Brenda Baffour-Addo, CNM, WHNP
Brenda Baffour-Addo is a faculty midwife in the department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She provides full-scope midwifery care to healthy women during pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum as well as gynecological and primary care. She has a special interest in maternal mental health. Prior to joining the Hospital Center, Ms. Baffour worked as a registered nurse on the labor and delivery unit at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut.
Aimee Danielson, PhD
Aimee is the founder and director of the Women’s Mental Health Program at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital where she is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in women’s perinatal mental health. Her clinical practice focuses on treating mood and anxiety disorders in pregnancy and postpartum, as well as supporting women through the transition to motherhood. Aimee is also a founder of the DC Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative, focusing on professional development and networking for mental health providers who work in the field of maternal mental health. Aimee earned her doctorate in Clinical Health Psychology from the University of Miami.
James Gelfand, JD
James is Senior Vice President, Health Policy at ERIC, The ERISA Industry Committee, where he develops and advances public policies to design and administer health plans, including legislative and regulatory advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels. James was Director of Federal Affairs at the March of Dimes Foundation and also spent four years on Capitol Hill as counsel to Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) on the Senate Small Business Committee and to Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) on the Senate Homeland Security Committee. James graduated from George Washington University Law School and Northwestern University.
Ariel Gonzalez, JD
Ariel Gonzalez is a Principal at Chamber Hill Strategies and was formerly the Senior VP of Policy and Government Relations at the March of Dimes. Recognized as one of “The Hill’s Top Lobbyists”, Ariel is an accomplished government affairs and lobbying professional with past head of office experience. Ariel specializes in healthcare, government relations, political and public affairs, and has also run successful coalitions to accomplish major legislative wins for charitable organizations and membership associations.
Lee Johnson III, PhD
Lee Johnson III PhD, Senior Policy Analyst, for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, at ZERO TO THREE—the national leader on infant-toddler policy and program development. Lee works with the Director of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Strategy, along with federal policy, state policy, and advocacy leadership staff. The teams together help develop and implement ZERO TO THREE’s federal and state policy positions and strategy on a range of issues, develop a variety of written materials, represent ZERO TO THREE in Hill and coalition meetings, track and analyze federal and state legislation and policy.
Pooja Lakshmin, MD
Pooja is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in women’s mental health and perinatal psychiatry, a frequent contributor to The New York Times, and the founder of Gemma, the first digital education platform dedicated exclusively to women’s mental health. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine where she is also faculty supervisor at the Five Trimesters Perinatal Psychiatry Clinic. In her private practice, Dr. Lakshmin treats women experiencing depression and anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum, grief after miscarriage or infertility, and trauma due to childbirth. Dr. Lakshmin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Jefferson Medical College and completed psychiatry residency at Stanford University and George Washington University.
Meredith McCurry-Webb / Treasurer
Meredith is the Director of Accounting for a non-profit group located in Northern Virginia. Meredith first became an advocate for maternal mental health after one of her closest friends experienced postpartum psychosis and lost her life in 2015. Since 2016, Meredith has helped to organize Shelane’s Run, which honors its namesake and raises awareness for postpartum depression, and has participated in several maternal mental health advocacy days at the United States Congress.
Meghana Rao, MD
Meghana Rao, MD is a board-certified OB/GYN at Mary’s Center, a federally-qualified healthcare center in Washington DC serving primarily Latinx and African immigrants. She completed medical school and residency at Johns Hopkins University. She has been involved with health policy for over 10 years serving Doctors for America on the Board of Directors and as the Maryland State Director. Meghana lives in Maryland with her husband and two young children
Ellen Riddleberger, MA
Ellen is a Vice President at McAllister & Quinn, managing nonprofit, higher education, and governmental organizations by providing strategic government affairs analysis, advocacy services, and assistance with fund development through federal grants and foundations. Ellen worked for Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) for over a decade, including as Chief of Staff; she worked on the Appropriations, Budget, and Financial Services Committees, handling health, labor, justice, education, and women’s and children’s issues. Ellen graduated from California Polytechnic State University and earned an M.A. in political science from Stanford University.
Katie Schubert, MPP / Board Chair
Katie is Chief Advocacy Officer at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and has expertise in maternal and child health, advocacy, legislation, and coalition building. Katie is the immediate past president of Women in Government Relations, and she previously worked at a DC-based lobbying firm and as a Legislative Director at the U.S. House of Representatives. Katie has a Master’s in Public Policy from George Washington University.
Terri Wright, PhD, MPH
Terri is an expert on advancing racial and social equity through policy, practice, and management in philanthropic, government, and nonprofit organizations. Her career includes positions at the Meyer Foundation, The Steve Fund, the American Public Health Association, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Dr. Wright brings a wealth of experience in maternal-child health, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Association of Maternal-Child Healthcare Programs and as Director of Maternal and Child Health within the Michigan Department of Community Health.