WCF Fellowship Class of Spring 2014
Isobel Robinson-Ortiz, Communications Fellow
Isobel Robinson-Ortiz is from Atlanta, Georgia. She is currently in the process of earning her undergraduate degree in English Literature-Creative Writing from Agnes Scott College, and will soon be starting her master's program in Political Communications at American University. In addition to maintaining the position of VP of Communications at her college's chapter of Young Democrats, she previously interned with the Democratic Party of Georgia and Roy Barnes' most recent gubernatorial campaign. She hopes to bring her passion for feminism, culture and politics to this fellowship, and to someday work in communications for a member of Congress.
Rachel Cogut, Political/Programs Fellow
Rachel is a junior at American University where she is working towards a degree in Political Science with a certificate in Women, Policy, and Political Leadership. She was first inspired to follow this career path by watching candidate Elizabeth Warren in her victorious bid for the Senate; interning on the Warren campaign was such a rewarding experience that it solidified Rachel's interest in pursuing the long term goal of equal representation for women at all levels of government. This past summer, Rachel interned for two influential female leaders in the Capitol Hill offices of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Senator Elizabeth Warren. She is excited for her first professional experience at a women's rights non-profit, and is looking forward to applying her passion for gender equality to her work as a Political and Programs Fellow at the Women’s Campaign Fund.
Lauren Tapp, Politics Fellow
Lauren is an international fellow with the Women’s Campaign Fund who holds a M.A. from the University of Edinburgh with joint honors in Philosophy and Politics. She is a passionate social activist who is focused on women's rights and LGBTI issues. During her time at Edinburgh, she ran a campaign to further reproductive rights at the Edinburgh University Students Union, and worked with queer feminist groups on issues such as marriage equality and the decriminalization of sex work. She recently interned at the Organisation for Refuge, Asylum and Migration to campaign internationally against queer oppression and further her knowledge of the legal issues associated with refugee and asylum claims. During her time their she co-wrote a publication on sexual orientation and gender identity as well as contributing to their international training program for LGBTI refugees. On her return to the UK, she will be studying for her masters in Gender Studies at the School of African and Oriental Studies, London.
Marzia Nawrozi, Programs Fellow
Marzia was born and raised in Herat, Afghanistan. She came to the U.S. through the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women’s program and graduated from Meredith college in May 2013. In the Fall of 2013, Marzia did an internship with Feminist Majority Foundation. She has sought opportunities to help develop her skills in the protection of women’s rights and women's empowerment. She volunteered at WomenNC, InterAct and Kiran in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her research on “Violence against Immigrant and Refugee Women in North Carolina” was featured at the 57th session of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women in New York City. She also is a contributing writer for Ms. Magazine Blog and Afghan Women’s Writing Project.
Mimi Tohill, Programs/Development Fellow
Miriam (Mimi) Komor Tohill clearly remembers her 5th grade teacher’s request for “strong young men to help me with these heavy boxes.” She also remembers her response: “what about strong young women?!” The rest, it could be said, was history. Her 2004 birthday present, attendance of the March for Women’s Lives in Washington DC, confirmed the continuation of this automatic, anti-sexism reflex. After high school in Ithaca, New York, she discovered her own power in making political change through working on the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund 2008 campaign in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has since continued to combine learning with travel, attending Franklin University in Lugano, Switzerland with semesters in Amman, Jordan and Lyon, France. At Franklin, she pursued her passion for comprehensive sexual health and reproductive rights through heading up the annual HIV/AIDS Awareness Week. Her senior year, she organized two campus-wide conversations about privilege and power within the Franklin community, along working as Vice-President of PACE, Franklin’s LGBTQ advocacy group. A combined degree in History and Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, with minors in Political Science and French, provided her with the background to successfully write and defend the honors thesis “Global Sisters? Universal Sluts? Questions of Solidarity and Inclusivity in 21st-century Feminism.” Mimi cannot wait to apply her passion for, and knowledge about, social movements and gender studies to WCF and future activism.
Taylor Tuckerman, Development Fellow, The Bertha Wurmser Herz Fellowship
Taylor graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2012, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a minor in Leadership Studies. While there she was a co-founder and President of Feminist Alliance, a group dedicated to promoting women’s rights on campus and in the local community. During the first year the group worked to raise awareness of rape culture at CNU, and to determine the areas in which the university was not meeting student needs. This culminated in a two day long demonstration in the campus center of “The Clothesline Project”. After graduation she moved back to her original stomping grounds of Northern Virginia in order to attend George Washington University, College of Professional Studies, working towards a Master’s Degree in Political Management. She has worked as a fellow for Organizing for America in Manassas/Bristow, Virginia and is currently serving as the Operations Management Director for Younger Women’s Task Force: DC Metro Chapter. Taylor is excited to join Women’s Campaign Fund as a part of the development team, putting her education into practice and helping to increase women’s representation in government.
Makenzie Delmotte, Development Fellow, The Annie Kahn Feinsod Fellowship
A native of Rochester, New York, Makenzie graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a degree in International Relations and Sociology, concentrating in International Gender Development. Makenzie spent two terms at the University of Oxford at Jesus College studying Politics, Philosophy, and Economics where she was instrumental in planning the Oxford International Women’s Day event with the Women for Women International Society. In her time at Geneseo, Makenzie served as ceremonies chair for her university’s Relay for Life, which was recognized nationally for fundraising and excellence in 2012. During the fall of 2012, Makenzie interned in the development department and executive office at EMILY’s List, an organization dedicated to electing pro-choice women to all levels of office. In that time, she was able to work directly with Krysten Sinema’s Congressional campaign in Phoenix, Arizona. It was at EMILY’s List that her passion for feminist politics grew, the same passion that brings her here to the Women’s Campaign Fund. With a background in fundraising and event planning, Makenzie is excited to begin working on the Parties of Your Choice Gala in New York.