UltraViolet is a powerful and rapidly growing community of people from all walks of life mobilized to fight sexism and expand women’s rights, from politics and government to media and pop culture. UltraViolet works on a range of issues including health care, economic security, violence, reproductive rights, racial justice, and immigration by putting the voices of all women, especially women of color and LGBTQ women, front and center.

Sexism is everywhere. At UltraViolet, we combine innovative, cutting-edge organizing with grassroots, people-powered actions to fight for equality and progress.

Equality at a higher frequency–that’s what we’re all about.

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Nita Chaudhary


Nita Chaudhary is co-founder and co-Executive Director of UltraViolet, and oversees the organization’s campaigns and communications. Before founding UltraViolet, Nita was the National Campaigns and Organizing Director at MoveOn.org Political Action. As a part of that role she oversaw and managed MoveOn’s national campaigns department, including the organization’s work on health care reform, the economy and Social Security, and she supervised MoveOn’s team of Campaign Directors. During her tenure at MoveOn, Nita oversaw the fundraising program for the 2008 election, and led some of the organization’s largest campaigns including MoveOn’s work to end the Iraq war, protect constitutional liberties, and address climate change. Prior to that she was the Democratic National Committee’s first Director of Online during the 2004 cycle. She started her career at People for the American Way where she held several positions, including Media Research Analyst, Web Editor, and Online Organizer. Nita’s a native New Yorker who loves the Yankees, the Knicks and cooking Indian food. She also LOVES dogs–especially Miles, her own black pug.

Shaunna Thomas


Shaunna Thomas is co-founder and co-Executive Director of UltraViolet. Shaunna has had a ten year career in progressive organizing, building progressive infrastructure projects and winning critical policy fights at the national level. Before founding UltraViolet, Shaunna was the Executive Director of the P Street Project, a 501c4 nonprofit dedicated to organizing progressive members of Congress and connecting federal legislative strategy with online grassroots mobilization efforts. Prior to that, Shaunna was the COO of Progressive Congress, a nonprofit supporting the policy and organizing work of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Shaunna was introduced to organizing and advocacy through the 2004 presidential election, which inspired the next five years of her work at Young People For, a Project of People For the American Way Foundation dedicated to identifying, engaging and empowering the next generation of progressive leaders. Shaunna–originally from Los Angeles–is a resident of Washington, D.C.

Kat Barr

Chief Operating Officer

Kat is the Chief Operating Officer at UltraViolet, overseeing the organization’s internal strategy and operations. Prior to UltraViolet, Kat worked as a Campaign Director at MoveOn.org, running efforts around health care reform, women’s rights, civil liberties, and LGBTQ equality. In addition, she helped launch MoveOn’s first text message organizing program and played a role in recruiting progressives interested in running for office. Before MoveOn, Kat was the Communications Director and then the Director of Political Outreach at Rock the Vote, where she helped increase young voter turnout to record levels in 2006 and 2008. After nine years in DC, Kat relocated to Colorado, where she lives with her husband and two dogs in a beautiful small town in the Rocky Mountains. Aside from work, most of her time is spent mountain biking, doing yoga, volunteering with a local dog rescue, and taking hundreds of photographs of the amazing local wilderness.

Adam Bink

Campaign Director

Adam Bink is Campaign Director at UltraViolet. From 2011-2013, Adam served as Director of Online Programs at Courage Campaign, an online organizing network of more than 750,000 members working to achieve progressive change in California. In that role, he managed Courage Campaign’s online organizing actions across dozens of issues. From 2006-2011 he was the Online Strategy Manager for Progressive Strategies LLC, a consulting firm, and an Editor at OpenLeft.com, a popular and influential progressive political blog with 28 million pageviews to date. Adam holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rochester and an M.A. in Political Management from the George Washington University. A Buffalo, NY native, he now lives in San Francisco, and spends his free time doing distance running and cycling, perfecting soup recipes, and watching the Bills and Sabres.

Emma Boorboor

Associate Campaign Director

Emma Boorboor is an Associate Campaign Director at UltraViolet. Prior to joining the team, Emma ran national and state level campaigns for voting rights and campaign finance reform with U.S. PIRG. She has been hooked on organizing since her first job as a field organizer with Green Corps, the Field School for Environmental Organizing.

She currently lives in Philadelphia where she enjoys lots of live music and biking around the city.

Anathea Chino

Strategic Initiatives Director

Anathea Chino is the Strategic Initiatives Director at UltraViolet. Anathea has more than 10 years of experience in politics including engagement, training, and fundraising at the state and national level. In Washington, D.C. she served as an Investment Advisor at Democracy Alliance seeking to build a strong, sustainable progressive infrastructure. Prior to that position, she was the Development Director at NARAL New Mexico and a founding board member and Past-President for Emerge New Mexico, a political training program for women running for office. Anathea currently serves on the Board of Directors for Americans for Indian Opportunity and PowerPacPlus. Prior to politics she was a manager at Neiman Marcus and in 2013, she launched a boutique political styling firm working with elected officials and candidates running for elected office. Anathea is an enrolled tribal member of Acoma Pueblo, NM, loves the sound of laughter in her home, and currently lives i​n San Antonio, TX with her husband Joaquin and their two dogs.

Onyi Chukwuanu

Director of Institutional Development

Onyi is the Director of Institutional Development at UltraViolet, managing UltraViolet’s institutional funder relationships. Prior to joining the development team, Onyi was the Grants and Foundations Manager at Amazon Watch, an environmental organization working to advance the rights of indigenous communities throughout the Amazon. Before making the move to nonprofit organizational development, Onyi held various positions in the government and legal sectors working in contracts and grants. Onyi is a graduate of University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, and likes to spend her time outside of work traveling, creating, learning, and finding new adventures.

Natalie Green

Online Communications Coordinator

Natalie Green is the Online Communications Coordinator at UltraViolet. Prior to joining UltraViolet, Natalie was a campaigner at Change.org where she worked with petition starters to develop national campaigns around police accountability and political prisoners. Natalie previously worked on digital rights and technology policy issues at Public Knowledge and the Open Technology Institute. While at Public Knowledge, Natalie developed the curriculum and course materials for a twelve week course on digital rights, online privacy, and internet governance.

Natalie is a New Jersey native and currently lives in Washington DC. In her free time, Natalie enjoys powerlifting, backpacking, and baking delicious vegan desserts.

Pakou Her

Senior Campaign Director of Reproductive Rights and Culture

PaKou Her is Senior Campaign Director of Reproductive Rights and Culture. Prior to joining the Campaigns Team, she spent three years at 18MillionRising.org (18MR) in the roles of Campaign Director and Executive Director. There she leveraged civic technology and new media to build power and community among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, growing the 18MR member list from 5,000 to nearly 50,000 and elevating the cultural, political, and media power of AAPIs nationwide. PaKou also brings 20 years of anti-racism organizing experience, along with two years of experience as a Field Organizer with MoveOn.org. Additionally, she is Principal of Tseng Development Group, a consulting firm that provides lectures, workshops, organizational development, transformative leadership coaching, and grassroots strategy development designed to build racial equity and create systems change. Born and raised in the Midwest, she takes great pride representing AAPIs living in the nation’s midsection, and believes there are invaluable stories to be told by People of Color living in the most rural areas of the United States. Some of her favorite non-campaigning activities include entertaining two young daughters, squeezing in occasional adult-only evenings with her spouse, chasing culinary adventures, and dreaming about reviving a long-lost singing career. Swap musings about race, culture, and organizing on Twitter @pakouher.

Susan Hildebrand

Grassroots Campaign Director

Susan Hildebrand is the Grassroots Campaign Director at UltraViolet. Prior to joining the team she acted as a consultant to Thoughtwork Inc. where she worked with developers and organizers to build tech for campaigns, including a website to support organizing against police violence and for accountability in the wake of Mike Brown’s murder in Ferguson, MO. Susan cut her teeth in online to offline organizing as National Field Organizer at MoveOn.org where she built teams of activists across the Midwest to take action on issues from the election to fair taxes to stopping the foreclosure crisis. She has a B.A. in Political Science from Grinnell College and is a graduate of Green Corps: The Field School for Environmental Organizing. Outside of work, Susan is a 500 hr-Registered Yoga Teacher and often teaches yoga at the local LGBTQ-center. She is based in Chicago.

Pilar Martinez

Director of Finance

Pilar Martinez is the Director of Finance at UltraViolet, managing daily accounting functions and staff.  Pilar has more than 23 years of progressive experience in finance and management, including 20 years in the non-profit sector.  She has been with Media Matters for America since 2008 and is the Chief Financial Officer.  Prior to Media Matters for America, Pilar worked as the Finance and Administrative Director at the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP), served as the Controller at the National Park Foundation, and worked as the Revenue Accountant at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Her accounting educational background includes M.A. from George Washington University, B.A. from Strayer University, and A.A.S from Northern Virginia Community College.  Pilar is from Bolivia (hearth of South America) and currently lives in Springfield, VA.  Pilar and her family love nature and enjoy visiting Virginia’s State and National Parks.

Kathy Plate

Senior Online Communications Director

Kathy is the Senior Online Communications Director at Ultraviolet. Prior to joining the team, she was Digital Strategies Director at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. While at the Task Force, Kathy grew and strengthened the organization’s online presence around issues including marriage equality, workplace discrimination, and access to healthcare. Kathy helped revolutionize online participation with the organization’s largest annual event, the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change by introducing livestreaming, developing a conference mobile app and facilitating more robust conversations on social media. Kathy previously managed online communications for Alliance for Justice, where she worked to engage progressives in the fight for a fair judiciary. She currently lives in Fullerton, CA where she loves to take advantage of the mountain biking, rock climbing, and hiking opportunities.

Karin Roland

Chief Campaigns Officer

Karin Roland is the Chief Campaigns Officer at UltraViolet, a powerful and rapidly growing community of people who work to expand women’s rights. She oversees campaigns and programs on issues including economic security, preventing violence against women, and women’s reproductive rights and access to health care.

Previously, Karin spent a decade working in progressive politics and campaigns. She helped fight the Iraq war and advocate for the Affordable Care Act at MoveOn.org, campaigned for marriage equality in Maine, and used online tools to help Representative Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) make her Congressional office transparent and responsive, among other endeavors. Throughout her career, she has focused on using digital media and tools to advance progressive causes.

Audine Tayag

Campaign Director

Audine is a Campaign Director at UltraViolet. Prior to joining the team, she worked for the Alliance for Citizenship in its 2013 and 2014 Immigration Reform campaigns. As a Fellow and Communications Organizer for the Alliance, she worked on high-profile campaigns such as “Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizenship.” Working in the Alliance’s national organizing and communications departments, she helped organizers build a year’s worth of online and offline actions, focusing on highlighting stories of undocumented activists through the campaign’s press and online presence. Audine is from Los Angeles and currently lives in Washington, D.C., where she very regularly indulges her need for live music and theatre.

Shannon Turner

Technology Director

Shannon Turner is Technology Director for Ultraviolet. Previously, Shannon was a software developer for the New Organizing Institute where she built the Rootscamp 2014 mobile app. From 2011 to 2013 she worked at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights organizing volunteer efforts and building technology solutions to support the Election Protection voter assistance hotline. She’s also worked as a freelance web developer serving small nonprofits by redesigning websites, creating microsites, and developing customized tools. In her spare time she runs Hear Me Code, an organization offering free beginner-friendly coding classes for over 1000 women in the DC area. She lives in Washington DC where she enjoys cooking, visiting museums, and exploring the city on bike.

Melody Varjavand

Senior Accountant

Melody has over 13 years of progressive experience in finance and accounting, including over 6 years in the non-profit sector. She has worked as an auditor in public accounting, and has worked on the accounting teams of Planned Parenthood of Illinois and the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. She has successfully led initiatives to develop financial processes and improve financial reporting to end users. Melody is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and is a CPA. In her free time, she enjoys seeking out great restaurants, biking, crafting, and travel, with a goal of visiting all the national parks someday.

Holly Witherington

Director of Organizational Development

Holly oversees organizational operations, with a primary focus on staff hiring and orientation, human resources, and benefits management, staff training and organizational development. Prior to working at UltraViolet, Holly worked at MoveOn.org as a lead organizer on the field team. She managed staff and created programs that trained MoveOn members across the country as organizers and helped them build council structures to carry out various strategies in the field. Before MoveOn, Holly was an internal organizer with the Service Employees International Union in San Francisco, CA and Portland, OR. At SEIU, Holly participated in collective bargaining for one of the largest unions in San Francisco while organizing worksite actions, and representing workers. Holly began her organizing career in New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina, working with communities living on the fence line of oil refineries and chemical plants. Holly currently lives in New Orleans with fiancee’ Dustin, her dogs Twiggy and Dyll, and cats Shrimp & Caroline.