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…
Fighting an entrenched culture on sexual assault in the #military http://t.co/x5hsGLOLTN #passMJIA
RT @gregjacob01: Longtime ally and champion for @servicewomen issues @SenatorBoxer announces retirement in 2016. http://t.co/CTE57SgUpk
Changes in 2015 NDAA grant additional protections for victims and revamp admin & legal procedures #passMJIA http://t.co/pFUyAhgPmu
.@SenGillibrand gears up for another round: in talks with the Democratic and Republican senators #passMJIA http://t.co/4AhGbHJTwC
Veterans discharged after sexual trauma push for #VA health benefits http://t.co/2zzNr1HHGu #fixtheVA
.@SenGillibrand determined to force change in #military justice system, but it's an uphill battle http://t.co/c2zdx2WxT1
#USArmy New webpage allows vets with PTSD to apply for discharge upgrade http://t.co/kMXS9vFxPX
RT @AnuBhagwati: Grateful @washingtonpost covered the battle for VA sexual trauma benefits & @servicewomen / @VVAmerica's lawsuit: http://t…
Not every GI is a Joe! #VA works to help growing number of female #veterans http://t.co/CM37gtKkCF
The Mighty 25: Veterans Poised To Make A Difference In 2015 http://t.co/FAp5KDnIXU via @WeAreTheMighty
RT @Militarydotcom: Pentagon Could Make Combat Action Badge Retroactive to World War II: http://t.co/MLlqYNUMPL http://t.co/Y8IOnt2wKQ
Thank you so much to everyone who shared comments for the White House about what the President needs to know about military sexual assault.
Col. @MarthaMcSally prevails over Barber in recount http://t.co/mKdR3ZRdQN via @azcentral
From Deborah Sampson to Joni Ernst: Women veterans make their mark http://t.co/cZLKugeUCO
SWAN is looking for #interns in both our #NYC and #DC offices! See http://t.co/8HO7e6PJwe for more info!
Critics say progress on #military sex assaults is an illusion http://t.co/8Uvmtt0hMC
SWAN's @anubhagwati discusses #military sex offenders not on public registries on @mhpshow http://t.co/xIQ65HvYH0
RT @AnuBhagwati: Tune into @MHPshow tmrw morning to catch me and @greenblattmark talking sex offender registries and military sexual assaul…
We are getting incredible input from military sexual assault survivors on social media--please keep it up. #whitehousesilence
RT @starsandstripes: Report: 12 sailors implicated in submarine shower scandal http://t.co/SZRiszPmuC @USNavy
RT @AnuBhagwati: Dear military sexual assault survivors: if you had one question or comment for the @WhiteHouse, what would you say? @servi
RT @gregjacob01: .@servicewomen's comm director Barbara Brown has a nephew graduating from @USNavy boot camp today. Congrats to the new sai…
RT @jaylemeux: My article calling for an end to the ban on #transgender military service: http://t.co/thJAqOhxa0 #lgbt @servicewomen
Gillibrand's Military Sexual Assault Reform Bill Is Shot Down Again http://t.co/j7qxT5J8bC via @HuffPostPol
#Gillibrand's #Military Sexual Assault Reform Bill Is Shot Down Again http://t.co/j7qxT5J8bC via @HuffPostPol
RT @AnuBhagwati: Air Force Sec'y supports lifting the ban on transgender service: http://t.co/gLaGG52bGZ h/t @gregjacob01 @servicewomen @al
SWAN is looking for #interns in both our #NYC and #DC offices! See http://t.co/8HO7e6PJwe for more info!
Male #Military Sex Assault Survivors Slow to Report http://t.co/IxnGPfvfvO via @ABC
RT @SenGillibrand: Eye-opening read from @AnuBhagwati, Exec. Dir. of @Servicewomen & former @USMC Captain, on military sexual assault: http…
Report on Sexual Assault in the #Military Draws Criticism http://t.co/wA7Q9TG76Z
The Invisible President: How Obama's Ignored Military Sexual Assault #WhereAreYou @anubhagwati http://t.co/prADZ7YsVN
RT @gregjacob01: Update on new body armor for #WomenInCombat, a change championed by Rep Tsongas. http://t.co/wkbWAvUELy @nikiinthehouse @s
RT @gregjacob01: Women #Marines excel in experimental infantry task force. http://t.co/OOtwqobxtY #WomenInCombat @servicewomen
Retaliation still a major issue for troops who report sexual assault, study finds http://t.co/Ux1iEuGPoP
RT @AnuBhagwati: .@nytimes editorial board agrees that the latest Pentagon sexual assault report is bad news: http://t.co/8sZiQ2iEaJ @servi
The #Navy is investigating new sex assault report on board the #USSWyoming https://t.co/RnG5vhCwXi via @vicenews
#Military Sex Assault Survivors See Retaliation as Reports Rise http://t.co/fnOIVTWhgd
RT @patriciakime: New data show incidents of rape in military much higher than previously reported #military http://t.co/fvkAVMpU5a
RT @gregjacob01: "I think this report shows a failure in leadership." http://t.co/XS7EM7s3NG #passMJIA @servicewomen
RT @gregjacob01: #NDAA15 passes the House 300-119. Includes important @servicewomen-supported sexual assault reforms. Next stop: US Senate.…
The Glaring Problems in #DoD's Sex Assault Strategy http://t.co/rZzxTzqU1M
Reports of sexual assault climb, estimated number of attacks decline: “is nothing to cheer about,” says @anubhagwati http://t.co/hJamOvGcK7
Women in the elite forces: Cracking the camouflage ceiling. Or Not. http://t.co/8rZCVgzW1N
RT @WSJ: The US Navy revoked Bill Cosby's honorary title in wake of sexual assault allegations http://t.co/6cbI1hBzuR http://t.co/BRIxS5NE…
RT @AnuBhagwati: For #SWAN 's response to today's Pentagon sexual assault report, see here: http://t.co/TFhNLHEuQv @servicewomen
RT @gregjacob01: @AnuBhagwati @servicewomen Hagel is allowing the sex asslt presser to get hijacked. #MST survivors deserve better! #pass M…
RT @AnuBhagwati: NOW: Watch Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel LIVE re: sexual assault in the military. http://t.co/gmt4IwWOQS @servicewomen
"Clearly the president as Commander-in-Chief is the one who can provide that leadership," says SWAN's @gregjacob01 http://t.co/KIai8ePRvX
RT @AnuBhagwati: Wishing a happy birthday to @LoryManning1! Thank you for your years of devotion to helping women in the military. You rock…
Pentagon Survey: More sexual assault cases reported http://t.co/PWVZm3YXrd
.@RuthMore88 to work with #VA as it expands services to more victims of military sexual assault http://t.co/2d9qvMiIJx via @bangordailynews
RT @rhrealitycheck: Gillibrand: Obama Could Act in New Push for Military #SexualAssault Bill http://t.co/PQk01PM7vr #MJIA @servicewomen
Senators revive push to take chain of command out of sex assault cases #passMJIA http://t.co/GRKJWu63NG
RT @TIME: Army to recognize legal names of transgender veterans http://t.co/2gPJUN1qHe
RT @gregjacob01: #AshCarter gets nom as #SecDef. @servicewomen's priorities (mil sex asslt and #WomenInCombat) are on his to do list. http:…
RT @WashTimes: Gillibrand again pushes for reforming #military justice system - http://t.co/qvEwI1AyaQ @jacqklimas http://t.co/vceRpzvM0r
RT @AnuBhagwati: The politics on military sexual assault begins again w/gusto this week. Here's Sen McCaskill's latest: http://t.co/XEEv2tB…
RT @AnuBhagwati: Def Sec'y Hagel meeting with President and VP at 11:45 AM this morning to discuss the military's latest sexual assault rpt…
#VA expanding eligibility & access to mental health treatment at hospitals or clinics for sexual assault survivors http://t.co/zikCzErY21
Our #women #veterans deserve better: VA medical centers lack staff specializing in women’s health #fixtheVA http://t.co/Lb5OJrOmkR
The #Military’s Rough Justice on Sexual Assault http://t.co/ieOTs4ub5k #passMJIA
RT @jacqklimas: VA Secretary Bob tells @LeoShane he can fix the embattled department in months, not years. http://t.co/vwLZz8oyne
Meet the #female #Marines volunteers of Corps' integration test http://t.co/2753I1YRzd via @marinetimes
RT @TaskandPurpose: The executive director of @servicewomen is breaking down legal barriers for women in the military | http://t.co/gwpFUN7…
President Obama, Stand With Victims of Sexual Assault and Fix the Broken Military Justice System http://t.co/VZdpf85Usf via @HuffPostPol
Want to see to real changes in the lives of service women? Tell us what is important to you! https://t.co/6o2X6niAwR
Could #Obama choose a woman as next #Defense secretary? "This would be a huge step forward," says SWAN's @anubhagwati http://t.co/brGxg7m5v5
RT @AnuBhagwati: POTUS needs to consider welfare of service women in nominating a new SecDef. #CombatIntegration #MilitaryJustice @servicew
RT @starsandstripes: Pres. @BarackObama is currently speaking about #Hagel's resignation as Secretary of Defense. Visit http://t.co/pceJ0RA…
Test run suggests women can meet #Army #Ranger standards http://t.co/OAioNICMIZ via @usatoday
RT @gregjacob01: @TaskandPurpose A much needed step: Friday, @VFWHQ changed its charter to include women http://t.co/Uz147tkSWb @servicewom
RT @gregjacob01: Not your typical #internship: Fast-paced cutting edge work driving change for @servicewomen and women #veterans: http://t.…
SWAN is looking for #interns in our #DC office - see http://t.co/pQhy9d9Vkp for more information!
Final barriers to #women joining #combat units will fall over the next 12 months http://t.co/jigXA12WwU
Congresswoman @RepCorrineBrown Elected Ranking Member on House Committee of Veterans' Affairs http://t.co/y6uptPcXv1
SWAN is looking for a Policy & Legislative #intern in our #DC office! Find more information here: http://t.co/8HO7e6PJwe
#AirForce working on plans to allow #women to compete for last 7 male-only jobs in the service #combatintegration http://t.co/r2dSewT9vp
#Hagel Visits Female #Marines Training for Combat Roles http://t.co/f0UVFCLcXV via @Militarydotcom
Hagel views integration of #women into combat units as civil rights issue #combatintegration http://t.co/nJEbjz9Epn
Want to have a hand in helping service women? Help shape the future of SWAN's advocacy by sharing your thoughts: https://t.co/6o2X6niAwR
RT @gregjacob01: @usairforce Sec hopes 100% of Air Force jobs will be open to women in a year and a half http://t.co/0fFtTbUgtm @servicewom

Staff

Executive Staff

Anu Bhagwati

Executive Director

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.

Janet Samuels

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.

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.

Policy Staff

Greg Jacob

Policy Director

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.

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.