she was a Vice President and led the North America Retail and Luxury practice and co-founded the Booz Allen Tech Incubator. Ms. Martin began her career as a Senior Law Clerk to the Honorable Sandra Brown Armstrong and served as a Senior Litigation Attorney with Shearman Sterling. She is a past Board member of the San Francisco Ballet and the Stern Grove Festival Association, and is a current Advisory Board Member of businesses including Rocksbox, 3VR Video Intelligence Platform, Indoor Atlas, Onor, and Purple Squirrel. Ms. Martin is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School. (San Francisco, CA)

Mary E. Rubin

Mary E. Rubin has devoted her career to the not-for-profit and philanthropic sectors. She currently serves on the Executive Committee for City Harvest. She is President of the Borrego Foundation, and serves as a trustee for the Essel Foundation. She has served as Board Chair for the Eastern New York Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and as Vice Chair of the Housing Action Council. In 2009, she completed an 8-year term on the Board of Directors for Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, where she served as Chair of the Fundraising Committee, and as a member of the Executive, Budget and Finance, Investment Advisory, and CEO Search Committees. Previously, she was a program officer at the Rockefeller Foundation, a policy analyst for the City of New York, and a research associate for the Russell Sage Foundation. Ms. Rubin holds a B.A. in History from Swarthmore College, and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a Kennedy Fellow. (New York, NY)

Jennifer Sokoler

Jennifer Sokoler is a counsel in O’Melveny’s New York office, and focuses her practice on appellate matters. She joined the firm in January 2017, after serving as a Policy Fellow for United States Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power (2015-16); a Research Fellow for UN Human Rights Committee Member Sarah H. Cleveland (2015), and Litigation Fellow for the Center for Reproductive Rights (2012-14). She also completed clerkships with the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court of the United States (2014-15); the Honorable Robert A. Katzmann, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2011-12), and the Honorable Denise Cote, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (2010-11). Prior to that, Ms. Sokoler was an intern in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (2009) and an extern at the United States Department of State, Office of the Legal Advisor (2009-10). She received her B.A. in Political Science from Barnard College (summa cum laude), Columbia University in 2006, followed by a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 2010, where she was a James Kent Scholar. She was awarded the Pauline Berman Heller Prize, presented to the highest ranked female graduating student; the E.B. Convers Prize, presented for the best original essay on a legal subject; the David Berger Memorial Prize, presented for excellence in international law; the Robert Noxon Toppan Prize, presented for excellence in constitutional law; and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP Pro Bono Fellowship. She was a Note Editor for Columbia Law Review. (New York, NY)

Honorary Trustees

Rebecca J. Cook
Bertie Bialek Elliott
Maisie K. Houghton
Betsy K. Karel
Marcie J. Musser
Dr. Nafis Sadik
Roberta Schneiderman
Julie Taymor
Marshall Weinberg

Founding Board Members

Janet Benshoof, Founder & President Emerita (deceased)
Francis Hatch, (deceased)
Kathryn Kolbert
Sylvia A. Law
Julia Scott
Dr. Sheldon Segal, (deceased)