Niki Massey, 1980 - 2016
Founding FHA advisory council member
The Feminist Humanist Alliance is led by an Advisory Council made up of women, trans, and gender-queer activists from diverse races, cultures, ethnicities, and experiences. This leadership core delivers focused input on FHA vision and program direction. Each board member is a steward of and ambassador for the goals and aspirations of the Feminist Humanist Alliance.
Stephanie Downs Hughes, Co-Chair
Stephanie is a sociologist and organizer who has been building local and state communities and initiatives around gender and social justice for over 25 years. As a long-time FHA leader, she has traveled the country in order to get directly involved with combating social inequalities through campaigns or establishing programs. More recently, she has expressed interest in "new blood" stepping up and continuing the vision of FHA down the path of self-determined liberation.
Jessica Xiao, Co-Chair
Jessica Xiao is the former Projects Assistant for the American Humanist Association and former community facilitator for the McGill University Social Learning for Social Impact. She is a contributing writer for Everyday Feminism and grant writer for the Montreal-based international women's economic development nonprofit, Artistri Sud.
Taté Walker is Mniconjou Lakota and a citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. An award-winning journalist with more than 13 years of professional storytelling experience, Taté is the editor of Native Peoples magazine, based in Phoenix, Ariz., and a contributing writer and speaker for Everyday Feminism. Contact her on Twitter @MissusTWalker.
Heina Dadabhoy is a former practicing Muslim and current proudly out feminist atheist who blogs at Heinous Dealings. Heina writes and speaks on a range of diverse topics including feminism, race, LGBTQ issues, the challenges of deconversion, Islam, non-monogamy, strategies for inclusivity, and the various intersections of the above. You may have heard Heina at Skepticon, the American Atheists National Convention, the Huffington Post Live, and Have Your Say on the BBC World Service or read about them in the New York Times. They are currently writing A Skeptic's Guide to Islam.
Margaret Jacobsen is a genderqueer womanist, photographer and voracious writer whose work centers on parenting, race and being a woman. Regarding their approach to humanism, Jacobsen says "Humanism is meant to be inclusive. It's supposed to mean we have a responsibility to do for each other. Humanism is what we should all be striving for."
Desiree Kane is a Miwok woman, multi-media journalist, and a live-media event producer. She's an inclusive feminist deeply involved in Indigenous rights advocacy and grassroots political organizing. She's served on the Advisory Board of the Knight Foundation, Generation Nation, and is one of the founders of The PPL, which was a hub providing programming, services, space, and resources for 1,800 unaccredited media makers covering the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC in 2012.
Melanie Brewster--professor at Teachers College, Columbia University in Psychology and Education--studies minority stress experiences. Specifically, her work focuses on how experiences of discrimination and stigma may shapes the mental health of marginalized group members (e.g., LGBTQ individuals, atheists and other nonbelievers, people of color, women). She also examines how factors like collective action and activism may impact mental health for such groups. Her first book, Atheists in America, was published in 2014.
Krista Cox is a paralegal, poet and essayist who is an outspoken advocate for intersectional feminism both through social media channels and her writing, which has been widely published. She’s the Program Director of Lit Literary Community, a nonprofit dedicated to arts access, education, and support in her community.