Headquarters Staff



Katie Orenstein, Founder & CEO

Katie Orenstein, Founder and CEO of The OpEd Project, writes and speaks frequently about the intersection of media and mythology – that is, what we think is fact or fiction and how that shapes our ideas about politics, culture and history. She has contributed to the op-ed pages of the New York Times, Washington Post andMiami Herald. She has lectured at Stanford and appeared on ABC TV World News, Good Morning America, MSNBC, CNN and NPR. A graduate of Harvard (BA) and Columbia (MA) universities, she is the author of "Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Morality and the Evolution of a Fairy Tale." Orenstein has worked around the world and particularly in Haiti, where she reported, consulted with the United Nations, and worked with a team of human rights lawyers to assist victims of military and paramilitary violence in seeking justice. She is a recipient of The Diana P Scott Integrity in Action Award, and a fellowship from Echoing Green, which selected The OpEd Project as one of the most innovative social enterprises worldwide, out of 1500 applicants. Read more about Katie.

ALEX RAPSON, Senior National Program Manager 

Alex Rapson coordinates the program management team and oversees the execution of the organization's programming across the Nation. Alex also directly manages a portfolio of programs, including Public Voices Fellowships at Yale, Dartmouth and the Ford Foundation. She runs programs for the public on the East Coast, and coordinates meet-ups and engagement opportunities for the vast alum community in New York City. Alex is based in The OpEd Project's headquarters, where she works closely with the team on big-picture strategy and organizational growth. Alex is passionate about story telling in all forms, particularly through performance. She enjoys developing and producing theatre, and most recently put on a production of Jean Anouilh’s BECKET in NYC. 

CATHERINE BAXTER, Manager of New Business and Partnerships

Catherine works with universities, foundations, non-profits (and beyond) to bring OpEd Project programs to different communities around the country and world. In addition, she manages our programs open to the public in Chicago and the Public Voices Fellowship at Northwestern University. She is most energized by the power and magic created when a group of people come together to be challenged, learn, and grow.  Catherine is currently based in Oakland, CA where she is relishing in the beauty of the California coasts, mountains, and forests, but she will always love the Midwest, which is home


Raquel Thompson, Senior Program Manager

Raquel Thompson spent the first two years after college collaborating with young South Africans who wanted to use their voice to provoke conversations that they deemed necessary. With their input and in partnership with the Harvard School of Public Health, Raquel restructured PeacePlayers-International’s curriculum and taught facilitation skills so that these self-identified leaders could thrive in their role as conversation starters – and pushers – in classrooms and on basketball courts all across Durban. After experiencing what one small group of doers with a vision could accomplish, Raquel then joined the Africa team at Ashoka to get a broader understanding of the hundreds of individuals who are relentlessly pioneering new solutions to some of their country’s – and the world’s – most deeply rooted problems, from government accountability to domestic violence. With this education in hand, Raquel later returned to her native Brooklyn to tackle the problem she knows most intimately, namely, the internal struggle that underrepresented people endure in the process of fully stepping into their voice. She has recently joined The OpEd Project to continue this work. Raquel holds a BA in Political Science from Yale University, and is continually surprised by how much she has come to value being in nature.     


Chelsea Carmona, Senior Program Manager

Chelsea's work has appeared in a wide range of print and online publications including Time, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Al Jazeera English, The Christian Science Monitor, The Huffington Post, and The San Francisco Chronicle. She’s currently working on her first book, tentatively titled Escape Artists, about the closing gender gap in addiction. Chelsea serves as an OpEd Project’s Program Manager, running ambitious training and mentoring programs with top scholars and activists all over the nation.

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Jasmine Curtis, Program Associate

Jasmine Curtis is a San Francisco Bay Area native and excited to join The OpEd Project as a Program Associate. She is looking forward to being a part of a team of passionate people working to accelerate the ideas and public impact of underrepresented voices to be heard and change the world! She brings a range of experiences in entrepreneurship, healthcare, and communication to her role, and can be found running her own natural hair care company outside of the office. Jasmine is eager to build relationships among a network of change makers to further the impact at The OpEd Project and is currently based out of Oakland.


Emily Pintel, Program Associate

Emily Pintel is a Program Associate at the OpEd Project at headquarters in New York City. Joining this team of passionate, inspiring thought leaders and badass women has been an absolute delight. As a Program Associate, she coordinates The OpEd Project's alums, as well as helping to manage programs and events happening in NYC. When she’s not playing a role in helping underrepresented voices gain exposure, she can be found playing many different roles all over the city with her theater company, Improbable Stage. 



AJA Antoine, Program Associate

Aja Antoine’s principal interests include using archival research as a tool for social change and activism with a focus on Women in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, education, equality and restorative justice. Aja recently completed a senior honors thesis on activist mothering during the Civil Rights Movement in Boston. Her award winning research has been supported by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and presented at conferences including the American Sociological Association and the Eastern Sociological Society. This past May, Aja graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University with degrees in Sociology and African and Afro-American Studies. Aja is absolutely thrilled to join the OpEd Project team at its headquarters in New York City in July and cannot wait to seek out and document stories of transformation from OEP participants as a Program Associate.