Julie Falk, executive director
Julie Falk was hired as Bitch Media's first Executive Director in June 2009. She previously served as Executive Director of the Center for Health Justice in Los Angeles and the Prison Media Fund in Cambridge, MA. Born in Kentucky, Julie is a graduate of Swarthmore College. She is thrilled to have landed in Portland OR, where she enjoys cooking and eating the local bounty and exploring the town through the eyes of her children and dog, Copper.
Favorite TV: Perry Mason, Rockford Files, Designing Women, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Wire
Favorite Movie: Rear Window
Favorite Authors: Carson McCullers, Carolyn Keene, MFK Fisher, Georges Simenon, Lois Lowry
Turn-ons: bakeries, used bookstores, German writing instruments, clean linens
Turn-offs: industrial meat production, extreme temperatures, inconsistency
Andi is the cofounder of Bitch Media. A longtime freelance writer and illustrator, Andi's work has appeared in numerous periodicals and newspapers, including Ms., Mother Jones, Utne, BUST, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Women's Review of Books, and Hues. She is a former pop-music columnist for the SF Weekly and the East Bay Express, and also contributed to the anthologies Young Wives' Tales, Secrets and Confidences: The Complicated Truth About Women's Friendships (both from Seal Press), and Howl: A Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit (Crown). She is the coeditor of BitchFest: 10 Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine, and the author of Feminism and Pop Culture (Seal Press). Her new book about the consumer co-optation of feminism, We Were Feminists Once, will be out in May 2016 from PublicAffairs. She speaks frequently on the subject of feminism, media, and pop culture at various colleges and universities.
Andi graduated from The Colorado College in 1994 with a B.A. in Fine Art that has proved to be more or less useless, though she did use it to secure a job designing rugs for Pottery Barn back in the day. She passes her non-Bitch hours watching television, hanging out with her basketball-obsessed family, embroidering portraits of dogs, and subscribing to whatever magazines are left on Earth. Her other interests include drawing, snacking, hiking, traveling, and eating cheese.
Fatal weakness: candy, naps
Crushes: Gram Parsons, Steve Buscemi, Hugh Laurie, Domnhall Gleeson, the Portland Trail Blazers
Favorite TV shows: Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, Freaks and Geeks, UnREAL, Game of Thrones, and dog shows.
Favorite authors: Laurie Colwin, Toni Morrison, Joan Didion, Mary Roach, Alison Bechdel, Rona Jaffe, Jonathan Tropper
Turn-ons: clogs, flocked wallpaper, the Winter Olympics, rainbow cookies
Turnoffs: lip liner, improper punctuation, mansplaining, trend stories, people who say "It is what it is"
Secretly wishes she were: An arts-and-crafts counselor at a summer camp in the 1970s
Kate Lesniak, development director
Kate arrived at Bitch Media in the Fall of 2012.
Most recently, she served as Deputy Finance Director for Democracy for America where she leveraged her passion for organizing into the resources that it takes to fund progressive projects. Her work before Bitch ranges from issue organizing for marriage equality in Vermont and Maine to grant writing for Corporate Accountability International's public water initiatives to coaching goalkeeping at youth soccer camps.
Kate graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in Political Science and Sociology and also served as team captain for the Women's Ice Hockey team.
Fatal weakness: hamburgers
Favorite TV shows: Parks and Recreation, House of Cards
Turn-ons: fresh snow, outdoor projects, live music, swimming
Turn-offs: people who are rude to canvassers
Movies: Rachel Getting Married, V for Vendetta, Harold and Maude
Celebrities: The entire U.S. Women's National Soccer Team
Poets: Mary Oliver, Kate Tempest, ee cummings
Music: Fleet Foxes, Yo-Yo Ma, Paul Simon, Brandi Carlile, Robyn, John Coltrane, Gregory Alan Isakov, Ratatat
Secretly wishes she were a: musician
Kristin Rogers Brown, art director
KRB joined Bitch Media as Art Director in March, 2010. Though her first love in design was print, she loves finding the right media for the message and believes in keeping a balance of form, function, and delight in all the details of her work whether it's brand development, packaging, identity, or web design. In addition to designing Bitch, Kristin is a freelance designer, educator, and former vice president of AIGA Portland (American Institute of Graphic Arts). She has worked with sustainable design and design community initiatives for a variety of clients, and has been instrumental in work with AIGA's SHIFT, sustainability team (established in 2008, now part of their social change project Design for Good), and Exploregon zine project; Worldstudio's Urban Forest Project; and Design Week Portland.
Kristin serves as an assistant professor at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), where she runs the senior studio in the illustration department, moonlights in various communication and collaborative design courses, and mentors thesis students.
Born in Chicagoland, Kristin is a graduate of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. When not designing, Kristin frequents waterparks, swoons for David Bowie, takes pictures of her dog, obsessively roots clippings of her houseplants, and runs or rides her bike around Portland. She is part insomniac, part narcoleptic, and quite possibly the messiest perfectionist ever.
Celebrity crushes: David Bowie, John Hodgman, Mike Rowe, Keegan Michael Key, Oscar Isaac, Adam Scott, Gillian Anderson
Favorite movies: Bottle Rocket, Hoosiers, The Last Unicorn, MacGruber, Christopher Guest in every flavor
Favorite TV shows: 30 Rock, Alan Alda's Scientific American Frontiers, Breaking Bad, Key & Peale, Arrested Development, Adventure Time, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Trailblazers' basketball, and most things related to law and/or order
Favorite books: Cruddy (Linda Barry), Dubliners (James Joyce), Spook (Mary Roach), Yehuda Amachai's poetry, too many picture books to mention
Turn-ons: scrabble, mixed tapes, road trips, crabcake benedicts, Judge John Hodgman, crying about sports
Turn-offs: fake banana flavoring, slam poetry, MOTHS, using the wrong "to", "too", or "two" (ditto for "your/you're")
Secretly wishes she were a: botanist
Sarah Mirk, online editor
Sarah Mirk lives much of her life on the internet. But after hours, she likes to make comics, consume entire newspapers, and talk to strangers. Before she started at Bitch Media in January 2013, she was (in reverse chronological order) a news reporter, a men's prison playwriting teacher, a college newspaper editor, a radio host, an "arte del mundo" teacher, a tour guide, a terrible caterer, a barista, a science camp counselor, and a bookseller. In August 2014, she published a nontraditional dating guide, Sex From Scratch: Making Your Own Relationship Rules. She grew up in a small town and is thankful that her parents are feminists.
Favorite Authors: Joe Sacco, Octavia Butler, Joan Didion, Tina Rosenberg, Margaret Atwood, Sherman Alexie, Cheryl Strayed, Ursula Le Guin, Junot Diaz, Marjane Satrapi
Favorite TV shows: Daria, Bob's Burgers, Adventuretime, Twin Peaks, The Wire
Turn-ons: Enthusiasm, snail mail, coffee
Turn-offs: Condescension, early mornings, Crocs
Secretly wishes she was: A skateboarder
Sarah's animal twin: Frisbee-chasing dog
Amy Lam, associate editor
Amy published her first zine at the age of 15. Since then, has contributed to and published more than a dozen zines. She penned a long-running column for Razorcake, America's first and only non-profit punk rock fanzine. She joined Bitch Media in June 2014.
Originally from southern California, she studied journalism/photojournalism and Women's Studies at university and landed her first grown-up job at the Los Angeles PBS station. In 2005, she moved to Portland, volunteered in China and Bangladesh for a few years, and returned to Rip City in 2009. She has spent more than a decade working for non-profits, most recently with a social justice organization aimed at training activists. Amy is a first-generation college graduate.
Favorite TV shows/movies: Rupaul's Drag Race, National Basketball Association, Project Runway, documentaries, Slacker (1991)
Favorite reads: short fiction, celebrity gossip, writers of color, back issues of the New Yorker, and way too much Reddit
Favorite things to listen to: Nina Totenberg, Reigning Sound, MIA, Bent Outta Shape, Childish Gambino, Grimes, Snap Judgement
Turn-ons: salty snacks, modern-day plumbing, day napping
Turn-offs: vegan cheese, seasonal allergies
Secretly wishes she were a: foley artist
Ashley McAllister, director of campus & community programs
Ashley was born on a futon mattress in SE Portland. She's spent most of her life in Portland, outside of a six-year stint in Bellingham, Washington, where she studied Literature and Women's Studies at Western Washington University and worked for a couple wonderful women's shelters. She moved back to Portland in 2010 and has been at Bitch Media ever since. Ashley has spent a lot of time working with women who have been affected by domestic violence, educating teenagers on the effects of sexual assault, and teaching kids the ins and outs of social justice. She likes to take on elaborate craft projects, bake cookies, and talk to her plants.
Favorite books: Fun Home (Alison Bechdel), Kindred (Octavia Butler), The History of Love (Nicole Krauss)
Favorite movies: Fire, The Big Lebowski, rom coms
Favorite TV Shows: Parks and Recreation, Party Down, Mad Men
Turn-ons: scones, knit graffiti, estate sales, snail mail
Turn-offs: factory farming, snagging her tights
Secretly wishes she were an: erotic baker
Amanda Green, finance & administration director
Amanda is a recovering Texan that chilled out at the University of Wisconsin - Madison for five years before b-lining to PDX to organize for the PIRGs. In 2011 she received her Masters in Public Administration focusing in nonprofit management from Portland State University. Before she started at Bitch Media in August of 2013, she worked for the Northwest Earth Institute and spent several years working in the feminist anti-violence movement, most recently as the Associate Executive Director of PAVE. She is currently the Board Treasurer for Oregon End Violence Against Women Political Action Committee and sits on the Prevention and Education Committee of the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force.
Favorite books: The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy), A Language Older than Words (Derek Jensen), Yes Means Yes (Jessica Valenti), The Razor's Edge (W. Somerset Maugham), most everything by Jane Austen and Rushdie.
Favorite movies: Cheesy action flicks, rom-coms, high budget (and lets face it, low budget) sci-fi movies, anything with Schwarzenegger before 1995, pretty much anything terrible by critics' standards.
Favorite TV: Weeds, Game of Thrones, The Wire, Arrested Development, Board to Death, Girls, Twin Peaks
Favorite Music: Fleet Foxes, The Guess Who, Philip Glass, Cut Copy, Joanna Newsom, Beach House, Washed Out, and pretty much everything that falls into the "chill wave" genre
Turn-ons: dancing, crunchy leaves, fungi, coffee, sweaters, gardening, big trees
Turn-offs: no soliciting signs, bad tippers, close talkers, "______________ industrial complex"
Secretly wishes she were an: astronaut, or Laura Croft
Alexxander Dovelin, graphic designer
Alexxander is a creative caught between design, writing, and illustration. A nerd for social theory and fantasy fiction, Alexx formed love affairs with independent creators who expand visual and literal social vocabulary through narrative. Transplanted in Portland after living in 30 states and a 4 year childhood stint in Germany, Alexx was raised by the internet, connecting him to a world outside his physical reach. This experience has made him a strong proponent for digital media as a tool for user accessibility, global social education, and a solution to environmental sustainability.
Fatal weakness: late night coffee
Favorite comics: Sailor Moon, Fun Home, Yotsuba&!, Cardcaptor Sakura
Favorite music: Florence & The Machine, Koji Kondo
Turn-ons: cats, videogames, rain
Turn-offs: early mornings, rude people, cars
Secretly wishes he were a: ceramic artist
Korin Lykam, data & circulation manager
Korin Lykam joined the Bitch Media team in January of 2015. She was raised in a very small, conservative town in central California, and then escaped to the University of California in Santa Cruz. There she studied languages (she used to know Italian) with the dream of being an ex-pat, and relying on a Trinity School of London TESOL certificate and her native English for job security–and then discovered she didn’t like public speaking. Through her work with small business administration, she fell in love with systems, data and databases and gets a thrill when everything works. She is also the proud author of a large collection of unfinished speculative fiction novels and short stories, a collection that began when she was ten years old. Korin spends her spare time consuming and producing weird fiction, convincing herself to exercise, trying to grow a green thumb, daydreaming, and hanging out with her dog.
Fatal weakness: video games
Favorite authors: Octavia Butler, Ursula Le Guinn, Margaret Atwood, Paolo Bacigalupi, Neil Gaiman, Frank Herbert
Favorite TV: Firefly, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Cowboy Bebop, Downton Abbey–any British show set in the early 1900’s, really.
Favorite movies: I heart Huckabees, Kung Fu Hustle, Princess Mononoke, indy rom coms, Guardians of the Galaxy
Turn-ons: mornings at home with a mug of coffee, surprise adventures, coincidences, efficient errand-running
Turn-offs: tangled extension cords, cold weather, needles
Secretly wishes she were: a voice actor
2016 WRITING FELLOWS
Catherine Young | Pop Culture Criticism
Catherine Young is a Trinidadian writer currently based in Tobago, and the creator of the feminist pop culture blog BattyMamzelle. After graduating from Boston University in 2012 with a BA in Photojournalism, she returned home, abandoned her camera, and focused on writing with a focus on the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and media representation. In 2013, her essay “Solidarity is for Miley Cyrus: The Racial Implications of her VMA Performance” (originally published on Jezebel’s Groupthink) went viral, garnering more than one million unique views. Another essay, “This Is What I Mean When I Say White Feminism,” continues to be cited as an explainer on intersectionality. Her work has also appeared on Persephone Magazine and Bitch Flicks. She is currently pursuing her MA in Mass Communications at the University of Leicester (by distance learning), and hopes to continue writing about media representation, its effects on larger culture, and its power to change social attitudes.
Sarita Santoshini | Reproductive Rights & Justice
Sarita Santoshini was born in the state of Assam in Northeast India and spent the first 10 years of her life waking up to see monkeys and elephants in her backyard and cycling through the lanes of a former British tea garden that she called home. School and college took her to different parts of India, and she studied Mass Media in the Hogwarts-like compounds of St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai.
Her work has combined her passion for travel and writing: She wrote for Travel Secrets magazine, interned with Condé Nast Traveller India, and was the content editor for the travel startup SaffronStays. In June 2015, she moved back to Assam to focus her writing on the Northeast region, where she reports on human rights, including child trafficking and witch hunting. Her work has been published in Al Jazeera, Roads & Kingdoms, andNational Geographic Traveller India. When not traveling or writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and 20-year-old pet parrot.
Maneo Refiloe Mohale | Global Feminism
Maneo Refiloe Mohale is a queer, Black feminist writer, poet, and performer born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She writes about race, media, queerness, survivorship, language, history, and silliness, and her work has appeared in print and online publications includingJalada, The Beautiful Project, From the Root Zine, Ignite!, and Expound. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in History and International Relations from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where her undergraduate thesis was on race, resistance, and media in early-apartheid South Africa—a great excuse to watch as many 1950s South African films and listen to as many old jazz recordings of Dolly Rathebe as she could find.
When she’s not writing, Maneo is either baking, learning how to play the mbira (a traditional Zimbabwean thumb piano), hanging out with her amazing family, or generally flourishing among all the Black-womxn, non-binary magic around her.
Felicia L. Montalvo | Technology
Felicia L. Montalvo is excited to have the opportunity to write about how humans interact—and co-evolve—with technology. After graduating with a degree in Sociology from Barnard College, Felicia began her post-college journey into the digital marketing world, where she wrote ad copy for clients ranging from cable TV networks to software companies. In between copywriting and mastering the art of PowerPoint formatting, she trained in improv at the UCB and Magnet theaters in New York, performing in several shows around the city. In 2013, she deci-ded to stuff her belongings into a pink suitcase and jump across the pond to the UK, where she worked at a synthetic biology company, creating software to edit the human genome and contemplating the ways next-gen tech will affect our collective values and ethics.
When she’s not pondering the fate of humanity, Felicia enjoys subjecting her roommates to impromptu puppet shows and lecturing Londoners on the merits of New York bagels.
Erika Skille , design intern
As a Portland native, Erika grew up running about Mt. Tabor, riding a yellow bike, and chasing neighborhood cats. While not much has changed, today she can be found drinking large amounts of coffee, heading to the park with her dog (fondly known as Ham), or planning her next camping trip to the coast.
Erika currently attends Portland State University studying Graphic Design along with Art History and English. She'll happily spend her days (and nights) obsessing over serifs and leading. When she's not hiding in the library's basement, Erika loves to wander around paper stores and practice hand lettering.
Fatal Weakness: Breakfast foods
Favorite Music: Johnny Cash, Billie Holiday, This Will Destroy You, Holly Golightly
Turn-ons: Cozy nights, almond croissants, station wagons
Turn-offs: General arrogance, not saying "thank you"
Secretly wishes she were: a shark biologist.
Brenna Murphy-Estus, development & outreach intern
Brenna moved to Portland in 2011 from the suburbs of Denver, Colorado to pursue an undergraduate degree and is now a short eight months away from graduating Portland State with a degree in Communications and Women’s Studies. Her favorite parts of being a student have been working as a teaching assistant and working with teen girls to create a zine based on their lives.
After working as an arts editor and radio show host, Brenna has now taken a role in campus activism running a body positive group and volunteering in the Women’s Resource Center. She also spends her extra time making people coffee and drinking it, a lot.
Fatal Weakness: Haribo Gummi Bears
Favorite TV shows: The X-Files, Parks and Rec, Parks and Recreation, Pretty Little Liars, How To Get Away With Murder, Twin Peaks
Turn-ons: Puns, aliens, free refills, rainy days inside
Turn-offs: Dried fruit, celery, people who are rude to service industry workers, articles about “20-somethings”/millennials
Katherine Marrone, new media intern
Katherine Marrone was born in Brooklyn, New York City, where she spent the first half of her childhood roaming the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and picking gum off the bottom of her shoes. At ten years old, she moved to a small town in Eastern Oregon where she traded in skyscrapers and diversity for livestock and pick-up trucks (yay!). She attended college at the University of Oregon and worked at their student paper for three years—two of which she spent contemplating her peers’ sex and relationships woes as an advice columnist.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies, she moved to Portland in search of that sweet spot where journalism and feminism meet—hi, Bitch!
She enjoys feminist conversations (arguments) with strangers at bars, Christmas music in July, hiking, getting lost in bookstores, bringing up the clitoris in random conversations, and daydreaming of the day she’ll own a hot tub in the middle of a snowy mountain range.
Fatal Weakness: Hershey’s cookies-n-cream bars, pumpkin pie, flannel
Favorite TV shows: Mad Men, Jane the Virgin, Shark Tank, Orange is the New Black, Portlandia
Favorite books: Wild, Yes Means Yes!, Cherry, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, A House in the Sky: A Memoir, The Bell Jar, Sex at Dawn
Favorite things to listen to: Phantogram, Joni Mitchell, Iron and Wine, Drake, Grimes, Missy Elliot, Aaliyah, the Little Bear soundtrack
Favorite writers: Cheryl Strayed, Roxane Gay, Lidia Yuknavitch, Brian Doyle, Nora Ephron, Ta-Nehisi Coates
Turn-ons: Trees, gender fluidity/flexibility, Christmas lights, sexual agency, men calling other men out
Turn-offs: Devil’s advocates (the devil doesn’t need any more, thank you very much), man-spreading, long music video intros, Donald Trump, black-and-white thinking
Secretly wishes she were: Betty Dodson’s assistant