Our Staff

Marcela Howell, Founder and President/CEO

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 Media Center (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 has a Masters in Literature from Saint Louis University and a JD from Pepperdine School of Law.


Jessica Pinckney, Vice President of Government Affairs

Jessica Pinckney

Jessica Pinckney is the vice president of government affairs at In Our Own Voice, responsible for coordinating the development, implementation, and evaluation of In Our Own Voice’s national and state policy work. She previously served as government relations manager for YWCA USA. Jessica holds a M.A. in Government with a concentration in Political Communications from John’s Hopkins University and a B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Service from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Donna Morris, Director of Administration

Donna Morris

Donna is the Director of Administration for In Our Own Voice. Previously she served as the administrative director at Communications Consortium Media Center (CCMC). She is the Founder & CEO of Xtra Pair of Hands DC, an events planning & staffing company she started in 2001 which currently employs fifteen staff and has over 300 clients in the DC Metropolitan area. She has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.


Natasha Chabria, Policy Manager

Natasha Chabria

Natasha Chabria is the policy manager of our Government Affairs department and a Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow. Natasha is a 2018 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, where she was a Teaching Assistant for Legal Research and Writing and student attorney in the Domestic Violence Clinic. Natasha also served on the Student Bar Association and the Multi-Cultural Law Student Association. Before going to law school, Natasha worked in education, and remains committed to advocating for the rights of youth. She received her BA from Tufts University in 2015, with a major in Peace and Justice Studies, and minors in Education and Linguistics.


Lexi White, Senior Policy Manager

Lexi White

Lexi White is the Senior Policy Manager in the Government Affairs Department at In Our Own Voice. Lexi holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Temple University, where she was awarded the Public Service Career Award. She holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, where she focussed on Gender and Health and was awarded the Carroll Smith Rosenberg Prize for her intersectional research on Street Harassment and gender-based violence. A passionate advocate for the full health and well-being of Black Women, Women of Color, and Queer and Trans People of Color, Lexi brings professional experience in policy, advocacy, movement-building and program management, having worked in the Reproductive Justice Movement, public health, and social justice sectors with New Voices for Reproductive Justice, Bebashi-Transition to Hope, Grassroots Campaigns Philadelphia, and the Penn Women’s Center. She previously served as a Mayoral Appointee on the Philadelphia Commission for Women and is a recipient of the Voices of Change award.


Jamor Gaffney, Director of Digital Strategies

Jamor Gaffney

Jamor Gaffney is the Director of Digital Strategies and her work includes building the online presence of our organization through digital communications. Prior to joining In Our Own Voice, Jamor was a Humanities teacher and Associate Director of Equity and Inclusion at Indian Creek School. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in African American Studies and Public Policy from the University of Maryland.