Meet the PROMO Staff

Shira Berkowitz

Communications Director

Shira Berkowitz joined the PROMO team in October 2018 as Communications Manager. Shira brings a unique collection of experience working in digital communication, arts marketing, political advocacy and policy strategy, and human-centered design to the position. They hold a Master of Fine Arts from Washington University of St. Louis, and is an actively exhibiting artist. As both an artist and social entrepreneur, Shira is passionate about building spaces for people to gather and grow as community. They are a founding board member of MaTovu, a Jewish neighborhood center in St. Louis City, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. You can reach Shira at
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Karis Agnew

Field Director

Karis is PROMO‚Äôs Field Director based in Springfield, Missouri. Karis graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Drury University with a focus on global systematic and economic disparities. Before joining team PROMO in 2017, Karis had extensive experience working with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through peer support, volunteer coordination, and educational seminars. At PROMO, Karis is a trainer for the LGBTQ Cultural Competency Training program, connects with and empowers communities and volunteers all across Missouri to further equality, oversees PROMO’s TRANSforming Missouri program, and works with the PROMO PAC to help pro-equality candidates in Missouri. You can reach Karis at
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Molly Pearson

Special Programs Manager

Molly Pearson joined the PROMO team in December 2020. In her role, she manages the LGBTQ Cultural Competency Training program and SAGE of PROMO Fund. Based in St. Louis, she has worked in the statewide effort to modernize Missouri’s HIV-specific laws, and is a member of the What Would an HIV Doula Do? collective, which explores contemporary cultural responses to the ongoing HIV epidemic. She can be reached at
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