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Champions of Choice Honorees

Kate Walsh

With over two decades of experience, Kate Walsh remains one of the busiest actresses in the industry. Her most recent live performance role was in the off-Broadway play IF I FORGET, for which she was nominated for a number of awards. Onscreen, Walsh most recently starred in Netflix’s 13 REASONS WHY as Olivia Baker, as well as THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY. Walsh also stars in three upcoming films: HONEST THIEF, 3022, and SELL BY.
In 2017, Walsh was seen in the hit comedy, GIRL’S TRIP, as well as the Netflix feature #REALITYHIGH and Sony’s MARK FELT: THE MAN WHO BROUGHT DOWN THE WHITE HOUSE. Walsh is also widely known for her starring role as Dr. Addison Montgomery on ABC’s PRIVATE PRACTICE and GREY’S ANATOMY. Walsh has also appeared on and executive produced a variety of other shows in the TV space.
Aside from acting, Walsh has been a strong voice in the fight for women’s rights and reproductive freedom. Another cause important to Walsh is ocean and marine life conservation. Lastly, Walsh has also traveled around the world with Operation Smile to provide surgical care to children born with cleft lips.

Margaret Munzer Loeb

Margaret Munzer Loeb, President of MML Productions, is a passionate advocate for women’s reproductive freedom. Her two decades of work to advance women’s rights are manifested in a robust philanthropic portfolio which promotes social justice, human rights, and LGBT equality. Margaret focuses on ensuring universal access to reproductive services and preserving and advancing the rights of all women to make their own choices about their health, especially in the face of forces who would erode them. She is also an avid supporter of feminist art, consistent with her view that the arts are essential channels for social change.
Margaret served on the boards of the National Institute for Reproductive Health from 2006-2015 and the Center for Reproductive Rights from 2011-2013. She currently serves on the boards of PEN America, Prep for Prep, and the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. Margaret is also a member of the President’s Advisory Council on the Arts at Brown University, where she received her B.A. in History and Visual Art. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work.
Margaret started her career in commercial film production and has recently returned to creating films through her company, MML Productions. She is currently executive producing and directing a documentary feature film on the unintended consequences of over-parenting, over-pressuring, and over-protecting children today.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Andrew M. Cuomo is the 56th Governor of New York, having assumed office on January 1, 2011. Throughout his entire life, Andrew Cuomo has had the same values and the same principles; he has not only believed in those values and principles, but he has developed the skills to fight for them – and to win. As Governor, Andrew Cuomo has fought for social, racial and economic justice for all New Yorkers.
Under his leadership, New York passed marriage equality, a $15 minimum wage, the strongest paid family leave program in the nation, the strongest gun safety laws in the nation, equal rights for women, greater protections for immigrants, the largest investment in education in state history, cut taxes for the middle class, implemented a 2 percent property tax cap, put more New Yorkers to work than ever before, and became the first state in the nation to offer free college tuition for middle-class families. He also got the state building again – taking on projects that had been stalled for decades and using union labor every step of the way.
Andrew Cuomo is the proud father of three girls, Mariah, Cara, and Michaela.

Senate Democratic Leader

Andrea Stewart-Cousins

Andrea Stewart-Cousins was elected by her colleagues to serve as Leader of the Senate Democratic Conference in December 2012, becoming the first female leader of a legislative conference in New York State history. She was first elected to the State Senate in 2006, representing parts of Westchester County including Greenburgh, part of White Plains, part of New Rochelle, part of Yonkers and Scarsdale. Her belief that creating change locally affects changes on the State level has driven her legislative and policy agenda at home and in Albany. In January 2019, Andrea Stewart-Cousins became the first women legislative leader in New York State history.
As Leader, Andrea Stewart-Cousins has made women’s rights and growing the state economy a key priority for the Senate Democratic Conference. She also understands that education is the equalizer in our society, and that is why she has fought to improve the quality of education for every child, regardless of what zip code they live in. Throughout her time in public service, Senator Stewart-Cousins has been a strong advocate for human rights, quality education, accessible and affordable reproductive health care, and making government more efficient, transparent and accountable to all citizens.
Senator Stewart-Cousins resides in Yonkers, was married to the late Thomas Cousins and has three children and four grandchildren.

Speaker Carl E. Heastie

Carl E. Heastie is the 100th Speaker of the New York State Assembly. He has the historic distinction of being the first African-American to serve as leader of the Chamber’s 150 members representing communities across the state of New York. Since his election on February 3, 2015, he has led the Assembly Democratic Majority in efforts to uplift communities and promote a Families First agenda that prioritizes strategic investments in the health, safety, economic and social well-being of New York’s families. Under his leadership, the Assembly has won a number of landmark victories that deliver on the Assembly Majority’s promise to expand opportunities for achievement in communities around the state.
Since his very first days in office, he has been a fierce and public advocate for the needs of women and girls, including the importance of advancing equitable access to the full range of reproductive and sexual health information and services and securing each person’s right to make important decisions about their reproductive lives.

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Champions of Choice
Benefit Committee

Honorary Chairs: Caroline Hirsch, Cindi Leive, Nancy Silverman

Christine Quinn, Co-Chair
Andrew Stern, Co-Chair
Kim Chirls
Julie F. Kay
Heidi Lurensky
Jane Pollock
Laura Ross, MD
Abigail Schumer
Audrey Spiegel
Mila Tuttle
Sharon Weinberg

Event Sponsors

Champion
Margaret Munzer Loeb · Nancy Silverman

Trailblazer
Audrey Gruss · Audrey and Jeff Spiegel

Illuminary
Elyse and Lawrence B. Benenson · Kim M. Catullo and Hon. Christine C. Quinn · Cynthia Green Colin and Patricia Green · Laura Ross, MD and David Ross · Fiona & Eric Rudin and The May & Samuel Rudin Family Foundation

Visionary
Jane Pollock and Philip Berney · Abigail and David Schumer · Sharon Weinberg

Defender
Jill Braufman and Daniel Nir · Kim and Richard Chirls · David Geffen Foundation · Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP · Julie F. Kay and Thomas Fergus · Caroline Hirsch · Stephanie Krieger · Laura Scheuer · Select Equity Group LLC · Mila Tuttle · The John and Barbara Vogelstein Foundation

Protector
Donna L. Bascom · Daniel and April Brooks · Laurie Campbell · Debra Cooper · Wendy Damon · Roxanne Donovan · Bob Fertik and Antonia Stolper · Wendy Flanagan and Amy Lipin · Susan Friedman · Jennifer Gilbert · Lissa Hirsch, MD · Humble Monkey LLC · Lisa Kohl · Kim Koopersmith · Sarah Kovner · Jill Lafer · Linda Lambert · Raquel and Lear Levin · Aila Main · Marks Panneth LLP · Kathleen S. McHugh · Deborah McManus · Kimberly and Scott Resnick · Barbra Rothschild · SKDKnickerbocker · Alexandra Shiva · Allison Stern · Andrew Stern · Ian and Catherine Wallace · Judy F. Zankel

Boards of Directors

National Institute for Reproductive Health

Julie F. Kay, Chair
Raquel Levin, Treasurer
Laura Ross, MD,  Secretary
Kim Chirls, ex officio
Jill Braufman
Lissa Hirsch, MD
Robert Jaffe
Kathleen McHugh
Jane Pollock
Laura Scheuer
Nancy Silverman
Audrey Spiegel

 

National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund

Kim Chirls, Chair
Shirley Gordon, Treasurer
Bob Fertik, Secretary
Julie F. Kay, ex officio
 Donna Bascom
Daniel J. Brooks
Debra Cooper
Sarah Kovner
Raquel Levin
Christine Quinn
Sharon Weinberg

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