Ricci Joy Levyshe/her
President & CEO
Ricci Levy (she/her) has been engaged in sexual freedom activism for several decades. After a successful career in corporate America, Ms. Levy helped found the Woodhull Freedom Foundation, an organization whose mission is to affirm sexual freedom as a fundamental human right. As the Executive Director, then President and CEO of both the Foundation and the Federation, she has been instrumental in Woodhull’s growing leadership in the sexual freedom movement, including recognition by Proclamation in Washington, DC as the nation’s leading sexual freedom and human rights organization.
Testifying on behalf of Woodhull at various legislative hearings around the country, Ricci has established herself and Woodhull as the “go-to” for non-partisan, human rights advocacy, often presenting contentious issues in a way that allows for collaborative dialog intended to build bridges and foster alliances. Woodhull’s testimony can be found on a wide variety of human rights and sexual freedom issues, from the decriminalization of sex work to shackling of incarcerated women in labor, prostitution-free zones to marriage equality, the right to family, and freedom of speech and sexual expression.
In 2010, under Levy’s stewardship, the first national celebration of Sexual Freedom Day was launched at an all-day event held in Washington, DC at the National Press Club. Now in its ninth year, Woodhull’s Sexual Freedom Summit, brings together hundreds of scholars, activists, and advocates for sexual freedom. The event provides opportunities for collaborative work and conversation in support of our fight for human rights and sexual freedom, and against the denial of our identities, relationships, and families; criminalization of our pleasure; and the stigmatization of our sexual expression.
Ms. Levy is a professional member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), the Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University, the US Human Rights Network, the Free Expression Network (FEN), and the Council on Contemporary Families. She serves on the Steering Committee of the Free Expression Network (FEN), the Advocacy Committee of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), the Advisory Council of the Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener, and is the Chair of the Sexual Rights and Gender Justice Working Group of the US Human Rights Network.