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To interview one of our experts, contact Marcela Howell at marcela@blackrj.org or 202-326-8700

Linda Goler Blount is the president and Chief Executive Officer of the Black Women’s Health Imperative, a nationwide organization devoted solely to advancing the health and wellness of America’s 20 million Black women and girls. As president and CEO, Linda oversees the strategic direction for the Imperative and leads the organization forward in its mission to achieve health equity, reproductive and social justice for Black women across the lifespan.

Before joining the Imperative, Linda served as the vice president of Programmatic Impact for the United Way of Greater Atlanta, where she lead a team focused on achieving transformations in health, income, education and housing stability. She was also the first-ever national vice president of Health Disparities at the American Cancer Society and provided strategic vision and leadership to the Society and its 12 geographic divisions for nationwide health equity policy and social determinants initiatives.

Linda’s expertise: Health disparities, Reproductive and social justice, Health equity, Social determinants of health and Data science.


Dázon Dixon Diallo is a recognized visionary and advocate in the struggle for women’s human rights and reproductive justice, and the fight against HIV/AIDS, on behalf of communities of women living with HIV and those at risk for HIV and STIs. She is the founder and president of SisterLove, Inc, established in 1989, the first women’s HIV/AIDS and RJ organization in the southeastern United States.

Dazon currently chairs the Metro Atlanta HIV/AIDS Services Planning Council, and is a member of the AIDS Research Advisory Council of the Division of AIDS at the National Institutes of Health. She is a founding member of the 30 for 30 Campaign for Women in the National HIV AIDS Strategy, and she serves on the HIV/DV National Advisory Committee for the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

Dazon’s expertise: Black women and HIV/AIDS, Abortion rights, Sexual and reproductive health and Human rights.


Janette Robinson Flint is a founding member and executive director of Black Women for Wellness. Her work in the health field began as an advocate during her pregnancy, seeking a holistic practitioner to work with her concept of a gentle birth. Today, she is part of the Reproductive Justice Coalition of Los Angeles, California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom and National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda. Over the course of the years, Janette’s journey has included The Birthing Project USA/Los Angeles, Great Beginnings for Black Babies, National Health Foundation, March of Dimes, California Primary Care Association, Inglewood Healthy Mothers & Babies, South Los Angeles Health Project and Women Infant & Children (South Los Angeles advisory board) Programs.

Janette’s expertise: Abortion rights; Contraceptive equity; Comprehensive sex education


Marcela Howell is the Executive Director and Founder of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda and a senior consultant on communications and policy at Communications Consortium Media Center. With over 40 years of experience advocating for women’s rights, reproductive health and justice and women’s empowerment, Marcela is devoted to working on the health, economic stability and empowerment of women and girls.

Marcela was formerly the vice president of policy, communications and marketing at Advocates for Youth, a non-profit organization that works on adolescent sexual and reproductive health issues, and the author of 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.

Marcela’s expertise: Abortion rights and access, Contraceptive equity, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Comprehensive sex education, and Youth empowerment.


La’Tasha D. Mayes is a nationally recognized leader in the field of reproductive justice, human rights and leadership development for women and girls of color. She is the founder and executive director of New Voices Pittsburgh, a Reproductive Justice organization dedicated to the health and well-being of Black women and girls. New Voices Pittsburgh celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year having served 10,000+ Black women and girls, women of color and LGBTQ people of color across Pennsylvania and in Ohio.

LaTasha’s expertise: Sexual & reproductive health, Affordable Care Act, Healthcare access, Abortion rights, LGBTQ rights, Gender-based violence and Incarcerated women.


Dr. Krystal Redman is the Executive Director of SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW!, and brings over 10 years of experience in managing low-income and women focused public health access and community-based youth development programs. Prior to her tenure with SPARK, Krystal served as the Senior Project Director, Maternal and Child Health, at the Georgia Department of Public Health, where she worked on creating greater healthcare access for women throughout the state of Georgia. She has worked as a Program Director and Administrator for organizations serving low-income youth and as a Clinical Director for a community-based addiction prevention program. Kyrstal received her Bachelors of Science in Sociology from University of California, Riverside and a Masters of Health Administration from University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She received her Doctorate of Public Health from Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California.

Krystal’s expertise: LGBTQ rights, youth engagement, voter engagement, contraceptive equity, mental and behavioral health equity, public health policy and healthcare access.