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Program Staff

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Adrienne Dittman, International Program Associate
Adrienne Dittman helps support CFC’s international program activities working to embolden global advocates, policymakers, partners and reproductive health providers and other influencers in defending and advancing Catholic support for women’s autonomy in reproductive health decisions worldwide. Her experience spans government, academic and research organizations, including the US Department of State and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where she focused on human rights and Central and South America. Ms. Dittman holds a bachelor’s degree in Government with a certificate in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University.

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Sara Hutchinson Ratcliffe, Acting President. Ms. Ratcliffe heads Catholics for Choice positioning our work as the leading organization working at the intersection of faith, reproductive health and rights and religious liberty. As CEO, Ms. Ratcliffe develops and implements CFC’s organizational strategy, program plans and communications efforts, serving as key spokesperson for the organization with the public, among partners and in the media. She works closely with the 12-member staff to build and sustain the organization’s relationships focusing on key stakeholders including policymakers and donors to foster support for CFC’s work around the world to serve as a voice for the majority of Catholics who believe that the Catholic tradition supports a woman’s moral and legal right to follow her conscience in matters of sexuality and reproductive health. For eight years prior to her current role at the organization, Ms. Ratcliffe directed  CFC’s activities in the USA to help Catholic policymakers, advocates and partners articulate prochoice positions grounded in progressive Catholicism and sound public policy. Ms. Ratcliffe is an experienced advocacy professional working for twenty-five years in the public policy arena at the state and federal level on issues of public health and access to health services working with government agencies and advocacy organizations on policy analysis, strategic planning, and legislative and grassroots campaigns. Along with her professional positions, Ms. Ratcliffe also worked on numerous political campaigns at the local, state and national level. She began her career on Capitol Hill where she served as a Senate staffer for three years after earning her bachelor’s degree in political science with a concentration on domestic policy from The George Washington University.

Hailing from the Midwest, Ms. Ratcliffe is now a proud Virginia resident for more than fifteen years, where she also engages in community efforts and political activism at the local and state level. She currently lives near Charlottesville, VA with her family.

 

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Elyce Nollette, International Program Senior Associate
Elyce Nollette coordinates CFC’s international program activities with overseas policymakers, health providers, advocates, activists and collegial organizations to diminish the influence of religious extremism on public policy and advance sexual and reproductive rights. She employs her experience and training in public policy and diplomacy, to foster and sustain strategic relationships as well as inform and influence international debates in the reproductive health and religious liberty spaces. Ms. Nollette’s experience encompasses a range of human security and international development issues both domestically and internationally, including in Latin America and Africa. Ms. Nollette holds a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Dickinson College and a Master of Public and International Affairs in Human Security from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at University of Pittsburgh.

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Glenn Northern, Domestic Program Director
Glenn Northern leads and implements CFC’s US activities, including advocacy, outreach, policymaker education, legislative analysis and collegial relationships. He directs CFC’s Catholics in Public Life project, a nonpartisan public education initiative that helps Catholic policy makers in the US clearly articulate prochoice positions grounded in progressive Catholicism and sound public policy. He oversees CFC’s strategic relationships with prochoice Catholics, policymakers, reproductive health providers, religious and secular activists and collegial organizations to inform and influence debates on sexual and reproductive health and rights, social justice and religious liberty. Before joining CFC, Mr. Northern led constituency building and advocacy efforts at Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. He holds a degree in political science and women’s studies from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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Taylor Tuckerman, Director of Operations
Taylor Tuckerman manages the day-to-day operations of Catholics for Choice, coordinates the activities of different departments and monitors the organization’s finances and budget. Ms. Tuckerman holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Christopher Newport University and a master’s degree in political management from George Washington University.

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Amanda Ussak, International Program Director
Amanda Ussak implements and manages CFC’s international activities including initiatives with global advocates, policymakers and reproductive health providers and other influencers to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide. Ms. Ussak’s leadership helps CFC influence and build a stronger community of advocates working around the globe to diminish the influence of religious extremism on women’s health policies. She manages strategic partnerships with civil society and policy leaders across Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe to educate public and policy audiences about Catholic support for women’s autonomy in reproductive health decisions. Ms. Ussak has a wide range of expertise in development assistance in the government, non-profit and private sectors. Previously, she worked with several start-ups to design and test products for community initiatives. Ms. Ussak served in the Office of the Deputy Secretary and the Bureau of Public Diplomacy at the State Department. She has also consulted for several faith-based nonprofits. She holds a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and a master’s degree from Stanford University.

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Doug Walker, Communications Director 
Doug Walker directs communications and messaging strategies for publications, press and public engagements, creative content and storytelling and advocacy campaigns to advance CFC’s thought leadership as the authoritative voice on reproductive rights, religious freedom and Catholicism in the United States and around the world.  Mr. Walker is a seasoned communications professional, having served in strategic communications positions for multi-sector organizations including the National Education Association, the U.S. Social Security Administration, Chicago Public Schools, a local top-10 radio station, U.S. Congressional offices and multiple local, state and national political organizations and campaigns. Mr. Walker brings an acumen in strategic communications, including on-camera media experience, knowledge of integrated marketing across new and tradition media platforms and proficiency with mission-based message development. Mr. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Howard University, completed the Senior Executive Fellows program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and earned an MBA from Washington Adventist University.

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