Cai Redmond recently graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Classics. Currently living in the heart of Silicon Valley, she is passionate about writing, film, costuming, and playing the tuba. She aspires to be a screenwriter and is interested in how artists and writers express their views about current political and social issues through their craft. Cai has been baffled, inspired, and supported by some amazing women in her life, and wants to help other young women find their passion and to support them in achieving their goals. She is excited to work with the GenHERation team in doing just that, empowering young women and helping them find their voices.
Celeste Montaño recently graduated with cum laude honors from UCLA, where she double-majored in English and Spanish. During the last three years, she has nurtured a passion for activism and mentorship as part of the girl-fueled organization SPARK Movement, which lent Celeste the resources to spearhead a successful online campaign petitioning Google to celebrate more historical women and people of color on their front page. She also participated in the subsequent partnership between SPARK, Google, and Google’s Field Trip app in order to increase visibility of overlooked women in history. This past May, she completed an internship with LA-based nonprofit WriteGirl and contributed to the organization’s biennial printed anthology. Celeste’s favorite pastimes include fangirling about musical theatre and browsing tumblr—although now that she’s no longer in school, she’s also rediscovering what it’s like to read and write for fun.
Claire Pacek is from Pittsburgh, PA and spent her freshman year of college at Washington & Jefferson College. She is now pursuing a degree in economics at the University of Pittsburgh and hopes to one day be her own boss. Claire loves reading, Taylor Swift, dogs, and U.S. history. She is passionate about helping people and helped organize many fundraising events as secretary of her high school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. A lover of music, Claire was an active member of her high school’s choir and plans to continue her amateur career as a mezzo-soprano at Pitt. Claire was a member of W&J’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity and loves hands-on activities. She is very eager to empower girls through information along with the GenHERation team, for Claire wholeheartedly believes that Beyoncé was right: girls do, in fact, run the world.
Cristina Herrera was born in Venezuela and is currently a junior at Stanford University, pursuing a major in English with Creative Writing Emphasis and a double minor in Translation Studies and Modern Languages. As president of the National Honor Society at her high school in Venezuela, Cristina was lucky enough to help her community by organizing charity drives with the members of the society and by attending community service outings with local orphanages. At Stanford University, she is one of the founding members and current president of the Stanford Creative Writing Society. Last summer, Cristina interviewed kidnapping victims in Venezuela for a book she is writing (and which will take many years to mature into publishable material). She is also participating in a schooling internship while abroad, teaching English to students of an elementary school in Paris. Through her writing, she hopes to be a voice both for her country, which is undergoing many different types of hardships, and for women. Cristina has a long-lasting addiction for dark chocolate, and a newfound addiction for bubble tea. Taking long showers, going to bed late, and being frequently late to events are habits that she still hasn’t been able to change.
Evangeline Giannopoulos is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying Communication and Consumer Psychology. On Penn’s campus, Evangeline is the Outreach Coordinator of Alternate Spring Break, a committee head for Women in Leadership Series, and a campus ambassador for the startup LOLA. As a Girl Scout for life, Evangeline has always had a penchant for making a meaningful difference in this world and has specifically evolved a deep passion for gender rights. She admires the mission of GenHERation and is thrilled to be a part of the team as a contributor.
Katie Sun is currently a high school senior at Mission San Jose High School. At school, her activities include being an editor on the literary and art magazine and participating as a writer, photographer, and section editor in the school newspaper. She became interested in women’s and girl’s empowerment through participation in an Apple program focused on encouraging female participation in Silicon Valley. In her free time, she studies piano performance with a college professor, devotes time at an art studio, goes hiking and backpacking, and volunteers at a hospital. Katie looks forward to being a part of the GenHERation effort!
Susan Packer is a senior attending Temple University, majoring in English. She grew up in Conshohocken, PA (right outside of Philadelphia) and received her Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Montgomery County Community College in 2012. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with family and friends. She likes trying new restaurants, whether it is in the city or locally, going to the movies, bowling, and reading. She also loves to travel! She has been to Italy (Rome, Venice, and Florence) and Ireland. Spain is next on her list. She is fluent in basic Spanish and would love to learn more about Spanish culture. She is very excited about having the experience of interning for GenHERation and educating young girls.