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Molly Oakley is the Chief Operations Officer at Trust Women. She has been with Trust Women since 2011 when she started as an intern in voter outreach. Ms. Oakley began directing the Youth Mobilization and Leadership Program with Trust Women which focused on participation, canvassing and voter registration efforts. She has been an integral part of the development and operations of Trust Women’s clinics and foundation. Ms. Oakley graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Women’s and Gender Studies and a minor in Social Justice.

Christie Burkhart is the Chief Compliance Officer at Trust Women. She left corporate America as business manager and joined Trust Women in 2017.  Ms. Burkhart holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development in Human Life with a specialty in Early Childhood Education with Children with Disabilities from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. During her time at the University of Kansas, Ms. Burkhart volunteered with the Douglas County AIDS Project. Ms. Burkhart advocated for expanding educational resources regarding HIV and AIDS and lobbied to expand health care benefits for Kansans living with HIV and AIDS.

Rebecca Tong is the Director of Development at Trust Women. She worked as a non-profit advocacy and political organizer with Grassroots Campaigns, Inc. (GCI) for three-and-a-half years. Most recently, she was as a regional director with GCI, contracted to run fundraising and membership building operations on behalf of national non-profits such as Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. Ms. Tong ran a petition campaign that successfully created a ballot measure to overturn Citizens United in Colorado; and she ran a large GOTV operation out of Boulder for the 2012 election cycle. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in political science and international development studies.

Haley Kottler is Director of Advocacy at Trust Women. She is originally from Edmond, Oklahoma but got her degree from Kansas State University in Manhattan in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies and Family Studies and Human Services. At Kansas State, she was the reproductive justice coordinator for FIRE- Feminists Igniting Resistance and Empowerment- and the campaign director for the Riley County Democratic Party.  She was a research intern for Emily’s List in 2016 and runs Trust Women’s extensive canvassing efforts across Kansas.

Erika Harris is the Director of Communications at Trust Women. She has worked in political communications for two presidential campaigns, a Gubernatorial race and a Senate race, as well as in communications for NGOs and non-profits in the U.S. and internationally. She taught women’s health and wellness courses in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and worked with the Roma Rights Centre in Prague, Czech Republic. She has a B.A. in both Communication and Political Science from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., and a M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. She has lived and worked in Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic and Tanzania, and has found traveling is the best way to better her understanding of communications.