Our Team

Uma Mishra-Newbery, Executive Director


Uma Mishra-Newbery is the Executive Director of Women’s March Global. Uma has been with Women’s March Global since March 2017, initially as a volunteer and then as the former Director of Global Community.

Prior to Women’s March Global, Uma was a high-school Chemistry teacher, worked in the medical field as a Medical Lab Technologist and served in the United States Army as an active duty soldier for nearly six years. Uma has been awarded numerous commendations and achievement awards for her leadership and duty during her time in service.

Uma has been a TEDx speaker, sharing how we can foster community through development work. She is a proud first generation Indian American, U.S. Army veteran, and forever will be a Science nerd. The motto that fuels Uma as an activist and community builder is by Alice Walker: “Activism is the rent I pay for living on the planet.”

Michelle Emson, Digital Director


Michelle is responsible for all aspects of Women’s March Global’s digital footprint, information technology platforms, infrastructure, and web application development. A devout and creative technologist, Michelle has held senior positions in multinational technology companies working on complex projects, across multiple time-zones, and with international teams.

Michelle is a published author, keynote speaker, documentary filmmaker, and committed international human rights activist. She currently sits on the Leadership Team for the Dignity Network, a coalition of Canadian civil society organizations that work with international partners in support of the human rights of LGBTQI people globally; Executive Director of KyivPride Canada, a Ukrainian-Canadian coalition on LGBTQI rights; and gender diversity lead for Fierté Canada Pride.

In 2017, Michelle received a YWCA Muskoka Women of Distinction Award for her work in her local community in arts, culture, LGBTQI+ and women’s rights. Michelle is the Ambassador for the Women’s March Muskoka Chapter.

“When we come to truly accept and love our own uniqueness then, just maybe, we can come to respect the uniqueness of others.”

Jackson Hyland-Lipski, Visual Content Director


Jackson Hyland-Lipski is an activist and filmmaker from New York City. He is currently the Visual Content Director for Women's March Global and has been working for the organization since early 2017. In November 2016, Jackson helped organize the Women’s March on Washington as Head of Web Development on the Women’s March National Team and continued in that role until the end of 2017.

Jackson was previously the Executive Assistant for the Alive Inside Foundation, which connects youth to elders living with dementia through music, education, and empathy. The Foundation was created by Director Michael Rossato-Bennett after winning the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award in 2014 for his film Alive Inside. Previous to his work in the non-profit sector, Jackson was mainly working in documentary filmmaking. During this time he had the opportunity to work on numerous award-winning films including the Netflix Original What Happened, Miss Simone? [Emmy Winning, Academy Award Nominated], Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 [Academy Award Winning], Killer Bees [Hamptons Film Festival] and The Last Laugh [Tribeca Film Festival]. Jackson concurrently worked for Academy Award Nominated Producer Amy Hobby as Head of Development for her production company Tangerine Entertainment that produces women-led projects.

Jackson Hyland-Lipski graduated from Northeastern University in 2015, where he received a BA in Film and Philosophy with a minor in Writing.

Katie Simpson, Head of Operations

Katie Simpson

Katie is a believer in the power of the collective voice and its ability to shape fair, equitable, and transparent institutions.

Prior to coming to Women’s March Global, Katie worked for the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at UC San Diego, where she helped create UC San Diego’s first-ever Diversity Report.

As the Chair of the Diversity Advisory Council at UC San Diego, she worked to strategize and implement fair and equitable practices for the 7500+ graduate students on Campus. Additionally, she represented the graduate student body on the Chancellor’s Committee for the Status of Women, advocating for and raising awareness of the particular experience of graduate student women on Campus and in higher education generally.

For her work in these roles she was named the 2017 Outstanding Community Leader by the Graduate Student Association.

Katie has worked previously in the non-profit sector, at an educational non-profit focused on underserved populations in West Philadelphia.

Melissa Durrell, Director of Media and PR


Melissa Durrell is the Director of Media and PR for Women’s March Global. She's known for her distinctive storytelling techniques, which she honed at her former career as an award-winning Canadian broadcast journalist. She now uses her unique skill set to amplify change makers as president of Durrell Communications.

Melissa’s passion for communications has also led her to a career in politics. She is serving a second term as an elected official on Waterloo, Ontario City Council and is known for her aggressive leadership style and a “make it happen” attitude. She is active on several portfolios, including urban issues, community building, and green sustainable solutions.

Advocating for more women’s voices in politics and business has become Melissa’s side hustle, organizing and speaking at various conferences.

Melissa is the founder of the Z Film Festival, a non-profit film festival that showcases female filmmakers from across the globe.

Maya Hendler, Programmes and Communications Associate


Prior to joining Women’s March Global, Maya graduated from the University of New South Wales, Australia where she received a BA in Fine Arts and Indigenous Studies, with a minor in Environmental Studies. Her final thesis addressed the reasons artists resist categorisation as Aboriginal while working to mobilise new representations of Indigeneity; looking at the relationship between Indigenous realities and curated histories in the context of expectations of art that is labeled Aboriginal. While at university Maya worked as a mentor for the Nura Gili Indigenous Tuition Program.

Maya is an artist, working primarily in sculpture, installation and film and is passionate about the role art plays in social action and activism, awareness raising and community building. Maya has worked as an aid to art therapists working with children and families in an Aboriginal community near Sydney, Australia. She has volunteered with the Lalela Project in South Africa, an organisation that provides educational arts for at-risk youth.

Maya has also volunteered at schools in Borneo and Zambia, and most recently accompanied Australian primary school students as a mentor to volunteer at a Montessori orphanage and primary school in Udon Thani, Thailand.

Jessica Goldfarb, Administration and Finance Advisor

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Jessica Goldfarb is a lawyer and strategic management, operations, finance, and program management professional with a commitment to social purpose. She has expertise in the management of startups, growing organizations, and social enterprises.

Jessica most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer and Advisor at Civic Hall, a collaborative community of civic tech innovators, advancing the use of technology for the public good. Prior, she has 20 years of experience focused on management, organizational strategy, legal, talent management, and team development issues for creatively- or technology-driven entities.

Jessica was the Managing Partner of the preeminent recruitment firm, Roz Goldfarb Associates, where she started its Digital Media division, and served in the Clinton Administration as an employment and technology policy advisor to Vice President Gore, the Labor Department, and The National Commission for Employment Policy. Her experience in employment law also includes work in employment mediation, arbitration, and investigations, and in practice at the Proskauer firm in NYC.