Panel discussion

The growing voice of women in Annapolis who are creating positive and necessary change

Panel Moderator: Michelle Daugherty Siri.

Panelists: Delegate Ariana Kelly; Caryn York, Ruth Martin, MomsRising; Jo Saint-George.

With a record-setting number of women legislators, there is a growing voice of women in Annapolis who are creating positive and necessary change. They are helping to lead the important role that women’s issues and concerns are playing in our legislative process. Hear from legislators and advocates who are working behind the scenes to create systemic change that impacts women and families in Maryland in positive ways.

Michelle Daugherty Siri, Esq.

Executive Director of the Women’s Law Center of Maryland

View More: http://danamariephotography.pass.us/msbaheadshots2018Michelle Siri is the Executive Director of the Women’s Law Center of Maryland, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to ensuring the physical safety, economic security, and autonomy of women across Maryland. This work is achieved through free legal services, education, and legislative advocacy. A practicing attorney since 2003, Ms. Siri is a former Board Chair of Planned Parenthood of Maryland, President-Elect of her Law School Alumni Board, Treasurer of the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women, and sits on the boards of the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence and the Baltimore County Bar Association.

She is also a Fellow of the Maryland Bar Foundation, the Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellowship Program, and the Towson University Professional Leadership for Women Program. She has been awarded The Women’s Bar Association’s Rita C. Davidson Award in 2018, the Daily Record’s Leadership in the Law Generation JD award in 2016, and was twice named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by the Daily Record.   She currently lives in Cockeysville with her husband, two young sons, and new puppy and enjoys running, bicycling, and travel.

Del. Ariana Kelly

Maryland House of Delegates

ariana-kelly-head-shot-300Delegate Ariana Kelly has spent her career advocating for the diverse needs of women and families. In 2010, she was elected to Maryland’s House of Delegates representing the 16th District, which includes Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Potomac. As Deputy Majority Whip, Delegate Kelly serves on the legislature’s Health and Government Operations Committee, and Chairs the Health Occupations and Long-Term Care Subcommittee and the Montgomery County Delegation Economic Development Committee. She also Chairs the Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families and served as the 2018 President of the Women Legislators of Maryland.

Delegate Kelly’s background in advocacy is extensive, including having served as Executive Director at NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland and Pay Equity Campaign Director at MomsRising. A specialist in women’s health and economic security, Delegate Kelly has passed landmark legislation making Maryland first in the nation for access to contraception, as well as legislation requiring parental leave and investing in child care. This past session, she passed legislation to require consent education be included as part of Maryland’s sexuality education curriculum, as well as legislation addressing sexual harassment in the Maryland General Assembly.


Ruth Martin

Vice President of Workplace Justice Campaigns at MomsRising

Ruth Martin is Vice President of Workplace Justice Campaigns at MomsRising. Before joining MomsRising, Ruth worked at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, where she led a campaign to increase the public affairs capacity of affiliates. She established and led new initiatives at the Women’s Campaign Fund, including  “Appoint Her,” a campaign encouraging women to seek appointed office.

Ruth also directed People For the American Way’s state policy and grassroots advocacy with a focus on election reform issues. Ruth serves on the board of directors for the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women and formerly served on the Montgomery County Maryland Human Rights Commission, which works to eliminate discrimination, prejudice, intolerance, and bigotry in housing, recreation, education, health, employment, and public accommodation as well as her local PTA. She lives with her husband, two daughters, dog and cat in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Jo Saint-George

FHG Media

jo-saint-george-intro-300Jo Saint-George is founder and CEO of FHG Media Enterprises, LLC, the legal industries first woman and African-American/Native-American legal media and tech company whose mission is to promote minority and women lawyers as digital thought leaders through its digital diversity all legal TV network, directories, publications and big data diversity tracking applications located at www.MinorityCounselorTV.com and www.TrakitPro.com.

Jo recently served as Interim General Counsel for a global cement company managing international supply chain distribution and corporate governance. Jo also served as the Associate General Counsel to Empire Petroleum Partners, LLC, a start-up national petroleum distributor, where she was responsible for creation and implementation of the legal department’s national fuel distribution and retail real estate acquisition and management systems, licensing and environmental compliance programs.


Born in Los Angeles, CA, Jo earned her JD from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and B.A., cum laude from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Jo has been married over 20 years, enjoys a plant-based lifestyle, is a former basketball player, is founder of www.HealthyLawyers.org and is a plant-based health advocate.


Caryn York

Executive Director of the Job Opportunities Task Force
Caryn York is Executive Director of the Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF), an independent, statewide nonprofit organization that promotes policies and programs to help low-wage workers advance to high-wage jobs. Caryn is JOTF’s youngest Executive Director and the first African American female to lead the twenty-three-year organization.
Caryn works tirelessly to encourage key policymakers and stakeholders to adopt and support policies and programs that eliminate educational and employment barriers and facilitate the successful entry, or re-entry, of low-wage workers. As such, Caryn has been instrumental in leading numerous state and local policy reform efforts including, but not limited to, ‘Ban the Box’ on job and college applications, expansion of criminal record expungement and shielding laws, postsecondary access and affordability, and reducing the impact of incarceration on working families through development, passage, and implementation of the Maryland Justice Reinvestment Act and statewide bail reform.
Caryn received a B.A in International Studies from Washington College, and has worked within state and local politics for over 10 years.