OUR ADVISORY BOARD
Chelsea Altman cares deeply that women have the right to choose what’s best for their bodies and get the care they need regardless of race, religion, geography, or finances. She also owns some yummy restaurants in Brooklyn.
Amy Brenneman is best known as an actress (Judging Amy, Private Practice,The Leftovers) but she is also a prolific producer, director and an outspoken and award-winning activist and advocate for girls’ and women’s empowerment, including access to safe abortion. Most recently, Brenneman, along with eight other women, filed an amicus brief in the Texas abortion case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, telling their personal stories of how their abortions allowed them to take control of their lives and plan for their futures. On June 27, 2016, the Supreme Court ruled 5-3 that Texas cannot place restrictions on the delivery of abortion services that create an undue burden for women seeking an abortion. Amy was honored for her work for women’s reproductive rights at the Feminist Majority Foundation’s 11th Annual Global Women’s Rights Awards.
Kathryn Erbe is a Brooklyn-based mother, actress, and animal loving activist. In addition to supporting A is For and reproductive rights, she is also an advocate for the North Shore Animal League America.
Meredith Forlenza is A is For's Director of Communications. She is an actress and activist living in Brooklyn. Meredith has performed on and off Broadway, in regional theaters, and in various tv/film projects. She is part of the Planned Parenthood Activist Council's Political Action Group, and a graduate of Northwestern University. She believes that that abortion is a human right, and that true gender equality is not possible without full access to reproductive care.
Richard Samson is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel to The New York Times Company and its various media and digital properties. Previously, he was a producer of theater including the Cole Porter musical “High Society” on Broadway. He is a frequent speaker on intellectual property issues and technology. As a writer, he has been published in The New York Times. As a human, he is a fervent believer in protecting rights of all kinds.
Luke Warner is a dyed-in-the-wool volunteer, pro-choice feminist and Indigo Girls fan. He has worked for nearly eighteen years in nonprofit communications, development, governance and operations in both paid and volunteer positions. His roles have included Associate Director of Development & Communications at Honor the Earth, personal assistant to Winona LaDuke, editorial assistant at Women's Aid and a mentor at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. He has a Master's degree in Risk Analysis from King's College London and is currently a research volunteer at the Small Charities Coalition and a volunteer officer at The Conservation Volunteers. He votes in Los Angeles and in London where he currently lives with his wife, Sarah, and their 2 uteri.
Rye Young is the Executive Director of Third Wave Fund which supports and strengthens youth-led gender justice activism focusing on efforts that advance the political power, well-being, and self-determination of communities of color and low-income communities. He serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Abortion Access Fund and Funders for LGBTQ Issues. Rye is passionate about expanding opportunities for communities who are most affected by of our advocacy yet remain marginalized in our movements and in philanthropy. He is an avid cook, and ferocious lover of bingo.