As Executive Director, Stephen (he/him) leads Win Without War’s day-to-day operations, development, and organizational strategy. Stephen is a veteran of campaign politics with a strong background in grassroots advocacy, having previously worked for the global campaigning organization Avaaz, as the Executive Director of the American Hellenic Council, and on multiple federal, state, and local electoral campaigns. Stephen holds a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a BA from Tulane University, with academic expertise in humanitarian interventions and Middle Eastern politics. When not at work, you can find Stephen tweeting about Philly sports or planning his next trip back to his former stomping grounds in New Orleans.
As Deputy Director, Sara (she/her) helps shape Win Without War’s organizational strategy and supervises the digital and operations teams. Sara specialises in organizational and campaign strategy and has over ten years of experience in digital campaigning, having previously founded Berim.org, an organization that worked to support changemakers in Iran, and worked at the Mozilla Foundation, Change.org and GetUp Australia. When she’s not at work, Sara can be found writing YA Novels, and this year released her debut novel Sunburnt Veils.
As Senior Washington Director, Erica (she/her) engages policymakers, the NGO community, the media, and grassroots partners to advance a progressive foreign policy and national security agenda. Erica’s career has centered in and around Congress and foreign policy issues. Previously, she served as Director of Government Affairs and Nuclear Weapons Policy Director at Women’s Action for New Directions where she led campaigns to limit the excessive U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal. She also handled national security, foreign policy, veterans affairs, and other issues as a legislative assistant to former Congressman John D. Dingell. Erica holds an MA from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. When not at work, Erica may be found at Nationals Park, reading for her book club, or staying active.
As Policy Director, Kate (she/her) develops and leads narrative and policy change campaigns to advance a progressive foreign policy and national security agenda for the United States. She previously served as the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Yemen Peace Project, where she built congressional support for first votes against arms sales and military support to the Saudi-led coalition under Trump. While the digital campaigner at Demand Progress, her activism helped secure clemency for imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning. Kate received her B.A. in Middle Eastern & North African Studies from UCLA and her M.A. in Democracy & Governance from Georgetown University. In her spare time, Kate practices yoga, tries her hand at vegan baking, and hangs out with her two cats, Castiel and Crowley.
As Digital Campaigns Director, Shayna (she/her) mobilizes more than half a million activists to find their connection to a bold, progressive foreign policy vision — and then work to make that world a reality. She has spent most of her life, either through career or volunteer activism, focused on advancing reproductive health and human rights. Previously, Shayna served as the Senior Advocacy Advisor at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and was president of UUSC’s UNITE HERE! Local 2661. She received a J.D. from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Arizona. Shayna is currently a YP Ambassador at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. When not at work, she’s learning to embrace Chicago’s lake effect and spends her free time building many, many, many playlists, or with her nose in a book.
As Advocacy Associate, Faith (she/her) engages with policymakers and grassroots partners to push forward progressive foreign policy priorities. Prior to working at Win Without War, she interned at various nonprofits with progressive causes, supporting fundraising and development work at the Institute for Policy Studies and helping develop policy materials at The Jerusalem Fund’s Palestine Center. She also volunteered with Al Hadaf, a Jordanian refugee assistance nonprofit, where she assisted refugees in English classes and art therapy sessions. Faith holds a B.A. in International Studies from American University in DC, where she was a recipient of the David L. Boren and Critical Language Scholarships in language studies. When not at work, you can find Faith indulging in dystopian television and novels, and searching DC coffee shops for the perfect chai latte.
As Senior Digital Associate, Annika (she/her) manages our social media platforms and graphic design — strategizing about how we can continue to strengthen both in order to make our work more accessible, educational, and engaging for our followers. Prior to joining our team, Annika’s work centered around racial justice, reproductive rights, and interfaith cooperation. She holds a double B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies and Religion from Butler University, and is currently located in St. Louis. In her spare time, Annika enjoys spoiling her cat Salem, collecting books that she WILL eventually read, and exploring witchcraft.
As Senior Communications Associate, Michael (he/him) engages with reporters, experts, and activists to advance progressive foreign policy analysis and amplify the work of the pro-peace movement. He is particularly interested in global economics and trade, and has written on the subject in Jacobin, In These Times, and more. Michael holds an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA from Brown University, and was the 2019 Economics and Trade Fellow with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. Michael also actively organizes with the Progressive International and leads the Democratic Socialists of America’s International Economics and Trade work. When he’s not at work or organizing, Michael enjoys watching horror movies, reliving his teenage years listening to emo, and walking his overactive dog.
As Operations Associate, Abbey (she/her) manages our (virtual) office and supports the operations and administrative functions of the organization. Before joining Win Without War, Abbey worked in atrocity prevention and community organizing with the Never Again Coalition. Abbey holds a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies and Religion from Colgate University. Abbey enjoys hiking, concerts, and perusing second-hand stores.
As Director of Data and Technology, Amy (she/her) tells stories, builds web stuff, and motivates people to build a better world. She is particularly interested in building humane technology and using data to empower those who lack access to traditional power structures. Amy holds a BA from the American University School of International Service and an MA in International Relations from The New School. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to Win Without War, Amy served as Web Coordinator for Safe Kids Worldwide and was co-founder of the Million Hoodies Movement for Justice. When she’s not doing digital work, Amy enjoys preparing for the arrival of the space aliens with her trusty beagle.
As Policy Associate, Amisha (she/her) engages experts, advocates, and grassroots partners; analyzes foreign policy issues; and develops accessible educational resources to advance a progressive foreign policy agenda. Before Win Without War, Amisha worked on money-in-politics, government ethics, and congressional reform issues at the nonprofit Issue One. Amisha has a background in grassroots human rights advocacy, diversity and equity education, and peacebuilding. She has a B.A. in Political Science from McGill University in Canada, and has also lived in Mexico and Japan. Amisha enjoys concerts and music festivals, skiing, brewing the perfect kombucha, and musicals.
As the Digital Campaigns & Community Engagement Fellow, Elijah (they/them) utilizes both social media and email strategy to mobilize activists and progressive thinkers alike in the fight for foreign policy rooted in progressive values. They are currently finishing their B.A. in Government and International Politics from George Mason University, where they’ve focused their studies on the intersection of class and queer struggles. Before Win Without War, Elijah held the role as the Policy and Advocacy Director for Not My Generation, where they were able to host the podcast series titled Root Causes and lead the effort to create a 70-page “De-Policing the Gun Violence Prevention Movement Policy Playbook.” Elijah, also, actively engages in local and state-level abolitionist movement work with small collectives and student organizers. Outside of work, Elijah performs in Drag as “MasVusi” at local restaurants and bars in the D.C. metropolitan area.
Catherine is a junior from Carnegie Mellon University studying International Relations and History. Previously, Catherine was a Community Organizing and Policy intern at Just Harvest, a food justice non-profit based in Pittsburgh. She writes for the student newspaper, The Tartan, as well as a newsletter centered on diversity, equity, and inclusion called The Garden. Her primary interests are in Latine/Hispanic justice, dismantling the military industrial complex, and accessible information and advocacy. In her free time, Catherine enjoys cooking for her friends, curating the perfect Spotify playlists, and drinking way too much tea.
Tanaya just finished her third year at Pomona College, where she studies Politics and South Asian Studies. She is currently taking a gap year to gain experience organizing and to explore what it means to take an anti-capitalist approach to social justice. Tanaya has worked for the American Bar Association, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and a handful of grassroots organizations – she is most passionate about disability justice and dismantling the prison-industrial complex. Tanaya knows that she wants to work directly with communities affected by systemic ableism and racism, and is excited to learn about the different approaches to this work. In her spare time, she likes to read (a top favorite – I’m Telling The Truth but I’m Lying by Bassey Ikpi), cook for her friends, and binge-watch tv.
Sam is a rising senior from Princeton University, majoring in Public and International Affairs. Sam’s birthplace of Seoul, South Korea, laid the groundwork for his passion in East Asian Affairs and Conflict Resolution. In this vein, Sam studied abroad whenever he could, spending semesters in Oxford, UK and Beijing, PRC. Additionally, Sam interned with human rights organizations such as the Citizen’s Alliance for North Korean Human Rights and non-profit think tanks such as the Stimson Center. Directly working in the workplaces where policy is decided and the environments where those policies are enacted convinced him to engage in foreign policy for the sake of human well-being and peace – to seek mutual compromise and coexistence rather than zero-sum exploitation. In his spare time, Sam enjoys drawing maps, reading fantasy novels, and gushing over Korean dramas (Crashing Landing on You is really good!!).
Madelyn is a rising Senior at the College of Wooster, pursuing a major in Philosophy with a Middle Eastern and North African studies minor. Madelyn most recently worked with Penal Reform International while studying abroad in Amman, Jordan, with a focus on juvenile justice system reform. Her previous experiences include interning with one of her state’s U.S. Senators, Sen. Sherrod Brown, as well as working with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. Her primary interests include criminal justice reform, civil rights, and foreign policy. Madelyn’s vision for herself in the future involves earning a law degree to help those wrongfully incarcerated domestically and abroad. As an Ohioan, and more specifically an Akronite, she loves LeBron James and everything he does for their community. In her free time, she enjoys watching films, yoga, knitting, and taking care of her succulents.
Maha is a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, where she majored in Political Science. Originally from Pakistan, she spent her childhood in various parts of the Middle East, which led to an interest in regional affairs. She has interned at legal non-profits, volunteered with immigrant communities in Minneapolis, and taken part in field research in rural Pakistan to learn more about trade policies and international labor rights through the Human Development Foundation. Her areas of focus in college were US Foreign Policy in Central Asia and the Middle East, and Islamist Politics- which led her to a month-long study aboad seminar in Istnabul, Turkey, studying the intersection of religion and politics in the country’s policymaking. Maha’s passion for progressive foreign policy stems from the personal effects of it on her family and friends, as well as the experience of growing up a “third-culture kid”. When she’s not traveling or reading books on the topic of international affairs, Maha can be found doing yoga, training for a run, or online shopping (she has a problem).
Erika recently graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she pursued a major in Anthropology with a concentration in Disasters, Displacements, and Human Rights and a minor in Italian Studies. Her thesis centered on anti-poverty policy in America and its effectiveness in promoting human rights values, with a focus on the intersectionality between race and class. Erika has also done work in international disaster recovery, as well as the application of human rights law in foreign policy and humanitarianism. Her passion for using human rights knowledge in creating peaceful policy and capacity building brought her to Win Without War as a Development and Advocacy Intern. She is currently pursuing a career in non-profit organization and rights-based advocacy. In her spare time, Erika enjoys running around D.C., playing the ukulele, watching a good movie, and consuming as much breakfast food as possible.
Lina Eid is a Senior at George Mason University, pursuing a major in Global Affairs with a concentration in the Middle East and North Africa. Originally hailing from Hebron, Palestine, Lina interned previously with the Office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee, wrote articles for the Odyssey, and was an active member of Helping Hands for Relief and Development, Pious Projects of America, and Islamic Relief USA, among numerous other non-profit organizations. Lina’s passion to work on foreign policy issues stems from her unwavering ties to her Palestinian roots and her time living in Saudi Arabia during the tragedy of the Yemeni war. She loves to take pictures with her Nikon D3000 and to travel as much as she can.
Finn Oldfield grew up in Widnes, England and studies Philosophy and Politics at The University of Edinburgh. While in D.C., he is an exchange student at The George Washington University. Before Win Without War, Finn was an intern at PinkNews in London and a political participant of the Patchwork Foundation in Westminster. Finn is passionate about working on progressive foreign policy because as a working-class person from abroad, he is determined to challenge any and all elitist systems of oppression that endanger marginalized lives. He believes in an intersectional and peaceful vision for America and the wider world. Finn has a border terrier rescue dog, has helped fund and open a butterfly house in his home town and has recently discovered the joy of coffee (he doesn’t know how he managed before)
Kharis Murphy is a rising senior at Earlham College majoring in Peace & Global Studies. She just returned from a semester abroad in Athens, Greece, where she interned with Doctors of the World and completed research on refugee health outcomes. Kharis is excited to be working to further policies that can prevent refugee crises like the situation she witnessed in Greece. As a Quaker, she feels a responsibility to use her place of privilege to dismantle systems of oppression and build a more just, peaceful world. In her spare time, you can find Kharis in a dance studio, embroidering her t-shirts, or curled up with a good book.
Jenna Thoretz is a rising junior at Gettysburg College pursuing majors in Political Science and Public Policy. Jenna currently serves as the Events Planning Chair for the Peace and Justice Student Council at Gettysburg College and leads outreach and content planning for the Consortium of North American Peace Programs (CONAPP) undergraduate-lead conference for summer of 2020. She is originally from Connecticut and is excited to spend the summer in Washington D.C. working to advocate for a more progressive foreign policy. She is particularly interested in the intersection between militarization and gender inequality, and dismantling the oppressive and unsustainable systems that contribute to conflict domestically and abroad. In her spare time, Jenna can be found perusing the shelves of used bookstores, drinking too much coffee, and missing her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who lives at home in Connecticut.
Liam Mays is the Digital Communications Intern at Win Without War and is pursuing a dual-degree at the University of Kansas in Journalism News and Information and Film and Media Studies. Previously, Liam was a Fellow for the Sharice Davids 2018 Campaign for Congress and a Video Production Intern at Mainstream Coalition. Liam has also been published in his university newspaper, The University Daily Kansan, with a few Arts and Culture articles and he’ll be a correspondent there in the fall. He enjoys shooting photography, making short films, and graphic design. He is also an avid supporter of the Oxford comma. Liam’s long term goal is to become a documentary filmmaker.
Policy and Advocacy Intern Mariam Zahran is Southern California born and raised. She studies Political Science and has taken the semester off to temporarily relocate to Washington D.C. and work with Win Without War. Mariam has previously worked with the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Los Angeles chapter and Zero Weeks political consulting firm, and volunteered with various charitable organizations including Islamic Relief and Sabil Pantry. Mariam’s passion for foreign policy stems from its pertinence to her and her friends and family. She believes it her duty to join any and all movements standing against the rampant and blatantly systemic oppression so much of her community worked hard to create a life away from. Mariam is a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur and considers makeup to be an underappreciated form of art and self-expression.
Digital Communications Intern Anyiel Biong was born in Nairobi, Kenya and immigrated to Australia in 2004. She moved to Washington DC earlier this year to pursue her career in media and activism after completing her bachelor’s degree in Journalism at Griffith University. Anyiel has a specialized focus on the Middle East/North Africa region which stemmed from majoring in Islam-West relations and completing an international study tour that led her to Bosnia, Morocco, Malaysia and Spain. Prior to her position at Win Without War, Anyiel worked with non-profit organization Logan Together and wrote for Australian online news platform ‘The Source News’. As a South Sudanese immigrant, Anyiel has a vested interest in the refugee crisis, food insecurity and the effects of climate change in developing countries. She hopes to find new ways to make news and media accessible to all people and to also, one day, learn how to whistle.