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.

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.

Imani Edwards, Program Manager for the Next Generation Leadership Institute

Imani Edwards

Imani Edwards is the program manager for In Our Own Voice’s Next Generation Leadership Institute. She is responsible for managing our leadership development program designed for HBCU students who are invested in Reproductive Justice. Throughout her career, she has worked in independent K-12 schools, higher education, and healthcare organizations in order to create projects that highlight the contributions and needs of black communities. Imani received her B.A. in Urban Studies with a minor in Economics from Fordham University, and her M.A. in Individualized Study exploring cultural preservation through storytelling from NYU Gallatin.