Ben Armbruster is the Communications Director at Win Without War. He has more than a decade of experience working at the intersection of politics, foreign policy, and media. He holds a bachelor of arts in history from Ohio University and a master of arts in international relations from King’s College London. Ben previously held senior editorial and management positions at Media Matters, ThinkProgress, and ReThink Media. During off hours, you can probably find Ben trying to ease the disappointment of Cleveland’s professional sports teams (the 2016 Cavs excepted).
Erica Fein is the Advocacy Director at Win Without War, engaging policymakers, the NGO community, the media, and grassroots partners to advance a progressive foreign policy and national security agenda. Her 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.
Stephen Miles is the Executive Director of Win Without War. Stephen is a veteran of campaign politics with a strong background in grassroots advocacy. He previously worked for the global campaigning organization Avaaz, as well as on multiple federal, state, and local electoral campaigns, and as the Executive Director of the American Hellenic Council. Stephen is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Tulane University with academic expertise in humanitarian interventions and Middle Eastern politics.
Annika is the Program Associate in Development and Operations at Win Without War. She grew up in Freeport, IL, and received a double B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies and Religion at Butler University. She has previously worked in racial justice, refugee rights, and interfaith cooperation non-profits in Indianapolis, as well as Amnesty International in Washington, DC. She has also worked in China to support youth leadership initiatives. Annika is driven by her desire to help dismantle the systems of oppression, originating as far back as the Colonial Era, that have long been at play within U.S. foreign policy. Annika spends her free time exploring book shops and museums, trying out the latest Fenty makeup products, and spoiling her cat Salem.
Kate Kizer is the Policy Director at Win Without War. She has nearly a decade of experience working on human rights, democratization, and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Kate previously served as the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Yemen Peace Project and as U.S. Advocacy Officer for Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain. She has also held leadership roles in the private sector and on political campaigns. 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.
Mariam is the Program Manager for Policy and Advocacy at Win Without War. She grew up in post-Soviet Armenia and Southern California and previously worked at the National Democratic Institute, Center for Citizen Peacebuilding, and Center for Unconventional Security Affairs. She is co-founder of the Southern California Network for Peacebuilding, and is a former community organizer for nonprofits serving refugees and undocumented immigrants in California. Mariam also previously worked with Global Zero in spearheading local education and grassroots initiatives to build public support for the Iran nuclear deal and connecting Southern California’s foreign policy community with the global movement to eliminate nuclear weapons. She has helped lead track II diplomacy and peacebuilding efforts in the Middle East, South Caucasus, and Costa Rica. She received her B.A. from UC Irvine in Political Science and International Studies and Development. In her spare time, you can find Mariam near a karaoke machine, taking care of her plants, or replaying lines from her favorite comedy shows.
Tara Tabassi is a Digital Campaigner at Win Without War, joining the team through the Kairos Fellowship. Tara has been a grassroots organizer for over a decade, from building national strategies to end police militarization with the War Resisters League, to community organizing with LGBTQ youth of color at FIERCE NYC. Besides dismantling the Military Industrial Complex one campaign at a time, Tara believes in the power of community gardens, healing with plant medicine, and telling stories through graphic illustration.
Amy Frame is the Digital Director for Win Without War. A long-time online activist, she has a passion for helping others use the transformative power of digital media. Prior to Win Without War Amy served as Web Coordinator for Safe Kids Worldwide and was co-founder of Million Hoodies Movement for Justice. In her spare time she enjoys preparing for the arrival of the space aliens with her beagle.
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.
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.
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)
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.