Headquarters Staff



Katie Orenstein, Founder & CEO

Katie Orenstein, Founder and CEO of The OpEd Project, writes and speaks frequently about the intersection of media and mythology – that is, what we think is fact or fiction and how that shapes our ideas about politics, culture and history. She has contributed to the op-ed pages of the New York Times, Washington Post and Miami Herald. She has lectured at Stanford and appeared on ABC TV World News, Good Morning America, MSNBC, CNN and NPR. A graduate of Harvard (BA) and Columbia (MA) universities, she is the author of "Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Morality and the Evolution of a Fairy Tale." Orenstein has worked around the world and particularly in Haiti, where she reported, consulted with the United Nations, and worked with a team of human rights lawyers to assist victims of military and paramilitary violence in seeking justice. She is a recipient of The Diana P Scott Integrity in Action Award, and a fellowship from Echoing Green, which selected The OpEd Project as one of the most innovative social enterprises worldwide, out of 1500 applicants. Read more about Katie.


Raquel Thompson, Senior Program Manager

Raquel Thompson spent several years after college collaborating with young South Africans who wanted to use their voice to provoke conversations that they deemed necessary. With their input and in partnership with the Harvard School of Public Health, Raquel restructured PeacePlayers-International’s curriculum and taught facilitation skills so that these self-identified leaders could thrive in their role as conversation starters – and pushers – in classrooms and on basketball courts all across Durban. After experiencing what one small group of committed collaborators could accomplish, Raquel then joined the Africa team at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public to analyze the work of dozens of individuals who were relentlessly pioneering new solutions to some of their country’s – and the world’s – most deeply rooted problems, from government accountability to domestic violence. With this education in hand, Raquel joined The OpEd Project in 2017, where she partners with the founder to continually deepen the curriculum, facilitation, and reach of the organization. She also directly manages Public Voices Fellowships at several institutions and oversees the national portfolio of programs for the public. Raquel holds a BA in Political Science from Yale University, and is continually surprised by how much she has come to value being in nature.

CATHERINE BAXTER, Manager of New Business and Partnerships

Catherine Baxter works with universities, foundations, non-profits (and beyond) to bring OpEd Project programs to different communities around the country and world. In addition, she manages our programs open to the public in Chicago and the Public Voices Fellowship at Northwestern University. Prior to joining The OpEd Project, Catherine worked in leadership programming for young women through STEM at Techbridge Girls and through outdoor activities at the State YMCA Michigan. She is most energized by the power and magic created when a group of people come together to be challenged, learn, and grow.  Catherine is based in Oakland, CA where she is relishing in the beauty of the California coasts, but she will always love the Midwest, which is home.


Chelsea Carmona, Senior Program Manager

Chelsea Carmona serves as a Senior Program Manager, running ambitious training and mentoring programs with top scholars and activists all over the nation. Chelsea’s work has appeared in a wide range of print and online publications including TIME, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Al Jazeera English, The Christian Science Monitor, The Huffington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Pacific Standard. She contributes regularly to three online magazines dedicated to changing the conversation around addiction, and recently helped launch the first-ever needle exchange program in her hometown, Orange County, California.  


Emily Pintel, Program manager

Emily Pintel is a Program Associate at the OpEd Project at headquarters in New York City. Joining this team of passionate, inspiring thought leaders and badass women has been an absolute delight. As a Program Associate, she coordinates The OpEd Project's alums, as well as helping to manage programs and events happening in NYC. When she’s not playing a role in helping underrepresented voices gain exposure, she can be found playing many different roles all over the city with her theater company, Improbable Stage. 


AJA Antoine, Program manager

Aja Antoine manages The OpEd Project's programs open to the public in Boston and Washington, D.C. In addition, she manages Public Voices Fellowships in partnership with Loyola University in Chicago, Rush University, BMe Community, and Dartmouth College. Most recently, Aja launched the inaugural cohort of the Encore Public Voices Fellowship. Prior to joining The OpEd Project, Aja graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University with degrees in Sociology and African and Afro-American Studies.