WMF Wisconsin announced on Monday that Ali Muldrow will be the organization’s first-ever executive director.
WMF Wisconsin, part of a network of abortion funds across the U.S. that provide financial and logistical support for people seeking abortions, said in a press release that “Ali’s extensive background as an educator and community organizer will help bring WMF Wisconsin into a bold, new chapter amid the evolving, challenging landscape for abortion access.”
“When I was 16 years old, WMF supported me with $200 for an abortion. I paid for the rest of the procedure with money I earned at my fast food job. I know exactly what it’s like to terminate a pregnancy and rely on strangers for help,” Muldrow said in a statement. “Because I was able to access an abortion, I have defined my own path. My leadership comes from a place of support and understanding. I am committed to this work for the long haul. As a mama of three daughters, I will never take my role as executive director of WMF Wisconsin lightly.
“Together we can make change,” Muldrow added. “We are in an ongoing battle to ensure access and protect our communities from punishment. Now is the time for us to unify and organize. Now is the time for us to fight for reproductive autonomy for all — not just the few.”
Muldrow joins WMF Wisconsin after five years as co-executive director of Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools (GSAFE). During her tenure, she developed curriculum and strategy that centered the experiences of LGBTQ+ youth of color and launched GSAFE’s New Narrative Project in the Dane County Juvenile Detention Center. Muldrow also currently serves as a member and former president of the Madison Metropolitan School District’s Board of Education.
“Ali Muldrow is exactly the leader for abortion access that our organization and Wisconsin needs, especially now,” WMF Board President Cynthia Lin said in a press release. “Ali has worked with unwavering commitment to abortion access as it is connected to racial, economic, and reproductive justice. She brings people together around what is both possible and necessary. She embodies our mandate to fund abortion and build power.”