Rep. Alma Adams has represented the 12th Congressional District of North Carolina since 2014. Congresswoman Adams serves on the Committees of Financial Services, Education & Labor, and Agriculture, in addition to many subcommittee assignments. She also co-founded the Black Maternal Health Caucus and founded the Congressional Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus. Her work focuses on equitable maternal health and education, and she played a key role in passing the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education Act. Congresswoman Adams has dedicated her career to advocating for youth civic engagement and improving her community.

Dr. JudyAnn Bigby served as Secretary of Health and Human Services for Massachusetts from 2007–2013, during which time she implemented key aspects of the 2006 Massachusetts Health Care Reform Law. Dr. Bigby previously directed the Center of Excellence in Women’s Health at Harvard Medical School and served as the Director of Community Health for Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her work aims to decrease racial disparities in health care and educate physicians about caring for people with histories of substance use. In 2011, President Obama appointed Dr. Bigby to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council.

Chiquita Brooks-LaSure is the Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), where she will oversee programs including Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the health insurance marketplace. 

A former policy official who played a key role in guiding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through passage and implementation, Brooks-LaSure has decades of experience in the federal government, on Capitol Hill, and in the private sector. 

As deputy director for policy at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and earlier at the Department of Health & Human Services as director of coverage policy, Brooks-LaSure led the agency’s implementation of ACA coverage and insurance reform policy provisions. 

Dr. Rachel Hardeman is the first Blue Cross Endowed Professor of Health and Racial Equity at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Dr. Hardeman is a reproductive health equity researcher whose work uses critical race theory and reproductive justice to increase the empirical evidence of racism’s impact on the health of Black birthing people and their babies. She partners with the Roots Community Birth Center in North Minneapolis and is the principal investigator of the MORhELab, where she works to quantitatively measure structural racism. Dr. Hardeman was recently appointed to the Minnesota Maternal Mortality Review Committee and the CDC Maternal Mortality Review Information Application Bias workgroup.

Dr. Jallicia Jolly is a writer, equity practitioner, and reproductive justice organizer. A visiting Assistant Professor in American Studies and Black Studies at Amherst College, Dr. Jolly researches and teaches on Black women’s health, grassroots activism, reproductive justice, HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and Caribbean, and Black feminist health science. She is currently Co-Chair of the Massachusetts COVID-19 Maternal Equity Coalition—an interdisciplinary body that brings together clinicians, researchers, community organizations, advocates, legislators, and stakeholders to implement evidence-based interventions to improve birth outcomes by addressing structural racism and medical violence in the care that Black people receive. 

Dr. Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew is the first Senior Vice President and the Chief Clinical Officer of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Allegheny Health Network/Highmark Health. She advocates for maternal health equity, advancing programs that hope to improve outcomes for women, people of color, vulnerable patients, and marginalized communities. Larkins-Pettigrew is the founder, current CEO, and President of JUSTWONDOOR (Women and Newborns, Diversity, Outreach, Opportunity, and Research), which aims to educate global medical providers through local and international health care collaborations. She has a general OB/GYN practice with a clinical focus on caring for women living with HIV and her autobiography is entitled The Colors of My Heart: Embracing My Blackness with History, Family, Fear, and Faith.

Dr. Zea Malawa is a pediatrician and public health professional committed to improving health outcomes for children of color. Upon completing her undergraduate degree at Columbia University, she earned a medical doctorate from UCLA and a master’s degree in public health from UC Berkeley. Currently, Dr. Malawa is the director of Expecting Justice, a public health program that uses systems change and anti-racism approaches to make birthing safer for Black parents; she is also a Visiting Professor at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and she sees patients at the Mission Neighborhood Health Center.

Rep. Liz Miranda is the Massachusetts State Representative for the 5th Suffolk district. She is running for State Senate for the 2nd Suffolk district and advocates for community belonging, health equity, and economic opportunity. Miranda led efforts to pass the police reform omnibus bill in 2021 and has previously passed legislation focused on improving maternal health outcomes for Black women and birthing people, extending postpartum health insurance coverage, and protecting environmental justice communities. She is a community organizer, former youth worker, and entrepreneur.

Dr. Viveka Prakash-Zawisza, MD, MS, MBA, FACOG is a physician leader with a passion for exploring how policy and systems impact healthcare delivery and outcomes. Dr. Prakash-Zawisza is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Family Medicine & Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School. She currently serves as a Medical Director at MassHealth (Massachusetts Medicaid) on the Payment and Care Delivery Innovation team where she develops new policy solutions to the challenges faced by the Medicaid population and creates initiatives addressing maternal and perinatal health. Dr. Prakash-Zawisza is the President of the National Perinatal Association, a unique organization that brings together advocates and providers from all sides of the perinatal landscape to collaborate on leading-edge initiatives to improve the perinatal experience for all families.

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley is an activist, a legislator, a survivor, and the first woman of color to be elected to Congress from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Throughout her career, Congresswoman Pressley has fought to ensure that those closest to the pain are closest to the power – driving and informing policymaking. In Congress, she has been a champion for justice and healing: reproductive justice, justice for immigrants, consumer justice, justice for seniors, justice for workers, justice for survivors of sexual violence, justice for formerly and currently incarcerated individuals, and healing for those who have experienced trauma. She has also turned her experience living with alopecia into action, becoming a leading voice fighting to raise awareness and support for the alopecia community across the nation.

Congresswoman Pressley currently serves on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and the House Committee on Financial Services. Prior to being elected to Congress, she served on the Boston City Council for eight years and was the first woman of color elected to the council in its 100-year history.

Rep. Lauren Underwood serves Illinois’ 14th Congressional District since 2019. Rep. Underwood is the first woman, the first person of color, and the first millennial to represent her community in Congress. She is also the youngest African American woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives.
Congresswoman Underwood serves on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the House Committee on Appropriations. She also co-founded and co-chairs the Black Maternal Health Caucus, which elevates the Black maternal health crisis within Congress and advances policy solutions to improve maternal health outcomes and end disparities. Rep. Underwood is a member of the Future Forum, a group of young Democratic Members of Congress committed to listening to and standing up for the next generation of Americans, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and the LGBT Equality Caucus. Prior to her election, Rep Underwood also taught future nurse practitioners through Georgetown University’s online master’s program as a registered nurse

Elizabeth Warren, a fearless consumer advocate who has made her life’s work the fight for middle-class families, was re-elected to the United States Senate for a second term on November 6, 2018, by the people of Massachusetts. Elizabeth is one of the nation’s leading progressive voices, fighting for big structural change that would transform our economy and rebuild the middle class. Elizabeth consistently reaches across the aisle to deliver wins for Massachusetts and hold some of the nation’s largest corporations and most powerful government agencies accountable for fraud, waste, and abuse. Before becoming the first woman ever elected to the Senate from Massachusetts in 2012, Elizabeth led the fight to create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency established in the aftermath of
the financial crisis to protect consumers from predatory financial products. Elizabeth lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband Bruce and their golden retriever, Bailey.