Council of Advisors

The Wellesley Centers for Women benefits from the support of a Council of Advisors--a group of dedicated women and men who share a concern for women, children, and families. The Council of Advisors is comprised of colleagues who work on similar issues nationally and internationally, as well as Wellesley College trustees, faculty, and students.

FY 2018 Council of Advisors


Shelly C. Anand 

Attorney/Trial Attorney

Office of the Solicitor

United States Department of Labor


Michael Kimmel

Distinguished University Professor

Sociology and Gender Studies

Executive Director

Center for the Study of Men & Masculinities

SUNY Stony Brook

New York


Sherry Brown 

Executive Managing Director

Mill Creek Residential


Layli Maparyan

Executive Director

Wellesley Centers for Women


Africana Studies

Wellesley College



Abigail Burgesson 

Special Programmes Manager

African Women's Development Fund


Gail A. Marquis

Director, Community Relations &

Business Development Incubator

School of Business

New Jersey City University

New Jersey


Catia Confortini

Associate Professor

Peace and Justice Studies

Wellesley College


Marysa Navarro-Aranguren

Professor of History Emerita

Dartmouth College

Resident Scholar

David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

Harvard University



Deborah Holmes

Chief Communications & Engagement Officer

Women's Funding Network


Janet P. Pope

North America Corporate Responsibility Director




Elizabeth Bates Johnson

Retired Minister for Clergy Health & Wellness

United Church of Christ


Social Worker


Anne Simmons

President & Chief Executive Officer

Cosine Three Media Group

New York and England


Katherine Stone Kaufmann

Wellesley College Trustee Emerita

Community Volunteer

Retired Psychotherapist


Joan Wallace-Benjamin

President & Chief Executive Officer

The Home for Little Wanderers



About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to advance gender equality, social justice, and human wellbeing through high quality research, theory, and action programs.


    A world that is good for women
    is good for everyone.