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Gloria Blackwell

Gloria Blackwell is AAUW’s vice president of fellowships, grants and global programs, overseeing and managing AAUW’s annual $4 million fellowships, grants, and awards funds. Gloria also manages AAUW’s international collaborations with the United Nations and other global organizations. Her professional background includes long-term engagement at the Institute of International Education (IIE) working on fellowships and global education programming and positions as a Peace Corps staff member and volunteer in Africa. Gloria received a master’s degree in education and human development from the George Washington University, and a bachelor’s degree from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University after studying at the American University in Paris. Gloria is committed to supporting opportunities and empowerment for women and girls globally.

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Fong Cheng

Fong Cheng is the vice president of Information Technology and has more than twenty years of experience providing business software support to non-profit organizations. He oversees operations of AAUW’s computing, web, membership, fundraising, and financial systems. Prior to joining AAUW in 2001, Fong was the IT Director for the National Board of Medical Examiners in Philadelphia, PA. Fong has a master’s degree in applied mathematics and statistics specializing in data and statistical analysis.


Christianne Corbett

Christianne Corbett is a senior researcher at AAUW, where she writes about gender equity in education and the workplace. She is a co-author of AAUW’s Graduating to a Pay Gap (2012); Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (2010); and Where the Girls Are: The Facts about Gender Equity in Education (2008). Corbett is a spokesperson on research topics regarding the gender pay gap and women in STEM. Before coming to AAUW, she worked as a legislative fellow on Capitol Hill and as a mechanical design engineer in the aerospace industry. Corbett holds a master’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and bachelor’s degrees in aerospace engineering and government from the University of Notre Dame.


Kate Farrar

Kate C. Farrar, vice president of AAUW Campus Leadership Programs, manages programs that ensure college women assume leadership roles and acquire the skills they need to succeed in their academic, professional, and personal lives. Prior to assuming her current position, Kate was the associate director of National Programs and Policy at Wider Opportunities for Women. She was a 2011 WIN Young Woman of Achievement awardee, member of the Center for Progressive Leadership’s 2011 Executive Fellowship, and serves as president of the Women under 40 Political Action Committee (WUFPAC) board. Her writing has been featured in the Huffington Post and the Daily Muse.

Prior to arriving in Washington, D.C., Kate lobbied the Connecticut state legislature on behalf of nonprofit organizations. She also served as a field organizer in Wisconsin for the 2004 presidential campaign. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Connecticut and a master’s in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.


Suzanne Gould

Suzanne Gould is AAUW’s archivist and records manager. She has earned graduate degrees in women’s history and library science and has been working in the archives field for 20 years. Suzanne preserves AAUW’s records and enjoys sharing stories about the many fascinating women and events in AAUW’s history.


Deepti Gudipati

Deepti Gudipati is the vice president of Member Leadership Programs at AAUW. She is an experienced coach & consultant who has worked with emerging leaders and emerging teams for the past 8 years. Deepti is passionate about facilitation and meeting design and has extensive experience in organizational consulting, team building, and systems analysis. Her work focuses on building intentional leadership systems, which helps to align an organization’s values and strategic goals with the strengths and capabilities of its employees.

Deepti holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania; and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. She also participated in the Coro Fellowship for Public Affairs in St. Louis, MO.


Linda D. Hallman

Linda D. Hallman is the executive director and chief executive officer of AAUW. For more than 25 years, Hallman has made her mark as an association innovator. She has led a variety of associations, focusing on creating high-performance individuals, teams, programs, and governance in the fields of health care and horticulture. Before taking the helm of AAUW, Hallman served as president and CEO of the American Medical Women’s Association. From 1997 to 2002 she served as CEO of the American Horticultural Society, and from 1988 to 1997 she held virtually every leadership position with the American College of Health Care Administrators. Hallman began her career as a soprano soloist with the United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” at Fort Myer, Virginia.

A native of Washington, D.C., Hallman received her bachelor’s degree in music education from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and her master’s degree in organizational management from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is also a certified association executive (CAE).

Hallman is a frequent speaker on women’s issues, finance, leadership, and management, and she’s an expert on creating extraordinary membership experiences and cultures, organizational strategies, alliance building, and fundraising. In 2013, she was recognized as one of 100 Women Leaders in STEM by STEMConnector.

Hallman lives with her husband and her standard poodle in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, where she maintains a personal commitment to what close friends call her “exquisite” garden.

Check out Hallman’s interview with International Innovation where she talks about AAUW history, goals and programs »


Catherine Hill, Ph.D.

Catherine Hill is the vice president for research at the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and an author of AAUW reports including Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success (2013); Graduating to a Pay Gap: The Earnings of Women and Men One Year after College Graduation (2012); and Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (2010). Before coming to AAUW, Hill was a study director at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and an assistant professor in planning and public policy at the University of Virginia. She has a bachelor and master’s degree from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in policy development from Rutgers University.


Mark Hopkins

Mark Hopkins is chief strategy officer of AAUW and has responsibility for nondues revenue generation and fundraising, strategic alliance and collaboration development, and strategic planning with the other members of the executive staff of AAUW, among other duties.

With more than 25 years of experience working for and with nonprofit organizations, Mark has been an executive with American Lung Association, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and USO World Headquarters. As a consultant in his own practice he has worked with Target Corporation, Estée Lauder Companies, Nike, JP Morgan Chase & Co., World Medical Center, and several others on innovation development, strategic alliance, and business development projects, as well as strategic philanthropic efforts.

Mark has also served as a volunteer with several nonprofit organizations and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society.


Laura Jepsen

Laura Jepsen is a major and planned giving associate at AAUW, where she works with the committed members and donors who provide a legacy gift or give substantially to AAUW during their lifetimes. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Denver Daniels College of Business. Laura is a native of Texas and enjoys international travel and hiking.


Toni Johnson

Toni Johnson is the vice president of major and planned giving at AAUW. Her nonprofit development career began as youth director for the American Red Cross in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she was born and raised. She is committed to making a difference and believes that organizations are only as good as the people in them. Toni brings a wealth of development and management experience and expertise to AAUW. Over the past 25 years she has worked as executive director for the American Red Cross, the American Diabetes Association of Greater New York, and Anderson House (a half-way house for women in recovery in New Jersey) and served as northeast regional development director for Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE). She lives with her husband in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, and has two grown children. Toni loves the beach, sunshine, travel, and the gym.


Amalia Lam

Mollie Lam is the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund senior manager. Mollie manages LAF’s case support program, making recommendations to the LAF Committee and working with plaintiffs to challenge discrimination and harassment in education and the workplace. Mollie also manages Campus Outreach Grants and Case Support Travel Grants, collaborating with AAUW branches to promote awareness about the legal rights of workers and students. She earned her bachelor’s in history with a concentration in cross-cultural studies from Carleton College. She received her juris doctor from Washington University in St. Louis. An attorney with a background in discrimination law, advocacy, and the federal court system, Mollie previously served as law clerk to Judge Michael J. Melloy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.


Rebecca Lanning

Rebecca Lanning directs AAUW’s Art, Editorial, and Media Department — home base for our publications, social media, and media relations teams. After learning her craft as an editor at the Modern Language Association in New York, Rebecca worked in scientific and scholarly publishing before joining the AAUW staff in 2006.


Lisa Maatz

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As AAUW’s top policy adviser, Maatz works to advance AAUW’s priority issues on Capitol Hill, in the White House, and in coalition with other organizations. She is a sought-after speaker across the nation and in our nation’s capital, and has a large and devoted following on Twitter. Lisa also provides leadership to several coalitions working to advance opportunities for women and girls, including the National Coalition for Women and Girls in Education and the Paycheck Fairness Act Coalition. Recently featured in the book Secrets of Powerful Women, Lisa has developed a reputation for her strategic approach to legislation and advocacy. She has done similar work for the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Older Women’s League, and was a legislative aide to U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). Her grassroots advocacy career began when she was the Executive Director of Turning Point, a battered women’s program recognized for excellence by the Ohio Supreme Court.

Lisa is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Ohio University, and currently serves on the university’s Diversity Alumni Advisory Board. She has two master’s degrees from Ohio State, and holds an adjunct appointment with the Women and Politics Institute at American University. Honors include the National Committee on Pay Equity’s Winn Newman Advocacy Award (2013), National Association of Partnerships in Equity’s first-ever Public Policy Advocate for Equity Award (2012) and the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce’s 10th anniversary Trailblazer Award (2011). Lisa has also received the Women’s Information Network’s Karen Mulhauser Award (2010) for mentoring and service, and WIN’s Young Woman of Achievement Award (2001); she has served on that organization’s Advisory Council since 2003. She was a recipient of the Mentor Award from the Public Leadership Education Network (2003), and was recently named to their board of directors (2012). Lisa was awarded a Congressional Fellowship in Women and Public Policy from the Women’s Research and Education Institute (1997) and was a mayoral appointee to the Washington, D.C., Commission on Women (2006–10).

Lisa has been with AAUW since 2003. During that time, she also spent 16 months serving concurrently as the interim director of the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund.

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Ruby Peters

Ruby Peters has been employed with AAUW for more than 30 years and started her career with AAUW at the 2401 Virginia Avenue headquarters. Ruby spent her first 14 years in the Human Resource Department and the past 19 years in Administration Services. As the Vice President of Administration, she oversees all facilities maintenance, services, and operations, and is the liaison with building tenants.


Ellen Root

As vice president of corporate development, Ellen Root coordinates AAUW’s national corporate relations strategy and is committed to developing and managing corporate collaborations that expand opportunities for women and girls. With more than a dozen years of experience, Ellen has specialized in building meaningful relationships with the corporate sector to benefit communities served on behalf of national organizations like the American Red Cross and the Smithsonian Institution, as well as Washington, D.C.-based groups Food & Friends and the Corcoran Gallery of Art .

Ellen is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and resides in Washington, D.C., with her family.


Andresse St. Rose, Ed.D.

Andresse St. Rose is a senior researcher at AAUW where she studies a wide range of gender equity issues in higher education and the workplace, including the recruitment and retention of women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) throughout the educational pathway. She is a co-author of several AAUW reports including Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success. Andresse is also a regular contributor and speaker to a variety of publications and audiences focused on the need to increase women’s representation in STEM. Prior to working at AAUW Andresse was an academic counselor and taught high school math and biology. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Hamilton College, a master’s degree from Boston College, and earned her doctorate in education policy from George Washington University.


Lamont Thompson

Lamont “LT” Thompson, manager of projects and expediting, is responsible for implementing and managing a streamlined internal project tracking system at AAUW. A proud father and family man, LT enjoys taking on home remodeling projects, exploring museums with his daughter, and attending live sports events.


Peggy Woods-Clark

Peggy Woods-Clark is AAUW’s website manager and oversees the ongoing development and operation of AAUW’s website. Peggy began her professional career in newspaper photojournalism and still misses the field-level access to sporting events. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas and believes that one year soon they will win the Big Dance again.


Pamela Yuen

Pam Yuen serves as AAUW’s interdepartmental assistant, lending time to the Public Policy and Government Relations and Leadership Programs departments. Prior to joining the AAUW team, Pam was a congressional staffer with the office of Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. She is a proud alumna of Douglass College-Rutgers University. In her free time she enjoys playing fast-pitch softball and baking cupcakes.