Ali Muldrow is exactly the leader that WMF Wisconsin needs, especially now.
Ali joins WMF Wisconsin after five years as Co-Executive Director of Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools (GSAFE). In her tenure at GSAFE, she developed curriculum and strategy that centered the experiences of LGBTQ+ youth of color. She also launched GSAFE’s New Narrative Project in the Dane County Juvenile Detention Center. Ali currently serves as a member of the Madison Metropolitan School District’s Board of Education.
A message from Ali (she/her):
My career in activism began as an educator and an organizer. For over ten years, I have worked with LGBTQ+ students, educators and families throughout Wisconsin. It was through this work that I learned the importance of coming together and showing up for our rights.
Becoming the first-ever Executive Director of WMF Wisconsin is both personally and professionally meaningful to me. When I was 16 years old, WMF supported me with $200 for an abortion. I paid for the rest of the procedure with money I earned at my fast food job. I know exactly what it’s like to terminate a pregnancy and rely on strangers for help.
Because I was able to access an abortion, I have defined my own path. My leadership comes from a place of support and understanding. I am committed to this work for the long haul. As a mama of three daughters, I will never take this work lightly.
Together we can make change. We are in an ongoing battle to ensure access and protect our communities from punishment. Now is the time for us to unify and organize. Now is the time for us to fight for reproductive autonomy for all — not just the few.
That is not a simple task, but it is crucial that we pursue progress every single day. It is an honor to lead at a time when the stakes are so high and the work makes such a difference.
Abortion services may have begun to reopen in Wisconsin, but the future of abortion remains unsettled and under attack. The U.S. Supreme Court decision to repeal Roe v. Wade underscored that we can never take abortion rights for granted.
But the truth is that Roe was never enough. Until systemic change happens, thousands of Wisconsinites must navigate a web of barriers in order to afford and access abortion.
Ali will help us build power toward a future in which anyone who wants an abortion is met with compassionate support and resources.
We invite you to join in our enthusiasm for Ali’s visionary leadership at this critical time.
Cynthia Lin, Board President
on behalf of the WMF Board of Directors: