Sasha Goodfriend

Sasha Goodfriend is a social movement organizer working to curate feminist & queer experiences through partnerships with statewide government, community organizations & creatives alike. She works to advance this mission through her roles as President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Organization for Women (Mass NOW) and as Chair of the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth, a consultant with Boston Pride and Suffrage100MA. Sasha graduated with a B.A. from the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University majoring in International Relations with a minor in Women, Gender & Sexuality studies and received her Masters in Public Policy from Simmons University.

Ali DiMatteo

Ali DiMatteo has a JD from the University of Miami and spent several years working in the Miami community and then as Legislative Counsel to a Member of Congress from that area. In addition to Miami and Washington DC, Ali has also lived in Shanghai and currently resides in Melrose MA.

Kate Symmonds

Kate is a health law attorney at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute. Previously, she worked at the Barbara Lee Political Office, leading the office’s strategic support of progressive women candidates running for governor and U.S. Senate. Kate has been a board member of Mass NOW since 2017, and is delighted to be working on Mass NOW’s menstrual equity (“I AM.”) bill this session. In her free time, Kate enjoys reading, listening to political podcasts, and playing monster trucks (a game of constantly changing rules) with her pre-schooler.

Paul Gels

Paul currently serves as Senior State Advocacy Manager at Community Catalyst, a national nonprofit advocacy organization working to build consumer leadership and a strong, organized consumer voice to shape health policy at the local, state, and federal level. Paul is also the Vice Chair on the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth, a New Leaders Council fellow, and has previously worked for Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts as their Communications Manager.   Outside of his political work, Paul enjoys teaching and practicing yoga, reading, tweeting, and cuddling with his cat Celebrity.

Sam Jean

Sam Jean holds a Boston based feminist activist, looking to make social change via the arts and her work with MASS Now. She holds a joint BA in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and Studio Art from Brandeis University. Her senior showcase explored the relationships between queer bodies and natural world/processes, and the liminal spaces in which queer bodies exist. She currently works as part of a trauma intervention team, counseling survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. As Mass NOW is an inter-generational organization, Sam would like you to know that she is in-fact not a millennial, but part of Gen. Z


Linda Rogers is Treasurer of Mass NOW and a board member of the Foundation. She was previously Treasurer from 1993-2003. One of the founders of the Mass NOW Foundation, Linda’s active involvement in NOW arose from her experience as a single mother which led to her keen interest in economic justice. As a CPA, she included a focus on nonprofit organizations. Currently, Linda is also Treasurer of the Mass Music & Arts Society in Mansfield. She is retired and enjoys reading, theater performances, yoga, meditation, and spending time with friends and family.
Linda has two grown children and seven grandchildren.