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, and The Writer and Host of Old Pro News - a podcast dedicated to educating everyone on the current issues, legislation and policy, and activism of Sex Workers globally. And is the Founder of Black Witch University - A Healing Space for Healers and Maroon Mystery School for Black Diasporic People.
As the former Director of Reproductive Health and Justice at Women With A Vision, Inc, Lakeesha worked with Representative Mandie Landy in speaheading the first comprehensive statewide bills in the nation to decrimininalize sex work. She worked with current and former sex workers to develop 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 has 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.
Statewide Outreach Coordinator
Robin Barber, has been a indispensable member of our reproductive health, rights and justice community since moving to New Orleans after Katrina in 2005. She previously worked with Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast where she served as Community Engagement Manager and Public Affairs Specialist. Robin has spent most of her career working to engage communities, whether through health education, neighborhood development or disaster assistance. She joined Lift Louisiana's team shortly after its inception in 2016. Robin is the proud mother of a daughter, Lindsay, and grandmother to 3 grandchildren.
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.