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.

Grace Mamo

I grew up in Randolph, MA and was raised by two immigrants, who hail from opposite sides of the globe. I received my bachelors degree from the University of Rhode Island and I currently live in the North End. I have a great passion for advocacy and helping others, and I enjoy giving back to the community through volunteer work, whenever and however I can.

Casey Baines

Casey Baines is passionate about the ways that she can serve her community and call attention to social justice issues impacting marginalized communities. This includes working to further women’s rights, increase economic growth opportunities for minorities, and draw attention to health disparities in various communities.She holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College, an M.A. from Duke University, and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. Casey is now working at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce as the Economic Growth Manager.

She is currently serving on the Mass NOW Board as Co-VP of Community Engagement.

Erin Webb

Erin is excited to leverage her knowledge and skills as a fundraiser and non-profit leader to advance Mass NOW’s mission. For nearly a decade, Erin raised funds for museums, cultural institutions, higher education, and independent schools. She is currently the Director of Development at The Advent School, a progressive school in Boston with a focus on social justice. Erin holds a BA in Art History from UMass Amherst, a MA in Art History from UConn, and a MLA in Management from Harvard Extension School.

Helen Mayer

Helen is the founder of Forward F1rst, where she deploys text-based nudging to help first generation college students navigate the college process from orientation to graduation. Helen enjoys designing, launching, and refining impactful programs to promote educational equity, facilitate civic engagement, and build community. She serves on the board of the Smith College Club of Boston, where she’s working to build a leadership pipeline for the club. She’s also a founding member of the Swipe Out Hunger Young Professionals Board, where she’s working to eliminate college student hunger, and a returning member of Mayor Walsh’s SPARK Boston Council, where she’s working with other millennials and members of Gen Z to promote civic engagement in Boston.

Kelsey Barowitz

Kelsey is a Massachusetts local and current Boston resident, originally from Lowell, MA. In the past, Kelsey organized Lowell residents to increase LGBTQ+ visibility through co-founding the group LGBTQ+ Lowell. Kelsey has sat on the YW Advocacy Committee and in 2019 was the Deputy Project Manager for the 2019 Boston Women’s March. In addition to their activism Kelsey loves rock climbing, museums, & live music.

Karena Longo

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

Treasurer

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.

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