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Tara Romano, Executive Director
As a long-time advocate for women's equality, Tara Romano became a community activist for victims of domestic and sexual violence in 2003. Interested in how public policy impacts the experience of domestic and sexual violence, both for individuals and communities, Tara joined North Carolina Women United's Wake County Women's Agenda Assembly in 2006. She joined the NC Women United board in 2008, and was elected president of the organization in 2013. During that time, she has led the coalition in its work to take a gender lens to state policy, always being sure to demonstrate how issues of reproductive rights and health, access to health care and education, economic security, civil rights and LGBTQ equality, voting rights, and domestic and sexual violence intersect to impact women's lives. Joining NARAL Pro-Choice NC in spring 2016, at a time when North Carolina citizens across the state feel the effects of policies that deprive them of their reproductive freedom as well as their bodily autonomy, economic security, access to healthcare, and personal safety, she is committed to collaborating across issues to achieve full social, political, and economic equality for all.
Tara currently serves on the Steering Committee of NC Women Matter. In 2017, she was appointed as an affiliate representative to the NARAL Pro-Choice America C4 national board. She recently served on the Community Advisory Board for the North Carolina State University's Women's Center/Women and Gender Studies Program. She also is a past member of the Advisory Committee for the Institute of Women's Research Policy's most recent report, The Status of Women in the South. She holds a Masters of Public Health Degree as well as an MS in Extension Education.
Toni Curry, Development Director
Toni Curry has a diverse background and thirteen years' experience in advancement. Prior to joining NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina in 2017, she held various development positions in the School of Medicine and the Office of Government and Foundation Relations at Case Western Reserve University. More recently, she managed the major gifts and planned giving programs at The North Carolina Center for Public Television (UNC-TV). Toni demonstrates her dedication to advocacy for women's equality through long time affiliations with organizations that fight for women's civil rights, personal safety, reproductive freedom and economic equality - especially for women of color, immigrants and children.
An Ohio transplant, Toni spends much of her free time getting acquainted with North Carolina. But when she's not trolling around the state or enjoying all the unique and exciting things to do in the Raleigh-Durham area, you can find her curled up with a good book, watching a scary movie or experimenting with new recipes.
Lynne Walter, Advocacy and Organizing Manager
Lynne Walter is a loud and proud social worker, community organizer, and activist. She has been fighting to protect reproductive rights, justice, and abortion access since she trained to be a clinic escort when she was 14-years-old, and she loves working with students, community members, and partner organizations in order to ensure equitable access to full reproductive health and justice.
Lynne grew up in the Washington, D.C., area where she first became involved in social justice work. She received her bachelor's degree from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, and worked with migrant farmworkers and Latinx populations across North Carolina for several years before receiving her Master of Social Work in Community Organization from the University of Michigan School of Social Work in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Prior to joining NARAL Pro-Choice NC, Lynne worked to prevent sexual violence, end racism, protect the rights of LGBTQI communities, and uphold reproductive justice and everyone's access to comprehensive reproductive health care. Lynne also volunteers with a number of community groups and is a voracious reader, hiker, and lover of music. She can often be found singing along to incredible and fantastic songs across a constellation of musical genres.
Tracey Vann Hawkins