The Collaborative has multiple leadership tiers:

  • Leadership at member institutions

  • Committee leadership

  • Administrative leadership

Leadership at member institutions

    • Institutional leaders with decision-making authority sign a membership agreement acknowledging the critical need for increased research investigating the lives of women and girls of color and committing to support and improve research about women and girls of color at their own institution. Signatories are listed on each member page as the contact for their institution.
    • Individuals or teams lead the work taking place at member institutions. Each institution has a designated representative. Representatives are listed on each member page as the contact for their institution.

Committee Leadership

Membership Committee

The membership committee is responsible for reviewing new member applications; evaluating the membership procedure and requirements; and supporting membership growth for the Collaborative.

Current members:

  • Neena Chaudhry, Senior Counsel and Director of Education, National Women’s Law Center
  • Blair L.M. Kelly, Assistant Dean for Interdisciplinary Studies and International Programs for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, North Carolina State University
  • Abby Wolf, Executive Director, Hutchins Center for African American Research at Harvard University


    • Wake Forest University currently serves as the institutional administrator of the Collaborative. This work is housed at the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University, directed by Melissa Harris-Perry.
    • Sara Kugler, Director of External Partnerships and Initiatives at the Anna Julia Cooper Center, serves as Coordinator of the Collaborative.