Uniting mothers as advocates for a better America

Who are our Founding Mothers?

A powerhouse assembly of thought leaders on motherhood and policy, our founders have backgrounds in law, medicine, business, journalism, and social work.

Lawyer, former entertainment exec, founder of Totum Women

Psychiatrist, author, founder/CEO of Gemma

HR exec, founder of The Working Momtras

Technology and finance exec, entrepreneur, founder of APRICOT

Maternal rights trial lawyer, founder of The Mamattorney

Journalist, author, CEO and founder of The Fifth Trimester

Writer, author, founder of Not Safe for Mom Group

Journalist, content strategist, author, founder of Motherspeak and Two Truths Motherhood

Journalist, editor, founder of Dear Sunday and Two Truths Motherhood

Social worker, founder of Keep Company and MotherNation

Who’s on our Board of Directors?

Our Board of Directors come from the highest levels of Finance, Marketing, Media, Medicine, and Technology to provide resources and support beyond the reach of the Founding Mothers and our steering committee mothers.

Amy Parker

Amy Parker is Co-Founder & CEO of THE WHAT, a thriving indie media company and community platform of 100,000 women from across the globe. She is an early internet pioneer, co-founding the cult brand, Splendora. Parker is best known for building intentional communities of influential women since 2000 and has aligned her career with her personal mission to create a global sisterhood of leaders who impact each other’s work at the highest levels to change the world through investment, policy, advocacy and community building. Amy holds a position on the Board of Chamber of Mothers and is also a passionate supporter and advocate for the ERA and Reproductive Rights

Judee Ann Williams

Judee Ann Williams is the Co-Head of CAA Social Impact at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Social Impact is a strategic consulting team that sits at the intersection of CAA’s deeply experienced Brand Consulting and highly connected Foundation groups. Williams previously worked in the CAA Foundation for 15 years, serving as the department’s Co-Executive Director. Founded in 1995, the CAA Foundation uses resources within the entertainment community to create positive social change and works on improving schools and education services to youth at the local, national, and international level. Williams consults with clients, executives, and corporations on their philanthropic and pro-social initiatives. She works with clients who understand that a brand or business’ value is inextricably linked to their core set of values, and more importantly, the manner in which they articulate and execute on those values. She has worked with corporate brands such as KPMG, Hickey Freeman, Hudson’s Bay Company, Delta Airlines, Cartier, and Everfi, among others.

Additionally, Williams is a prominent member of the philanthropic community, holding various appointments on boards and advisory councils, including the Board of the Carrie Underwood C.A.T.S. Foundation, Katy Perry’s Firework Foundation, First Book, and the USO Entertainment Council. A longtime supporter of the Armed Forces, Williams is actively involved with the USO, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, as well as the St. Bernard Project, and is a member of the Got Your 6 Leadership Team. Prior to joining CAA, Williams worked in the Financial Department of the TBWA\Chiat. Williams received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Business from Shepherd University.

Elliot Haspel

Elliot Haspel is a nationally-recognized child and family policy expert and commentator, with specialties in early childhood and education issues, as well as the linkage between climate change and early childhood. He is a Senior Fellow at the think tank Capita. Elliot is the author of Crawling Behind: America’s Childcare Crisis and How to Fix It and a second forthcoming book on child care policy, in addition to several policy reports. He has appeared on television as an analyst, including on The PBS NewsHour with Judy Woodruff, and his writings have appeared in a wide variety of top publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic. Elliot is regularly sought out by journalists, and has been quoted in such mediums as NPR and TIME Magazine. He lives in Denver with his spouse and two children.

Allison Stern

Allison Stern is the General Partner of Mother Ventures, the first venture capital fund to focus purely on the mother as consumer. Previously, Allison served as an Operating Partner at The Chernin Group, leading deal teams and working as an interim head of M&A at Food52. During the 2020 Presidential Campaign, she delivered cutting-edge digital partnerships for the presidential campaign teams, leveraging her expertise in internet audiences and viral content creation. As co-founder of Tubular Labs, a social video and influencer measurement firm (acquired by Chartbeat/Cuadrilla Capital), Allison led the company from 0 to $25M ARR and raised over $50M in venture funding. A graduate of Yale University and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Allison serves on the board of Chamber of Mothers. She lives in NYC with her husband and daughter.

Stephanie Roberson

As Chief Merchandising Officer, Stephanie drives growth and long-term strategy of the Shopbop business, managing Shopbop and Shopbop Men’s buying and planning teams across categories. Additionally, Stephanie helms the Fashion Office, responsible for setting Shopbop’s fashion trend point of view as well as site content. Prior to joining Shopbop, Stephanie held positions at Neiman Marcus, Holt Renfrew, and Bergdorf Goodman, bringing over 15 years of experience to the team at Shopbop. A Michigan native, Stephanie graduated from Northwood University with a degree in Fashion Marketing and Management. She’s a wife and mother of two little boys. Today, she loves serving as a mentor both in and outside of Shopbop. This includes board member positions with Chamber of Mothers and RAISEfashion.

Dr. Rachel Blake

Dr. Rachel A. Blake is an obstetrician-gynecologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, and a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. She also spends time each year working at Princess Marina Hospital in Gabarone, Botswana. She attended the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and serves on the Brown Medical Alumni Association board of directors.

Dr. Pooja Lakshmin

Dr. Pooja Lakshmin MD is a bestselling author, board-certified psychiatrist, keynote speaker, and a contributor to The New York Times. Her debut book, REAL SELF-CARE: Crystals, Cleanses, and Bubble-Baths Not Included was named an NPR Best Book of 2023. Dr. Lakshmin’s New York Times essays, “How Society Has Turned its Backs on Mothers” and “Saying No Is Self-Care for Parents’” went viral, and she was recently in conversation with Tressie McMillan Cottom on The Ezra Klein Show, discussing her philosophy for pursuing real self-care in a society where commodified wellness fails us personally and collectively. Local to Austin, Dr. Lakshmin maintains a private telepsychiatry practice through which she takes care of patients dealing with burnout and perfectionism, as well as clinical conditions like depression and anxiety. She holds a summa cum laude BA in women’s studies and the biological basis of behavior from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MD from Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Lakshmin completed her internship and first year of psychiatry residency training at Stanford and went on to finish her adult psychiatry residency at George Washington University, where she focused on global mental health and perinatal psychiatry. She has been on the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at George Washington University School of Medicine since 2016. Dr. Lakshmin is regularly invited to give her signature keynote: “Real Self-Care is An Inside Job.” In it, she covers her Four Principles of Real Self-Care using evidence-based tools, compelling story-telling, and a dose of humor. She also sometimes works as a consultant for companies to design mental health programming. When she’s not speaking, writing or taking care of patients, Pooja likes to enjoy her partner Justin’s sour cream enchiladas, watch Daniel Tiger with her toddler, and take commands from her two cats.

Deshi Singh, Board Chair

Deshi Singh is the founder & CEO of APRICOT, a technology platform allowing for one-click consumer marketplace creation. She has been a champion of gender equality for nearly four decades, aligning her personal and professional goals to financially activate and empower women and girls globally. Deshi spent over a decade in traditional finance working at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Och-Ziff Capital Management, and Hudson Bay Capital Management. Through philanthropy and impact investing, Deshi supports various initiatives in education, sustainability, and advocacy for women and children. Deshi is currently President of the Singh Foundation, and in addition to Chamber of Mothers, Deshi sits on the board of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, Chefs for Impact, and is an Advisor for the Asia Foundation’s Lotus Circle. Deshi holds a degree in Economics from Wellesley College.

We have no red tape; what we do have is big hearts and big mouths.

Lauren Smith Brody, Founding Mother

Who are our Steering Mothers?

Building on our foundation, the team has expanded as national thought leaders, CEOs, and expert voices in fields ranging from media and law to medicine and human resources have joined to bring the Chamber’s mission to life.

Kimberly Didrickson

Kimberly Didrikson is a mother of three and the founder of Learning Motherhood, a consultancy agency and online community platform to support and retain parents pursuing a career in the workplace.

Rebecca Liu

Rebecca Liu is a strategy and innovation executive at American Express. She is passionate about the intersection of responsible consumerism and the empowerment of women in the workplace, and focuses on activating sustainable and meaningful corporate support for the Chamber’s community-building and legislative efforts.

Molly McDermott Walsh

Molly McDermott Walsh is a strategist and fractional CMO who focuses on building, scaling, and modernizing bold brands, values-driven organizations and impactful nonprofits. As an “advanced maternal age” mother who has seen firsthand how the current system is failing mothers, she joined the Chamber of Mothers enthusiastically to build systems for broader awareness and action.

Kelly Fuscaldo

Kelly Fuscaldo is a seasoned Enterprise Sales professional. Her expertise is  providing a customer first approach, with exceptional execution. Kelly became a mother during Covid and was shocked by the lack of support for American Mothers. She joined Chamber of Mothers after attending a local chapter meeting and supports the National team’s operations and partnership efforts.

Annie Bacon

Annie Bacon is a mom/writer/musician living in Michigan. She’s the founder of the online parenting community Us Guardians, and worked for the start-up MotherNation before joining Chamber of Mothers as Programs and Community Manager in early 2023. She’s dedicated to nurturing collective villages of parents and encouraging connection instead of judgment.

Tabitha Vallierie

Tabitha Vallierie is a Brand Strategist and fractional CMO who focuses on building and supporting female-founded businesses, personal brands, and impactful nonprofits. As a mother of 2 under 5, she pivoted her career to build her own business after experiencing the lack of maternal support from a 15 year corporate career. She joined the Chamber of Mothers enthusiastically to build systems for broader awareness, integrated and impactful marketing and brand partnerships, and to continue pushing the system for change.