Cindy Pearson
Executive Director

Cindy is the NWHN’s Executive Director, responsible for the organization’s overall direction and activities. Cindy began at the NWHN as the Program Director and has, over the years, coordinated the internship program, managed the information clearinghouse, and directed NWHN’s program and policy work. A transplanted Californian, Cindy moved to the DC region after obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California at San Diego and working as an abortion-rights organizer for Colorado NARAL. Before moving to DC, Cindy worked in several capacities at Womancare, a Feminist Women’s Health Center. She is the president of the board of directors of Women’s Health Specialists in Northern California and the treasurer of the National Breast Cancer Coalition.


Cecilia Sáenz Becerra
Regional Field Manager, RWV

Cecilia is the NWHN’s field organizer, working on Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need (RWV). RWV has a special mission of centering the voices of women, women of color, immigrant women, low-income women, and members of the LGBTQ community in the Affordable Care Act’s implementation. Cecilia provides support, strategy, and technical assistance to front-line advocates and grassroots organizers nationwide. She was previously a grassroots organizer and coalition manager for a variety of campaigns, including labor, education, economic justice, and immigration justice campaigns. A bilingual immigrant who identifies as queer, Cecilia has found community in becoming a member of Southerners on New Ground (SONG); she is also on the board of directors of SisterLove, Inc. Cecilia has a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Arizona State University, where she studied international politics, political science, and Spanish.


Christina Cherel
Policy Advocacy Manager

Christina is the Policy Advocacy Manager at the National Women’s Health Network. In this role, she is responsible for implementing a program of legislative and regulatory advocacy that focuses on reducing women’s exposure to unnecessary drug and medical treatment risks. She also is responsible for helping to advance the Network’s federal policy agenda designed to protect the reproductive health and rights of all women.

Before joining the Network, Christina worked in rural Kenya to provide strategic recommendations for improving maternal and child health outcomes in the region. She has also worked in London at Crusaid, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping poor and marginalized people affected by HIV/AIDS, and has volunteered with Peer Health Exchange and the DC Abortion Fund. Christina received her MPH in Maternal & Child Health from Boston University School of Public Health and is passionate about reproductive justice, expanding family planning options, and promoting non-stigmatized sexual health care and well-being. She graduated cum laude from Boston University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and was an intern at the Network in 2011.


Sarah Christopherson
Policy Advocacy Director

Sarah is the Policy Advocacy Director, responsible for leading the NWHN’s legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts. She also directs federal policy initiatives for Raising Women’s Voices (RWV). Prior to joining the NWHN, Sarah worked for Congress from 2005 to 2015, including serving as the Washington Director to Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-MA) from 2010 to 2015. Her experience includes work on the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Medicare, reproductive health and justice, and the relationship of banking and tax policy on income inequality, among other areas. She has bachelor’s degrees in political science and history from Arizona State University and a graduate degree in foreign policy from George Washington University.


Susan K. Flinn
Newsletter Editor

Susan is the NWHN’s newsletter editor, responsible for the content and production of the Women’s Health Activist. Susan is a DC-based consultant who helps public health and social change non-profit organizations work more effectively. She specializes in women’s health, reproductive and sexual health, HIV/AIDS prevention, LGBTQ equality, and access to health care. Prior to forming her consulting firm, Susan was the Legislative Affairs Director for Advocates for Youth.  She served as the Maryland NARAL state organizer and worked on the successful campaign to codify Roe v. Wade into state law. She has a Bachelor’s degree in architectural history from Bryn Mawr College and a Master’s in Public Policy & Women’s Studies from the George Washington University.


Michelle Lockwood
Development Director

As the Development Director, Michelle is responsible for taking care of and expanding our membership, while exploring new avenues for our supporters to further the NWHN’s mission. A graduate of Shepherd University with a BA in Communications, her college experience led her to become vocal on many issues women face. Beginning her career as an event planner and alumni communications coordinator at Shenandoah University, Michelle got her official start in fundraising as the Direct Marketing Coordinator at the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She joined the NWHN after spending three years as the Development Manager for the Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation. After supporting the advancement of an educational institution, a women’s organization, and a health care foundation, she’s excited to contribute to the cause of empowering women to take control of their health care choices.


Shaniqua D. Seth
Sr. Communications Manager

Shaniqua is the Senior Communications Manager at the NWHN. In her role, she is responsible for managing the communications activities and strategies that advance the organization’s mission and key priorities. Prior to joining the NWHN, Shaniqua worked at the National Women’s Health Information Center; a contract sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health. She served as a Health Information Specialist, where she helped ensure that women and girls had the tools to make informed health care decisions. Shaniqua has a dual Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Athletic Training from George Mason University and received her Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Seton Hall University.