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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 and the Community Advisory Board for the North Carolina State University's Women's Center/Women and Gender Studies Program. She recently served on 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.
Sarah joined NARAL Pro-Choice NC in September 2015. She earned a B.A. in Anthropology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where her passion for reproductive rights was born. Sarah also serves on the Board of Directors of the Carolina Abortion Fund and is a soprano in the North Carolina Master Chorale. When she's not at work, helping people fund their abortions, or singing, Sarah enjoys reading, drinking chai, and livetweeting #TGIT on Thursday evenings.
Tracey Vann Hawkins