Board of Directors


Nancy Northup, President & CEO

Nancy Northup

Nancy Northup, President & CEO, has led the Center 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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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, 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, American Cinematheque, 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 the General Counsel for Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co. LLC, an asset management firm that provides investment advice to institutional clients.  He leads the compliance and fund accounting teams and serves on the firm’s mutual fund board.  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 a member of the Executive Committee.  He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Harvard Law Review.  (Gloucester, MA)

Phyllis Cohen, Secretary

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)

Nonnie S. Burnes, Assistant Secretary

Nonnie S. Burnes, Assistant Secretary, is a dedicated advocate for women’s reproductive rights.  She is on the Board of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, having just stepped down as Chair and having served as Interim President and CEO (2014).  She is on the Board of the management company for the insurance companies for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the affiliates, as well as on the boards of several of the insurance companies.  From 2007 to 2009, she served as the Commissioner of Insurance for Massachusetts, appointed by Governor Deval L. Patrick, and prior to that was an Associate Justice on the Superior Court for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, appointed by Governor William F. Weld (1996-2007).  While on the bench, Judge Burnes was the chair of both the Gender Equality Advisory Board and the Jury Management Advisory Committee.  Ms. Burnes was in the private practice of law with the firm of Hill & Barlow from 1977-1996.  During that time, Ms. Burnes was a commissioner on the State Ethics Commission; vice chair of the Boston Bar Association, and on the Board of directors of the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and the Center for Law and Education.  She was a member of the visiting committee for Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Center for Ethics and the Professions.  Following state service, Ms. Burnes was a Senior University Fellow (2009-2012) at Northeastern University where she sits on the Board of Trustees.  She is currently chairing the Committee on Professionalism for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and is a member of the Board of the Boston Bar Foundation.  Ms. Burnes is a graduate of Wellesley College and Northeastern University Law School.  (Boston, MA)

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)

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)

Lorraine Clasquin

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)

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)

Barbara Nan Grossman

Barbara Nan Grossman is a Boston-based philanthropist.  She is the past Chair of the Center for Reproductive rights, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, the Trinity Hospice, and Goddard House.  Other board memberships have included Roxbury Preparatory Charter School, Sherrill House, The Park School, Citizens United for Charter School, and The Squam Lakes Conservation Society.  Barbara is currently an Overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  Ms. Grossman is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and Harvard University. (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 Partner and Head of West Coast Consulting for Heidrick & Struggles. 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 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)

Heather Podesta

Heather Podesta guides a bipartisan team of 15 professionals as the founder and CEO of Invariant.  Now in its tenth year, Invariant (formerly Heather Podesta + Partners) is consistently named one of the top firms in Washington and is the largest independent, woman-owned lobbying firm in the country, posting revenue of nearly $10 million annually.  Known for her political savvy, substantive policy chops, and commonsense approach, Heather translates Washington for business and business for Washington.  Her work is highlighted in many major media outlets, with profiles in The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, which quoted a senior Senator remarking that, “Heather is invariably the most knowledgeable person in the room because she's done her homework.”  Her expertise comes from years on Capitol Hill working for Members of Congress on the tax-writing committees.  She first got her start in Washington as a lawyer focused on transportation regulatory issues.  Heather is known for her generous support of Democratic candidates across the country and provides valued kitchen cabinet counsel to candidates and officeholders alike.  She is an avid contemporary art collector.  She is a Trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; sits on the National Advisory Council of the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley; is a member of the Board of Trustees of Ford’s Theater and the Center for Reproductive Rights; and serves on the Washington DC Police Foundation Board.  She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and earned her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. (Washington, D.C.)

Amy Metzler Ritter

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)

Joseph Stern

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)

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)