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WAND Inc. Staff

Megan Amundson
Megan Amundson | @MeganAmundson
Executive Director

Megan Amundson is the Executive Director of WAND. Megan has a background in grassroots organizing and has spent more than a dozen years as a lobbyist and running political campaigns. Megan was the Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, as well as the Political Director for the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters, an affiliate of the League of Conservation Voters. She has run her own political consulting firm focusing on grassroots legislative, electoral, and community relations campaigns and worked with nonprofit organizations, unions, candidates, and elected officials to build and implement campaign strategies. In 2010, Megan was the Campaign Manager for the Vote No on 2 Campaign to Protect the Affordable Housing Law, a statewide ballot initiative that won by the largest margin of any initiative on the ballot that year.

 

Jessie Calkins
Communications Director

As Communications Director Jessie leads WAND's communications, design, and media relations. She manages WAND’s digital landscape and strategy, from social media and websites to managing online advocacy tools. Since studying linguistics at Boston University, Jessie has supported communications, design, and web development from the hospitality industry to the cycling industry. More recently she’s managed social media and content marketing from manufacturers to start-ups. She has a passion for design and writing, you can also find her teaching taiko drums and cycling around the greater Boston area.

 

EricaFein webErica Fein | @enfein
Nuclear Weapons Policy Director

Erica Fein is WAND’s Nuclear Weapons Policy Director. In this capacity, she works with Congress, the executive branch, and the peace and security community on arms control, nonproliferation, and Pentagon and nuclear weapons budget reduction efforts. Previously, Erica served as a legislative assistant to Congressman John D. Dingell where she advised on national security, defense, foreign policy, small business, and veterans’ issues.

Erica’s commentary has been published in the New York Times, Defense One, Defense News, The Hill, and the Huffington Post. She is a contributing blogger on Huffington Post. She has also appeared on WMNF 88.5 in Tampa and Community Watch & Comment on WPFW 89.3 in Washington, DC. Erica holds a M.A in International Security from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies and a B.A. in International Studies from University of Wisconsin - Madison. She is a political partner at the Truman National Security Project. Erica can be found on Twitter @enfein.

 

Liz Johnson
Liz Johnson
Deputy Director

Liz began her career in government and politics, working for Lt.  Governor Evelyn Murphy of Massachusetts, focusing on women’s issues and developing workplace childcare. Liz went on to be a full-time staffer on political campaigns including a MA statewide issue campaign where she first met current WAND Executive Director, Susan Shaer. As a non-profit professional for over 20 years, Liz has held executive director and leadership positions in several non-profit organizations with missions focused on a range of issues including domestic violence, substance use, community outreach, and HIV/AIDS.

Throughout her career, she has worked collaboratively with people at many levels of the political and economic spectrum: meeting with leaders of national women’s organizations, fundraising within Boston’s investment community, collaborating with community leaders to ensure programming meets their needs, developing new programming with organizational leadership, managing staff and providing direct services. Liz attended Colby College for her undergraduate degree in Government/Political Science and completed her Master’s Degree in Education at Harvard. Liz grew up on the coast of Maine and currently lives in Acton, MA with her husband and two children.

 

Elizabeth King
Operations Specialist

A Massachusetts native, Elizabeth attended Northeastern University earning a B.A. in Political Science and International Affairs and a Master's Degree in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Diplomacy, also at Northeastern. Elizabeth has studied disarmament diplomacy and conflict resolution, including at the United Nations in Geneva. Along with her studies, Elizabeth brings her strong nonprofit administration experience to WAND, based in the Arlington, MA office.

 

 

Sen. Nan Grogan Orrock | @SenNanOrrock
WiLL President

Sen. Nan Grogan Orrock is responsible for the overall coordination of WiLL: recruitment, communication with members, material development and production, issue identification, and coordination with WAND. A veteran of the civil rights and women’s movements, Nan served ten terms in the Georgia House of Representatives and is serving her fourth term in the Georgia Senate.

Click here for Sen. Orrock's full bio.

 

 

Sen. Sandy Pappas | @SenatorPappas
WiLL Vice President

Sen. Pappas' focus is engaging legislators in media work and active messaging in state & national media outlets. Sandy Pappas was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1984. In 1990, she was elected to the Minnesota Senate. Throughout her career, Sen. Pappas has been a fervent advocate for human rights. Sandy is a lifelong progressive, a supporter of women, has held several leadership positions in the Minnesota Senate, and nationally recognized for her legislative accomplishments.

 

 

Kathy Crandall Robinson | @KRobinsonWAND
Senior Public Policy Director

Kathy leads WAND’s policy and advocacy strategy development. Her work focuses on Congressional budget processes, nuclear weapons policy, Pentagon spending, and promoting the agenda for women, peace, and security. She manages the WAND Washington, D.C. office and acts as Political Director managing WAND’s PAC.

Kathy has two decades of experience working with policymakers and grassroots advocates on nuclear weapons policy and budget issues. Prior to joining WAND in 2008, she worked for a variety of organizations including Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, Union of Concerned Scientists, and others. Her passion for this peace and security work was sparked by an internship at Women Strike for Peace. She is especially pleased to now be at WAND educating, empowering, and engaging women leaders working for peace and security.

Kathy is a graduate of Earlham College and obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado. Kathy has been published on a number of issues including opinion pieces on nuclear weapons dismantlement, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, and Pentagon spending and budget politics.

 

Franck Salomon
Controller

Franck has over fifteen years of strong accounting management and technical support experience. Prior to WAND, he served as assistant director for the Haitian Coalition of Somerville, MA and as an information technology supervisor at Olympus Specialty Hospital.

 

 

 

 

Adzi Vokhiwa
Senior Program Associate

Adzi coordinates and implements WAND and WiLL's programmatic activities including national conferences, regional trainings, receptions, and in-district congressional lobby meetings. Adzi is also responsible for membership recruitment, outreach to state legislators through the WiLL program, organizing and hosting webinars, and written and online communications including social media and opinion pieces.  Adzi earned a B.S. in Public Policy from Georgia State University and is pursuing a Master's in Global Advocacy at The George Washington University.

 

 

 

swhitfordSara Whitford
Development Officer

Sara is responsible for individual donor, foundation and corporate stewardship as well as grant and event coordination. She has been with WAND since 2008 in a variety of roles, including staff liaison to the WAND Education Fund and WAND, Inc. boards of directors

Sara graduated from Brown University with a degree in studio art, and her first career was in magazine art direction. She lives in Arlington with her husband, David, a journalist, and a couple of big dogs. She has two fabulous young adult daughters who keep her in a bi-coastal state of mind.

 

 

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