The Magnolia Fund Welcomes Four New Board Members

The Magnolia Fund is proud to announce the addition of four new members to our Board of Directors. We are excited about the wealth of energy, experience, and passion for the work they bring to our organization and look forward to what we can do together!

We are always looking for new leaders to become a part of our board. To learn more about how to apply visit our 2016 Board Recruitment Page. People of color, LGBTQAI people, those formerly assisted by an abortion fund, young people, low-income people, and those living in the many intersections of these experiences are strongly encouraged to apply.

Read more about our new members below, and look for their bios on the website coming very soon.

Alana Berry

How do you connect to abortion funding - where does your passion come from?

"I have had two abortions, when I was 17 and 21. I was a 17 year old kid with access to good insurance. It never occurred to me until later that this was not the reality for others. As a transportation volunteer I have listened to the stories of those persons in need of help and it angers me that this is a need to begin with. I have strong skills in social justice and I want to use them to help further this cause. I want this. I have been considering for some time how I might be of better service to the fund and I firmly believe this is an excellent opportunity to give."

Isabel Otero

How do you connect to the reproductive justice and abortion access movements?

"I am a woman; although I could stop there and fully answer this question, I am also a Southerner, and a proud Latina. None of these things put me at the top of the proverbial food-chain, and I want to work towards a more progressive and equal world. When I think about this movement what comes to mind are friends who made the tough choice to exercise their right to choose, my experiences growing up in little Ringgold, GA, my education at the University of Georgia, my never ending fights about racism and machismo in my own culture, and my experiences outside of the South --all of these have informed my politics and my passions. I think the world could use more people like me, who are committed to issues of social and reproductive justice, but who can occupy different spaces and different identities in order to change the status quo for everyone."

Prosper Hedges

How do you connect to abortion funding - where does your passion come from?

"The more I learned writing about and volunteering for Magnolia Fund this year, the more I came to understand the insidious, interconnected system of barriers to reproductive justice. I was completely floored. 'What if I became pregnant as a result of my rape, or at anytime in the past several years?' I thought. To me, the restriction on choice is a violation of human rights as cruel and unacceptable as assault.

I also came to understand that abortion restrictions function similarly to The War on Drugs. These restrictions are a means to maintain a status quo, which incarcerates black and brown bodies (like Kenlissia Jones last summer), allows the rich to get richer and entrenches those in poverty more deeply in the cycle. I will not stand for this inequity, this extremely obvious vestige of slavery, and I mean to fight it tooth and nail."

Laura Briggs

How do you connect to the reproductive justice and abortion access movements?

"I have always been a strong advocate for women, and many of my close friends have experienced firsthand the current injustice of reproductive care. I wish to participate in the movement of reproductive justice and fight for the advancement of women's rights."