Our Staff

Marcela Howell, Founder and Executive Director

Marcela Howell

Marcela has over 40 years of experience advocating for women’s rights, reproductive health and justice and women’s empowerment. Prior to founding In Our Own Voice, she served as senior policy and communications consultant for Communications Consortium for Media Change (CCMC). She is the former vice president of policy, communications and marketing at Advocates for Youth, a non-profit organization that works on adolescent sexual and reproductive health issues. She authored Walk in My Shoes: A Black Activist’s Guide to Surviving the Women’s Movement, a collection of inspirational essays to help young African American women navigate the women’s movement and empower them to become leaders in the fight for Reproductive Justice. She has a Masters in Literature from Saint Louis University and a JD from Pepperdine School of Law.

Michelle S. Batchelor, Deputy Director


Prior to coming to In Our Own Voice, Michelle developed the Minority Leadership Program and oversaw the domestic and global programming at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), including handling the Black/African American, Youth and Women’s HIV portfolios. She also worked at the Chicago Department of Public Health for 10 years, managing several programs across the STD/HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse and Mental Health divisions. She is the founder and former co-chair for the Illinois Women of African Descent Coalition and Divas Dining, a social networking health promotion initiative. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Spelman College.

Donna Morris, Program Manager

Donna Morris

Donna Morris is currently the administrative director at Communications Consortium Media Center (CCMC). She oversees meeting logistics, conference planning, trainings and office administration. She is the Founder & CEO of Xtra Pair of Hands DC, an events planning & staffing company she started in 2001 which company currently employs fifteen staff and has over 300 clients in the DC Metropolitan area. She has a degree in Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh, at which time she served as an advocate for women and children’s issues.