STAFF & BOARD
megan j. peterson executive director
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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.
Lisa Stratton CO-FOUNDER AND SENIOR COUNSEL
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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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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.
Ryan Cooley DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR
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Ryan Cooley is a fundraiser, community organizer, and artist who connects organizational needs to community resources. He is endlessly fascinated by the ways shame upholds oppressive money, gender, and political dynamics.
Following undergraduate study in English and Political Science at Gustavus Adolphus College, Ryan advanced electoral campaigns for marriage equality, voter protection, and candidates for public office across Minnesota. They developed a passion for fundraising after joining Gender Justice during the fight for what became the Women’s Economic Security Act of 2014. After honing eir donor relation skills at the Ann Bancroft Foundation and NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, Ryan returned to Gender Justice in 2017.
In addition to fundraising for gender equity and bodily autonomy in the law and public policy, Ryan currently serves on 20% Theatre Company’s governing board.
Jill Gaulding Co-founder Emeritus
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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. Seven years after co-founding Gender Justice, Jill accepted a call to pursue a Masters of Divinity at Harvard. She transitioned out of her role at Gender Justice in June of 2017.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
M. Kathleen Murphy, Chair
Debra Fitzpatrick, Vice Chair
Erica Fields, Treasurer
James Robins, Secretary
Tiffini Flynn Forslund