Women. Power. Peace.

WAND Education Fund Staff


Jessie Calkins
Communications Director

As Communications Director Jessie leads WAND's communications, design, and media relations. For more than two years she has also been in charge of WAND’s digital landscape, 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 is currently working on her 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.



Erin Linley
WiLL President's Associate

Erin Linley has always had a passion for women’s rights and empowerment. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Economics and Modern Language with a concentration in French. She has interned and volunteered at the French-American Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta, Georgia. There, she helped organize fundraising events and maintain a member database. She has also worked as a Legislative Aide for Sen. Nan Orrock. Currently, Erin is a Master’s of Public Administration candidate with plans to graduate in 2015. In addition to this, she is working towards becoming a Certified Nonprofit Professional.



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 manages the WAND Washington, DC office and acts as Political Director managing WAND’s PAC. She leads WAND’s policy and advocacy strategy development particularly focusing on congressional budget processes, especially related to nuclear weapons and Pentagon spending. Kathy has a background working with policymakers and grassroots advocates on nuclear disarmament and budget issues for a variety of organizations including Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, Union of Concerned Scientists, and others. She is proud to have started her career working for Women Strike for Peace in 1988 and is especially pleased to now be at WAND educating, empowering and engaging women working for peace and security. Kathy is a proud graduate of Earlham College and obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado.


Franck Salomon

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.





Susan Shaer | @susanshaer
Executive Director

As of May 2016, after 23 years of inspirational leadership Susan has retired from her position as Executive Director, but she will never stop her dauntless activism. To find out what she's up to now follow her on Twitter @susanshaer. She joined the staff in 1993, bringing over two decades of experience in the nonprofit, political, and policy worlds, with a frequent focus on women in politics. Susan leads the Win Without War coalition, and formerly Project Abolition, the Disarmament Clearinghouse, and the Nuclear Disarmament Partnership. Susan Shaer is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.

Click here for Susan's full bio.



Adzi Vokhiwa
Senior Program Associate

Adzi is responsible for assisting with the coordination and implementation of program and field work, including event planning, media publications, member recruitment, and outreach. Originally from Fort Collins, CO, Adzi formerly resided in Atlanta and graduated from Georgia State University, where she earned a B.S. in Public Policy with a Concentration in Planning & Economic Development.




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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