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.
As Deputy Director and Senior Strategist, Sara helps lead all aspects of Win Without War’s activities, with a specific focus on campaign strategy. She is a writer, organizer, and strategist who has been working on social campaigns around the world for over a decade, with organizations including GetUp (Australia), Change.org, and the Mozilla Foundation.
Sara has driven campaigns for climate and reproductive justice, peace, and tech accountability. She founded Berim.org (‘Let’s go’ in Farsi) and helped bring over 70,000 people together to push for diplomacy with Iran. At Mozilla Sara helped take the campaigns team from being a single person to a thriving department that helped Mozilla push corporations to take responsibility for security instead of passing it off to consumers. Sara’s campaigning background includes field organizing, digital, and legislative advocacy and designing technology to help people take action. Sara currently lives outside of Chicago with her family, and is also a passionate writer currently working on her first novel.
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.
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.
As Digital Campaigns Director, Shayna Lewis mobilizes Win Without War’s more than half a million activists to advance a bold, progressive foreign policy. Originally from a small town in northeastern Arizona, she has crisscrossed the country with stints in San Francisco, DC, and Boston, working in nonprofits and higher education on multiple human rights and social justice issues. Previously, Shayna served as the Senior Advocacy Advisor at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee as well as unit president of 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 currently lives in Chicago, where she’s embracing the lake effect with naps, wine, and many, many playlists.
Faith Gay is the Advocacy Associate at Win Without War. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and recently graduated from American University in DC. During college, she majored in International Studies and studied abroad in China, Israel/Palestine, and Jordan. Previously, she’s worked at refugee rights and racial justice centered organizations, such as the Institute for Policy Studies, The Jerusalem Fund, and a small Jordanian nonprofit called Al Hadaf. Faith is passionate about building a world system that better protects the human rights of minorities and a United States that honors its commitment to liberty and justice for all. In her free time, you can find her obsessing over cool travel spots, indulging in dystopian television, and searching DC coffee shops for the perfect chai latte.
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.
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.
Michael is the Senior Communications Associate at Win Without War. His passion for a building a more progressive foreign policy was ignited in 2003 when his parents took him to his first anti-war protest. Since then, he’s worked with international NGOs and the UN, organized in the labor and Palestine solidarity movements, and published articles on his particular passions: alter-globalization, critical development, and labor internationalism. Michael is also the 2019 Economics and Trade Fellow with Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. He received an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA from Brown University. When he’s not working, organizing, or writing, Michael likes reliving his teenage years listening to emo, thinking about the final scene in The Lighthouse, and counting down the days to Halloween.
Abbey recently graduated from Colgate University where she pursued majors in Peace and Conflict Studies and Religious Studies. Abbey’s work at Colgate centered around historical justice activism and grassroots organizing in conflict-affected communities. This focus led Abbey to specialize in Southeast Asian history and travel to Indonesia to conduct research on grassroots peace advocacy. Abbey has previous experience with atrocity awareness and prevention as an intern with the Never Again Coalition, and is now continuing to build on this work as a Policy and Advocacy and Campaigns and Programs Intern at Win Without War. Abbey plans to pursue a career in peacebuilding and conflict prevention, and hopes to continue to support peace activists on the ground in conflict-affected areas. Abbey’s greatest goal is to use her privilege to amplify the voices and movements of marginalized communities at home and around the world. In her free time, Abbey enjoys hiking, cooking vegan food, and exploring second-hand stores.
Amy Frame is the Director of Data and Technology 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.
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.