Thoughtful article by @ConradCBrown: "There Are Women Who Can Outperform Many Men In The Infantry. Get Over It"
"Decision looms on women in combat," reports @andrewtilghman, quoting several friends of SWAN. Big day tomorrow!
"Group blasts Marines over study of women in combat" @Druzin_Stripes reports from press event we co-hosted today
Morning Read: "Exclusive: Marine memo hints at shift on women in combat," from @AnnaMulrine
What a great story about women veterans. DC welcomes 1st all-female Honor Flight today
RT @WIIS_Global: Join the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) as a part-time policy intern! See for info. @service
Our statement on Marine Corps' study re: women in combat is cited in @HopeSeck's latest @marinetimes story
"Marine Corps Study Doesn't Change Facts About Women in Combat," CEO Judy Patterson writes for @TaskandPurpose
SWAN Congratulates First #Women to Graduate from #Ranger School
#Historymade: First female soldiers to graduate #Army #Ranger School
GAO: Getting #women into combat jobs may take 2 years via @MilitaryTimes
Dismantling military's #transgender ban to begin Monday via @usatoday
House Backs Bill to Help #Vets Who've Suffered Sexual Assault
Thanks to everyone who supported this!
RT @gregjacob01: .@USRepresent passes #HR1607 the Ruth Moore Act. Thx to @chelliepingree for her outstanding leadership on this important #…
What we've been doing this summer! #constantcontact
#Marine women challenge #combat limits, pioneering staff assignments for ground forces took adjustment, fortitude
Commissioner Loree Sutton, BG speaks with Fellows on leadership & change @nycveterans
UNSUNG HEROES: The Female Soldier Who Provided Crucial Medical Treatment Under Mortar Fire via @TaskandPurpose
Probably Not the Kind of Equality Women Had in Mind: Women vets commit suicide at same rate as male counterparts
.@MilitaryTimes 2015 ServiceMembers of the Year honored: Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Sara Freeman wins Sailor of Year
#Womenincombat: why America’s next social battlefield is on the actual battlefield via @gaylelemmon
Women combat vets gathered @ GWU this week as part of conference to research & document experiences deployed as CST:
In historic first, three #women tackle #Ranger School's grueling mountain phase
RT @gregjacob01: .@servicewomen sponsored a great Hill Day this week with women #veterans who served in #SpecOps units in #Afghanistan http…
RT @gregjacob01: @USArmy reviewing breastfeeding policy Thx @nikiinthehouse for championing this issue for servicewomen…
#MarineCorps Integrated Task Force deactivates at Camp Lejeune: via @dvidshub
Women Sue for Right to Be Drafted in the U.S. Military via @CourthouseNews
#Pentagon moves to allow #transgender troops to serve openly via @POLITICO
Female #Ranger students pass Darby Phase on 3rd try via @armytimes
#Marine Commander’s Firing Stirs Debate on Integration of Women in Corps
RT @gregjacob01: Breaking barriers: Women pass first phase of @USArmy 's tough #Ranger School @servicewomen
EACH Woman Act Would Lift Federal Bans on Abortion Coverage
#Marine Task Force Integrating #Women Into Combat Wraps Up Part of Research via @nbcsandiego
TED Talk Shows The Role Women Have In Combat via @TaskandPurpose
Dems Push Bold Abortion Rights Legislation via @HuffPostPol
Gen. Dunford could face decision on #womenincombat 2x, "needs to be addressed during confirmation" says @gregjacob01
#WomenInCombat: Lessons Learned from Cultural Support Teams is a long awaited discussion focusing on Women in Combat
RT @WIIS_Global: Save The Date! #WIIS_Global & @CIIWG hosts Women in Combat: Lessons Learned from Cultural Support Teams. Register at http:…
Listen via @nprnews: They Survived Training, Now Female #Marines Await Word On Ground Combat #womenincombat
#VA will extend veterans benefits to same-sex couples via @marinetimes
$43.1 million intended for #veterans sat unspent for 3 years, auditors find #fixtheVA
RT @WhiteHouse: "Sometimes, there are days like this—when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt…
$2.6 billion #VA shortfall raises more criticism, anger via @MilitaryTimes
debate over #womenincombat has put the onus on women...the military’s problem, instead, is with some of its men
At #Army #Ranger School, admiration - and frustration - in assessment of women
US #Navy Selects First Group Of Female Sailors For Nuclear Submarine Force
.@nytimes Report: #VA Wait Lists for #Veterans Even Longer Today than Last Year via @Militarydotcom
How Can Women in the #Military Combat the "Brass Ceiling?"
#Pentagon officials preparing to make final decisions about whether to open all combat jobs to #servicewomen
#Army opens 20,000 combat engineer and associated skill positions to #women soldiers via @armytimes
Measuring War’s Impact on #Women: First-ever book on the topic assesses how female troops fare via @TIME
RT @MilitaryTimes: $70M to be invested in veterans' mental health
Women combat pilots smash gender barriers #womenincombat via @winnipegnews
CEO Judy Patterson today at the table for Leader @NancyPelosi VSO roundtable
Comms Dir Barbara Brown with @BrittanyHuckabee @ Odyssey Network @WomenVetsProject Documentary Communications Event
#Military sexual assault reform plan fails again via @MilitaryTimes
SWAN Statement on today's expected #Senate vote on @SenGillibrand’s #NDAA amendment #passMJIA
The Military Justice Improvement Act Ensures Justice, Despite What Its Critics Say via @TaskandPurpose #passMJIA
Vote expected Tuesday on @SenGillibrand’s bipartisan amendment to #NDAA to create an unbiased #military justice system #passMJIA
When Americans think of #vets, they rarely think of women, says @missioncontinue survey
Panel speakers Alesia Moore & Ellen Haring discuss women in #leadership & #military academies w/ our #Fellows
RT @SenGillibrand: Impt @LATimes OpEd by @GayleLemmon on the importance of recognizing the service of the women fighting for our country ht…
NY State Assembly Passes Legislation to Provide Assistance to #Veterans Suffering from #Military Sexual Trauma
#DoD Seeks to Stem Retaliation After Report; "confirms need to professionalize #military justice system" #passMJIA
#Pentagon Adds 'Sexual Orientation' To #Military's Anti-Discrimination Policy via @HuffPostPol
New @missioncontinue Survey: Women Say They Don't Feel 'Respected And Valued' As #Veterans via @HuffPostPol
Watch tonight @ 7pm @servicewomen's @gregjacob01 talks to @TweetTonyHarris on @ajam about @SenGillibrand push to pass #MJIA introduced today
RT @MsTeresaYounger: Great morning @servicewomen Fellowship kickoff...creating collective power and voices @msfoundation…
@MsTeresaYounger @JudyPatterson @msfoundation Thanks so much for coming Teresa! We loved having you!
RT @gregjacob01: The @servicewomen leadership fellowship for women veterans kicks off today. Excited to talk about SWAN's policy work with …
Watch: @SenatorGillibrand Speaks In Support of The Military Justice Improvement Act #passMJIA
.@nytimes Op-Ed: Let #Transgender Troops Serve Openly
Watch @nytimes Op-Doc: ‘#Transgender, at War and in Love’
Welcome SWAN's New CEO
RT @americamag: New policies needed to fight sexism and sexual assault at military academies @servicewomen http://t.…
RT @TaskandPurpose: A soldier shares her observations of prosecuting rape cases in the Army both as a victim and an attorney.…
All 8 women fail #Ranger School: Some Rangers say standards should change (+video)
Women in #Ranger School fail to finish grueling course; 3 given chance to start the class from the beginning
Via @nprnews: On The California Shore, Sizing Up Female #Marines' Combat Readiness
First female #WestPoint graduate reflects on historic anniversary
Rate of sexual asslt & harassment in #CoastGuard is significantly lower than other services: new #RAND report
#SECNAV: #SEALs should open to women under fair standards via @navytimes
Listen via @nprnews: Women Fight Their Way Through #Army's Grueling #Ranger School
As #MarineCorps tests viability of #womenincombat roles, some have already joined the ranks
#DOD seeks right standards, policies for #womenincombat
#Navy Sec Mabus: 1 in 4 #Marine recruits should be women via @marinetimes
A band of sisters on the Special Ops battlefield
Wife, mother, Purple Heart recipient tries to break down barriers #womenincombat
#AirForce testing gender-neutral standards in San Antonio #womenincombat via @airforcetimes
.@SenatorShaheen: We must provide better access to contraception to #women in the #military: via @TIMEIdeas
How we're failing our female #veterans: from ill-fitting equipment to ill-equipped #VA system, we must do better
Announcing the SWAN 2015 Women Veterans in Leadership and Policy Fellows #constantcontact
ICYMI 2016 #NDAA SVCs will have to be in the room with #MilitarySexualAssault survivors during questioning by investigators
ICYMI 2016 #NDAA requires #SecDef to look at feasibility of providing SVCs to civilian survivors of servicemember assault


Executive Staff


Judy Patterson

Chief Executive Officer

Judy Patterson is SWAN’s Chief Executive Officer. She comes to SWAN with more than 20 years of nonprofit and association management. Judy co-founded both the American Gaming Association (AGA) and its charitable research arm, the National Center for Responsible Gaming, and ran the day-to-day operations for each. During her 18-year tenure, she diversified revenues by creating an international trade show and conference and raised more than $25 million through multi-year corporate contributions, special events and conference revenues. She developed corporate social responsibility programs for diversity, volunteerism and environmental sustainability that became hallmarks of the industry. Prior to joining the AGA, Judy served as special assistant to the president of the American Bar Association (ABA), where she developed public-private partnerships to build and sustain support for justice system improvements. She also served the ABA as director of the Public Liaison Office. Judy also served as circulation director of The Washingtonian Magazine, co-developed a monthly newspaper for the information industry, and was a teacher of the deaf.

Judy has a passion and dedication to women’s issues. Most recently, she served as a managing partner of Aspire Ascend, LLC, a professional services firm dedicated to advancing women’s achievement by creating and implementing workplace strategies for retaining and promoting women. She also founded an industry organization called Global Gaming Women to empower women and increase opportunities worldwide in management, executive, and board positions. She developed a first-of-its-kind online mentoring program and created a scholarship program to advance educational opportunities. She also grew the organization to more than 1,000 women worldwide in less than two years.  Judy is known for her ability to connect with diverse constituencies to build trust and respect and has a talent for solving entrenched and complex problems.

Judy is a graduate of Georgetown Law School and a member of the D.C. Bar Association. She holds a Master in Education from Boston University. She is an active member of the Washington, DC Chapter of the International Women’s Forum and is Treasurer of the Washington Independent Review of Books. She is a volunteer domestic violence attorney for the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project. Judy lives in Washington, DC and is the proud parent of two adult children.  She is an avid reader, theater-goer and pet-lover.

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.