Board of Managers

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Managers of no less than six and no more than eleven members who are elected to three year terms at the Annual Meeting of the Foundation.

Elizabeth Stites, PhD*
Budapest, Hungary

Elizabeth Stites

Elizabeth Stites, PhD. is a Research Director at the Feinstein International Center of Tufts University, where she researches the livelihoods of conflict-affected populations. Focusing on experiences at the individual, household and community level, her research aims to inform and improve international and national policy. She always examines gender and generational differences in her research. She has led research in Turkey (on Syria), Nepal, Uganda, South Africa, Bosnia and Afghanistan.

Judith Wright, M.Ed.
Lakewood, OH
Vice President

Judy Wright
Judy Wright’s career has spanned the fields of community organizing, education, and philanthropy, always with a focus on advancing social justice. Currently Judy is the Director of the Ohio Transformation Fund, a collaborative fund developed by national and local funders to make structural changes in Ohio’s criminal justice system in order to improve safety and health in Ohio’s communities. Judy graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S., cum laude, in Education and Social Policy and earned a M.Ed at Cleveland State University with a focus on Adult Learning and Development. With an interest in popular education and transformational learning, Judy has conducted field research in Chicago, Cleveland, and Bolivia. Her research on popular education in Cochabamba, Bolivia, served as the basis for several published articles and presentations. Judy’s work as a community organizer in Chicago and Ohio focused on issue campaigns including education, immigrant rights, and health access. As a project director at Ohio’s Planned Parenthood affiliate, Judy led the design and implementation of initiatives to address cultural barriers to care for the LGBT and immigrant community. From 2009-2010, Judy served as a Fellow in Robert Wood Johnson’s Ladder to Leadership eighteen month fellowship for emerging leaders in Cleveland’s public health sector. Judy lives in Lakewood, Ohio, with her husband, Walter, and their children, Lila and Iris.

Ellen Rome, MD, MPH
Cleveland, OH

Ellen Rome, MD, MPH

Dr. Rome serves as the Head of the Center for Adolescent Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. She is a board certified pediatrician and among the first to be board certified in Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Rome received her undergraduate degree in psychology, magna cum laude, from Yale, medical degree and Alpha Omega Alpha from Case, then completed her pediatric training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by a 3 year fellowship in adolescent medicine at Children’s Hospital, Boston, during which time she also obtained a masters degree in Public Health at the Harvard University School of Public Health. Dr. Rome then joined the Cleveland Clinic, where she now is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case. Dr. Rome has held leadership positions in various organizations serving youth, now as President of the Federation Internationale de Gynecologie Infantile et Juvenile (FIGIJ), an organization with over 6000 members. In 2015, she was also elected President of the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG), FIGIJ’s North American counterpart, and has served previously as Vice President and chair of its membership committee, as well as past chair for two years of its program committee. She chaired the Subcommittee on Eating Disorders for the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) and serves on SAHM’s finance committee. She serves on the Medical Care Task Force for the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) and has served on the AAP’s Committee on Adolescence. As president of the Women’s Professional Staff at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Rome helped create and implement a business plan to recruit, develop, and promote the best staff within that enterprise. She also currently serves on the USTA Sport Science Committee and is on the board locally of Cleveland’s Inner City Tennis Clinic, teaching tennis, literacy, wellness, fitness and creativity to urban youth.

She is the author of two books collaboratively with Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen, You: The Owner’s Manual for Teens, and You Raising Your Child from First Breath to First Grade. She won the Kaiser Award for Teaching Excellence in 2012 and the Mt. Zion Award for Community Service in Adolescent Medicine in 2013. Dr. Rome’s research interests include eating disorders and obesity, reproductive health, and preventive care and wellness. She has been an invited speaker locally, nationally, and internationally on various topics in adolescent medicine, while maintaining a commitment to ongoing teaching of house staff and students in the local and surrounding areas.

Jacqueline E. Darroch, PhD
Seattle, WA

Jacqueline E. Darroch, PhD

Jacqueline E. Darroch, PhD is a sociologist and demographer. She is currently Senior Fellow for The Guttmacher Institute. Prior to that, she led the reproductive health grantmaking program for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and, before that, the policy-focused research of The Alan Guttmacher Institute.

Dr. Darroch conducted her graduate studies at The University of Cologne, Germany, and The University of Michigan and earned her Doctorate in Sociology from Princeton University. Dr. Darroch serves on the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Committee on Adolescent Health Care and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Mike Brickner, M.A.
Cleveland, OH

Mike Brickner, M.A.

Mike Brickner is the Ohio State Director for All Voting is Local, a campaign that fights to protect and expand the right to vote for every American. He previously served as the Senior Policy Director at the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio. During his 14-year tenure at the ACLU, Brickner has worked on a variety of critical civil liberties movements. These include conceiving of campaigns to expand and protect the right to vote, ensuring LGBTQ people are free from discrimination, and promoting reforms to Ohio’s criminal justice system. These campaigns resulted in systemic reforms to enact online voter registration; ensure voters have access to evening and weekend early in-person voting opportunities; expand access to the ballot for people in the criminal justice system; combat contemporary debtors’ prisons; end burdensome pay-to-stay jail fees, fight the use of prisons for profit; and promote legislation that would prohibit discrimination against people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Brickner earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Hiram College and a master’s degree from Cleveland State University’s Diversity Management Program.

Reverend Henry C. Doll
Shaker Heights, Ohio

Reverend Henry C. Doll

Reverend Henry Doll has a rich history working in the foundation field, including serving as program officer, associate director, interim director and director of four foundations including The Cleveland Foundation, the Nord Family Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, and the Cummins Engine Foundation. In addition to those roles, Reverend Doll has provided consultant services to several family and community foundations including the Richard J. Fasenmyer Foundation, the McGregor Foundation, the Benjamin Gerson Foundation, the Brentwood Foundation, the Knowledge Works Foundation, the Akron Community Foundation, the John Huntington Fund for Education, the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, and the Firestone Trust Fund.

Reverend Doll’s experience in the foundation field also includes service as founding president of the Donors Forum of Ohio (now called Philanthropy Ohio), as co-founder of the national Neighborhood Funders affinity group and recently as vice president of the board of the McGregor Foundation In 1995, he conducted a statewide survey of selected Ohio philanthropists which resulted in a statewide “Promotion of Philanthropy” initiative.

In addition to his foundation experience, Reverend Doll is an ordained Presbyterian minister with degrees from Princeton University (BA), Yale Divinity School (BD) and the University of Pittsburgh (MPA). In recent years, he has served as interim pastor at East Side Presbyterian Church in Ashtabula, Ohio and at the First Presbyterian church in Willoughby, Ohio.

Abigail English, JD
Chapel Hill, NC

Abigail English, JD
Abigail English is a lawyer, researcher, and advocate for the rights of vulnerable young people. Since 1999, she has directed the Center for Adolescent Health & the Law, a nonprofit organization in Chapel Hill, North Carolina that works nationally to support laws and policies that promote the health of adolescents and their access to comprehensive health care. Her research and advocacy have focused on health insurance and public financing of care for adolescents and young adults, consent and confidentiality protections, and sexual and reproductive health care. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her law degree from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law.
She has taught at the UC Berkeley School of Public Policy, the Boalt Hall School of Law, and the Gillings Global School of Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill. She was a Gallagher Lecturer for the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine in 1987, and she received the Child Advocacy Award from the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division in 1997 and the Outstanding Achievement Award in Adolescent Medicine from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine in 2000. She was the Frieda L. Miller Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in 2010-2011. Her current work focuses on the problem of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of adolescents and young adults.

Amelia Hayes
Columbus, OH

Amelia Hayes

Amelia currently works as the Project Manager for the Fairmount Group as well as a consultant on various social justice projects throughout Ohio. She has spent many years working in policy research, policy advocacy and electoral and community organizing. Amelia has spent years analyzing research, lobbying, working on issue campaigns both electorally and as a community organizer.

Amelia has spent her career acknowledging that change happens through many different avenues. She started her career as a legislative aide in the Ohio House of Representatives. Being a legislative aide allowed her the ability to learn how to read and analyze an array of policies, help write and introduce new bills, and build relationships with elected officials, lobbyist and heads of organizations. During this time is also when Amelia started volunteer organizing with the Ohio Student Association, a group of young people who worked on issues mostly around racial justice.

In 2014 she moved to Cleveland to work as the Outreach Coordinator for Policy Matters Ohio, a statewide policy research and advocacy group. As the Outreach Coordinator Amelia would travel around northeast Ohio sharing Policy Matters research with different groups ranging from small community groups to large non-profits.

After her time at Policy Matters, Amelia moved on to become the Managing Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio. In that position Amelia worked mainly with policy related to reproductive rights and access to abortion but also worked on policies around Medicaid expansion and general healthcare policies. She also oversaw the administrative side of the organizing and electoral work for the state.

Amelia eventually transitioned into a brand new position at Planned Parenthood, the Director of Community Health Engagement. In that position Amelia connected the services Planned Parenthood offered to different community organizations. She created opportunities for collaboration with different groups across issues including the environment and criminal justice reform.

Amelia graduated in 2012 from Otterbein University. She lives in Columbus with her husband and their dog Ella.

Ellen Liu, M.A.
Washington, DC

Ellen LiuEllen Liu has over ten years of experience in grantmaking, organizational development, policy advocacy and capacity building with health and social justice organizations. As the Ms. Foundation’s Director of Women’s Health, Ellen manages grantmaking and programmatic activities in the areas of reproductive and sexual health, rights and justice, and women and HIV/AIDS policy.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Ellen was Program Officer for the Open Society Foundation’s Public Health Program, where she worked with health and human rights organizations in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and East and Southern Africa to strengthen national accountability mechanisms and advance policies and protections for people living with HIV/AIDS and TB, people with mental disabilities, ethnic minorities, and people in need of palliative care. While at OSF, Ellen helped launch new initiatives in monitoring health budgets to empower communities to hold governments accountable for their spending and supported activists to use innovative social media tools and strengthen their voices in shaping the policies that most affect them. Prior to OSF, Ellen worked as a consultant for a number of organizations including the UN World Food Program, Mount Sinai Medical Center and the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs. She currently serves on the steering committee of the Asian Women Giving Circle.

Ellen holds an M.A. in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins University and graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in History.

Lourdes Rivera, JD
New York, NY

Lourdes Rivera
Lourdes Rivera is the Senior Vice President, U.S. Programs for the Center for Reproductive Rights where she is an executive of the Center, providing vision and strategic guidance to its state, federal, and foreign policy programs in the U.S. This includes overseeing all aspects of program strategy and implementation, including shaping the legal and policy landscape on reproductive rights, as well as building and leveraging new strategic alliances to advance the Center’s goals.

Lourdes most recently served as Senior Program Officer at the Ford Foundation where for close to 10 years she designed and implemented the Foundation’s U.S. and global grantmaking strategy in sexual and reproductive health and rights, using a social justice and human rights approach. Before joining the Ford Foundation in 2006, Lourdes was the Managing Attorney of the Los Angeles office of the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) and specialized in issues relating to Medicaid, managed care, and women’s and children’s health. In 1996, she created and directed NHeLP’s Initiative to Promote Access to Reproductive Health Care for Low-Income Women. Previously, she worked in Washington D.C. as a Senior Associate with the Children’s Defense Fund, Health Division and as a Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow with the National Women’s Law Center.

She is a co-founder of California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, the Groundswell Fund, as well as the funder affinity group, Philanthropy for Women’s Human Rights. Lourdes served as a former Board chair of the National Women’s Health Network, former co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Health Rights and Bioethics Committee of the Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section (now known as Civil Rights and Justice Section) and former member of the IRR Section Council. She has served on the Action Board of the American Public Health Association (APHA), as section counselor to APHA’s Population, Family Planning and Reproductive Health Section, and as a member of its Latino Caucus. She was an active member and former Board Treasurer of the Funders Network on Population Family Planning and Reproductive Health and Rights and served as the co-chair of its Women of Color Working Group. She currently serves on the Boards of the National Health Law Program and the Brush Foundation.

Lourdes has a J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A. in Latin American studies from Yale University. She is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, where she teaches a graduate-level course in Health and Human Rights.

Lourdes speaks conversational Spanish and has a working knowledge of Portuguese.

Charles F. Brush


Board Nominating Committee:
Lourdes Rivera, Ellen Rome (Chair)

Board Finance Committee:
Ellen Rome (Chair), Mike Brickner, Jacqueline Darroch and Hank Doll

Special Grants Review Committee:
Abigail English, Hank Doll, Amelia Hayes, Lourdes Rivera and Ellen Rome