Heather Busby, Executive Director, joined NARAL Pro-Choice Texas in November 2012. Before that, Heather was an Assistant Travis County Attorney, procuring protective orders for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. A longtime supporter of women’s rights, Heather co-founded the Lilith Fund and served on the boards of the National Network of Abortion Funds and Law Students for Reproductive Justice. While she was earning her bachelor’s degree in anthropology at the University of Texas, she helped start a pro-choice student organization and was on the founding committee of the UT Women’s Resource Center. Heather earned her JD from South Texas College of Law in Houston, where she was president of the school’s ACLU chapter, co-founder of the LSRJ chapter, and winner of the LBJ Civil Rights Award for her work helping victims of human trafficking with the South Texas Civil Rights Project. Heather loves volunteering in her community and has provided pro bono legal assistance and taught ESL to immigrants, served as a mentor to middle school students, and worked the hotlines at a domestic violence shelter.
Emily Martin, Program Director, started as an intern in June of 2013 and was hired as program coordinator in August of 2013. Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Texas and a master’s degree in public health from New York University. With a background in program, education, and training work, Emily oversees NARAL Pro-Choice Texas’ CPC investigations, volunteer program, outreach & activist trainings, and Next Generation millennial leadership program.
Alexa Garcia-Ditta, Communications and Policy Initiatives Director, joined NARAL Pro-Choice Texas in July 2016 after two years of covering reproductive health and rights at various Texas media outlets. She also served as a communications associate for the Center for Public Policy Priorities. She holds a Master of Arts in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor of arts in journalism and Spanish from UT-Arlington. Alexa’s role at NPCT combines her reporting, writing and strategic communications experience with her intricate knowledge of the state legislative process and reproductive rights policy expertise.
Genevieve Cato, Development Director, has been with NARAL Pro-Choice Texas since November of 2015. A graduate of Annie’s List Campaign School, she has worked on multiple state representative races and in the offices of State Representative Nicole Collier and State Representative Mary E. Gonzalez, most recently as Gonzalez’ Chief of Staff. After receiving her undergraduate degree from St. Edward’s University, she attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick where she earned a Master of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies. She also serves on the board of directors for the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity.
Hannah Thalenberg, Houston Field Organizer, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and history from Rice University in 2012. She started advocating for reproductive justice during her undergraduate years and has not stopped since, having served as advocacy coordinator of the Rice Women’s Resource Center and volunteered locally with organizations like Planned Parenthood and the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity. Before joining the NARAL Pro-Choice Texas staff in January 2017, Hannah worked as a sommelière and freelance translator and was a member of the 2016 Next Generation program cohort. Along with her community organizing work, she is collaborating with other grasstops leaders and elected officials on ways to protect reproductive freedom in Houston.
Sharmeen Aly, Communications Coordinator, joined NARAL Pro-Choice Texas in June 2015 to assist with fundraising and event planning and has since moved over to handle the organization’s press relations and communications. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Southern Methodist University in 2014. Following graduation, she worked on fundraising full time for a competitive state representative race in DFW and made the move to Austin to join NPCT shortly after the 2014 election season.
Zach Rodriguez, Digital Communications Associate, joined NARAL Pro-Choice Texas in January 2017, after working for the Travis County Democratic Party and managing the first successful Democratic campaign for the Williamson County Commissioners Court in over two decades. Wendy Davis’s filibuster on Senate Bill 5 in 2013 inspired him to fight for his community and defend reproductive rights and abortion access, which he continues today. He organized the University of Texas at Austin campus for the Wendy Davis for Governor campaign in 2014 and graduated from the university with a Bachelor of Science and Arts in Human Development and Family Sciences in 2016. He lives in Northwest Austin with his partner, Jimmy, and their rescue dog, Harvey.
Blake Rocap, Legislative Counsel, has worked in the Texas Legislature for almost a decade. For the past four legislative sessions Blake has focused on abortion rights for NARAL Pro-Choice Texas. He is longtime board member and volunteer attorney for Jane’s Due Process, representing abused teenagers in judicial bypass proceedings. He also serves on the board of the Women’s Health and Family Planning Association of Texas.Blake grew up attending public schools in San Angelo, before moving to Austin to attend the University of Texas. He earned his BA in American Studies with a minor in Government before returning to West Texas to attend the Texas Tech School of Law on a full Regent’s Scholarship. While in law school he was a founding board member of the Student Public Interest Initiative, the social director of the Board of Barristers and a member of the institution’s curriculum committee. Blake and his wife live in central Austin with their two daughters and chocolate lab, Arnold.