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Sarah Haacke Byrd

Executive Director

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As Executive Director, Sarah is responsible for building strategy and scale around WMM’s mission for greater impact in gender equality. For two decades, Sarah has been building, guiding, and leading non-profit organizations in Boston, Washington, D.C., and New York. She most recently served as Managing Director of the Joyful Heart Foundation leading the strategy to mandate the testing of rape kits nationwide. Sarah brings extensive experience in financial and operational management, strategy, fundraising, and external affairs to WMM. She shares a deep personal commitment to our space and has been described as a “joyful warrior” going to battle for women and girls every day. Sarah is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and holds a Masters in Positive Organizational Development from Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

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Amanda Griffin

Director of Community Engagement

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Amanda Griffin is the Director of Community Engagement at WMM. Amanda works to foster and deepen community engagement by coordinating and implementing exciting programming opportunities for WMM members. Amanda also works to recruit new Women Moving Millions members and often speaks with organizations working in the women’s philanthropy space in order to bring the latest and most compelling ideas and opportunities to the WMM community. Prior to joining WMM, Amanda worked as a Paralegal at Cetrulo LLP in Boston, MA, where she supported the defense of high profile and complex civil litigation claims. While in Boston, Amanda also served as a volunteer at Horizons for Homeless Children, a Massachusetts-based organization focused on the needs of homeless children and their families. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Political Science and French from the University of Vermont.

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Casey O'Connor

Development and Operations Associate

Casey O’Connor is the Development and Operations Associate for Women Moving Millions.  She supports the Executive Director in fundraising and nonprofit finance and operations. Prior to joining Women Moving Millions, she worked in financial operations at the media agency Carat. She helped to improve global budget management and client financial reporting processes with teams working on the Microsoft account. Casey graduated from Fordham University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications & Media Studies with a concentration in Film Studies. While studying at Fordham, Casey worked at the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center tutoring elementary school children, and volunteered on the Development team for the New York Film Festival.

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Jessica Houssian

Senior Advisor

Jessica Houssian fell in love with feminism as a little girl and has focused her career on advancing women’s equality ever since. In 2019, Jessica co-founded and is now the Co-CEO of the Equality Fund, an unprecedented Canadian-led collaboration that combines international feminist grant-making with an innovative investment arm, delivering new momentum for women’s movements and supporting the advancement of gender equality globally. Jessica is also a Senior Advisor at Women Moving Millions, a global community of women philanthropists who invest boldly with a gender lens. Prior to her work with WMM, Jessica was a partner at Inspired Philanthropy Group – a boutique consulting firm supporting individual philanthropists and corporations to help create authentic, effective impact. Jessica holds a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies (Bates College) and an M.Sc. in Fundraising & Grantmaking (New York University), and currently serves as Co-chair of The Houssian Foundation.

 

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Zaynab Nawaz

Senior Director for Program and Learning

Zaynab is the Senior Director for Program and Learning. She is responsible for building member programs and developing the research and advocacy agendas. Zaynab has over a decade of experience in private and public philanthropic advocacy, most recently consulting with the NoVo and Ms. Foundations in Brooklyn. She has worked with the Foundation for a Just Society (FJS) to expand grantmaking to advance women’s, girls’ and LGBTQI movements in South and Southeast Asia. Zaynab was also a Program Officer for the International Women’s Rights Program at the Open Society Foundations (OSF), spending extended periods of time in Guatemala, Colombia, Burma/Myanmar, Thailand, and Nepal. Her grants worked to increase access to justice and to end violence and discrimination against women. Prior to OSF, Zaynab spent almost ten years with Amnesty International, as a Campaigner, Researcher, and Advocate in London, New York, and Washington, DC. She worked on global stop violence against women campaigns, including sexual assault research in Turkey and in close collaboration with Native American and Alaska Native leaders and communities. Zaynab holds a B.A. in International Relations and French from the College of William and Mary, an M.A. in International Studies and Diplomacy (with a focus on Intl. Human Rights Law) from the University of London-School of Oriental and African Studies, and a certificate in International Legal Systems from the Institute of Human Rights in the Netherlands.

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Nichole Dicharry

Communications Manager

Nichole Dicharry is the Communications Manager at Women Moving Millions. She is responsible for innovating and managing WMM’s digital platforms including social media channels, WMM’s website, e-mail newsletters, and graphical support. Her previous experience includes communications and digital design associate at The Institute for the Study of War, managing main communications and designing ISW’s publications and daily SITREP maps. Additionally, Nichole brings over 5 years’ experience in communications work for both non-profit and corporate organizations. Nichole holds a Master of Science in Transnational Security and International Development from New York University, as well as a B.A. in Journalism and Communications from Colorado State University.

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Ana Silva

Special Assistant to the Executive Director

Ana Silva is the Special Assistant to the Executive Director at Women Moving Millions. She provides support to the Executive Director including the scheduling of internal and external meetings, board and committee coordination, events, research, and communications. Additionally, she works with other staff to support member engagement programs and other strategic initiatives. Prior to joining Women Moving Millions, Ana worked as a Scheduler at Diagnostic Endoscopy Center. She graduated from the University of Bridgeport and holds a B.A. in Religion and Politics with a concentration in Islamic Religion & Society, and a B.A. in International Political Economy and Diplomacy with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies. While studying at UB, Ana interned at refugee focused NGO’s, the Center for Political Studies in Jordan and had the opportunity to participate in an intensive language study abroad program in Morocco.

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