• Heidi Basch-Harod

    Executive Director

    Contact Heidi: heidi@womensvoicesnow.org

    Heidi's career as a human rights activist and professional began with her involvement as a volunteer coordinator and project manager for the U.S. office of the Tibetan Nuns Project. In 2003, she served as an intern in the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (previously the U.S. Congressional Human Rights Caucus) in Washington D.C., and was then hired as a congressional staff assistant for Rep. Tom Lantos.

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  • Leila Jarman

    Program Director

    Contact Leila: leila@womensvoicesnow.org

    Leila Jarman is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker and video artist. Her works have screened at film festivals, galleries and museums including the TATE Britain, Ars Electronica and her films have been featured on media outlets such as VICE  and The Creator's Project. As Program Director and filmmaker-in-residence at Women's Voices Now, Leila heads the fiscal sponsorship program, providing mentorship for filmmakers as well as curating and organizing film screenings and advocacy events in Los Angeles and abroad.  Voice of the Valley, her 2013 documentary directorial debut, followed the professional career of two self-made... Read more

  • Kelsey Cherland

    Online Film Festival Coordinator

    Contact Kelsey: kelsey@womensvoicesnow.org

    Kelsey has been with WVN since 2013. She supports a greater plurality of voices in the women's movement and believes in supporting women as autonomous actors of change. Kelsey was a judge for the 3rd International Women's Film Festival in Herat, Afghanistan.

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  • Roopashree Jeevaji


    Contact Roopa: roopa@womensvoicesnow.org

    Roopashree Jeevaji was born in India and raised in Mumbai. At a young age, she trained in Bharata Natyam, a classical Indian dance from where her interest for acting developed. As a teenager, Jeevaji became the face of Bru Coffee, India's largest coffee brand.

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  • Ariel Fintushel

    Curriculum Developer

    Contact Ariel: ariel@womensvoicesnow.org

    Ariel Fintushel is a California poet who has taught college-level Literature and Creative Writing in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. She studied Contemporary Literature at UC Santa Cruz; then, after a year of barista work, returned to school for an MFA in poetry (from SF State). 

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