Malika Redmond, MA
CEO and CoFounder
Malika Redmond is the co-founder and CEO of Women Engaged, a 6 years old 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. Women Engaged was featured in a Forbes blog post as a top ten organization to donate to that is led by women of color in the 2020 "Giving Tuesday Campaign."
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 for a decade led community leadership training, networking, and cross-cultural relationship-building opportunities for Black youth from the continent of Africa and among the African Diaspora including hosting conferences in nations such as South Africa, Brazil, Jamaica and the United States of America. Additionally, she 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.
Currently, 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, Blavity, PRA, the Women's Health Advocate. She has been quoted and or featured in The New Republic, Teen Vogue, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Malika holds a BA from Spelman College and MA from Georgia State University.
Selena H. McLaurin, MBA, MPP
Chief of Staff and Vice-President of Development
Selena McLaurin is chief of staff and vice-president of development with Women Engaged, partnering with the CEO on the management of day-to-day administrative and fundraising operations, as well as special projects. A native of Atlanta, Selena possesses over ten years of social and community impact experience in state and local government and nonprofit sectors. Her experience includes work with the Georgia General Assembly on the state’s comprehensive education budget, managing the City of Atlanta’s arts funding budget with the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, and serving on The Nature Conservancy’s Georgia 2020 campaign fundraising team – helping the organization raise $36 million in private funding to support critical environmental conservation efforts across the state.
Selena has served on the boards and advisory committees of the INROADS Atlanta Alumni Association, the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, and the Woodruff Arts Center. She has served as a mentor for the Mandela Washington Fellowship program and is a member of the Atlanta Black Jewish Coalition’s Project Understanding class of 2015. Selena holds a B.A. in political science from Spelman College, an M.S. in public policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MBA with concentrations in marketing and strategy from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.
Michelle Wilson, MA
Vice President of Leadership Development & Movement Building Technologies
Michelle (they/them/she) is a Black, queer woman born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO). They have worked in social justice, community engagement, and politics for over 14 years. They started their journey as a teenager as the first Black woman appointed Chairman of the KCMO Youth Commission, where they led a team of young people who created policy recommendations for the city government. They went on to study political science in Little Rock, Arkansas at Philander Smith College.
They were a founding member of the first Gay-Straight Alliance at a Historically Black institution in Arkansas. Afterward, they worked in the Social Justice Institute at Philander Smith College managing programs and events in social justice education for the campus and community at large. Michelle worked closely with the Human Rights Campaign to advance rights and visibility for Black LGBTQ+ folks. While in Arkansas, they were appointed to the Arkansas Coalition for Juvenile Justice, where they served to inform policy pertaining to incarcerated young people. Michelle was also a board member of Women Lead Arkansas, an organization geared toward the inclusiveness of women in political engagement.
Michelle is now a resident in Atlanta, GA, and is set to receive their Masters in Political Science from Clark Atlanta University. Currently, they serve as a 2021 Reproductive Health Rights, and Justice Fellow with the Rockwood Leadership Institute to deepen their commitment to movement and leadership development. They are excited to bring together their passions and education to fulfill the mission and vision of Women Engaged. In their free time, Michelle enjoys crochet, playing/streaming video games, and connecting with loved ones.
Mishara Davis, BA
Vice-President of Political and Civic Engagement
Mishara Davis grew up in Georgia where her passion for social justice began as an organizer with the NAACP in 2007. She continued her advocacy in Detroit and later served as a Precinct Delegate for two years representing voters with enthusiasm and transparency. In 2016, Mishara organized voters in New Hampshire and Mississippi during the presidential primaries which further molded her interest in integrated voter engagement.
For the last five years, Mishara worked and lived in Washington, D.C. advocating for political power building in BIPOC communities across the country through civic engagement, strategic data management, and relational organizing with State Voices. She now resides in Georgia and approaches the work at Women Engaged using a racial and gender equity lens as the Vice President of Political & Civic Engagement.
Mishara graduated from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor with a B.A. in Political Science and Urban Planning in 2015 and is completing her MPA at Indiana University O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Mishara is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and leads the political action efforts for her chapter.
If/When/How RJ Fellow
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.