UltraViolet is a powerful and rapidly growing community of people mobilized to fight sexism and create a more inclusive world that accurately represents all women, from politics and government to media and pop culture.

We work on a range of issues—reproductive rights, healthcare, economic security, violence, and racial justice — and we center the voices of all women, especially women of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ women. UltraViolet exists to create a cost for sexism and to achieve full equity for all women through culture and policy change.

We fight attacks against women and work toward a proactive vision of what equality looks like for women. We demand accountability from individuals, the media, and institutions that perpetuate sexist narratives or seek to limit the rights, safety, and economic security of women.

We leverage culture, politics, the news, and our rapid-response model to mobilize millions of people, quickly.

We founded UltraViolet five years ago on the principle that with a combination of organizing, technology, creative campaigning, and people power, we can win. Ultraviolet leads creative, breakthrough campaigns that have won victories from politics to culture. We’ve never backed down from a fight, and our members have never been more energized and active than they are today.

THE NEED

We work toward ending violence against women

  • 1 in 3 women experience either physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime.

  • We target corporations, college campuses and universities, and the media to call out the enabling of predators against women and work toward exposing rape culture in all forms.

We aim to increase economic security for women and families

  • Women earn $.75 for every $1.00 earned by men, and this wage gap is even greater for women of color.

  • We work to address this inequity in work, sports, and all aspects of life so that one day all people will have equal equity to achieve success and stability.

We fight to ensure that all women have access to full and affordable health care services

  • Consistent threats to a woman’s ability to make choices over her own body have been a focal point of political debate for years.

  • We advocate for all women and understand that women of color, young women, immigrant women, LGBTQ, and women living in rural areas are most severely impacted by threats and policies that impact access to healthcare.  

  • We demand that decision-makers, corporations, and leaders protect women’s health.

We call out sexism in politics, media, and culture

  • Despite making up a majority of the population, women remain drastically underrepresented in politics, media, and culture.

  • We advocate for equal representation in all areas, especially targeting leaders and influencers who are harmful to our ability to live full, free lives.

See Our Impact

Nita Chaudhary

Co-Founder

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

Co-Founder

Shaunna Thomas is co-founder and co-Executive Director of UltraViolet. Shaunna has had a fifteen year career in progressive organizing, building progressive infrastructure projects and winning critical policy fights at the national level. Shaunna has appeared numerous times on network and cable TV including NBC, MSNBC, CNN, and CNBC as a political commentator. 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 a 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

Campaign Director

Emma Boorboor is a 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.

Lindsay Budzynski

Executive Administrator

Lindsay is the Executive Administrator at UltraViolet. Prior to joining the team she spent over eight years in fund administration and holds a BFA in studio art from Illinois Wesleyan University. Lindsay is a long-time clinic escort and serves on the board of directors of Chicago Abortion Fund. In her free time Lindsay can be found working in her studio and hassling her cats Stella & Grayson.

Anathea Chino

Strategic Initiatives Director

Anathea Chino is the Advancement Director at UltraViolet and leads the development team for the organization. Anathea has more than 13 years of experience in politics and fundraising at the state and national level. In Washington, D.C., she served as an Investment Advisor at Democracy Alliance and prior to that, she was the Development Director at NARAL New Mexico and a Regional Field Director for the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Party of New Mexico. Anathea currently serves on the Board of Directors and Advisory Boards of Inclusv, Americans for Indian Opportunity, and PowerPac+. She is also a co-founder of Indigenous Women Rise and a senior advisor to a Women Donors Network-funded reflective democracy project called Advance Native Political Leaders. She was also a founding board member and President of Emerge New Mexico. Anathea is an enrolled tribal member of Acoma Pueblo, NM and divides her time between San Antonio, TX and New Mexico.

Pam Bradshaw Fujii

Senior Grant Writer

Pam is the Senior Grant Writer at UltraViolet. Prior to joining the team at UV, she was the Grant Writer at the Center for Constitutional Rights. Pam has a decade of experience working in human rights and social justice, where she’s done everything from fundraising to video advocacy to media relations. Pam holds a MA in Media Studies from The New School and a BA in English Literature and Film Studies from Mount Holyoke College. If Pam could be anywhere, you’d find her by the ocean with her partner, their spirited toddler and teenage dachshund named Elvis.

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.

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.

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.

Ryan Rastegar

Associate Field Director

Ryan is the Associate Field Director at UltraViolet. He engages, trains, and mobilizes UltraViolet members to take offline action on our most pressing campaigns. Throughout his career, Ryan has worked on many different progressive issues – climate change, ecological restoration, eliminating nuclear weapons, LGBTQ rights, and more – always with a concentration on grassroots organizing and mobilization. He has dedicated his professional life to helping individuals to realize their political might and training them to take collective action in ways that shifts the balance of power from the very few to many. He also sits on the advisory board of UnKoch My Campus, a national campaign to end the Koch Brothers’ unethical corporate influence within academia, where he provides mentorship and strategic digital organizing guidance. He got his start as a field organizer in Green Corps in 2008 and has been organizing ever since.

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.

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.