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Leadership & Staff


Chitra Panjabi
President & CEO

As President & CEO, Chitra advances SIECUS’ efforts to reshape cultural and societal narratives around sexuality. Leading with an intersectional vision, she is spearheading SIECUS’ work of addressing the impact of sexual stigma and shame on individuals across age, race, gender, gender identity and expression, class, sexual orientation and ability.

Chitra has a professional background in intersectional feminist activism, nonprofit management and fundraising. She joins SIECUS having previously served as Vice President Membership for the National Organization for Women (NOW). While at NOW, she was responsible for managing operations, communications, fundraising and membership engagement. Under her tenure, Chitra increased NOW’s membership by nearly a third in a single year, led the most successful end-of-year online campaign and implemented multiyear strategic planning. In addition to her time at NOW, Chitra has spent much of her career working for progressive nonprofits, including South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT); The Women’s Foundation in Hong Kong; and the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum in Washington, DC (now known as the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument). Currently, she serves on the Board of a local DC-metro area membership organization that is focused on women’s personal and professional development.

Chitra holds a bachelor’s degree from King’s College London, a master’s degree in international journalism from City University, London and a master’s degree in women’s studies from The George Washington University. Born and raised in Hong Kong to Indian immigrants, she spent her formative years in Asia and another five years in London before moving to Washington, D.C. in 2008.

Samantha Cyrulnik-Dercher
Federal Policy Director

As the Federal Policy Director, Samantha leads the development and execution of SIECUS’ federal policymaker education, advocacy, and lobbying strategies.

Prior to joining the SIECUS team, Samantha served as Acting Legislative Director for Congressman Tim Walz. She worked in a variety of roles during her years with Rep. Walz’s office, managing a legislative portfolio that included health care, women’s issues, and LGBTQ rights.

Her previous experience includes serving low-income women at American University Washington College of Law’s Women and the Law Clinic and Domestic Violence Clinics. Her cases mainly focused on child support and immigration issues.

Samantha was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to DC in 2006. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from The George Washington University and her law degree from American University.

Jennifer Driver
State Policy Director

As the State Policy Director, Jennifer is responsible for overseeing the state and territories’ policy analyses, planning and managing research, and state policy development across the organization.

Prior to joining the team at SIECUS, Jennifer served as the Manager of Training & Education for Welcoming America where her work focused on the intersection of immigration, racism, education, health, and policy. 

Her previous experience also includes working for Power to Decide (Formerly the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy) and the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential.

Utilizing public health and intersectional frameworks, Jennifer focuses much of her work on advocating for the health and well-being of young people — paying particular attention to youth of color, immigrants, youth in care, and LGBTQ communities— as she shapes and advances public policy efforts at SIECUS.

Zach Eisenstein
Communications Manager

As the Communications Manager, Zach oversees SIECUS’ communications work — both traditional and digital, creatively working to develop and implement campaigns that promote SIECUS’ mission, policy and program priorities, and fundraising efforts.

Prior to SIECUS, Zach worked as the Communications & Policy Assistant at The AIDS Institute where he executed a multitude of communications campaigns advocating for improved federal policies for people living with HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and other serious or chronic conditions.

His previous experience includes working for The American Psychological Association’s State Advocacy Office and Hollywood Agency — a Boston-based integrated communications firm.

A Plymouth, Massachusetts native, Zach relocated to the DC-metro area to attend George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia where he received his bachelor’s degree in communications.

Madeleine Lowe
Policy Analyst

As the Policy Analyst, Madeleine contributes to both federal and state policy work, conducting research and analyses of sex education policy activity and developing various publications including the SIECUS State Profiles and Year-End Legislative Reports.

Prior to joining SIECUS, Madeleine worked as a Policy & Programs Associate at Issue One, supporting policy activities and managing programs, including a 185-member caucus of former federal officials, advocating for government accountability.

Her previous experience includes working with Advocates for Youth and Power to Decide (formerly the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy) on federal policy and lobbying activities aimed at empowering young people and ensuring their access to the sexual and reproductive health resources they need to stay healthy.

Madeleine is from the Pacific Northwest and graduated summa cum laude from American University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.


SIECUS Board of Directors

  Keely Monroe, J.D., Chair 
  Democracy Program Manager
  Funders' Committee for Civic Participation 
  Washington, DC




  Barbara Libove, Treasurer
  Director of Finance
  Freelancers Union
  New York, NY




  Stephen Russell, Ph.D.
  Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor in Child Development
  Department of Human Development and Family Sciences
  University of Texas at Austin
  Austin, TX




  Debbie Bazarsky, Ph.D.
  Visiting Assistant Professor, Human Sexuality Studies
  Widener Univeristy
  Chester, PA







  Dana Beckton
  Director, Diversity and Inclusion  
  Christiana Care Health Systems
  Newark, DE



  Ralph Chartier
  Providence Community Health Center
  Providence, RI



  Lawrence J. D'Angelo, M.D., M.P.H.
  Chief, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine
  Children's National Medical Center
  Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
  George Washington University
  Washington, DC




  Sara C. Flowers, Dr.P.H.
  Director, Youth Initiatives for Love Heals Youth Education Programs
  New York, NY






  Sofia Jawed-Wessel, Ph.D.
  Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska
  Associate Director, Midlands Sexual Health
  Research Collaborative (MSHRC)
  Omaha, NE






  Shelagh Johnson
  Youth Sexual Health Program Coordinator
  Public Health Division, Oregon Health Authority
  Portland, OR







  Kristine Kippins, J.D.
  Director of Constitutional Messaging
  Constitutional Accountability Center
  Washington, DC





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