National Institute for Reproductive Health
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Who We Are

The National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) works at the state and local level in New York and across the U.S. to promote reproductive rights and expand access to reproductive health care through bold advocacy, creative education campaigns, and high-impact partnerships. NIRH is an innovative policy, communications, and educational organization that partners with state and local leaders to design new approaches to increase the availability of comprehensive reproductive health services (with a particular focus on abortion), reduce unintended pregnancies, and empower youth to make healthy sexual and reproductive decisions. In New York, NIRH serves as the 501(c)3 sister organization to NARAL Pro-Choice New York.

Two of NIRH's signature programs – the Urban Initiative for Reproductive Health and the Strengthen Our States Initiative – provide seed funding and strategic, technical assistance and hands-on support to dozens of organizations throughout the country seeking to advance reproductive health, rights, and justice. A third, TORCH – the Teen Outreach Reproductive CHallenge – is an award-winning effort to build new young leaders and engage in peer-to-peer education on sexual and reproductive health issues.

Staff List

Senior Staff
Andrea Miller, President
Andrew Stern, Chief Operating Officer
Ellen Goetz, Senior Vice President for Development

Kathryn Albergate, Manager of Youth Initiatives
Lauren Boc, Program Associate
Ami Cholia Senior Digital Manager
Danielle Castaldi-Micca, Director of Governmental and Political Affairs
Shelby Ebert, Development Officer
Liz Gipson, Program & Administrative Associate
Jordan Goldberg, Senior Counsel, Policy and State Strategies
Emily Kadar, Government Affairs and Advocacy Manager
Dara Kagan, Executive Assistant
Rose MacKenzie, Policy Counsel
Meredith Kormes, Senior Manager of State Initiatives
Jenny Mistry, Manager of Local Initiatives
Maria Elena Perez, Director of Policy and Strategic Partnerships
Christie Petrone, Associate Communications Director
Delaine Powerful, Program Assistant
Kate Supple, Director of Finance and Administration
Tara Sweeney, Communications Director
Melissa Toala, Youth Coordinator
Emily Zahn, Field and Organizing Coordinator
Annie Zeggers, Communications Assistant