Aimee Arrambide, Executive Director, was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She was inspired to go into reproductive health, rights, and justice by her father who was an abortion provider in central and south Texas. While finishing up her Philosophy degree at the University of Texas, she interned at NARAL Pro-Choice Texas in 2006 and 2007. She left Texas and lived in New York for six years where she worked at the ACLU, received her Juris Doctor from New York Law School, where she was a founding member of their Law Students for Reproductive Justice chapter, and interned at the Center for Reproductive Rights and New York Civil Liberties Union. Upon returning to Texas in 2013, she briefly came back to NPCT as the Director of Public Affairs. Since 2013 she has advocated at the state legislature for comprehensive sexual health education, worked for a DC policy think tank encouraging state legislators and advocates to introduce proactive abortion out loud legislation. She is a long standing board member of Fund Texas Choice, a practical support abortion fund and also serves on the advisory council of ReproAction and direct action organization. She is also a National Network of Abortion Funds We Testify Storyteller.
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.
Emily Martin, Deputy 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.
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.
Sharmeen Aly, Communications Manager, joined NARAL Pro-Choice Texas in June 2015 to handle the organization’s press relations and digital communications. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Southern Methodist University in 2014. Following graduation, she worked as finance director full time for a competitive state representative race in DFW and is now based in the Houston office of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas. Sharmeen is passionate about advocating for everyone, especially people in marginalized communities, to have access to reproductive health care.
Hannah Thalenberg, Houston Regional Organizer, started advocating for reproductive justice during their undergraduate years at Rice University—where they obtained a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and history in 2012—and has not stopped since. They became involved in NARAL Pro-Choice Texas through the Next Generation program in 2016 before joining the staff the following year. Hannah’s role involves equipping and empowering the Houston community, in collaboration with local grassroots groups and elected officials, to fight for access to reproductive health care, including abortion, as essential to social and economic justice.
Amber Brooks, Membership Coordinator, is an Austin transplant from Illinois. She was very politically active while attending Texas State University, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. She started her journey with NARAL Pro-Choice Texas as their Public Affairs intern in June 2014. She also took part in NARAL’s Next Generation Program in 2016. After working at the Capitol during the 2017 session she is ready to use her skills in communication and outreach as Membership Coordinator.