Malika Redmond, MA
Founding Executive Director
"Malika Redmond is the co-founder and executive director of Women Engaged an initiative based in Atlanta, GA, that works to inspire Black women and young adults to become impactful leaders, key decision-makers and effective agents for social change through voter engagement and reproductive justice advocacy and leadership development. Malika has worked for 20 years both nationally and internationally managing projects that focus on women's human rights, racial justice, and youth empowerment. She founded the International Black Youth Summit in 1994, and was one of the youngest national field organizers for the 2004 March for Women’s Lives an event that brought nearly 1 million participants to the National Mall.
Malika is the proud board Chair of the ProGeorgia Civic Engagement Table and her awards include the 2016 distinguished Rockwood Fellow for Leaders In the Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice field,"Stand Up for Reproductive Justice" award by Feminist Women's Health Center, "Legends in the Making" award by Planned Parenthood, SE, and a nominated "ChangeMaker" for the 2016 United States of Women conference. Her writings are featured in Truthout, PRA, The Women’s Health Activist, and AlterNet. Malika holds a BA from Spelman College and MA from Georgia State University."
Michelle Wilson, MA
Senior Program Manager
Michelle is a native of Kansas City, Missouri with a passion for social justice and human rights. She was the first woman appointed as Chairwoman of the Kansas City Youth Commission, where she led a team to develop policies to positively impact youth. She ventured to Little Rock, Arkansas where she attended Philander Smith College. She co-founded the first Gay-Straight Alliance at a Historically Black College in the state of Arkansas and worked closely with the Human Rights Campaign to advocate for LGBTQ+ people of color. While in Arkansas, she was appointed to the Arkansas Coalition for Juvenile Justice. She was also a board member of Women Lead Arkansas, an organization geared toward inclusiveness of women in the political engagement.
Michelle coordinated and managed over 28 programs which covered a range of issues in her position with the Social Justice Institute of Philander Smith College. In 2013, Michelle received her BA at Philander Smith College and is completing her MA at Clark Atlanta University in Political Science. Michelle’s passion and work for equal rights makes her ideally suited to contribute to fulfilling the mission of Women Engaged.
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Lauren North comes to Women Engaged from Louisville, KY where she received her Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in May 2020. While in law school, Lauren dedicated her time and talents to areas of public interest law and causes. As a student, she worked with Kentucky Legal Aid on criminal record expungement and voting rights restoration, the Ackerson Law Clinic representing survivors of domestic and sexual violence, the American Civil Liberties Union on issues of reproductive and indigenous justice, and the Legal Aid Society of Louisville on eviction defense and housing equity. Most recently, Lauren joined the Mass Defense Committee for the National Lawyers Guild of Kentucky to protect the rights of those protesting against police brutality and racial injustice.
Prior to law school, Lauren enjoyed a decade-long career in movement-building and national politics. During this time, she worked as a community organizer and communications specialist for two Presidential races, the DCCC, the Giffords Campaign to Stop Gun Violence, the Presidential Inaugural Committee, and the United States Department of Labor. Additionally, Lauren spent two years in the Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) as a community health and gender empowerment volunteer with the United States Peace Corps. In addition to her law degree, Lauren holds a B.A. in Peace & Global Studies, with highest honors, from Earlham College, and a M.Sc. in Gender, Development and Globalization from the London School of Economics & Political Science. She is currently serving as a Reproductive Justice Legal Fellow with If/When/How for 2020-2021.