Aminatou Sow, my CYG co-host and Shine Theory co-coiner
Gina Delvac, our incredible CYG producer
Lara Shipley, a photographer I love to work with
Jade Chang, an author who I teach workshops with
Jacque Boltik, #1 newsletter tech guru
Gail Ross, my literary agent
Laura Bertocci, my assistant
Quinn Heraty, my lawyer
Midroll, which handles ad sales for CYG
FRESH Speakers, my speaking agency
Kenesha Sneed, who designed the CYG logo
Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs, who composes CYG's music
Jorge Rivas, who took my bio photos
Describe the Fauna, who took our Team CYG portraits
PEOPLE WHO HAVE BOOSTED MY CAREER
Jessica Hopper, who responded to a late-night emotional email from a stranger 10 years ago
Mark Schmitt, who enabled me to cultivate my feature-editing skills at The American Prospect
Doug McGray, who was a mentor and later recommended me for an exec-level editing job
Anna Holmes, who spent hours imparting editorial wisdom when I felt I was in over my head
ORGANIZATIONS I SUPPORT
Women's Center for Creative Work, a nonprofit feminist community space
Library Foundation of Los Angeles, because public libraries are the BEST
Downtown Women's Center, which serves women experiencing homelessness
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project, which fights for everyone’s freedom to self-determine their gender identity
CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights LA)
National Network of Abortion Funds, which directly funds abortions
Higher Heights, which invests in black women's political leadership
PLACES I SHOP
HEALTH & PERSONAL GROWTH RESOURCES
Myisha Battle, sex coach
Gracy Obuchowicz, self-care coach
Beth Pickens, arts consultant (and the person who made me a feminist!)
Related rec: Colleen Medlock, who does branding for health+wellness practitioners
PRODUCTS I SWEAR BY
Baggu. I own bajillons of these reusable bags.
Casio illuminator watch. How did I live without this thing?
ClearCare contact lens solution. Why was I using saline for all those years? I’ll never go back.
Soapwalla natural deodorant cream
Dryel, for when you thrifted a garment that’s dry-clean only, and the cleaning bill would amount to twice its cost.
SleepMaster sleep mask, for whenever I’m not sleeping in my own bed.
Lunya washable silk loungewear. MY GOD, this material feels good.
Iron-on letters. The quickest way to make a protest tee.
PUBLICATIONS I SUBSCRIBE TO
APPS I RELY ON
SimpleNote. An extremely basic note-keeping app that I love.
The New York Times Crossword. This doubles as my meditation app.
1Password, an essential.
Libby for all of my digital library loan needs.
EstateSales.net rules my Saturday mornings.
5EveryDay for hidden gems around Los Angeles.
5 Calls, to keep me calling my representatives.