Anu is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Service Women’s Action Network. A former Captain and Company Commander, Anu served as a Marine officer from 1999-2004 and was the second woman to complete the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program instructor trainer school, earning a black belt in close combat techniques. Under Anu’s leadership, SWAN has spearheaded national policy reform, legislation and litigation to end military rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and to eliminate all barriers to equal opportunity for service women. Anu has testified numerous times before Congress, advised the White House and the United Nations, and has spoken to countless audiences on challenges faced by military women, including access to combat assignments, military sexual violence, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, reproductive justice and the VA health care and benefits system. A regular contributor to the media, Anu has been featured on Piers Morgan Tonight, The Situation Room, Fox News, MSNBC, CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, NPR, BBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Time and Newsweek and is also featured in the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Invisible War. Her original work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Journal, Foreign Affairs, The Baltimore Sun and The Huffington Post. Anu founded and still teaches free weekly yoga classes to veterans in New York City. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Yale University and a Master’s in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where she focused on international human rights policy. Anu is a 2010 Petra Fellow and the recipient of the 2012 Legacy Award at the Working Mother Multicultural Women’s National Conference.
Deputy Executive Director/Development Director
Janet joins SWAN after several years of performing operations and development work for CONNECT, Inc., a NYC not-for-profit working to prevent and eliminate intimate partner violence. Before working with CONNECT, Janet provided a NYC law firm with a renewed marketing plan and public presence. She also spent over a decade providing legal counsel in all areas of corporate and business law including finance, regulatory, contract, employment, real estate, compliance and litigation matters and negotiated many deals to successful conclusion for a Fortune 500 company. Janet has a law degree from New York University School of Law and a B.A. in Theater from Beloit College with minor concentrations in economics and physics. She is the proud parent of three. As the parent of a veteran, Janet has a deep appreciation for the issues confronting the military and veteran communities as well as the civilian communities that surround them. Janet is now on the Advisory Board of CONNECT.
Operations Manager and Executive Assistant
Vicki joins SWAN after nine years of active Army service. She served as an officer in a combat arms branch of the Army from 2004-2013. As a former Captain and Company Commander with five years of command experience, she has an understanding of the challenges and obstacles that service members face with regards to discrimination, assault, sexual assault, harassment and retaliation. She has a bachelor of arts in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego, with minor concentrations in Latin American Studies and Military Science. She commissioned as a Second Lieutenant from the San Diego State University Army ROTC program, as a Distinguished Military Graduate. With a high ranking on the National Order of Merit List for Army ROTC for her cohort, she was able to select the branch of her choice. Vicki chose the Air Defense Artillery branch because that was the only Army Combat Arms branch at the time in which women were authorized Command positions. Vicki also holds a Master’s in Leadership and Management from the Institute for Policy and Economic Development at the University of Texas, El Paso.
Greg is the Policy Director at the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) and a former U.S. Marine with 10 years of experience serving both as an enlisted infantry Marine and an infantry officer. Since joining SWAN in 2010, Greg has successfully established SWAN as a leading voice in developing extremely effective solutions to the tough issues facing service members and veterans through legislation, litigation, policy changes and regulatory reform. Greg holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Kentucky and worked as a media professional prior to joining the Marine Corps. After graduating from Parris Island, Greg held leadership billets in the Marines ranging from Fire Team Leader to Company Commander. Greg’s numerous deployments with the Fleet Marine Force and Joint Special Operations Command have taken him to every continent except Antarctica. He had been in Harm’s Way several times and received numerous decorations, including the Combat Action Ribbon. It was during Greg’s last assignment as a Commander of an integrated training company that he witnessed the discriminatory treatment and sexual trauma experienced by service members and learned firsthand the military’s failure to effectively prevent and prosecute these crimes. A solid researcher and prolific writer, Greg has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by members of the military and the veterans’ community and has appeared in media outlets worldwide as a powerful advocate for institutional change. Greg is a member of the Miniconjou Lakota tribe.
Rosalyn joins SWAN as a recent graduate of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University where she co-founded and established the Hofstra Veterans’ Advocacy Program and Nassau County’s first free veterans’ legal assistance clinic. The program offers free legal assistance for veterans facing issues regarding employment, disability, bankruptcy, divorce, custody, estate planning, VA benefits and claims, substance abuse and crime. Rosalyn is currently a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves and has over 10 years of experience in military service, starting out as an enlisted paralegal for military attorneys. Rosalyn understands firsthand the consequences of failing military policies on gender and sexual discrimination. As a queer service member, Rosalyn spent most of her young adulthood hiding her personal life from co-workers, comrades, and friends because of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Nevertheless, she persisted for a career in the Army. Rosalyn graduated with honors from the University of San Francisco where she received a degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology, Law and Society. She led the ROTC program at USF as the Cadet Battalion Commander, graduating first in a commissioning class that was otherwise comprised of all male officer candidates. Designed as a Distinguished Military Graduate and ranking among the top of the national commissioning cohort, Rosalyn became a Military Intelligence Officer, served as the Platoon Leader and then as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment Commander of the 368th Military Intelligence Battalion. In her 10 years of service, Rosalyn not only got to understand the effects of discrimination on individual soldiers, but she also saw firsthand its effect on entire units. Rosalyn recently graduated from law school, where she pursued studies in criminal law, national security law, anti-discrimination, international human rights, and humanitarian law. She was also recently selected to be the Army Judge Advocate General Corps for an appointment as an active duty Judge Advocate.
Lauren L. Gray
Lauren joins SWAN with six years of experience transforming complex legal language into clear, dynamic messaging. Lauren’s work experience includes Soroptimist, a global women’s human rights organization, where she spearheaded legislative advocacy campaigns, drafted white papers and managed programs to promote women’s social and economic empowerment. Prior to Soroptimist, Lauren worked at the Delaware Department of Justice in the Office of Attorney General Joseph R. Biden, III. There, she conducted legal and policy research, drafted legislation and managed educational workshops. Lauren has a law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she focused on international human rights. During law school, she worked with the Irish Centre for Human Rights in Galway and on disability benefits and transgender employment discrimination at Whitman-Walker Health Legal Services in Washington D.C. Lauren has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Xavier University with minors in gender & diversity studies and peace studies. For the past three years, she volunteered as a peer counselor at Philadelphia’s William Way LGBT Community Center, providing weekly sessions to individuals coping with coming-out, intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, stress, anxiety and depression.
Sam McCord is the Website Coordinator for the Service Women’s Action Network. He graduated from NYU in 2013 with a major in New Media and a minor in game design, with a focus on interactive narrative and cyberculture. Having grown up with digital media, Sam has transplanted his skills to a variety of fields, working with news networks such as Prague.tv and the RIT reporter and advertising firms with ties to Virgin Mobile and Coca-Cola. Currently, he develops augmented reality games, digital installations, and web-based narrative platforms in an effort to creatively approach technological standards.