Hi! I’m Steph and I live in Brooklyn, NY. I’m a social scientist who studies abortion, a non-profit management nerd, and a pitbull rescue enthusiast. If you want to learn more about my professional career path, you can see my full resume here.
I have a Masters in Public Health, focusing specifically in reproductive health.I read academic journal articles for fun, and I especially like mixed methods research that disrupts the quantitative vs. qualitative paradigm. I’m committed to breaking down the silos that separate academia and advocacy so that we all have the tools and evidence we need to make change in the world.
My favorite non-profit management book is Managing to Change the World, and I believe that caring for non-profit staff is just as important as programmatic non-profit work. I co-founded the Sea Change Program, a non-profit organization where I worked from 2013 to February 2017. Since then, I’ve been consulting to organizations in the reproductive health, rights, and justice field on research, evaluation, strategy, and communications.
I believe in giving local, including when it comes to abortion; I’m honored to have served on the board of the New York Abortion Access Fund for three years, and on the ACCESS Women’s Health Justice board for a year and a half.
I founded the website IAmDrTiller.com (in June 2009) to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Tiller and honor the experiences of abortion providers. The website has been dormant for a while, but I’m glad it’s still up as a testament to the incredible work that abortion providers do every day. Along with two film maker friends, I started the Safe Abortion Project, filming an abortion clinic in Philadelphia to showcase what safe, compassionate abortion care looks like. I also used to run Ihadanabortion.org, a tumblr that tracks themes in abortion stories published in mainstream media.
In 2009, I was one of 20 recipients of the first ever Our Bodies, Our Selves Women’s Health Hero awards. In May 2011, I was awarded the Rosie Jimenez Award from the Women’s Medical Fund for using social media to destigmatize abortion through the #ihadanabortion hashtag. I was named one of 15 inspiring young feminists by Campus Progress and was a 2011 New Leaders Council Fellow in New York City. Jewcy called me “the web’s most vocal (and sensible!) reproductive rights activist.“ Not too shabby if I do say so myself.