About Us

Lift Louisiana believes in elevating and amplifying the voices of people, community leaders, and experts to change the policies behind the poor health outcomes for women in our state.

That is what Lift is working to do.

Lift Louisiana educates and trains people to discover their voices and to effectively use them to hold public officials accountable. We’re reaching into communities whose voices are not being heard and building a diverse statewide network of advocates - joining voices together to make them stronger and more powerful.

When policies create barriers to women’s healthcare, we have a team of lawyers that advocate for us in court.


Lift Louisiana's Platform

Lift Louisiana supports policies that:

  • Increase access to high-quality, affordable healthcare;
  • Provide access to medically accurate information about sexual health;
  • Support pregnant and parenting people;
  • Address racial and income disparities in healthcare; and
  • Impact the indicators of women's health and overall wellbeing. 

 


Our Principles

  • Access to high-quality, affordable healthcare is a human right.
  • Policy change at the local and state level is an effective strategy to protect access to health education and services for women of all ages.
  • Providing resources and training ensures advocates have the tools they need to develop and implement effective advocacy strategies for their communities. 
  • Building an inclusive network of advocates by forging trusting relationships and collaborations that support the work of leaders and organizations from communities of color, low-income communities, and the LGBTQ community drives successful outcomes and serves all people.
  • A commitment to relationship building, outreach, and analysis is essential to supporting the reproductive justice framework and to supporting organizations engaged in reproductive justice advocacy.
  • Understanding the intersections between race, economics, and reproductive healthcare is crucial to addressing barriers to access and information.
  • Access to committed and competent legal representation is necessary for pursuing remedies through the judicial system and is essential to protecting healthcare rights and access.
  • Rigorous and transparent evaluations of programs and activities contribute to sustainable growth and provide the analysis needed to adapt to evolving needs and achieve meaningful outcomes. 

 


Staff

Executive Director

Michelle Erenberg has worked as a policy advocate, community organizer, and coalition coordinator for more than a decade. Her past work experience includes community organizing for Planned Parenthood in New Orleans, coordinating a diverse coalition of environmental, community and faith-based organizations across the Gulf Coast in response to the 2010 BP oil spill, and analyzing and educating the public about policies and public engagement opportunities related to ecological and community recovery and restoration. Since 2009, she has volunteered as a board member with the National Council of Jewish Women Greater New Orleans Section and has served as NCJW’s Louisiana Policy Advocate, a nationally appointed position, as well as Vice President of Public Affairs and Education. In these roles, she represented NCJW with a variety of coalitions in Louisiana advocating for reproductive rights, economic justice and civil rights. Erenberg has a B.A. in Psychology from Loyola University New Orleans and an MPA in Nonprofit Management from the University of New Orleans.

Legal Research Associate

Torrie Thibodeaux, a native of Louisiana, is currently a third year law student at Louisiana State University’s Paul M Hebert Law Center. There she hopes to earn a JD as well as a Diploma of Comparative Law. She has earned a B.S. in Political Science at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. Torrie’s past experience includes local grassroots organizing, and internships with Jefferson Davis Parish Public Defenders Office and the Center for Equal Justice in New Orleans, LA. She has also published an article in Southern Studies entitled  “Unbalanced Power: The Rise and Decline of Legislative Authority in the State of Louisiana”. She hopes to dedicate her career to criminal justice reform and fighting for civil liberties. Torrie is conducting research and analyzing policies to advance reproductive health care access for women who are incarcerated in municipal and state institutions in Louisiana.

 

Advisory Board

Arianna Baseman is originally from South Florida. Her previous work experience includes the Women's Education and Research Institute in Washington D.C. where she worked as a Women's Health Policy Fellow for Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard of California.  She served as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in the Dominican Republic and worked there with a small community based organization focused on generational poverty reduction. After returning to New Orleans, Baseman worked as a Bilingual Post Release Services Case Manager for Jewish Family Service.  During this time, she was on the front lines of the ongoing Central American refugee crisis.  She is deeply involved in sexual and reproductive rights advocacy in New Orleans. Arianna graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in History and holds an MPH from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She is currently the Health Care Equity Director at Better Health Louisiana Aetna and serves on the board of the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater New Orleans Section.

Graham Bosworth, JD began his law career in 2005 at the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office.  As a prosecutor, Graham handled a variety of criminal cases including trials, appeals, post conviction applications, and on federal habeas corpus petitions. Graham’s trial experience includes misdemeanor possession drug cases to murder.  Graham also has extensive experience handling criminal appeals in Louisiana, and has prepared and presented numerous briefs and oral arguments before Louisiana Circuit Courts, as well as the Louisiana Supreme Court. Graham holds a B.A. in History from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from Suffolk University Law School. He was recently appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to temporarily fill the Section D seat of Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.

Raegan A. Carter recently started her own public health, public policy, and public affairs think tank, The Brainstorm Agency, LLC.  Raegan provides consulting services to non-profit organizations on grant writing and strategic planning as well as other technical assistance.  The Brainstorm Agency, LLC also provides public health research, advocacy training, advocacy initiatives, lobbying, and political consulting.   Raegan is a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work. She is also a graduate of Tulane University where she obtained both a Master of Social Work degree and a Master of Public Health degree. Raegan has worked on the federal, state, and local levels with adolescent and women’s health programs and serves on multiple statewide coalitions. She has extensive knowledge and experience working with public policy and advocacy related to public health and in particular adolescent and women’s health, rights, and justice. As an adjunct professor Raegan enjoys teaching and training and also has extensive knowledge and experience implementing and conducting professional development and trainings in public health related issues. She has also worked on political campaigns that led to successful elections of candidates. Raegan is passionate about adolescent and women’s health as well as social and racial justice issues and is particularly interested in health disparities impacting communities of color and working to engage faith leaders in public health advocacy. Raegan is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc.

Rosa Herrin has over fifteen years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector with on the ground experience addressing complex social issues including workforce development, chronic homelessness, housing and disaster recovery, access to affordable healthcare, immigrants’ rights and sustainable development. She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a B.A. in Sociology, and holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans (UNO). Rosa is currently pursuing a PhD in Urban Studies at UNO focusing her research on Latino Urbanism in the Greater New Orleans area. She has worked in Perú, Mississippi and Louisiana as an advocate and organizer, focusing on improving social and economic accessibility for historically disenfranchised communities. Rosa currently works for Oxfam America as the Gulf Coast Policy Officer focusing on coastal restoration and workforce development. She serves on two boards of directors; locally, she serves as Secretary of Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation; and nationally, she is the current President of Arte Sana (art heals), a national Latina-led nonprofit committed to ending sexual violence, other forms of gender-based aggressions and engage marginalized communities as agents of change. Additionally, she co-chairs the health committee for the Louisiana Language Access Coalition (LLAC) and acts as an executive member. Rosa also facilitates the Latino Forum of Greater New Orleans.

Dana Keren is passionate about reproductive health throughout the lifespan. She moved to New Orleans in 2010 to participate in AVODAH: the Jewish Service Corps where she worked in community outreach. Dana is co-founder of Birthmark Doulas, a not-for-profit organization that offers accessible pregnancy and parenting support services to New Orleans families. She received her MBA from Tulane University's Freeman School of Business and is currently the Senior Administrator of Tulane School of Medicine's Obstetrics and Gynecology Department. She is also an active member of the National Council of Jewish Women.

Evelyn Maguire is an Obama for America 2012 alumni and a former fundraiser for Planned Parenthood Action Fund. In 2014 she was campaign manager for Mike Selmer for Wyoming House District 46, a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Race To Watch, and a lead campaign staffer for Charles Pelkey for Wyoming House District 45 and Peggy Trent for Albany County Attorney. She currently lives in Monroe, LA.

S. Mandisa Moore-O'Neal, JD was born and raised in the Deep South and is a black radical feminist and supporter to grassroots women of color-centered organizing.  By researching and analyzing the laws and policies that constantly control and stigmatize our bodies, sexuality, and reproduction, she helps to support the resistance to criminalization and reproductive violence and build the movement for reproductive justice. In 2012, Mandisa received her JD from Louisiana State University Law Center. In 2007, she was awarded a 2-year New Voices Gulf Coast Fellowship and in 2006 completed her undergraduate degree in History and Sociology at Loyola University New Orleans. A Civil Rights attorney, Mandisa has researched, published and presented across the nation on groundbreaking legal topics such as reproductive justice and the law, punitive social policies, and state violence.

Geraldine Neville is an advocate for reproductive rights, access to services and education; particularly for underserved and Spanish speaking populations. She is currently pursuing studies at the Tulane University, School of Continuing Studies in the Public Relations, Marketing and Small Business Development track. Ms. Neville was also a 2012 Public Leaders Fellow, through the New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance, in Partnership with Puentes New Orleans Inc.  As a Community Liaison for Planned Parenthood of Central New Jersey she provided bilingual, culturally competent reproductive health information; both in the community and in a clinical setting from 2005 - 2007. This work was part of an award winning outreach endeavor funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She joined Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in 2007 where she took on a similar role as Latino Outreach Coordinator and Bilingual Health Center Assistant until 2010. From 2007 - 2011, Ms. Neville served as a board member of the Louisiana Latino Health Coalition. Ms. Neville currently serves as Senior Administrative Program Coordinator for the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences at the Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine.  

Ellie Schilling, JD is an attorney in New Orleans with extensive experience representing health care providers, and is one of the only attorneys in Louisiana who regularly represents reproductive health care providers. She has represented clinics and other health services providers in enforcement proceedings or other disputes against health care regulatory bodies, including wrongful license revocation actions. Ellie also litigates cases in both state and federal court to challenge new laws and regulations that restrict access to health care. She represents physicians in disputes with the disciplinary agencies that regulate the health care profession, and in suits against hospitals for wrongfully suspending hospital privileges. She works closely with local and national advocacy groups, including testifying as an expert at the Louisiana Legislature, to oppose new laws that would damage reproductive health care rights and access, and works to raise public and media awareness surrounding these issues. She also helped to establish the Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom and serves on its Executive Committee. Ellie received her undergraduate degree in English and German from Colgate University and her law degree from Tulane Law School.  

Jeffrey Thomas, JD has over a decade of legal experience related to shaping public policy, government relations, regulatory compliance, and public-private partnership strategies related to real estate development, community resilience and disaster recovery, public infrastructure investment, and natural resource and environmental protection. Jeffrey’s proficiency in these practice areas is bolstered by direct experience in senior-level government crafting legislation, regulations, programs, and funding sources; business development; and diverse policy advocacy and community engagement. Jeffrey is a 2001 graduate of Tulane Law School; and 1994 graduate of Millersville University (PA), with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.