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 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
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.
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.
Barbara L. Brown
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.
Bianca serves as SWAN’s communications intern supporting the day-to-day operations of the department. Bianca is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Communication at American University in Washington D.C. Her concentration area is American Government. Her studies include Congress and Legislative Behavior; the Politics and Policy of Health Care; Women, Politics, and Public Policy; Politics and the Media; Public Relations and Public Relations Case Studies; as well as Writing for Communication. Bianca’s previously worked for Congressman Stephen F. Lynch and Congressman John F. Tierney, as a legislative intern. She also served as an intern for the Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt of Peabody Massachusetts where she focused on developing the mayor’s social media presence, completing research to update public parks and roads in the city, communicating with constituents who reached out to the office with a variety of concerns, and supporting the day-to-day operations of the office.
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.