The ICAN team includes leading reproductive justice and maternal and child health advocates, community and reproductive health practitioners, and experts in health care operations.
Dr. Bond is a womanist ethicist and reproductive justice expert who has worked on issues of reproductive and sexual health, rights, and justice for over 30 years. Dr. Bond was one of the twelve Black women who gave birth to the concept of “Reproductive Justice” in 1994, creating a paradigm shift in how Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) would add their collective voices to the fight for reproductive autonomy and freedom. In 1994, Dr. Bond was the first Black woman appointed to serve as the executive director of the Chicago Abortion Fund. In 1996, she co-founded and led the first Black women’s reproductive justice organization in the country, Black Women for Reproductive Justice. She holds a BA in Women and Gender Studies from DePaul University, and a PhD in religion, ethics, and society from the Claremont School of Theology.
Isha is a tricultural advocate for racial justice and health equity. She is passionate about decolonizing public health, eliminating barriers to care for historically marginalized and underserved communities, and building collective power to advocate for more inclusive and responsive systems. Isha previously drove implementation of the staff-developed Equity Action Plan at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, which included DEI programming and initiatives for 200+ staff as well as equity-focused quality of care work at the health center level. Before that, she worked at the Family Planning 2020 initiative based out of the United Nations Foundation, focusing on postpartum/post-abortion family planning and the Asia region. Isha earned both her MA in International Public Management (Concentrations: Human Rights and Asia) and her BA in Political Science and Law from Sciences Po Paris.
Jordan is a seasoned program manager who brings a variety of experiences supporting family planning and reproductive health initiatives to the ICAN! team. Prior to joining ICAN!, Jordan previously worked with the United Nations Foundation’s Family Planning 2020 initiative, a global partnership working to advance rights-based contraceptive access for women and girls in 69 countries. Jordan received her Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she supported research to address violence and stigma against people living with HIV. Jordan has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she majored in International Studies and Spanish and minored in Gender and Women’s Studies. She has previously served with the United States Peace Corps on community health and HIV prevention programs in Senegal and South Africa.
Ray is a serial healthcare entrepreneur and business advisor with a passion for women’s rights. He is a sought-after speaker and consultant who has authored scores of articles and several books related to coding, billing and reimbursement with a focus on non-profit healthcare and serving marginalized populations. Ray is an avid fitness enthusiast, performing vocalist/guitarist, and golfer. Ray holds a BA from The College of the Holy Cross and a MS in management from Northeastern University.
Meg has devoted her career to promoting women’s health through philanthropy and strategy development. She began her career at NARAL Pro-Choice America where she worked on proactive reproductive health policy. Since then, she has held leadership positions with Bright Pink and with Planned Parenthood of Illinois. She has also spent several years as a philanthropic advisor to high net-worth families. Meg received her master’s degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and her BA in Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan.
Sameen is a public health professional who is dedicated to advancing reproductive health, with a focus on family planning and improving access to contraceptives. She has several years of experience in both the nonprofit and academic sectors. She has previously worked at the Guttmacher Institute in New York City, the Contraceptive Choice Center at Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Chicago. Sameen graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and received her Master of Public Health from Columbia University.
Kai is a career women’s health provider with extensive experience in maternal, child, and reproductive health policy, programs and clinical operations. In 2018, Kai founded Juno4Me— an inclusive, user-friendly digital platform that connects patients with trusted, highly skilled contraceptive care providers. Kai is a Certified Nurse Midwife with Northwestern Medicine’s Prentice Women’s Hospital and served as the Deputy Commissioner/ Chief Program Officer for the Chicago Department of Public Health overseeing the Maternal, Infant, Child and Adolescent Health Bureau and STI/HIV Bureau. Prior, she was the VP of Clinical Operations and Associate Medical Director for Planned Parenthood of Illinois. Under Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Kai served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Director at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services where she co-created the Illinois Family Planning Action Plan—a multi-pronged approach to increasing contraceptive access via payment reform. Kai participates in multiple perinatal health committees, is currently an active voting member for the Illinois Medicaid Advisory Council and is a board member with Health and Medicine Policy Research Group. Kai received her Master of Science and Nursing Doctorate from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and her Master of Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health.
Katie is a tireless champion for women’s health. As the CEO of Bright Pink, she led the organization’s strategic growth and programmatic initiatives. As the VP of Development Planned Parenthood of Illinoi, she tripled annual philanthropic revenue, and as the Executive Director of the Chinook Fund, she worked to support grassroots social and economic justice organizations. Katie has also held leadership roles at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Rape Assistance and Awareness Program and Clean Water Action. Katie is an experienced public speaker and media spokesperson on the topic of women’s health and her remarks have been featured in such outlets as the 2018 Women’s March Chicago, USOW Galvanize, ABC7, CBSN, WBEZ, WCIU, tastytrade, and SPIT Podcast. Katie earned her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.