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Director & Steering Committee

Jessica Bacal, Director

Phone: (413) 585-4914
E-mail: jbacal@smith.edu

Jessica Bacal grew up in New York City and lived there until she moved to Northampton with her family in 2006. She began at Smith on the Women's Narratives Project, and then worked with the team that was developing the Center for Work & Life. She became its first director in 2010. Jessica holds a B.A. in English from Carleton College, an MS.Ed. from Bank Street College of Education, and an M.F.A. in fiction from Hunter College. Before coming to Smith, she worked as an editor, an elementary school teacher and an educational writer and consultant. Her writing has appeared in Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Moms and on HuffPost Women.  Her book, Mistakes I Made at Work will include interviews with high-achieving women from a variety of fields, including Gloria Steinem, Anna Holmes and Shirley Malcom.  It is forthcoming from Penguin in 2014.  Jessica lives with her husband and two children.

Ally Einbinder, Program Coordinator

Phone: (413) 585-4678
E-mail: aeinbind@smith.edu

Ally Einbinder arrived at Smith in 2006 after a childhood spent in Albany, New York. While at Smith, Ally was active in several student organizations, including Students for Social Justice and Institutional Change and VOX: Voices for Choice. During the fall semester of her junior year, Ally studied abroad in the Netherlands through a program offered by the School for International Training with a focus on gender and sexuality. She graduated from Smith magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in May 2010 with a B.A. in the study of women and gender and sociology, and was the recipient of the Wahrsager Scholarship in sociology. Ally began her position at the Wurtele Center for Work & Life in July 2010. When she's not at work, Ally spends most of her time playing bass in her band, Potty Mouth, with fellow Smithies Phoebe Harris '11 (guitar) and Victoria Mandanas '13 (drums). The band released their debut EP in summer 2012, which was called "excellent" in a review by The New York Times.

Steering Committee

Maureen A. Mahoney, Dean of the College

Sue Briggs, Program Administrator, Office of the Dean of the College

Julie Ohotnicky, Dean of Students

Jennifer Walters, Dean of Religious Life

Stacie Hagenbaugh, Director, Career Development Office

Riché J. Daniel Barnes, Assistant Professor, Afro-American Studies

Barbara Brehm-Curtis, Professor, Exercise and Sports Studies

Floyd Cheung, Associate Professor of English Language and Literature