Malika Redmond, MA
Founding Executive Director
Malika is guiding the mission of Women Engaged to empower women and youth of color to become impactful leaders, key decision-makers and effective agents for social change. A feminist researcher and reproductive justice and human rights advocate, she has worked for more than a decade both nationally and internationally with such organizations as Political Research Associates, Choice USA, National Center for Human Rights Education, and Spelman College Women’s Research and Resource Center, developing and managing projects that focus on reproductive justice and LGBT rights for communities of color.
Malika was one of the youngest national field organizers for the 2004 March for Women’s Lives in Washington, D.C,, an event that brought nearly 1 million participants to the national Mall and is considered one of the largest marches in U.S. history. In 2012, she completed a two-term leadership position as a board member of the National Women’s Health Network. Her writings are featured in RH Reality Check, Truthout, The Women’s Health Activist, and AlterNet. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College and a master’s degree from Georgia State University in women’s studies.
"Women Engaged allows me to bridge my desire to make substantive change towards health equity, reproductive and racial justice through civic engagement, public policy, and leadership development opportunities for the many communities I hold dear."
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.
Jasmine brings to Women Engaged enthusiasm, experience, and dedication. She is a fulltime mother and career woman. She is currently pursuing her certification in project management. Jasmine is originally from Athens ,Ga and moved to Atlanta to attend Gwinnett College where she majored in Business Management She has spent the last 10 years employed at several Fortune 500 companies taking on both supportive and leadership roles. These positions have given her extensive experience in office management, organization, communication, travel planning and customer relations. She is passionate about helping others and active in her community. She is currently writing her first children's book dedicated her 6 year old daughter. Jasmine is looking forward to furthering her career and expanding her knowledge about civic engagement as she gains more leadership development with Women Engaged.