Meet the Team 

Jamie is the founder of Effie's Grace, LLC.


Effie Grace Beech Zahlaway was Jamie's grandmother.  Effie Grace experienced  challenges with her own health and wellness, both as a woman and mother.  She was a fighter, who sought for change.  Effie's Grace, LLC will continue that legacy.


Jamie is a Commissioner on the Ellen Story Special Commission on Postpartum Depression for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the former Advocacy Chair for the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health.  She is also on the Board of Trustees for Salem State University.


Jamie is a subject matter expert in maternal mental health policies on both a state and federal level, and brings her expertise to the Massachusetts Statehouse and Capitol Hill to seek better maternal health outcomes for pregnant and new moms.

Jamie received her BA from Salem State College.  She is the Mom to two wicked awesome daughters.

Jamie Zahlaway Belsito
Liz Friedman

Liz Friedman, MFA, sits on the MA Commission on the Status of Women and the MA Postpartum Depression Commission.


Liz led the successful Massachusetts campaign to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, signed into law by Governor Baker in July 2017. 


She has been involved in successful campaigns to pass the MA Postpartum Depression Legislation, MA Earned Paid Sick Time and MA Equitable Disability Insurance Bill.


Liz is the founder of Group Peer Support, a national organization which focuses on providing peer support to parents, students and international communities.


Liz received the Ted Women’s Award in 2010 for her outstanding work on behalf of mothers.

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