Adult Staff

Reproductive Justice Coordinator - Jinnesse Taylor

Jinnesse hails from the sunshine state. She comes with a background in HIV prevention and outreach, community health research, curriculum development, and peer education. Jinnesse graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a major in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology and a minor in Public Health. While in St. Louis, she organized wellness events, worked as a peer educator for Student Health Services and a Women’s Health Organization, and assisted in human learning research studies. She also had the opportunity to work on community health research projects at the Johns Hopkins Kennedy Krieger Institute and the University of Florida HealthStreet.  With an interest in the intersection of culture and health, she also received a Global Certificate in Global Health with a culminating experience studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa for six months.  After college, she joined the Washington AIDS Partnership AmeriCorps program as a HIV Health Promotion Specialist at N Street Village, a community of empowerment and recovery for homeless and low-income women.  At this organization, she was able to facilitate health education classes, create organization-wide health literacy materials, develop a health education curriculum, and provide one-on-one health promotion sessions. During her free time, Jinnesse enjoys watching popular TV, exploring the outdoors with friends, biking around DC, and spending time with family. 

Reproductive Justice Manager - Jessica Anderson

Jessica comes to the Young Women’s Project with varied role experience as a workshop facilitator, community advocate, youth residential counselor and even peer educator that has cultivated her ever-growing commitment to improve the at-risk youth narrative. Most recently, Jessica has worked for Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco, California and the Atlanta Mission in Atlanta, Georgia where she worked specifically with foster and homeless youth to manage critical and everyday case needs. Through her organizational, academic and professional experiences, Jessica has implemented a World AIDS Day Program that was adopted in three Florida counties, managed and implemented city wide Christmas and Back to School drives for Atlanta homeless women and children and developed a ten University tri-state college tour for youth of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Jessica is continually pursuing academic, personal and professional opportunities that align with her desire to provide meaningful interventions. Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of Florida and a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.

Fellow - Fatima Dainkeh

Fatima is a recent graduate from St. Mary's College of Maryland. While at St. Mary’s she was part of the DeSousa Brent Scholars Program, a program that cultivates the academic and leadership potential of talented students from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Through this program she became a teacher’s assistant in the Office of Core Curriculum, a mentor to her peers and served as a liaison between students and administration. While an undergraduate, she had the opportunity to expand her knowledge of culture, religion, and biology, which exposed her to many injustices in our society. With a concentration in racial disparities, her academic interest prompted her to become active outside of the classroom. She was involved with community efforts to help increase cancer-screening behaviors through African American faith-based settings by conducting outreach and increasing knowledge about different forms of cancers in the Prince George’s County area. During her senior year, she continued her concentration in racial justice with two important research documents: a senior thesis which explored the role of Christianity and the Black Church in racial oppression against African Americans, and an independent study which explored barriers and possible solutions to finding access to healthcare for Latin American immigrants, especially in rural areas. She also served as an executive board member for the Black Student Union, which arranged transportation to the March on DC for Racial Justice, and overall created dialogue to talk about racial relations on and off campus.    She is currently the Child Welfare and Health Justice Fellow at The Young Women's Project where she trains community and school based health and peer educators. She also supervises both the Foster Care Campaign research team and the Community Health Educator Program and serves as an excellent trainer. Fatima will be attending the School of Public Health at Boston University where she plans to attain her Master’s in Public in the Fall. Her overall goal is to examine and understand the healthcare system and policies in order to discover impactful solutions for all communities.

Director of Health Programs - Aurora Munoz

Aurora has a background in communications, health promotion, fundraising and education. Aurora is orginally from Dallas, Texas. She has  BA from Swarthmore College with a double major in sociology and anthropology and minor in peace and conflict studies and French. While in college, she took part in an arts-based, mentoring, and afterschool program serving under-resourced children and youth of color.  After graduating, Aurora was named a Philly Fellow and worked to increase the capacity of Philadelphia’s non-profit sector. Through this fellowship, she worked with the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania where she planned events and fundraised to benefit victims of disaster. Working in the area of disaster management, Aurora learned her passion lied in the fields of public health and harm-reduction. In DC, she supported social media campaigns and maintained at the Population Action International, an international family planning organization. This experience increased her passion for women’s empowerment and sexual and reproductive health. As a health promoter and language access coordinator at La Clínica del Pueblo, Aurora collaborated with community health organizations throughout DC to improve the services provided to Limited English Proficient communities, as well as provided health education, resources and referrals to the Latino, immigrant community of DC. Aurora enjoys the outdoors, taking photos, playing with dogs, and trying to keep up with pop culture.

Executive Director - Nadia Gold-Moritz

Nadia has led the organization since 1994 as its founding director, growing the organization from a budget of $20,000 to $500,000 and designing and implementing programs that have launched thousands of teen women leaders and moved key social justice initiatives in foster care, reproductive health, sexual harassment, and other issues. Nadia’s current work focuses on policy, planning, program design, and organizational and staff development.  Under her leadership, YWP has developed several successful youth leadership programs and passed a number of significant youth policies that established legal rights and opportunities for youth in foster care and expanded youth leadership and access to reproductive health. Before launching the Young Women’s Project, Nadia worked as a Project Manager at the Institute for Women’s Project Research, focusing on young women’s issues and organizing regional trainings and leadership building projects. She served as an editor and policy analyst at the Youth Policy Institute, which tracks and reports on federal youth policy and model programs. She also worked as the Public Relationship Director for the Action Line Group, a small production company focused on educational productions, and as an Urban Affairs reporter for the Pittsburgh Press. Nadia has served on numerous Boards including the Board of Directors the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, DC Alliance for Youth Advocates, and the Empower Program. Nadia graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Writing and Women's Studies. When she is not in the office --- she is managing the leadership development of her own two little rebels Sasha and Elijah.

Director of Youth Poverty Programs - Marcia Huff

Marcia hails from Williamsburg, Virginia with a background in youth development, child advocacy, and law.  Marcia has been passionate for working with youth for as long as she can remember-since her days spent as a tutor/mentor in high school and college.  Her passion for working with youth in foster care truly blossomed after college during the two years she worked at a Maryland group home.  This experience solidified her decision to attend law school and pursue a career in youth advocacy.  While in law school she continued working in the areas of child advocacy and youth policy.  In 2011 Marcia moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, due to her husband Kevin’s missionary assignment with the United Methodist Church (UMC).  While in Lincoln she worked with the UMC-Nebraska Annual Conference Risk-Taking, Mission & Justice (RTMJ) team working on issues of environmental stewardship and poverty.  She also started a summer program and afterschool program for community youth.  Marcia pursued her undergraduate studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and in 2008 she received her Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law.  She is passionate about peace, justice and equality.  During her free time Marcia loves watching Law & Order (any franchise), reading historical fiction, delving into the world of natural hair, and spending time with family and friends.