Board of Directors
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MICHELLE ROSES WIGHT
Michelle is a Bay Area native, proud of her Filipina heritage and passionate about increasing access to birth choices and improving health outcomes in marginalized communities. With a background in cross-cultural exchange as Director of Communications for the nonprofit Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture, Michelle has worked to promote awareness in equity and worker justice among diverse groups. Her extensive work and travel experiences in Latin America have taught her the importance of community support networks for under resourced families. Feeling a call to action in the birthing world, Michelle became a postpartum doula in 2016, shortly after the birth of her second child (both born into the loving hands of Pacifica midwives).
Michelle has worked alongside advocates for safe and respectful birth in the Peruvian Andes, The Netherlands and Berlin. She is devoted to the movement toward birth justice. She is hopeful that the Pacifica Family Fund will improve both access to and awareness about the midwifery model of holistic healthcare for the beautiful and diverse people of the Bay Area.
Jillian is an artist, mother, and the cofounder and Creative Director of an event management company. Jillian became part of the Pacifica family while pregnant with her son, and found her experience with the midwives and the community built through ongoing group sessions to be life changing and invaluable. Through her experience at Pacifica, she became passionate about women's access to safe and healthy midwifery care and birthing choices, and was honored to be asked to join the board to help ensure that anyone can experience their pregnancies and births with the Pacifica team.
Jillian has a BA in Law and Society and a MA in International Relations, and her careers have spanned from negotiating between communities and the government in Australia, doing branding and legal work in the tech industry, owning a vintage shop and art gallery, and now event planning. She's excited to use her diverse background and skills as an entrepreneur, negotiator and creative director to steer the board in a successful direction.
Jhumpa is the Director of Racial Equity and Strategy at the Insight Center for Community Economic Development. In this role, Jhumpa is a key contributor to the thought leadership of the Insight Center, provides cross-program content support and strategic guidance, and leads the overall strategy of Insight’s racial equity work. Grounded with a deep equity lens, Jhumpa's expertise includes developing equity-based practices, polices and frameworks; conducting equity-based assessments; forging strategic partnerships and collaborations; conducting best practice research; organizational and staff capacity building; incorporating student and community voice into policy and programming; and facilitating complex dialogues on race, culture, and immigration.
A former Director and Senior Program Manager at California Tomorrow, Jhumpa has provided her leadership, racial justice lens, and analytical thinking on various national research and capacity building projects focused on creating systems that address and meet the needs of low-income communities of color and English Learner and immigrant students. For over 17 years her work has included providing professional development and coaching to practitioners and organizations, working directly with youth and community leaders, advocating for and creating policy and system changes, and identifying and highlighting promising practices for communities of color.
MOLLY BRANNIGAN, MA, IBCLC
Molly is a Board-Certified Lactation Consultant in Oakland, a founding partner of East Bay Lactation Associates, and a Childbirth Educator at Loving Arms Childbirth Services. She has been providing non-judgmental care to expectant families, new parents and babies since 2004. She is the mother of three children born at home. She believes that an empowered birth is the beginning of empowered parenting. She is passionate about connecting more parents to the power of respectful birth care.
Dr. Morgan is an Interfaith Minister and Counselor, Apprentice Midwife, Family Life Coach, Birth and Postpartum Doula and Hypnotherapist. She is the founder and director of Nia Center for birth and family life. She is a birth and postpartum caregiver and childbirth and parenting educator, and is this year will celebrating 36 years as a birth worker and trainer. Her private practice has offered counseling and healing sessions as well as workshops, seminars and retreats for individuals, couples, and families since 1991 with a focus on compassionate care as well as an inner focus and healing of internalized oppression and racism. Samsarah is the founding director of the Oakland Better Birth Foundation, facilitating the training of birth workers of color, especially traditionally trained midwives and doulas. She is a contributing writer for several on line magazines and is member of the board for the Sacred Birth Angels Foundation, and the founder of The Decolonize (Occupy) Pregnancy Birth and Parenting Caucus of Occupy Oakland.
Roxy holds a PhD in Sociology from UC Davis, where her doctoral research focused on the ways that women’s race, class and gender identities shape their birth experiences and outcomes. After spending over a decade immersed in maternal health research, Roxy wanted to be more actively involved in supporting families through pregnancy, birth, and motherhood, so in 2012 she began practicing as a birth and postpartum doula. At the same time she worked as a patient-reported-outcomes researcher for a clinical research organization, managing projects in a number of disease areas, from pediatrics to oncology to hematology to genetic disorders.
In 2015 Roxy gave birth to her son, Jonah, at PFMC, forever solidifying her respect and admiration for the work that midwives do. She is thrilled to be working closely with the PFMC team and our amazing Board of Directors to help make comprehensive midwifery care accessible for all Bay Area families. In addition to her work for the PFF Roxy is also a childbirth educator for Loving Arms Childbirth Services, and is writing an academic book about social inequalities in labor and delivery experiences and outcomes.