Betty McKay

Organizing Fellow


As anĀ Organizing Fellow at Essie, Betty develops Essie’s member leadership and engagement, and has a focus on organizing Essie members in our campaign efforts.

Betty first found the power of her voice and her call to advocacy on behalf of other women while incarcerated for 27 years in the California prison system. While inside, Betty fought for better medical care and facilitated a life skills program. As soon as she was released, Betty used her facilitation and advocacy skills in her role at Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), receiving a Leadership Award for her exceptional service as Chair of the Participant Advisory Council. Betty then worked at Time for Change as a Case Manager, going to court with women and helping them fight to stay with their children. Betty first joined Essie as a member of the Essie Sisterhood; she graduated from a Healing to Advocacy cohort in 2018. Betty is a graduate of Initiate Justice’s Institute of Impacted Leaders.