RALIANCE is a national partnership dedicated to ending sexual violence in one generation.

Who We Are

RALIANCE combines and is building upon over 70 years of collective experience and resources from three top national sexual violence prevention leaders into a single, unified force.

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What We Do

Through the collaborative effort, reach and influence of our partners, RALIANCE advances prevention initiatives across all industries by awarding grants, advancing research, influencing policy, and helping leaders establish safe environments and strong communities.

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RALIANCE
Staff

  • Our Staff
Karen Baker
Managing Partner

Karen Baker is a founding Managing Partner of RALIANCE. She has served as Chief Executive Officer of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR), which serves as the fiscal agent for RALIANCE, since March 2018. Prior to that, she was Director of the NSVRC since its opening in 2000. With a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas, she is committed to social justice and has expertise in sexual violence prevention, messaging, and collaborating for positive social change.

Sandra Henriquez
Managing Partner

Sandra Henriquez is a founding Managing Partner of RALIANCE. She has worked in the movement to end sexual abuse and domestic violence since 1985. Ms. Henriquez joined the leadership of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) In 2010, where serves as the Chief Executive Officer. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) and believes in creating strategic partnerships which lead to systemic change.

Monika Johnson Hostler
Managing Partner

Monika Johnson Hostler is a founding Managing Partner of RALIANCE. She has served as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA) since 2003. In addition to working on behalf of 90 rape crisis centers in North Carolina, Monika is a pivotal asset to the national sexual assault movement. Johnson Hostler, serves as the president of the National Alliance Ending Sexual Violence (NAESV). She received her master’s degree in public administration from NC Central University. Her leadership in the anti-sexual violence movement and the public education field are examples of her commitment to social justice and equality.

David S. Lee, MPH
Director of Prevention

David S. Lee, MPH, is the Director of Prevention for RALIANCE. He also oversees Prevention at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) where he manages CALCASA’s national project PreventConnect, the nation’s leading online community to advance primary prevention of violence against women. He oversees RALIANCE’s Sport + Prevention Center, an online resource to support sport being part of the solution to end sexual violence. Mr. Lee has been involved in the movement to end sexual assault and domestic violence since 1982 working with a variety of local sexual assault and domestic violence prevention agencies before joining CALCASA in 2005.

Brian Pinero, MSSW
Project Coordinator

Brian Pinero is the Project Coordinator for RALIANCE where he leads prevention efforts with sport to end sexual violence. He has spent two decades working in social services, with 16 years in the field of sexual and domestic violence. Brian has held leadership positions at the National Domestic Violence Hotline, RAINN and loveisrespect. Brian holds a BA from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin.

Kristen Houser
Chief Public Affairs Officer

Kristen Houser is a leading expert on sexual violence. With decades of experience in the field, Houser is a go-to source for context and expert opinion to national, regional, and international media on sexual assault issues and cases. Houser is currently a lead spokesperson for RALIANCE, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. She provides expert opinion, context and facts about sexual assault to media covering high-profile cases, including those of Bill Cosby and Jerry Sandusky. Houser is regularly cited as an authority by major daily newspapers and industry publications — including the New York Times, Huffington Post, Forbes, and others — and has appeared as a guest on numerous broadcast networks to offer expert perspective. She graduated from Penn State in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development & Family Studies and a minor in Women’s Studies, and earned her Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2005.

Julie Patrick
National Partners Liaison

Julie Patrick is the National Partners Liaison for RALIANCE and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Julie’s work focuses on changing the conversation about sexual violence through efforts with the news media as well as advocates, allies, and survivors. Prior to RALIANCE, Julie served for over a decade as the Senior Special Projects Coordinator with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, VA and managed the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation.

Terri Poore
Policy Director

Terri Poore is the Policy Director for RALIANCE. She has worked with the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence on federal policy and appropriations related to sexual assault for 13 years, first as a board member and now as the Policy Director. She worked at the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence for 13 years as the Director of Public Affairs and, previous to that, the Director of Training and Technical Assistance. In the 90s, Terri worked as a sexual violence counselor and program coordinator at a rape crisis center in North Florida and as a victim advocate in the Office of the State Attorney. Terri holds a masters degree in social work from Florida State University and a BA in Sociology from Loyola University in New Orleans. She works from her home in Tallahasee, Florida.

Deborah Johnson
Grants Management Specialist

Deb Johnson is the Grants Management Specialist for RALIANCE and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Deb is primarily responsible for implementing procedures to announce, award, monitor, and track grants to the field for the RALIANCE Grant Program.

Ebony Tucker
Advocacy Director

Ebony Tucker is the Advocacy Director for RALIANCE, also working on federal sexual assault policy initiatives with the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence. Prior to joining RALIANCE, Ebony served as the Executive Director of the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault (LaFASA), helping to develop anti-sexual assault initiatives with the goal of providing better services and resources for survivors in Louisiana. Ebony was also the Associate Executive Director and the Legal Assistance for Victims (LAV) Project Director at the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence. In these positions, she worked with legislators and rape crisis advocates on sexual violence legislation and policy, as well as representing survivors in civil legal proceedings. Ebony has also worked as a civil rights attorney for the Florida Commission on Human Relations. She received her JD from the Florida State University College of Law in 2005.

Laura Palumbo, MA
Communications Director

Laura Palumbo is Communications Director at RALIANCE and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Laura works on strategic messaging, media engagement and educational materials to promote that prevention is possible. For over eight years she has led NSVRC in developing materials for advocates, parents, college students, and media. She holds a Master of Arts in Communications from Penn State University with specializations in Critical Cultural Studies, Media Analysis and Non-profit Management.

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