Marcela Howell is the founder and executive director of the In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda, a national policy organization designed to elevate the voices of Black women as spokespeople on reproductive rights, health and justice. An advocate and policy strategist, Marcela is recognized for her expertise in strategic communications, leadership development and policy forecasting. With over 35 years of experience advocating for women’s rights, reproductive justice and women’s empowerment, she is devoted to enhancing the role of Black women in national policy debates. Marcela was formerly the vice president of policy, communications and marketing at Advocates for Youth, a non-profit organization that works on adolescent sexual and reproductive health issues, where she was responsible for strategic planning on federal, international and state policy, as well as outreach to national and international media. She also trained over 1,000 young activists in policy advocacy and as media spokespeople. She the author of Walk in My Shoes: A Black Activist’s Guide to Surviving the Women's Movement, a collection of inspirational essays to help young Black women navigate the women's movement and empower them to become leaders in the fight for reproductive justice.