WMFA Founder, CEO Nisi (Nissan) Ariana Jacobs attended Stuyvesant High School in 1987 thanks to Alice De Rivera who successfully sued against the school's all-boy policy in 1969. At Stuyvesant, Nisi studied with Frank McCourt, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning memoir 'Angela's Ashes' and was awarded the Stuyvesant Award for Creative Writing by McCourt who prevented the English chair from expelling her for reading her original unedited poem instead of a watered-down version at the school poetry reading. After earning a BFA in Painting from the Cooper Union, Nisi worked with video and sound, teaching video editing/sound design at NYU Graduate Center of Digital Applications, New School, to Francesca Scorsese (daughter of Martin Scorsese), as well as training numerous editors at Apple Certified Training Centers. Currently, Nisi is a 3D editor on productions which have screened at MoMA, Lincoln Center, The Whitney, Tribeca Film Festival, Museum of Moving Image, Pompadou, Berlin Festival, etc. Nisi Jacobs is the founder of WoMen For All.
WMFA Co-Chair Danita Parms is a graduate of Friends University with a bachelor’s degree in Business with a minor in Human Resources Management. She comes from hard working parents who believed heavily in humanity. Ms. Parms grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and now resides with her husband in Kansas, known to her grandchildren as Grandma D and to the numerous children they foster as Momma D. Along with her stand-up comedy, Ms. Parms works as a substitute teacher because she feels kids always deserve a positive role model. She teaches TIPS-MAPP training to couples and other adults who want to adopt or foster children in need of care.
WMFA Co-Chair Asmi Fathelbab is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn. She has done community work as well as worked on political campaigns and has a double majored BA in Comparative Religions and Creative Writing, a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and is currently working on her PhD in Clinical Psychology.
WMFA Co-Chair Grace Bennett is a long time journalist and publisher and editor of the Inside Press which she founded in 2003. She traveled to Africa and Turkey as a member of the press corps following Secretary Hillary Clinton on a 2012 State Department mission. She is the recipient of several media and community awards including the Bernard Rosenshein Courage to Care award from the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center and the MHA Media Award for Excellence in Mental Health Coverage. A child of two Holocaust survivors, her involvement in WoMen For All stems from a deep concern for the escalation of antisemitism on both sides of the political aisle.
WMFA Co-Chair Originally from Brookline, MA, Deborah Friedman is a marketing specialist and activist living in Durham, NC. As she watched Durham fall victim to the BDS Movement, a passion for fighting Antisemitism was awakened. As a contributor for Jewish issues, she’s written about the BDS Movement in various publications.
Deborah was at the forefront of the size acceptance movement as a feature writer for the first national “plus” size magazine, BBW. Size activism and Zionism inform her bold brand of feminism. She brings her sensibility to the WMFA.
WMFA Co-Chair Yasmine Mohammed is an Arab-Canadian college instructor, activist, podcaster, and writer who has written a memoir entitled: From Al Qaeda to Atheism: The Girl Who Would Not Submit. Yasmine shares her story of growing up in an Islamic fundamentalist home and then being forced into marriage. She now works to offer hope to ex-Muslims, atheists and freethinkers.
WMFA Board I am originally from West Africa, the Gambia, and now based in the Bronx, New York. I have been an activist since I was in Africa, in peer Health Education and Equal Rights. I am focused on justice for all human beings. I believe every voice counts, especially in today’s world in governance and particularly in Africa and the world at large. I am studying computers at the moment.
WMFA Board I am a fourth generation Cantor and Founder of the Women Cantors’ Network, a passionate Zionist, feminist, artist-singer-guitarist-cellist. I enjoy Swedish weaving and keeping lessons and songs of my mentor, Elie Wiesel z’l, in our collective memories. Proudly serving as a cantor since 1976, 18 years in my pulpit in Ridgefield. www.cantordebbie.com
WMFA Board Daniel Brooks is founder and current Vice President of 3GNY, an educational non-profit organization founded by grandchildren of Holocaust survivors whose mission is to educate diverse communities about our family history and lessons of the Holocaust. He has served as a docent at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, and has extensive experience as an Israel advocate, having organized pro-Israel demonstrations, spoken on panels, written for the organization Artists4Israel and currently serving as an educator with Fuel For Truth's Boot Camp.
Daniel has a B.S. in Communications from Boston University. He is a Human Resources manager at a law firm in Manhattan, and lives in Astoria, NY.
WMFA Board R David Robinson is an actor, playwright, and variety performer. As a playwright, he explores average people struggling under harsh political and corporate systems. His play INK was a finalist at the Samuel French Festival, among others. He was Artistic Director of the Open Gate Human Rights Theatre, created and was part of the producing team of Broadway for a New America 2004, a fundraiser for Democratic state races, hosted by Robert Klein, and starring Al Franken, Tovah Feldshuh, Michael Cerveris, Kathleen Chalfant and original stars of New Vaudeville Movement including The Original Pickle Family Clowns Reunion Performance (First performance together in over 15 years) featuring Bill Irwin, Geoff Hoyle, and Larry Pisoni. R David was comic foil to magician David Copperfield winning praise from Gene Kelly.
WMFA Board Janette Luparia is a Connecticut native with 25 years in the hospitality industry who has raised three high achieving super liberal millennials. Janette took the long road from high school earning an Associates Degree in her 30s, a Bachelors Degree in her 40’s and an MBA in her 50s. She loves to kayak, stand up paddle boards, reading and a dedicated yogi.