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Sarah Haacke Byrd

Chief Executive Officer

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As Chief Executive Officer, Sarah is responsible for building strategy and scale around WMM’s mission for greater impact in gender equality. For more than two decades, Sarah has been building, guiding, and leading non-profit organizations in Boston, Washington, D.C., and New York dedicated to expanding civil rights, promoting civic education, reforming the criminal justice system, and ending sexual violence. Previously, Sarah served as Managing Director of the Joyful Heart Foundation, where she led the campaign to eliminate the backlog of hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits in the U.S. Sarah brings extensive experience in financial and operational management, strategy, fundraising, and external affairs to WMM. 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. Sarah served as a founding advisory board member for Hive Gender Climate Justice Fund; current co-chair of Impact Finance Center’s National Women’s Impact Investing Landscape Scan Steering Committee; and is a 2021 Aspen Institute Civil Society Fellow and member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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Zaynab Nawaz

Senior Director of Program and Learning

Zaynab is the Senior Director of 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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Ana Silva

Special Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer

Ana Silva is the Special Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer at Women Moving Millions. She provides support to the Chief Executive Officer 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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Jessica Risolo

Community Engagement Manager

Jessica is the Community Engagement Manager at Women Moving Millions. She assists in developing communications to engage, inform, and inspire WMM’s dedicated community. Prior to joining WMM, she worked at Barnard College where she coordinated Pre-College Programs for young women in high school. Prior to that she supported fundraising initiatives for Barnard’s Annual Giving team. Jessica holds a BA in English and a minor in Gender Studies from Manhattan College. as well as an MA in Higher and Post Secondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Jessica Lee

Senior Director of Partnerships & External Affairs

Jessica is the Senior Director of Partnerships and External Affairs. She is responsible for growing fundraising and sources of income as well as external relations. Jessica has over a decade of experience working alongside social entrepreneurs to resource, structure, and implement innovative social change initiatives. Most recently Jessica led individual philanthropy for Root Capital, a nonprofit agricultural lender. Jessica also oversaw sales, marketing, and distribution for the award-winning documentaries produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom at The Representation Project. She has additional experience in consulting, program management, and consumer marketing in the food & beverage industry. Jessica served for four years on the board of Strong Women, Strong Girls, a Boston mentoring organization. She started her career at Ashoka, a pioneer in the field of social entrepreneurship. Jessica holds a B.A. in Anthropology and French from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Amanda Griffin

Director of Community Engagement

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Amanda is the Director of Community Engagement. 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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Michelle Kulikauskas

Program Manager

Michelle is the Program Manager at Women Moving Millions where she plays a key role in overseeing the development and execution of member programming in support of WMM’s mission to catalyze greater resources to realize their vision of a gender equal world. Michelle comes from the international exchange world, having most recently served as a Senior Program Officer at the nonprofit organization, Cultural Vistas. Her portfolio of programs included the Department of State’s premier professional exchange program, the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), and more recently, the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program.

Michelle’s strengths include designing and implementing professional exchange and leadership journey programs on a wide variety of topics, including women’s leadership, community capacity-building, and climate change. During her tenure at Cultural Vistas, Michelle also helped lead an internal strategy team focused on communications. She has moderated several conference panels for the Global Ties U.S. Network. Her work as also taken her around the United State and to Cambodia and Germany. She first came to Cultural Vistas as an intern with the IVLP program after a year working as a Management Analyst at Human Capital Initiatives, LLC in Washington, D.C.

In 2019, Michelle received her MPA in Public Administration from the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. She also received her BA in 2010 in International Relations from the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs.

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