Leading Through Uncertainty
Kathy Moore is an executive editor at The 74, a nonprofit news site covering education in America. Kathy has edited deep-dive and investigative projects for The 74 on San Antonio's efforts to integrate its schools by income, New York City's handling of teacher misconduct and incompetence cases and initiatives by schools and nonprofits across the country to get low-income students through college. During her career, she has specialized in overseeing investigative reporting in the areas of education, taxes, transportation, government, guns, and the heroin epidemic.
Tahir Duckett is the Founder and Executive Director of ReThink, an organization dedicated to preventing sexual violence before it starts, with a particular focus on adolescent boys. An expert facilitator and organizer, Tahir identifies potential leaders and helps them build and practice the skills necessary to establish a culture of consent, empathy, and emotional awareness among adolescents in their communities. This work also involves helping these leaders to identify and interrupt power dynamics around race, sex, gender identity, orientation, and class that undermine the practice of consent.
He has worked as an organizer all over the country for a decade and a half, most recently directing the AFL-CIO's young worker program while graduating magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. He also holds degrees in Political Science and Religion from Emory University.
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.
Justine Ang Fonte is the founder and Director of Health & Wellness at The Dalton School, a K-12 independent school in New York City. She also works as a consultant to schools and speaker for teachers, parents, and students in both public and private school institutions across the United States on feminist-based sex education.
Her work as a teacher began in middle school mathematics which gave her the groundwork to understand the administrative structures in school systems. She experienced first hand the negative impact that insufficient health care and access had on her math students’ learning. She co-authored for the National Association of Independent Schools, Sexuality Education: An Overview for Independent Schools.
She received her Master's in Education from the University of Hawai`i and her Master's in Public Health from Columbia University.
Mary Anne Mosack serves as the President and CEO of Ascend, a national membership and advocacy organization representing the Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) field. In this role she promotes an accurate understanding and appreciation for Sexual Risk Avoidance as an important primary prevention message for teens. She is dedicated to continuous program improvement, research and public policy impacting the SRA approach.
She is responsible for the ongoing development of educational materials and oversees the Sexual Risk Avoidance Certification training program offered by Ascend throughout the United States.
Mosack is the former Executive Director of Operation Keepsake, a SRA program that served over 27,000 students in 140 schools in the greater Cleveland, Ohio area. As a result of her leadership, rigorous program evaluations provided one of the first peer-reviewed, published studies showing the effectiveness of SRA education for high-risk teens.