megan j. peterson executive director

Megan J. Peterson came to Gender Justice with over 14 years of experience in progressive social justice causes. As Deputy Director for the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF), Megan was instrumental in increasing the organization's impact by expanding and strengthening its network of grassroots abortion funds and significantly increasing its donor and foundation funding. Megan was instrumental in NNAF's founding leadership in All* Above All, a national campaign to repeal the Hyde Amendment. 

Prior to her nine years with NNAF, Megan served as Director of Development and Communications for Pro-Choice Resources in Minneapolis and as a patient advocate at Planned Parenthood's Highland Park clinic in St. Paul. 

Megan's expertise and strong relationships within the reproductive rights and justice movements add depth to one of Gender Justice's areas of expertise. Her experience and proven track record in nonprofit management, fundraising, and advocacy is a perfect fit for the next stage of Gender Justice's growth.

Jill Gaulding Co-founder AND SENIOR COUNSEL

Jill Gaulding began her career at MIT, obtaining undergraduate and graduate degrees in Cognitive Science. She then pursued public interest law and has focused her legal career on understanding and eliminating gender barriers. She has done international research on gender stereotypes and family leave policies, as well as taught law at the University of Iowa with a focus on global feminist strategy. 

Both as a professor and as a practicing lawyer, Jill has worked to modernize the legal system to better reflect what cognitive science has taught us about implicit bias. She currently leads Gender Justice's litigation program.


As an attorney, Lisa Stratton specializes in gender discrimination cases. She began her career at the University of Minnesota Law School, where she later joined the faculty as a professor and director of the Workers' Rights Clinic. She has won noteworthy federal cases on behalf of undocumented immigrant workers and women trailblazing in male-dominated industries, such as paper mills and processing plants.

In 2014, she was a key advocate at the Minnesota legislature. As part of her work leading Gender Justice's policy program, she lobbied for the progressive public policy changes in Minnesota's groundbreaking Women's Economic Security Act.

Christy Hall Staff Attorney

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Photo by James Robins

Christy Hall is a staff attorney at Gender Justice who represents clients challenging gender discrimination. She practices in both state and federal court, and has argued before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Christy litigates cases involving discrimination in employment, housing, health care, and education. She has a particular interest in representing clients who have experienced trauma.

Christy graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School and joined Gender Justice as a Robina Public Interest Scholars Fellow, a prestigious legal fellowship. Christy has worked for the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office on sexual assault and domestic violence cases. She has also volunteered for anti-domestic violence organizations the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women and Praxis International. Prior to becoming an attorney, Christy worked as a computer programmer.


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Gaonou Vang is a 2016 graduate of St. Olaf College with a lifelong commitment to social justice issues. She is excited to have found Gender Justice through the New Sector Alliance Program and to be able to support the organization's work in fundraising and communications.

Gaonou is looking forward to the coming year and developing a strong foundation in the work of human/civil rights.


M. Kathleen Murphy, Chair

Debra Fitzpatrick, Vice Chair

Erica Fields, Treasurer

James Robins, Secretary

Sharon Chadwick

Susan Coler

Tiffini Flynn Forslund


Miranda Foslien

Elizabeth Glidden

Hope Jensen

Rebecca Lucero

Kathy Magnuson

Tom Newkirk

Tom Zachary