Susan Leon directs Parenting Por Vida, a program offered by Neighborhood Ministries in Phoenix, Arizona. Parenting Por Vida helps pregnant women prepare for motherhood and then provides educational and spiritual support for both parents during babies’ first six months of life.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is a Democratic senator from New York. Paid family leave was a core focus of Gillibrand’s brief 2020 presidential election campaign.
Tish Harrison Warren is an Anglican priest and former campus minister for InverVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries. She currently serves as writer-in-residence at Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh. Warren has argued that supporting paid family leave is part of being consistently pro-life.
The Rev. Amy Ziettlow is pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Decatur, Illinois. She has written on family leave policies, including those that cover elder care, for The Atlantic, The Christian Century and other publications.
Kate Ward is an assistant professor of Christian ethics at Marquette University. Her research focuses on the ethics of wealth, poverty and economic inequality, and she previously worked as a labor organizer in Catholic health care settings.
Kay Turner is the vice president for human resources at Fordham University, a private, Jesuit school that allows faculty members to take a semester off after the birth or adoption of a child.
Lyman Stone is a research fellow with the Institute for Family Studies and an adjunct fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He has researched and written about immigration, education and family-related policies. Stone currently serves as a missionary in the Lutheran Church-Hong Kong Synod.
Rachel Anderson is a resident fellow with the Center for Public Justice, where she leads the Families Valued project. She has authored or co-authored numerous reports on family leave policies and argues that paid leave should be seen as a religious issue.
The Rev. Devon Anderson is rector of Trinity Excelsior Episcopal Church in Excelsior, Minnesota. She serves as chairwoman of an Episcopal Church task force on paid family leave.