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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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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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Jessica Houssian

Senior Advisor

Born in Vancouver and based in New York, Jessica Houssian fell in love with feminism as a little girl and has focused her career on advancing women’s equality ever since. With a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies (Bates College) and an M.Sc. in Fundraising & Grantmaking (New York University), Jessica loves living and working at the intersection of women and philanthropy – and is inspired by the power it has to transform the world. Jessica is currently a Senior Advisor for 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. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Landesa, RefugePoint and The Houssian Foundation.

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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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