About Us

Our Story

In 2014, over seventy young women in the YouTube community came forward with accounts of sexual and emotional abuse perpetrated by high-profile creators.

Many of these creators had large audiences and were deeply trusted, and the communities that surrounded these YouTubers were reeling. It was clear from the number, severity, and response to these accounts that this violence was an institutional issue that needed a long-term response.

Sign that says: Uplift presents the Safer Community Pledge

As traditional sexual violence frameworks provided little insight into this unique situation, YouCoalition was designed to provide resources, support, and education specifically tailored to communities fostered through the Internet.

Within its first year, YouCoalition became Uplift, with the broader goal of helping all Internet communities. Uplift expands upon the missions of traditional sexual violence movements, addressing the complexities that our virtual world add to instances of sexual and emotional abuse, especially within highly networked online communities.

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Senior Staff

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Joan Miller

Executive Director

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Jennifer Dorsey

Communications Director

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Christine Chapman

Programs Director

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Christine Richardson

Operations Director


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Amanda Neumann

Social Media Manager

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Annie Jacobites

Research Team

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Ariel Duncan

Research Manager

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Danny Palmer

Conventions Team

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Social Media Team

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Laura Petty

Conventions Team

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Marigrace Angelo

Video Manager

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Sarah Stephens

Conventions Team

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Skye Walker

Social Media Team

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Conventions Team


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Matt Maggiacomo

Executive Director for the Harry Potter Alliance and Wizard Rock Musician.

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Sahitya Raja

Co-Founder and former Executive Director of Uplift. Now Women's Health Policy Analyst at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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Emily May

Co-founder and Executive Director for Hollaback! and international leader in the gender justice movement.

Advisory Council

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Melissa Anelli

New York Times bestselling author and the co-executive director of Mischief Management, the company that runs BroadwayCon, LeakyCon, GeekyCon, and Con of Thrones.

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Paul Degeorge

Co-founder of the Harry Potter Alliance and member of the band Harry and the Potters.

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Hank Green

CEO of Complexly, VidCon, co-founder of DFTBA Records and Crash Course, best known for the YouTube channel Vlogbrothers.

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John Green

CEO of Complexly, #1 best-selling author, and host and co-creator of Crash Course and Vlogbrothers.

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Kristina Horner

Community Manager for HoloLens and Mixed Reality at Microsoft and long-time YouTube content creator.

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Dr. Bridget Reigstad

Licensed Psychologist and Psychology Instructor.

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Rosianna Halse Rojas

YouTuber and Executive Assistant and VP of Development to John Green.