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 2017 Council of Advisors


Shelly C. Anand 
Attorney/Trial Attorney
Office of the Solicitor
U.S. 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 and 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 & CEO
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.