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Joan Blades is co-founder of and Berkeley Systems with her husband, Wes Boyd. She is also co-founder, and President of,


She is on the steering committee of "Reuniting America: A Transpartisan Campaign of Political Reconciliation" (, a group engaging people from diverse political points of view in respectful dialogue that leads to creative, breakthrough solutions to the challenges facing our nation.


Joan is the author of Mediate Your Divorce, and is also an organizer of and a contributor to MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country: How to Find Your Political Voice and Be a Catalyst for Change. She lives in northern California with her husband and two children.


Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner Executive Director/CEO and Co-Founder of MomsRising, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner has been deeply involved in grassroots engagement and policy analysis for more than two decades. Started in May 2006, MomsRising is an on-the-ground and online organization with more than 1 million members, more than 750 contributing bloggers, and more than a hundred aligned national organizations, working together to increase family economic security, to end discrimination against women and mothers, and to help ensure all children can thrive. Rowe-Finkbeiner serves as board President of the MomsRising Education Fund. In 2012, named MomsRising's website one of the “Top 100 Websites For Women” for the third year in a row.

She has received numerous accolades for her work, including fellowships from the Rockwood Institute and the Hunt Alternatives Fund, awards from the Washington State League of Women Voters, and ParentMap Magazine. Her awards for writing include the Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism award for magazine writing, the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Award, as well as an award from the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Rowe-Finkbeiner is also a frequent public speaker, radio host, and an award-winning author of books, including The F-Word: Feminism in Jeopardy and The Motherhood Manifesto, which she co-authored with MomsRising co-founder and board President Joan Blades. She has written articles on a variety of topics, including women and families, public policy, motherhood, economic security, equality, health, civic engagement, and new feminism. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Postand has been interviewed about issues related to women and mothers, family economic security, and grassroots organizing by numerous international, national and local news outlets, including, CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, Today Show, Good Morning America, NOW with David Brancaccio, To the Contrary and BBC World Service.

Rowe-Finkbeiner is also the host of “MomsRising Radio with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner,” a new, weekly, hour-long show on 1480AM in Washington, D.C. and available on iTunes.