Our Team

Lara Stein, Executive Director

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Lara Stein is currently the Executive Director of Women’s March Global, the sister organization of Women’s March. Stein recently acted as the interim Executive Director of MIT ReACT, a new institute-wide organization at MIT dedicated to developing a global educational platform for displaced populations and refugees. Stein also currently sits on the board of Equality Now, dedicated to creating a more just world for women and girls and Lalela, a non-profit dedicated to education through the arts in South Africa. Stein was also recently on the board of The Lung Cancer Research Foundation.

Ms. Stein was the Managing Director of Singularity University’s community and global expansion and implementation strategy.

Prior to her time at SU, Ms. Stein was the founder and director of the TEDx program at the TED Conferences. In 2007, she lead the effort to bring TED to the world by developing a program that granted free licenses to third parties to organize independent TED-like events. In the first five years of TEDx, Ms. Stein grew the program into a global phenomenon with more than 40,000 talks given at more than 8,000 TEDx events in 1,200 cities in 133 countries. By December 2013, eight TEDx events, on average, were being organized every day in one of 133 countries.

Under Stein's leadership, TED expanded to include TEDxWomen, TED-like events dedicated to women empowerment, and the inclusion of youth audience with the creation of the TEDYouth and TEDxYouth. Stein also created the TEDx corporate event platform, TEDx in a Box. While leading TEDx Ms. Stein simultaneously held the position of Director of the TED Prize.

Ms. Stein has consulted to numerous Media and Technology companies, including Pangea Day, Worldwide Biggies, and JVP. Prior to her consulting roles, Ms. Stein founded the web development firm iXL’s New York office. Stein also held senior level positions at Microsoft’s MSN division, where she ran MSN’s New York office, and spearheaded all broadband programming and business development. Prior to Microsoft, Stein founded and served as Director of Licensing and Interactive Publishing at Nelvana and Marvel Comics.

Stein has produced programming for Lifetime Television, Simon and Schuster, WGBH-PBS. Ms. Stein started her career as a documentary filmmaker and has produced and directed numerous documentary films. Ms. Stein’s achievements have earned her recognition in several leading industry trade publications.

Email: lara@womensmarchglobal.org

Uma Mishra-Newbery, Director of Global Community

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Motivated by her passion for service and belief that human action can influence society, Uma Mishra-Newbery is the driving force behind community development at Women’s March Global. As the Director of Global Community of Women’s March Global, the sister organisation of Women’s March, Uma maintains communications and builds connections between sister Chapters and partner organisations. Editor of the Women’s March Global Medium publication, Uma finds stories worth sharing from women around the world. Uma has been a TEDx speaker, sharing how we can foster community through development work. A proud first generation Indian American and U.S. Army veteran, Uma served for six years as an active duty U.S. Army soldier. Her motto and favourite quote is by Alice Walker: “Activism is the rent I pay for living on the planet.”

Email: uma@womensmarchglobal.org

Michelle Emson, Digital Director

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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.”

Email: michelle@womensmarchglobal.org

Jackson Hyland-Lipski, Global Coordinator

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Jackson Hyland-Lipski is an activist and filmmaker from New York City. He is currently the Global Coordinator 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.

Email: jackson@womensmarchglobal.org

Caroline Lefaivre, Director of Partnerships and Fundraising

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Caroline is responsible for all strategic partnerships and fundraising for Women’s March Global. In this capacity, Caroline works closely with partners, sister organizations, and supporters to inform the overall fundraising direction and strategy to ensure that Women’s March Global is adequately resourced.

The daughter of two United States Marines and a two-term AmeriCorps VISTA alumna, Caroline has maintained her deeply instilled commitment to public service throughout her decade long career in nonprofit management. Prior to joining Women’s March Global, Caroline worked to build the capacity of New York City public schools and students as the Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at PENCIL; increased the retention of executive leadership at grassroots led Habitat affiliate organizations across the United States as the Coordinator of the New Affiliate Leader Development Program at Habitat for Humanity International; and created the fundraising department for Culture Connect Inc., an organization that fostered cultural fluency between immigrants and the Atlanta Metro community at large through language services, mentoring, and education.

Caroline earned her MS in Nonprofit Management from the Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment at The New School and BA in Psychology from the University of Kentucky.

Katie Simpson, Executive Assistant

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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.

A former academic, Katie has a Masters degree in 20th century European History, where she studied collective memory and war. She pursued her PhD in Communication, where she was interested in history and memory in the digital age, and the evolution of collective communication via digital media. She has also studied feminist and socialist theories.

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

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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.