Ilyse Hogue – A Discussion on Women’s Health
Ilyse Hogue has been the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America since January 2013.
She comes to NARAL with expertise in both electoral and advocacy campaigns, skills she honed as the Director of Political Advocacy and Communications at MoveOn.org. In her six years at MoveOn, Ilyse designed member engagement strategies to show the depth of support across the country for the policy priorities of the organization. Using a mix of paid media, field work, and innovative online efforts, she led the charge to translate that energy into tangible legislative victories. In 2012, Ilyse helped build and lead Friends of Democracy, a political initiative to reduce the influence of big money in elections.
She is the co-founder of the Center for Story-Based Strategy. This national organization was established in 2005 and uses story-telling to amplify the impact of grassroots organizing, values based communications, collaborations, and advocacy campaigning.
Ilyse’s experience is diverse, but her perspective has always recognized the critical influence of choice and women’s leadership in American equality. Ilyse is a frequent guest on CNN and MSNBC, and writes regular commentary on CNN.com, The Nation, and other outlets. Long before joining NARAL, much of her writing focused on the issues facing women.
Ilyse serves on the board of several national organizations including the National Domestic Worker’s Alliance and Story of Stuff. She’s a native Texan who has traveled all over the world working for human rights and justice. Ilyse earned a B.A. from Vassar College and holds an M.S. in Resource Ecology Management from the University of Michigan, where she studied the impact of resource constraints in politics and culture.