Teresa C. Younger, Executive Director

final headshotAs Executive Director of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, an arm of the General Assembly, Teresa Younger ensures the PCSW’s mandate is carried out through policy, strategic planning and operations. Before joining the PCSW, Teresa was the Director of Affiliate Organizational Development at the American Civil Liberties Union National Office, where she assisted affiliates throughout the country with management issues. She is the first woman and the first African American to have served as executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut. Teresa, who serves as President of the Board of the Girl Scouts of Connecticut, also sits on the boards of the Universal Health Care Foundation, the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, and the National Advisory Board on Religious Restrictions to Care. She was identified by Hartford Business Journal as one of “Eight Remarkable Women in Business,” was named 2012 recipient of Connecticut-NARAL’s Catherine Roraback Award, was among the NAACP’s “100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut” and has continually been recognized for her commitment to civil rights and civil liberties.

Contact Information: Email: teresa.younger@cga.ct.gov, Direct Line: 860-240-8441

Rosemary Lopez, Senior Administrative Resource Manager

Rosemary Lopez brings to the agency a wealth of management and coordination skills. She manages the office by working directly for the Executive Director and is the primary contact for the public and our Commissioners. Through her expertise, she has created a systematic approach to our public information and referral services, and serves as the primary contact for anyone seeking to file a discrimination complaint with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. Before joining the PCSW, Rosemary worked as a staff person for three legislators in the Legislative Office Building, assisting them in planning public relations activities, newsletter production, and preparing them for public appearances and speaking opportunities. She and her family are lifelong residents of the city of Hartford.

Contact Information: Email: rosemary.lopez@cga.ct.gov, Direct Line: 860-240-8446



Michelle Noehren, Events & Special Projects Director

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Michelle Noehren leads and directs all agency events, such as public hearings, Women’s Day at the Capitol, Pay Equity Day and Women’s Policy Day. In addition, she is an active part of the PCSW’s legislative team, oversees the Young Women’s Leadership Program and manages the PCSW website and social media. In 2013 she was selected as CT’s Most Inspirational Mom by gomom.me. She has also won the DEP’s Green Circle Award, the Catherine Roraback Award from Connecticut NARAL, Connecticut NOW’s Exceptional Young Feminist Award, the Chase Going Woodhouse Prize and numerous others. Before joining the PCSW, Michelle, who earned a B.A. with a double major in Female Identity Formation & Psychology (with a minor in Women’s Studies) at the University of Connecticut, was a lead organizer at the Connecticut Citizen Action Group working for campaign finance reform.

Contact Information: Email: michelle.noehren@cga.ct.gov, Direct Line: 860-240-0016

Christine Palm, Communications Director

Christine Palm is the agency’s media liaison and writes, designs and produces all communications materials. She also gives PCSW’s Sexual Harassment Awareness & Prevention trainings to State agencies and educational institutions. A writer and editor all her professional life, she has served as media and communications director for the Office of the State Treasurer, and in a similar capacity for both Hartford Seminary and Hartford College for Women. She has applied her editorial skills to materials as diverse as the journals of playwright Arthur Miller, the Manhattan Public Schools Chess Initiative, The CBIA News, and The Harriet Beecher Stowe Journal. Christine has been a columnist for The Hartford Courant, taught journalism at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, and grammar at a camp for young writers at Kent School. She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her essay writing.

Contact Information: Email: christine.palm@cga.ct.gov, Direct Line: 860-240-8449


Natasha M. Pierre, Policy & Legislative Director

Natasha M. Pierre identifies and coordinates the Commission’s policy agenda; represents the Commission on several statutorily appointed commissions, and community and state agency coalitions; and, conducts skill-building trainings for State agencies. Before joining the PCSW, she was an attorney at Connecticut Legal Services, Inc. and Western Massachusetts Legal Services, Inc., where she practiced family and housing law. She earned a B.A. from the University of Connecticut with a major in Women’s Studies and a dual-degree in law and social work from the University of Connecticut’s Schools of Law and Social Work. Natasha was awarded the Connecticut Law Tribune’s New Leaders of the Law Award, and has been profiled in The Hartford Courant and the Connecticut Law Tribune. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., a public service sorority.

Contact Information: Email: natasha.pierre@cga.ct.gov, Direct Line: 860-240-8442