The Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Inc.

The Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Inc. is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the study and appreciation of the classical humanities, with a focus on Latin and Ancient Greek languages and literature. The Institute was founded in 2010 by former students of the Vatican Latinist Fr. Reginald Foster, who taught generations of Latin students to love the Latin language and the city of Rome. 

Teachers & Writers Collaborative

Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) seeks to educate the imagination by offering innovative creative writing programs for students and teachers, and by providing a variety of publications and resources to support learning through the literary arts. T&W programs include writing workshops for students, professional development for teachers and educators, managing the NYS Poetry Out Loud competition, and publishing Teachers & Writers Magazine and other resources about the teaching of creative writing. 

Gender Equality Law Center

Allegra Fishel Lauren Betters

Allegra Fishel Lauren Betters

The Gender Equality Law Center (“GELC”) is a nonprofit law and advocacy organization. GELC’s mission is to advance laws and policies that promote equality and fairness in all spheres of public and private life. We work to break down barriers created by gender-based discrimination and stereotyping through litigating impact cases, working toward legislative reforms, building coalitions, providing public and legal training, mentoring private and government attorneys, conducting community outreach and providing information about individual legal rights. Our work focuses on using law and policymaking to break down barriers that limit economic, social and creative opportunities for individuals because of overt bias or outdated stereotyping related to views about an individual’s gender, gender identity, gender expression and/or sexual orientation. Our work focuses on: (1) economic security and advancement of women; (2) empowerment and leadership development of girls and young women; (3) intimate partner violence and sexual assault; and (4) work-family balance.


We are an organization of U.S.-based AIDS and human rights activists, people living with HIV/AIDS, public health experts, fair trade advocates and concerned individuals who campaign against policies of neglect and avarice that deny treatment to millions and fuel the spread of HIV. We are dedicated to eliminating barriers to universal access to affordable life-sustaining medicines for people living with HIV/AIDS as key to a comprehensive strategy to confront and ultimately stop the AIDS pandemic. We believe that the human right to life and to health must prevail over the pharmaceutical industry's excessive profits and expanding patent rights.

Jamila Headly, Managing Director

Jamila Headly, Managing Director

Jamila is a longtime ally and former core member of Health GAP. Before joining our team, Jamila served as a Program Officer for the Accountability and Monitoring in Health Initiative and the Global Health Financing Initiative of the Public Health Program at Open Society Foundations (OSF). At OSF, she helped to lead the development of several new bodies of grant-making focused on strengthening civil society engagement in the development, implementation, and monitoring of national and donor governments’ health budgets. Jamila has a PhD in Public Health from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She has written and conducted research on the development of national and regional responses to the HIV epidemic in Barbados and the Caribbean, the impact of trade agreements on health policy and access to medicines, and the role of North-South civil society partnerships in influencing the policies and priorities of large global health donors. Jamila is a 2006 recipient of the Vermont State Madeline Kunin Public Service Award for her commitment to social justice. Originally from the island of Barbados, Jamila is now based in Brooklyn, New York, where she manages Health GAP’s organizational and financial matters, while bringing her unique blend of knowledge and experience to key areas of our programmatic work.




Brittany Herrick, Program Coordinator

Brittany Herrick, Program Coordinator

Brittany is an emerging global health activist and recent graduate from New York University's Global Institute of Public Health. While completing her graduate studies, she served as a research assistant for an NIH-funded longitudinal study investigating behavioral risk factors for HIV as well as a National Preparedness intern for FEMA with the US Department of Homeland Security. Prior to joining Health GAP, she evaluated service-delivery models in community-based HIV/AIDS organizations in London, and collaborated with UNICEF to design a campaign aimed at improving polio vaccine procurement and distribution in Ukraine. She brings to the Health GAP team a broad knowledge of public health and a passion for social justice. In her role, she serves as critical organizational glue—working daily to ensure that our campaigns and programs are supported to achieve the greatest possible impact. Brittany holds a Master's in Public Health from New York University and a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Health Science from California State University Fullerton, where she conducted research as a McNair Scholar. In addition to her duties at Health GAP, Brittany serves on the Young Adult Advisory Board for the New York State Department of Health's AIDS Institute, helping to develop implementation strategies to end the statewide epidemic.

Emily Sanderson, National Organizer, U.S. (Student Global Aids Compaign)

Emily Sanderson, National Organizer, U.S. (Student Global Aids Compaign)


Emily is a recent graduate of Saint Michael’s College Political Science Department with a minor in global studies. Before joining the Health GAP team, she was a senior coordinator and organizer with Student Labor Action Movement (SLAM), a student group striving for a better relationship between workers and students and promoting worker empowerment. She later became involved with Student Global AIDS Campaign (SGAC), where she further developed her skills as an organizer and formed a relationship with Health GAP. As the national organizer, she works closely with students, SGAC, Positive Youth Network (PYN), and other groups of people living with HIV/AIDS to create and maintain strong, working grassroots capacity across the country. She also serves on the Young Adult Advisory Board for the New York State Department's AIDS Institute, helping to design implementation strategies to end the statewide epidemic.


Generation Schools is an nonprofit organization dedicated to whole-school and systemic innovation in urban public education. Their award-winning work fundamentally restructures a school's existing resources, particularly human capital and time. The result: a successful public school model that cuts core class size in half for all students and offers a 200-day year without increasing the teacher work year or increasing school costs.



GallopNYC offers therapeutic horseback riding at three locations in New York City, bringing joy, hope and possibility to children and adults with physical, emotional, social, and developmental challenges. Brooke Belott is GallopNYC's grant writer and administrator, and also does freelance writing/grant writing for arts and environmental non-profits.



Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives is a Jewish congregation in Brooklyn, where doubt can be an act of faith and all hands are needed to build our community. We are creative, serious seekers who pray joyfully, wrestle with tradition, pursue justice and refuse to be satisfied with the world as it is. As individuals of varying sexual orientations, gender identities, races, family arrangements, and Jewish identities and backgrounds, we share a commitment to the search for meaningful expressions of our Judaism in today's uncertain world.