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WAND Staff

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.


Elizabeth King
Development Manager

As Development Manager Elizabeth oversees annual giving, foundation grants, major gifts, 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.



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.

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