John Erickson

President

John is a Ph.D. Candidate in American Religious History and holds two MA’s from Claremont Graduate University.  John serves as a commissioner on the California Commission on the Status of Women, having been appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2017.  In addition to the commission, John serves as the President of the Hollywood Chapter for the National Organization for Women, a Boardmember for the City of West Hollywood’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board, a Boardmember for the ACLU of Southern California, and the Legislative Action Chair for Stonewall Democratic Club.  He co-founded the digital publication the Engaged Gaze and contributes regularly to a number of online publications on the topics of LGBTQ history, feminism, masculinity studies, and American religious history.  John was one of the main organizers of the Women’s March Los Angeles on January 20, 2017, that brought together 750,000 people to Downtown Los Angeles as well as in 2018.  He was also a coordinator for the #ResistMarch on June 11, 2017, that brought together 100,000 people to the City of West Hollywood. 

Karen Eyres

Vice President

Karen serves on the Executive Board of the Hollywood NOW Chapter and California NOW.  She is also Chair of the Women’s Advisory Board of the City of West Hollywood and an unabashed supporter of the city’s cultural programs.  She recently became a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for a foster youth.  She facilitates career and life skills workshops for the Women In Transition Project, based in San Pedro.  She was a member of the alternative comedy scene in New York City in the 1980s-1990s, performing at Surf Reality, Nada, the Comedy Cellar and the First Amendment Theatre.

Zoe Nicolson

ERA Officer

Zoe has been standing in front of a room and in the public square with one message, WAKE UP.  And with each day, each event, each year, waking up to something new has led to a dynamic life that unfolded sharply, quickly, deeply.  She is not one to “suffer fools,” but that impatience is wielded at herself far more than anyone else.  If she has one gift that outshines all others it is the ability to collect information, consolidate and articulate it in a whole new way.  She is intense, inspiring and a true change maker.  

Activist, author and speaker, Zoe Nicholson holds a B.A. in Theology, Quincy University, 1969 and a M.A. in Ethics, USC, 1975.  She began her professional life teaching high school for five years. In 1976, she opened and operated The Magic Speller Bookstore, a women’s bookstore in Newport Beach, CA.  In 1982, she joined six women in Springfield, Illinois., in a public and political fast for 37 days in support of the Equal Rights Amendment. Her memoir is The Hungry Heart ~ A Women’s Fast for Justice, from Lune Soleil Press.  Zoe finished a new full life, The Engaged Heart. 

Zoe is the founder of ERA Once and for All, member of the National ERA Roundtable, lifelong member of NOW and president of Pacific Shore NOW, and outspoken voice for LGBTQ rights. 

Jerilyn Stapleton

Public Policy

Jerilyn has been a feminist since age 5 and was already a union activist working on wages, working conditions and the image of women and minorities in film and TV as Co-Chair of the AFTRA Women’s Committee when I joined NOW. NOW Member since 1978. Immediate past President of California NOW, Officer of CA NOW last eight years and CA NOW PAC member. Four years on National NOW Board, last 2 years as SW Regional Director. Convenor/Co-founder of the Hollywood Now Chapter. Served on the Los Angeles Chapter Council. On the front lines fighting for ratification of the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) and preserving Reproductive Rights. Chair of the Labor Task Force: Organized Sunkist Lemon Demonstration/Grape Boycott for Farm Workers. Chair of the Media Committee: Lead national letter writing campaign to keep Cagney & Lacey on TV. Written about in the book “Defining Women: Television and the Case of Cagney & Lacey on (pages 44, 87 & 88) by Julie D’Acci. As a student at Los Angeles Valley College, established the Commissioner of Women’s Concerns seat on the student council, organized rallies and “teach ins” for the ERA and Reproductive Rights. Los Angeles delegate to the California NOW Board and served on the CANOW PAC. Convened (founded) the Hollywood Chapter of NOW, served as acting President, Former Executive Vice President, Hollywood NOW and Vice President Action, chapter delegate to the CANOW Board and Chair the CANOW Media Reform Committee. CA State Coordinator for a campaign for a US Department of Peace and Nonviolence. Former Chair, CA NOW Peace and Safety Committee.

Yvonne Najera

Communications Officer

Yvonne is a 20 year veteran of the Army and Army National Guard where she served in the Public Affairs office. As a result, she has earned six overseas medals to include two combat tours in Iraq. She is an Alumni of Art Center College of Design and Cal State University, Fullerton, holding Masters degrees in Film and Communications studies. She has created websites and videos for non-profits dealing with domestic violence and is currently a member of the National Organization for Women, Hollywood Chapter. She currently works as a civilian graphic designer for the Army and is stationed in the California desert at Fort Irwin.

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