Board of Directors
The National Woman’s Party has a dedicated Board of Directors from across the private and public sectors.
Our Directors are leaders in their industries, bringing decades of valuable experience working in business, legal, fundraising, government relations, nonprofit, and communications and marketing sectors to the NWP to advance our mission and implement our vision.
Susan E. Carter
Susan Carter is a retired ExxonMobil executive, with expertise in issues management, government affairs, crisis management, communications and strategic philanthropy. She serves on an advisory council at NC State University, where she received her undergraduate degree, and has a masters degree from Johns Hopkins SAIS. Early in her career, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Damascus, Syria, and worked as a journalist based in the Persian Gulf region. Her interests include equality, politics, foreign affairs, theater, music, oceans, and animals.
Senior Vice President
Connie Tipton served for 35 years as a senior executive of the International Dairy Foods Association, a trade association representing companies throughout North America who make and market dairy products. During this time she served on many advisory committees and boards related to agriculture and trade policy. She retired from the association at the end of 2016 after serving as President and CEO for more than 10 years. Tipton currently is Vice Chairman of the U.S. Capitol Historical Association Board of Directors and participates in many community events to support organizations on Capitol Hill where she lives.
Vice president for Legal Affairs & Secretary
Michelle Cohen brings 25 plus years of legal experience to guide the NWP with a myriad of legal issues, including contracts, employment, governance, and non-profit law. Michelle chairs the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice at Ifrah Law, a Chambers-ranked boutique firm in DC. She is active on several other boards, including the International Association of Privacy Professionals Publications Advisory Board and the Emory Law School Alumni Board. Michelle is a native Bostonian and Red Sox fan. Michelle and her family live in Northern Virginia, with their rescue dog, “Joey.”
Vice president for Development
Alicia Daly brings over 15 years of professional experience in fundraising, senior level fiscal oversight, infrastructure development, and non-profit management expertise to bear for a variety of national non-profit organizations. Prior to her consulting work, Ms. Daly served as the Finance and Development Director at American Rights at Work and was an integral part of the senior leadership team that assessed, planned, and executed its merger with Jobs with Justice in 2012. She also served as the Associate Publisher for Ms. Magazine where she led the publication’s transition from a struggling for-profit enterprise to a more sustainable non-profit model. Ms. Daly was appointed to the City of Alexandria (VA) Commission for Women in July 2013 and served as Second Vice Chair from 2016-2017.
Monica Lucero has over fifteen years of experience working in the media, non-profit, technology and government sectors in the Washington, DC Metro area. Currently serving as a National Account Director for Yoh Managed Services, Ms. Lucero helps her media and entertainment customers with strategic workforce solutions. Ms. Lucero has proven experience in operations, technology planning, financial management, business development, strategic planning and managing intellectual property. Ms. Lucero’s interest in women’s issues led her to reside on the Board for Women in Cable and Telecommunications in the Washington DC area.
Immediate Past President
Lucy Calautti is the immediate past president of the National Woman's Party. She remains active in helping to chart a course for the NWP's full equality efforts. Lucy is CEO of Dakota Strategies, a government relations firm representing Major League Baseball and the Children's Hospital Association. Lucy was instrumental, working with Senators and President Obama in making the Belmont Paul women's equality museum a national monument. Women's equality has long been a passion of Lucy's. She was a delegate to the first national conventions of the Women's Political Caucus and NOW, and was active in the Equal Rights Amendment ratification effort. Calautti is a U.S. Navy veteran.
Amy Bevilacqua has over 25 years of experience in education, media and technology. She oversees strategy and investments in her current role as the Chief Innovation Officer for American Public Education, Inc. Amy is dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship and innovation in higher education and has a strong track record for high impact public-private partnerships. Amy earned her BA at Carleton College and her MBA from Yale University. She served as a member of the founding council of YaleWomen, the university’s global network of over 35,000 female alums.
Raissa H. Downs cofounded Tarplin, Downs & Young, LLC in January 2006 after spending nearly a decade on Capitol Hill and in the Executive branch in senior staff positions. Downs served as Subcommittee Staff Director and Healthcare Policy Advisor to Senator Mike Enzi on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee before leaving the Senate. She then joined the legislative team at the Department of Health and Human Services in 2002 as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation, finishing her tenure after a promotion to Principal Deputy. While her portfolio captured all of the programs under the HHS jurisdiction, she spent a significant amount of time on implementation of the Medicare Part D program and other major regulatory matters before CMS and FDA. Prior to the creation of the firm, Downs was a Vice President at the lobby firm Barbour, Griffith, and Rogers.
Rebecca Grawl is a licensed, professional D.C. tour guide with twelve years’ experience in public history, museum education, and tourism. She has worked with institutions such as Amazement Square, the Museum of the American Revolution, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Maier Museum of Art. Rebecca is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution as well as serving as a alumnae and senior leader for the National Society Children of the American Revolution. She holds a B.A. in American Culture from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (now Randolph College).
Danielle Iverson is Manager of Government Relations for the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). Danielle leads AAFA’s product safety, chemical management, and labeling programs, including serving as liaison to the AAFA Product Safety Council. In this capacity, she works with federal and state regulatory agencies as well as Congress and state legislatures to ensure that AAFA members have a voice in critical decisions that impact the industry. Danielle received a Bachelors of Arts in International Affairs and Japanese Language & Literature from the George Washington University. She also holds an Associates in Applied Science degree in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design.
Crystal Lander is a lifelong champion for women’s health and rights both in the United States and globally. Ms. Lander currently leads the Advocacy team at Living Goods where she manages the organization’s engagement on global health policy to drive lasting and systemic impact that will enable every family to access quality health care in the community in which they live. Ms. Lander is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a Master of Public Health from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Nancy Novak, Compass Datacenters’ SVP of Construction, has over 25 years of construction experience and has overseen the delivery of over $3.5 billion in projects during that time. Prior to joining Compass, Nancy was the National Vice President of Operations for Balfour Beatty Construction which she joined after serving in a variety of executive positions for Hensel Phelps Construction Company. Nancy holds a degree in Construction Engineering and Management from San Diego State University.
Tonya Saunders is the Principal for Washington Premier Group, LLC and Washington Premier Consulting, LLC. A seasoned politico, speaker and consultant, Ms. Saunders has worked to bring industry, thought leaders, and diverse communities to together to address concerns that impact business. Her clients are public and privately held firms who require government affairs support including crisis management and interest specific advocacy. She has been a member of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Corporate Advisory Board and supporter for over a decade. Ms. Saunders is a pro-bono advocate for women who are victims of domestic abuse, violence, and stalking.
As Vice President, Global Communications & Women’s Initiatives at Tupperware Brands Corporation with over 25 years’ experience, Elinor champions their global purpose: to inspire women to cultivate the confidence they need to enrich their lives, nourish their families and fuel communities around the world. Steele launched Chain of Confidence, celebrating the community of 3.2 million women in Tupperware’s global salesforce, and developed and launched Global Links, a public-private partnership between Tupperware, Rollins College and the U.S. Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, designed to inspire a new generation of female entrepreneurs in developing countries through education and entrepreneurship. Steele has been a member of the steering committees of UN Women’s HeForShe, World Economic Forum’s System Initiative on Gender, Education and Future of Work, and received an MBA from Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College.
Jessica Tava brings to the Board 10 years of professional and volunteer museum experience as a licensed DC tour guide and museum docent at the National Building Museum and Gadsby's Tavern Museum. Her 25 years experience in Human Resources at non-profit organizations included the National Trust for Historic Preservation. As Visitor Services Manager at the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum from 2003- 2006, Jessica interpreted the museum, recruited and trained docents and developed special tours. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Smith College.
Amy Tejral is a founding partner of Avenue Solutions, an all female government relations firm in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Avenue Solutions, Ms. Tejral served as Legislative Director for Nebraska’s Senator Ben Nelson. Amy also had the honor of working for Senator Nelson during his tenure as Governor of Nebraska where she served as Education Policy Advisor.
M. Bridget Walsh
Bridget Walsh leads Pfizer’s Federal Government Relations team which includes both Congressional government relations as well as Executive Branch advocates. Bridget joined Pfizer in 2010 after 10 years on Capitol Hill. She served as Acting Chief of Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Deputy Legislative Director and Counsel for Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL). Bridget is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. and the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law with a J.D.
Heather White is president and CEO of Yellowstone Forever, the official nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park. She oversees the $20-million organization with more than 140 year-round and seasonal employees, 73,000+ supporters, and an online community of more than 700,000 worldwide. Heather received a B.A. in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar and a J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law magna cum laude. She lives in Bozeman, Montana with her family.