Contact Heidi

Heidi Basch-Harod is the executive director of Women’s Voices Now (WVN). Heidi is responsible for the vision, strategy, and international fundraising efforts that sustain and grow WVN’s programs, locally and globally. She is the founding editor of The WVoice, WVN’s digital publication.

Heidi brings her experience in international human rights advocacy from her work with Tibetan Nuns Project, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the U.S. Congress, and the Palestine-Israel Journal. She is a scholar of the modern history of the Middle East and North Africa, specializing in women’s rights movements of the region with a master’s degree from Tel Aviv University. In 2017, her master’s thesis, The Kurdish Women of Turkey: Building a Nation, Struggling for Gender Parity, became a published monograph (Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies). Heidi’s written works can also be found in several publications, including: Open Democracy, Palestine-Israel JournalTel Aviv NotesWorking MotherThe Berkeley Daily PlanetThe WVoice and the edited volume, Kurdish Awakening: Nationbuilding in a Fragmented Homeland. She is a producer of the award-winning feature documentary Honor Diaries, and the highly-acclaimed short film, In Search of America, Inshallah.

Considering herself a practical idealist, Heidi’s commitment to her work derives from knowing she is part of the living chain of people who dream and work for a better world and the future generations who will continue to do so.

Contact Clancey

Clancey graduated from the Global Liberal Studies Program at NYU in 2015 with a concentration in Archival Photography and Cultural Memory and a second major in Spanish. She earned the award for Best Overall Thesis and Best Arts and Literature Thesis for her work entitled, “Excavating the Photo-Archive: Exploring Memory and Healing with the Creation of Radical Archives.” Her interest in archives began while studying in Buenos Aires in 2013, where she facilitated the recovery of a damaged photo archive for the Association of Graphic Reporters for the Republic of Argentina. She has since engaged in a variety of archival projects in Argentina, Hawaii, and Los Angeles, with a special interest in archiving as activist practice to narrate histories that would otherwise go unexplored. Currently, she leads archival projects for the Los Angeles Poverty Department’s Skid Row History Museum. 
Clancey has been an active collaborator for grassroots arts programming in the Skid Row Community, and a volunteer at Studio 526 since 2015. From 2016 to 2018 she worked as the Executive Manager of Brasil Brasil Cultural Center where she helped launch the Peaceful Warriors Initiative, a series of programs dedicated to creating conversation around the topics of diversity, arts education, the creation of safe spaces, and the importance of strong community building and empowerment. 
Clancey is a multimedia artist and photographer and recently facilitated arts program development as a volunteer with the Lalela Project in South Africa. She lives in Los Angeles.

Contact Soizic

Soizic was born in Paris, France, and moved to Los Angeles in 2015. After discovering gender studies on her year abroad at UC Santa Barbara, she chose to dedicate her career to working towards gender equality. While completing the International Development & Political Science Master’s program at Sciences Po Lyon (France), Soizic worked for Women’s WorldWide Web, Europe’s first crowdfunding platform supporting women and girls’ access to education and healthcare globally. After graduating from her master’s program with a focus on the MENA region and gender equality in 2014, she worked in the Division for Gender Equality at UNESCO (Paris) for two years, where she supervised and updated monitoring & evaluation processes and contributed to two publications:  Mobile Phones & Literacy, Empowerment in Women’s Hands and The State of Broadband 2015: Broadband as a Foundation for Sustainable Development.

After moving to Los Angeles, Soizic worked as a Program Officer for the Cultural Services of the French Embassy from 2016 to 2018. There, Soizic managed cross-departmental budgets, grantmaking, grantseeking, fundraising and reporting activities. She was also in charge of organizing professional programs and cultural events in the fields of film & TV, visual & performing arts, and education. Soizic also helped organize the Los Angeles Night of Ideas, which drew an audience of 1,300 people at Bergamot Station in January 2017. Soizic occasionally consults for UN Women, assisting with evaluation and performance analyses of UN agencies’ efforts to promote gender equality.


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. Roopa attended college in the United States where she was awarded a scholarship at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in Los Angeles after Anna Strasberg saw her performance on scene night. She was at the theater for three years. Roopa’s film debut was in the romantic comedy Wedding Crashers. In 2012, she competed against seven thousand actors and comedians from all over the country and was chosen to be among the top 22 to participate in the much acclaimed CBS Diversity Showcase held in Los Angeles. From then on, she has starred in other movies including the soon to be released Taco Shop along with Eric Roberts and Tyler PoseyIn search of America, Inshallah, for which she received the Best Actress Award at the California Women’s Film Festival in 2014; and Disney’s Planes. She also starred in NBC’s OutsourcedCSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and appeared in the ABC’s daytime show General Hospital. In 2013, she was also chosen to be a part of the Producers Mentoring Program at Women In Film.