Cari serendipitously stumbled into femex on a chill fall day in 2014, two years after moving to DC from her native Detroit. She is so happy to have since found a thriving community of awesome people in DC with which to engage in discussions that matter. Outside of femex, Cari works to support women's health care and choice at the national association for ob-gyns, and has a passion for collaboration and work that is mission-driven. In her spare time, Cari enjoys nurturing relationships, exploring cities and wooded places of all kinds, curating playlists, people watching, bookstores, and a good cup of coffee.
Jess Agüero, Recruitment Director
Jess is a curious, compassionate web designer and artist who is driven by her love for human beings. She is likely to be washing the dishes at other people’s houses, advocating design for social good, and/or losing her mind to good reggaeton. Jess loves Femex because it provides her a beautiful, safe space to grow her mind by listening to other people’s stories (which is her favorite thing) while validating her own. Her dream is to use visual storytelling to amplify the voices of people whose identities are underrepresented in visual culture.
Ray Whyte, Program Director
Raychel is a introverted extrovert who spends a lot of time trying not to trip over the raised bricks in the sidewalks of DC. They became involved in the wonderful world of Femex in the fall of 2016 as a participant. When they are not Femex-ing, Raychel enjoys daydreaming about having a dog, laughing until it hurts, and organizing resistance with friends.
Barbra Elenbaas, Curriculum & Training Director
Babs learned about femex by talking to a total stranger on the street one serendipitous day in 2014. In her day job, Babs writes and edits professionally. In her night job, she watches shows about witches and/or paleoanthropology, obsesses over her houseplants, and beats everyone at strategic board games. Babs has one simple wish: to fundamentally change the way humans engage with each other by spreading relentless, radical kindness one relationship at a time.
Justyna Maslowska, Program Director
Justyna found femex in Fall 2016 and hasn't shut up about it ever since. She's passionate about refugee issues, LGBTQ students, and educational equity. When she's not working at her day job in international education, she's usually busy running, cooking/baking/eating, planning her next trip/tattoo, or spooning her dog.
Amber Banks, Executive Director
Amber's interest in empowering women started young and blossomed while studying Government at the University of Virginia. A Virginia native, Amber is passionate about Virginia history and politics, reproductive justice, political participation and, of course, femex! More at home in the kitchen than anywhere else, she can often be found feeding those around her. Amber enjoys curling up with a good book and her Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, impromptu dance parties, movie nights with friends, collecting recipes, and drinking massive amounts of tea. What empowers Amber? Laughter, political and social movements, and potlucks!.