RT @RepPoliquin: Honored to serve on behalf of constituents like @ruthmoore88 who never give up their fight in pursuit of justice - http://…
RT @ruthmoore88: #RUTHMOOREACT #INTERNITY We are pleased our legislators care about our MSTvets. Create lifelong change via RMA2015. http…
RT @chelliepingree: Keeping up the fight for #veterans who are survivors of sexual assault. @servicewomen @ruthmoore88 #mepolitics http://t…
Listen to Sgt. Kelly Brown via @nprnews: Female #Marines Make Adjustments To Advance In #Combat Training http://t.co/fNMXU8FRZz
RT @SusanAvilaSmith: In first floor speech, Ernst urges help for vets http://t.co/y5UOP9DakY
Via @nprnews: A Visit To A #Marine Base As Marines Test Whether #Women Can Serve In Ground #Combat http://t.co/1qyG2xBt8A
RT @CIIWG: Save the date! 27 APR "Women in Combat: Where They Stand" #womenincombat @CIIWG @WIIS_Global @servicewomen http://t.co/konHcSKMrQ
SC #Army Guard's 1st female general: Women going far, "something that is enduring & will keep progressing" http://t.co/unxewcQQNK
#Army female trailblazers applaud expanding role of #women http://t.co/mYsaOC07c6
#Military sexual assault services may neglect men: #GAO report http://t.co/eoZcXzDXQ8 via @washtimes
#DoD slow in addressing sexual assault of men, doesn’t have clear plan for responding specifically to attacks on men http://t.co/LY6Rh4TgwX
Wounded Warrior Project @wwpinc Presents 2015 Policy Priorities to #Senate, House #VeteransAffairs Committees http://t.co/Yp30N6GKFQ
Listen viia @nprnews: As Women Try Out For Armor Units, 'If You Can Hack It, You Can Hack It' http://t.co/IqO6uYjZUp
#Army Picks Female Intel Soldier for USAREUR's Top Enlisted Slot http://t.co/Fp7HsRz6Ot via @Militarydotcom
#Pentagon says all Services on track to open all #military jobs to women http://t.co/XRxJLof16G #womenincombat
RT @VAVetBenefits: Meet the Director of VA’s Center for #WomenVets @ElisaBasnight http://t.co/AKL4aDplBs
Want to get involved with SWAN? Apply for the Women Veterans Fellowship in Leadership and Public Policy! http://t.co/8dASVKpycR
Research calls for new policies to support women #veterans #healthcare needs #battleforbenefits http://t.co/7UUDEBmp6f via @medical_xpress
Listen via @nprnews: In Intense Desert Training, Dozens Of Women Fight For Place On Front Lines #womenincombat http://t.co/Fi3qhqEzus
Watch: #60Minutes on Woman and Combat: Cracking the last all-male bastion in US #military? http://t.co/9fwXmY1Wua
Trailblazer Allison Hickey faces her toughest battle: #VeteransAffairs http://t.co/9QvAIhSGfc
Rep. Costello requests inspector general review of #VA health services for #womenveterans #battleforbenefits http://t.co/T1YCqDwWm8
.@SenatorShaheen seeks extension of #VA benefits to same-sex couples http://t.co/oXXhDgSBzw via @washblade
#Army Researchers Testing Strength to Better Match Soldiers to Jobs http://t.co/Ni187h1k0i via @Militarydotcom
Legal services org looking to speak confidentially to women who unsuccessfully applied to USMA. Contact: militaryacademies@mailman.yale.edu
Testing male, female combat strength: Exactly how strong does an infantryman, or woman, need to be? http://t.co/gvl9bhV85E
#AirForce push to retain more women & minorities, initiatives include more waivers to ppl who don’t meet height reqs http://t.co/LK5vqVGnbQ
.@SenGillibrand: Taking On #MilitarySexualAssault, One Bill at a Time http://t.co/YNAZ5oAsTQ
Reporting sexual abuse in the military is "inherently unfair." Here's why. http://t.co/g4g6uTfkZa via @motherjones
4,100 jobs opening to women in special ops units: dismantling, in phases, policies that have barred #womenincombat http://t.co/kcTPrPw2zm
The Argument For #WomenInCombat Should Be About Mission Effectiveness via @TaskandPurpose http://t.co/SjbdT4Pzmd
#Pentagon push for equality gets murky: "this academy stuff is still shrouded in mystery" says SWAN's @gregjacob01 http://t.co/Z6dG9u05tP
Leadership Lessons From One Of The First Female Fighter Pilots #womenincombat http://t.co/7BK6Y765ph
RT @PARC_Team: We Must Close the Military Sex-Offender Loophole @servicewomen @OutServeSLDN @MilitaryRape @SenGilibrand @SurvJustice http:/…
Listen from NPR: #Apache Helicopter Pilot To Join Other Women At #Army Ranger School #womenincombat http://t.co/BNRpUqeqLS
Read our recent legislative updates: http://t.co/N7LXSHZul9
White House open to lifting transgender ban http://t.co/i4bIsceUwF via @POLITICO
4 female Marines test combat standards http://t.co/rrCi6DvTvC via @utsandiego
Former SEAL Robert O’Neill answered “absolutely” when asked whether women can meet demands of warriors #womenincombat http://t.co/QNRVA99Arj
Defense Secretary Carter: #Transgender People Shouldn't Be Denied #Military Service http://t.co/USxEiqGhbo
RT @gregjacob01: I'll be in NYC tomorrow at the @NYCBarAssnNews w/some other great folks talking military sexual assault @servicewomen http…
RT @TaskandPurpose: Several servicewomen share their advice and experiences from their time in the military. http://t.co/Yi7Shfzmrd
RT @nytpolitics: Military veterans in Congress like Tulsi Gabbard bring rare perspective to war debate http://t.co/yMoMwJmDC2 http://t.co/5…
‘Alcohol Is A Weapon’ — Inside The Military’s New Tactic To Combat Sexual Assault via @TaskandPurpose http://t.co/2kV6VTZDAE
Lawmakers press #AshCarter to address sexual assault in the #military #passMJIA http://t.co/q3SqcGoOfI
Chronology: Women's long history in the #military #womenincombat http://t.co/dlhyBSHzIj
Jimmy Carter: Women's rights the fight of my life, going to be the highest priority http://t.co/mB46xLHMF4
Hummel selected by Gov Walker to be Alaska’s adjutant general & commissioner of the Dept of Military and Vets Affairs http://t.co/P87vgkQzue
@military_family thank you for the love!
More work to do at the #Military Service Academies: http://t.co/CzRdPipJwb
#VA reaches out to MST survivors via #Facebook http://t.co/VRrDxDQAMk
RT @mollymotoole: .@RepMikeTurner @nikiinthehouse & 51 others urge "Secretary Carter" to focus on mil sex assaults (not confirmed yet) http…
Sexual assault reports up @ Naval Academy: "doesn't reflect very well on climate & culture" says SWAN's @gregjacob1 http://t.co/9LofRJxk6c
RT @gregjacob01: .@servicewomen supported bill by Sen @PattyMurray would expand fertility services for injured troops and women vets. http:…
SWAN responds to #DoD Sexual Assault report, Service Academies hostile climate, improvements inconsistent: http://t.co/8bBQxncuwK
#Pentagon Report: Fewer Reported Sex Assaults at #Military Academies http://t.co/EFzoOjbiwO
#Military lawyers lose the 'good soldier' defense; #Congress restricted using military character evidence http://t.co/VLSnwII2Ar
The bill would open doors for #servicewomen to gain the best healthcare available, said SWANs interim CEO Erica Hunt http://t.co/y5lK83kQQi
Congress Pushes to Improve Female Troops' Access to Birth Control http://t.co/4xFADvqVfm
Blowing down barriers: Female first sergeant takes charge of combat engineer company #womenincombat http://t.co/g62cgVRINa
In a historic first, five women qualify for #Army Ranger School #womenincombat http://t.co/KYxNU3pQ7i
#Dem bill would give troops access to birth control and counseling with no health insurance copay http://t.co/ewJmi9iOtH
RT @gregjacob01: .@servicewomen supported #military reproductive health bill introduced in House and Senate. http://t.co/ZIt2CH7qGb
SWAN & @ACLU sue over release of military school admissions, claim women discriminated http://t.co/A6mAcrJIZl
WATCH: #AshCarter addresses #military sexual assault, retaliation http://t.co/GKu8ST4SkX via @PostTV
.@SenGillibrand: "the military is still failing to live up to their 'zero-tolerance' policy" #AshCarter #passMJIA
RT @cspan: .@sengillibrand questions Defense Secretary Nominee Carton on Sexual Assaults in the Military http://t.co/O3vk5ffSRu http://t.co…
RT @gregjacob01: .@servicewomen's policy priorities being discussed during the #SecDef confirmation. Now #AshCarter must take the lead http…
RT @nikiinthehouse: My joint bipartisan statement w @RepMikeTurner @louiseslaughter urging Sen & Ash Carter to prioritize #MST prevention h…
#Military assault oversight sought; pushing the #DoD to add military sex offenders to registries http://t.co/8DslxdTogS
Here's why there isn't a single woman on this #military 'modernization' panel http://t.co/JKIPwfvsvU
RT @ArielaMigdal: Service Women's Action Network v. Department of Defense -- https://t.co/AOZWaeKQSA @aclu We filed this case today with @…
"Underrepresentation of women at service academies contrasts w/ wide range of opportunities for womens leadership" http://t.co/5mwNTNpPMJ
RT @gregjacob01: Today, @servicewomen and the @ACLU sued the DOD for info on women's admission rates and policies at the mil academies http…
@ACLU & SWAN sue Defense Department for Naval Academy records on female midshipmen http://t.co/eRRDaTV1HV
Alcohol redefined as 'weapon' in sexual assault cases by prosecutors, #military officials http://t.co/SX73QM1BSI via @po_st
We seek a highly skilled, dynamic executive director to shepherd SWAN to the next level of its important work: http://t.co/t6ATHXZt9D
RT @TSNE: New Executive Search: Executive Director, Service Women's Action Network @servicewomen http://t.co/hQxha3q2lk #military #veterans
#Military Sexual Assault Survivors Must Fight for Disability Benefits #passMJIA #fixtheVA http://t.co/hQ2ulQMsks via @rhrealitycheck
Veterans advocates: Stop the #VA 'hamster wheel' disability appeals process #fixtheVA http://t.co/GdYeX67wQn
#Vet suicide prevention bill, #ClayHunt SAV Act, moves forward in Senate http://t.co/YPul1no2yS
RT @HuffPostPol: Transgender, bisexual individuals recognized for the first time ever in a State of the Union speech http://t.co/GjdunMHZnK
POTUS: "If you want the job done right, hire a #veteran" #SOTU
RT @sandrapark: The #SOTU for military women made great strides due to @AnuBhagwati @servicewomen - TY for leadership and friendship! http:…
Watch now: POTUS #SOTU address → http://t.co/0oeKkaGZAP
SWAN's dedicated founder @AnuBhagwati bids farewell: http://t.co/bceUOBm2P9
#Hagel urges that sexual assault cases stay within the #military command structure http://t.co/8crPSK4iaT via @WSJ
#Hagel Criticizes #Military’s Culture Of Retaliating Against People Who Report Sexual Assault http://t.co/he66BiEWLh
"The school is what qualifies you..no excuse why the Army should keep those jobs closed to women" says @gregjacob01 http://t.co/xCNYUTGw2Z
How #military sex offenders fly under the radar after returning to civilian life http://t.co/XPwC4aaQga via @NewsHour
Women in Ranger course: "crucial for gender integration, including in infantry & elite units" says SWANs @gregjacob01 http://t.co/6mv68OwGCN
Philly #VA program rewards employees with cash, food for deciding cases quickly http://t.co/HtoIBJlHwY
Why More #Women Need To Share Their #Military Experiences via @TaskandPurpose http://t.co/i7jqQBi1iy
RT @AnuBhagwati: Please remember if you need to speak to someone about the loss of another veteran, call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-…
RT @AnuBhagwati: Terry Young attended the 2013 SWAN Summit on Military Sexual Violence. Please keep Terry and her loved ones in your hearts…
RT @AnuBhagwati: Sending my deepest sympathy and condolences to family and friends of veteran Terry Young, whom we recently lost to suicide…
RT @ATRWibben: Human Rights Watch (@HRW) wants to speak to #military #sexualassault victims who faced reprisals (h/t @servicewomen) http://…
RT @AnuBhagwati: Check out Connecticut Veterans Legal Center's new Howard R. Udell Fellowship in Veterans’ Justice: https://t.co/GzRO9j38vf…

Staff

Executive Staff

Executive Director– National Search

The Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) is seeking a highly skilled, dynamic executive director with a proven track record in fundraising, policy leadership and media relations to lead this successful, high-profile organization.

SWAN has engaged Third Sector New England to manage the search process. Interested candidates should contact Catherine Bradshaw at Catherine@cadence-consulting.com.

Erica Hunt

Interim Executive Director

Erica Hunt is SWAN’s Interim Executive Director since October 2014. Erica Hunt is a senior nonprofit leader, executive coach and nonprofit management consultant with more than 25 years of experience designing and managing programs and leading project teams and coalitions that involve multiple constituencies.

A former foundation executive, Erica is a seasoned practitioner in working collaboratively, in multi-racial, multi-ethnic initiatives, across class and generation and sexual orientation, to accomplish work that moves the needle towards greater social justice, gender and racial equity.

As a consultant, Erica has focused on increasing the organizational capacity of leaders and social justice organizations through management support, fund raising counsel and planning for sustainability through the stages of the organizational life cycle.

Hannah Cofalka 

Operations Manager and Executive Assistant

Hannah joins SWAN after serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Spartanburg, South Carolina, improving wellness policies and managing a county-wide health campaign and partnership program. She worked to strengthen access to wellness resources for low-income populations and served on the Spartanburg County Childhood Obesity Taskforce. Her past experience includes More than Me, a grassroots organization providing education for girls in Monrovia, Liberia, where she was a member of a development team that secured a million dollar grant from Chase Community Giving. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Northeastern University with a concentration in Public Policy and Administration. Before graduating, Hannah was able to participate in an intensive practicum on global civil society in Bali, Indonesia, working with local communities addressing the essentials of global citizenship, social entrepreneurship, and NGO development in response to local and global problems.

Kristine Ringler

Fellowship Program Director

Kristine is the Women Veterans Fellowship in Public Policy and Leadership Program Director at SWAN. She has worked with the U.S. Army for 13 years and has served as a Civil Affairs soldier with deployments to Iraq and Kosovo. She has also served as a cultural advisor to the Army in Northern Iraq and as a Trainer at Ft. Leavenworth preparing teams for Iraq and Afghanistan. Kristine later went on to be an instructor for USAID/DAI and traveled throughout Afghanistan training Afghans, U.S. and NATO forces on a program management tool. She currently works at West Point as a research consultant for an African Environmental Stability Project and serves as the Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Veteran’s Yoga Project. While working at West Point, she was part of the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Minerva Research Initiative, where she helped establish a research fellowship program, and now works as a research consultant for an African Environmental Stability Project. She has also worked tirelessly overseas to better understand the perspectives of vulnerable populations and bring that message back to those making decisions. As Program Director of SWAN’s pilot Fellowship program, Kristine’s aim is to incorporate best practices for successful outcomes. Her hope is to see follow on programs in the future so that more women veterans have the opportunity to learn how they can be a voice for change. Kristine holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and Bachelors in Mass Communications from North Dakota State University.

 

Policy Staff

Greg Jacob

Policy Director

Greg is the Policy Director at 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.

 

Communications Staff

Barbara L. Brown

Communications Director

Barbara is Communications Director for the Service Women’s Action Network. She is responsible for leading SWAN’s media and outreach strategies. She has nearly 20 years of experience designing and managing best-of-breed public relations and strategic communications programs to create understanding and acceptance of missions, policies, new products, and/or services as well as, increase business success, performance, stakeholder alignment, and identity of organizations, in the Non-Profit, Government, Media, High Tech, and Telecom industries. Barbara spent the last 12 years as a management consultant identifying solutions to help her clients achieve transformational and programmatic goals. Her work includes multi-faceted project management activities that include strategic planning, needs assessments/stakeholder analyses, content development, design, production, delivery, and evaluation. While serving as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton and ICF International, Barbara worked primarily with federal agencies and non-profits to manage and support communications initiatives associated with new policy and key organizational transitions. Barbara has managed multiple federal communications projects and accounts for the Departments of Energy, Defense, Labor, State, Homeland Security, Treasury (IRS), and Veterans Affairs. She has made key contributions to the VA’s strategic initiatives to improve services to veterans including supporting MyCareer@VA, the VA Learning University’s – Career & Employee Development program, VA HR Academy, and the Women Veteran Toolkit for the Department of Labor’s Veteran Employment and Training Service and Women’s Bureau at Department of Labor. She was also responsible for delivery of key communications products to promote continuous change within the Department of Defense – Office of the Secretary, Business Transformation Agency. Ms. Brown developed and executed the Strategic Change Communications Plan for the Defense Business System Acquisition Executive (DBSAE) Directorate which included strategies for internal and external communications for programs including but not limited to the Defense Travel System (DTS) and Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System (DIMHRS). Barbara has Bachelors in Print Journalism from American University and a Change Management Advanced Practitioner certificate from Georgetown University. She resides just outside of Washington, D.C. with her two sons, Tre’ and Jackson.

Matthew Richter 

Webmaster

Prior to working with nonprofits, Matthew had a long history of multimedia production and documentary filmmaking.  Working independently and with a wide range of collaborators, he has traveled extensively to build the capacity of social justice organizations through multimedia content. Many of his projects have been featured at international film festivals, used as educational tools, and served as centerpieces for grassroots and international advocacy campaigns.  Today, his work also includes strategic development and fundraising as well as advising on a wide range of technical topics including best practices for production, digital workflow, and the utilization of new-media tools.