OUR BOARD

Dawn Woodard

Executive Director & President of the Board

Dawn (they/them pronouns) is a queer climate scientist who was formerly the co-director of Sex Positive Los Angeles (SPLA) before moving to Washington D.C. for work. As a leader of SPLA, Dawn loved designing creative events for the community and generating educational materials to help people unlearn sex negative norms and move toward relationships and interactions focused on mutual pleasure. Dawn has been deeply influenced by their upbringing in rural Appalachia, which has given them a passion for community-building and activism. For Dawn, the sex positive movement provides a crucial paradigm shift to help us move away from the current culture of shame and scarcity when it comes to touch, love, and sex and instead towards one of abundance and joy. 

Board Member

Olivier Dielhman

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5 years ago I traveled to the US, in search of sex-positive and polyamorous communities. I met Gabriella, shared my ambitions and got recognized as authentic. Not even one month after that, Sex-Positive Belgium was born. Now it's a flourishing community with weekly events and 250+ active members. I enjoy spreading the word, and helping the different Sex-Positive communities in Europe get connected.

Board Member

Jamie Cawelti

Jamie is the organizer of Sex Positive 805 in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, on the central coast of California. She is polyamorous, queer, and kinky with a love of shibari/rope bondage. She leads discussion groups and classes on relationships of all sizes, orientations, and dynamics. Her background is in communications, video production, and marketing; find out more on her social media @GivenConsent

Karen Hery

Board Member & Secretary

From 2017 - 2019 Karen and her partner, Walker O'Rourke, were part of the core leadership team of Sex Positive Portland and the primary stewards of the 2018 and 2019 Polytopia, a weekend long symposium on Polyamory co-hosted by Sex Positive World and Sex Positive Portland. In 2019 she joined the Sex Positive World board after launching the first annual Sex Positive World Hawaiian Vacation.

She helps steward two communal households, one in Portland and one in Vancouver, housing artists, healers and craftspeople from all walks of life.  She travels throughout the West Coast leading musical poetry performances and open mics and is currently on an extended travel trip around the world seeking and spreading sex positivity on her travels through Europe, the US, Mexico, Southeast Asia and Australia/New Zealand.

Gabriella Cordova

Founder & Board Member

Gabriella has spent the past fifteen years dedicated to the creation of a sex-positive world. Having been, at one time or other, a business person, farmer, mother, neo-tantra healer, sex worker, presenter, and event organizer, Gabriella came into possession of unique skill sets. That, combined with her hippie upbringing in Europe, bits, and pieces of formal education, and an unstoppable belief in humanity,  made her both a visionary and a person who did whatever it took to get the organization to where it is today. 

David Woody 

Board Member & Treasurer

David brings 35 years of business experience, owning and managing a restaurant franchise with sales in excess of $50 million annually at the time he retired. Having experienced life in its ups and downs has allowed him to have a non judgmental view of others.  He has spent the last 10 years immersed in the sex positivity movement, taking classes from Body Electric, tantra teachers, the Canadian Somatic Sex Educators Alliance and others. He is a certified Somatic Sex Educator from the SSEA. 

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If you are interested in serving on the board, please write to gabriella@sexpositiveworld.org

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