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. She previously served as a board member with the National Council of Jewish Women Greater New Orleans Section and as NCJW’s Louisiana Policy Advocate, a nationally appointed position. In 2016, she co-founded Lift Louisiana, to educate, advocate and litigate in defense of reproductive rights. Erenberg has a BA in Psychology from Loyola University New Orleans and an MPA in Nonprofit Management from the University of New Orleans.
Lakeesha Harris is an unapologetic Black Feminist, Abolitionist, is one half of the genius Co-Executive Directorship of Lift Louisiana - where her small and mighty team educate, advocate, and litigate for the policy changes needed to improve the lives of Louisiana's women, their families, and their communities.
In 2021 -2022 Lakeesha wrote and hosted Old Pro News - a limited podcast dedicated to educating everyone on the current issues, legislation and policy, and activism of Sex Workers globally. A continuation of her advocacy as the former Director of Reproductive Health and Justice at Women With A Vision, Inc, where she worked with Representative Mandie Landy in spearheading the first comprehensive statewide bills in the nation to decriminalize sex work. She along with current, and other former sex workers, developed the deep south decrim toolkit, lodging a statewide campaign to educate the community on what it means when sex workers are targeted and criminalized. During the 2021 legislative session, a group of 119 sex workers and allies provided three hours of testimony in the Louisiana House - a first, not only in the deep south, but in any statehouse!
In 2020, Lakeesha was celebrated by Bitch Media among its Bitch 50 Activist for her work to maintain abortion access in Louisiana and nationwide. Her twenty plus years as a Reproductive Justice leader had produced two RJ Amicus Briefs that were presented to The Supreme Court on behalf abortion access, one currently being considered in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case.
Before moving to the Deep South, Lakeesha was an organizer, Health Educator, and Insemination Coordinator in the Midwest providing comprehensive care to sex workers, women, trans people, and GNC folx at one of the last remaining feminist Health centers in the country, Chicago Women’s Health Center.
Lakeesha’s essays, interviews, and critical work has been featured on The Daily by The New York Times, Democracy Now, The Advocate, and Rewire News just to name a few.
Jennifer Sackeyfio has over 10 years of nonprofit experience with active rolls in community organizing, governmental relations, policy advocacy, and fundraising. Her education and career have always focused on her passion to serve oppressed communities and collaborate with those communities to find equitable solutions. Her experience intersects various fields in the arts, education, environmental justice, criminal injustice, and progressive political campaigns. Prior to becoming Lift Louisiana's Development Director in 2020, she led a fundraising effort on behalf of underserved youth to enable their participation in leadership and citizenship development programming. She considers herself a lifelong learner and a fundraiser for social change.
AK Singleton has been invested in building community power in the south for over six years. She spent four years organizing for environmental justice in Jackson, Mississippi, working with local and state offices and non-profit organizations to strategize climate solutions and messaging. Prior to becoming Lift’s Operations Manager, she worked with The Promise of Justice Initiative to represent incarcerated people across the state.
David Schmit is the founder of DMS Communications agency and has represented Lift Louisiana since 2018.