Emily May, Co-Founder and Executive Director
Emily is an international leader in the gender justice movement. In 2005, at the age of 24, she co-founded Hollaback! in New York City, and in 2010 she became its first full-time executive director.
Under her leadership, the organization has scaled to over 50 cities in 25 countries, and launched HeartMob, Hollaback!’s platform designed to support people being harassed online, and The People’s Supper, a collaboration to designed to bring people together to repair the fissures in our relationships, heal, and bridge difference. Emily believes that by having each others backs in deep and meaningful ways, we can disrupt cycles of hate and create a world where everyone has the right to feel safe and confident.
Prior to running Hollaback!, Emily worked in the anti-poverty world as a case manager, political action coordinator, director of development, and most recently, a one-woman research and development team. She has also worked on four political campaigns. Emily has a Master’s Degree in Social Policy from the London School of Economics, is an Ashoka Fellow, a Prime Movers Fellow, and has won over ten awards for her work including the TEDCity 2.0 Prize.
Jae Cameron, Program & Development Officer
Jae Cameron holds a Masters in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of British Columbia. She also holds a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies and English Literature from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Her research focuses have been on LGBTQIA life writing and performance art and on Critical Race perspectives on tourism. Jae’s recent publications include “The ‘Experience’ of the Border: Discourses of Authenticity and Violence within the Illegal Border Crossing Experience” in Surfacing and her set of poems, “Spilling,” in The Misadventures of Awkward Queers.
Jill Dimond PhD, Chief Tech Developer
Jill is a worker-owner of Sassafras Tech Collective—a tech research, design, and development shop based in Ann Arbor, Michigan specializing in custom web and mobile applications for social change, academics, artists, and others. She completed a PhD in 2012 from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Human Centered Computing. Her research expertise is at the intersection of social computing, social justice, and the learning sciences. She has published many academic papers in these areas and has received numerous awards including a NSF Graduate Fellowship and Google Anita Borg Scholarship. Jill has a bachelor’s in Computer Science from the University of Michigan and has worked for Google and Blink UX. In her spare time, Jill enjoys the play between low and high tech and can be found pickling garlic scapes, making tinctures for a local free apothecary, and reconnecting with her roots in Detroit.
Tamar Davis, Program & Administrative ASSOCIATE
Tamar Davis is a recent graduate of Wellesley College, where she majored in sociology with a minor in Africana studies. During her time there Tamar served as president of an on-campus Black student organization and was named a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellow. Her research interests have included womanist theory and Black ethnic identity construction with a particular focus on the relationships that are shared amongst Black women and the role this plays in one’s construction of the self. Her written work has been featured on Blavity, HerCampus, and various Wellesley-based literary publications.
Board of Directors
Chair: Allison Sesso, Executive Director of the Human Services Council (full bio)
Vice-Chair: Rita Pasarell, employment lawyer
Treasurer: Esther Pang, Business Manager at major finance firm
Secretary: Courtney Young, Popular culture and politics writer; founder of Think Young Media Group (full bio)
Jon Atkins, Former Managing Director at KCG Holdings
Nicolai Bezsonoff, Managing Director of Security Services at Neustar, Inc. (full bio)
Jenny Dills, Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Expert
Amy O’Donnell, ICT in Programme Lead at Oxfam (full bio)
Bhavna Sethi, CTO of Mela Artisans and Managing Director at Cinapse LLC (full bio)
Raina Kumra, co-founder at Mavin, Inc. (full bio)
W. Kamau Bell, comedian (full bio)
Samuel Carter, Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation and Hollaback! co-founder (full bio)
Sandra Fluke, attorney and women’s rights activist (full bio)
Sally Kohn, CNN contributor and columnist for The Daily Beast (full bio)
Yetta Kurland, partner and civil rights attorney at “The Kurland Group,” educator, radio host, small business owner and community activist (full bio)
Thao Nguyen, Web Producer at Viacom Media Networks and inspiration for Hollaback! (full bio)
Esta Soler, founder and president of Futures without Violence, expert on violence against women and children (full bio)
If you are interested in applying to be a member of our board of directors, please send a letter of interest and resume to [email protected].