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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.

 

Erica 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 former 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.

 

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Elizabeth King
Development Manager

As Development Manager Elizabeth oversees annual giving, foundation grants, planned giving, fundraising events, and data management. Prior to joining WAND she studied disarmament, diplomacy and conflict resolution, earning a B.A. in Political Science and International Affairs, as well as a M.A. in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Diplomacy from Northeastern University.
 

Ansley Lacitis | @AnsleyLacitis
Field Director

As the Field Director, Ansley is in charge of creating the strategy, systems, and structures for WAND to grow and engage the grasstops and grassroots base in political action for progressive national security policy. She has over a decade of political campaign experience, ranging from citywide initiative campaigns, to presidential campaigns. Most recently, Ansley was the State Director in Missouri for the Hillary for America campaign.

Ansley has a J.D. and an LL.M. in National Security Law from Georgetown University Law Center. During law school, she worked at Communications Consortium Media Center, the Executive Office of National Drug Control Policy, a U.S. Attorney's office, the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, and the Senate Budget Committee. She is a Political Partner at the Truman National Security Project and a National Security Crisis Law Fellow at Georgetown's Center on National Security and the Law. Born and raised in Seattle, Ansley is a proud graduate of the University of Washington. In her free time, Ansley enjoys hanging out with her dog, Teddy, playing basketball, and talking up Washington State.

 

 

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.

 

 

Rep. Diane Russell | @MissWrite
National Security Political Director

Diane served eight years in the Maine House of Representatives where she built a progressive-libertarian coalition of lawmakers to advance civil liberties legislation, including passing a law requiring law enforcement to procure warrants before using drones for surveillance. The Nation Magazine named her the most valuable State Representative in their 2011 Progressive Honor Roll.

When her efforts to reform the election system and end cannabis prohibition failed in the Legislature, Diane led a bipartisan coalition of activists to collect more than 70,000 signatures to place Ranked Choice Voting on the ballot, and another 103,000 signatures to place legalization on the ballot in 2016. Both measures passed. 

In 2016, Diane led the national fight to reform the Superdelegate system within the Democratic Party, succeeding in reducing the number by two-thirds and binding remaining superdelegates to the popular vote of their state. Her speech at the DNC — hailed as a “coming out speech” — earned her 4th place in Politico’s 11 top quotes of the day.

Diane has been published in the New York Times, Roll Call, The Boston Globe, The Hill blog, and she is a blogger in the Huffington Post. Additionally, she has been widely quoted in High Times, The Hill, The Huffington Post, The Intercept, The Nation, Politico, and the Washington Post, even making the cover of Reddit and doing two wildly successful AMA’s.

 


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, print and online communications including opinion pieces and social media, and assisting with PAC endorsements and fundraising.  Adzi earned a B.S. in Public Policy from Georgia State University and is pursuing an M.P.S. in Political Management at The George Washington University.

 

 

swhitfordSara Whitford
Major and Corporate Gifts 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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