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Digital Media Associate

Rugved Deshpande coordinates content for Answer's organizational website and its award-winning teen website, He also engages diverse online communities through Answer's and Sex, Etc.'s social media networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. In addition, he is responsible for tracking web and social media analytics. Rugved worked in Rutgers University Undergraduate Admissions, engaging prospective students through video, email and social media. He is a graduate of Rutgers University with a bachelor's degree in English.



Tanesha Grand-Pierre
Business Assistant

Tanesha Grand-Pierre manages Answer’s finances and administration, including all aspects of daily office operations and procedures. Tanesha monitors grants, creates requisitions, tracks all purchases, and creates and analyzes budget reports. She previously worked as Business Administrator at the University of Pennsylvania and ran her own financial consulting firm, Kite String Consulting. Tanesha holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from The College of New Rochelle and a business certificate from Wharton School of Business.




Director of Communications

Lucinda Holt oversees Answer’s media relationships and external communications, including all aspects of Sex, Etc., our national, award-winning print and online resource produced by the organization’s teen editorial staff. In addition to overseeing the editing and design of Sex, Etc., Ms. Holt ensures that teen voices are kept in the forefront of our national work by providing the teen staff with writing and media training. She has worked for Condé Nast Publications and youth organizations such as Prep for Prep and the Columbia University Liberty Partnership Program. Ms. Holt holds a Master of Arts in anthropology from Columbia University.



Erica Pass works directly with Answer's teen editorial staff to develop stories and blog posts for Sex, Etc., our teen-written, sexual health magazine and website. In the past, Erica worked as an editor and writer (most notably for Nickelodeon, a division of Viacom). She is the author of several books for children. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist who works in private practice. Erica has also worked at the counseling center at Rutgers University, where she was a key liaison to the RU Center for Social Justice, working closely with the campus LGBTQ student population. Erica is thrilled to be back at Answer, where she can combine her professional interests of editing, writing and working to develop sexual health content that is accessible to teens. She holds a B.A. in English from Binghamton University and a Psy.D. in clinical psychology from
Rutgers University.


Interim Executive Director 

As a leader in the field of sex education, Dan Rice has participated in updating the National Sexuality Education Standards with the Future of Sex Education (FoSE) partnership and co-chaired the committee that developed the Professional Learning Standards for Sex Education with the Sex Education Collaborative (SEC). He is also the co-author of Foundations: Core Skills Training for Sex Education, author of Answer's online professional development workshop Boys and Sex Education: Beyond Statistics and Stereotypes, and works as a content expert on AMAZE.

In addition to his work expanding national access to sex education, Dan Rice has extensive experience working directly with youth in public and private schools, community-based organizations, foster programs, the juvenile justice system, communities of faith, teen-to-teen leadership programs and mentoring groups. He began his tenure with Answer in 2007 as a program coordinator, working in both the national training initiative and the Sex, Etc. teen-to-teen program. Since then, he has worked at Answer as a trainer, consultant, online workshop instructor and director of training. In addition to his work at Answer, Dan Rice, has also served as a drop-in center coordinator for Pride for Youth, the first suburban coffeehouse for LGBTQ youth in the country; trainer/co-coordinator to the teen council at HiTOPS; and the director of education and outreach at Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia. Mr. Rice holds a Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction from Western New England University.



Social Media and Marketing Manager

Shazmin Taylor manages the youth-facing social media and web presence for AMAZE, Answer’s animated video series for 10-to 14-year-olds created in partnership with Advocates for Youth and YTH. In addition, she is responsible for tracking social media analytics and strategizing digital marketing efforts. Prior to joining the AMAZE project, she managed digital content and social strategy for a variety of publications and B2C clients that include The Knot magazine, HarperCollins Publishers and IHOP. Shazmin earned her B.A. in journalism and media studies at Rutgers University and earned her M.A. in multimedia communications at Academy of Art University.



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