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
Judge asks how many jobs are still off limits to women and whether DoD will meet SecDef's 2016 deadline for integrating #WomenInCombat.
Women #Veterans Face Uphill Battle to Get Health Care #fixVA #battleforbenefits http://t.co/ai2XZW8ZfQ
New training will ask #Marines to question their unconscious gender biases as combat jobs open to #women http://t.co/sit15WlkTl
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
#Female #Navy #Vet suffers #military sexual trauma, finds comfort in comedy http://t.co/pufbqxmzoS via @kpcc
'Blame-The-Victim' Culture May Discourage #Female #Vets From Seeking Help For Trauma http://t.co/sj2LE4Z44M via @HuffPostWomen
Here’s What Happened During One Survivor's Military Sexual Harassment Investigation http://t.co/732IVYDq13 via @alivingiano @buzzfeednews
RT @gregjacob01: My latest piece on the status of gender integration in the #military. http://t.co/cXVycjylpx (via @DefenseOne) @servicewo
RT @womenjustice: To learn more about @CornellLaw @ACLU @servicewomen @equalitynow @MilitaryRape submission to UN Committee, visit http://t…
RT @HuffPostLive: Unemployment rates for women veterans, the future of women in combat and more #WMN http://t.co/QvYVSzdT2F
We want to hear from you! Take the SWAN Community Survey here: https://t.co/pdIJnIJ8av
RT @gregjacob01: Future #SASC chair @SenJohnMcCain supports @#WomenInCombat. "Why should we debate this anymore?" http://t.co/B1gKW3goFd @s
RT @gregjacob01: First woman to lead @AmericanLegion says #military should "stop sweeping sexual assaults under the rug" http://t.co/yrLEMy…
RT @AnuBhagwati: Dear veterans: may be you safe and protected, happy and healthy, and may you live with ease and joy, on this and every day…
RT @womenjustice: After filing a petition to the IACHR on behalf of 20 survivors, the Center continues to highlight the issue of #mst at th…
SWAN honors all who have served and currently serve: http://t.co/8A6OVbNqaD
Michelle Obama cheers on women #veterans http://t.co/zSqgXpR930 via @navytimes
RT @ArielaMigdal: Happy Birthday to #MarineCorps. Will this be the year you officially recognize women as Infantry Marines? #marinesbirthda
RT @jacqklimas: Did you miss #VA Secretary McDonald on @60Minutes last night? You can see the interview here: http://t.co/ElruVzSvTy
RT @asharding: @jobean_1964 @servicewomen Health concerns women vets face, as well as issues with access to medical care.
RT @asharding: @servicewomen Seeking women veterans to interview for an article I'm writing for Everyday Health. Please respond if interest…
RT @LizLuras: A Losing Battle How the Army denies veterans justice without anyone knowing http://t.co/5Y0uEQgUjI via @AnuBhagwati @servicew
RT @TaskandPurpose: American Legion appointing its first female executive director in its 100-year history: http://t.co/8olJhJaxId
SAPRO Survey: "gathering information from trauma survivors, you need to be extremely sensitive" says @anubhagwati http://t.co/0ZkHNT4wyX
Results not clear in Retired @USAF Colonel @MarthaMcSally race. She was 1st American woman to fly in combat after women in combat ban lifted
1st woman veteran elected to U.S. Senate! Currently, serving as Lieutenant Colonel in Iowa @USNationalGuard, @JoniErnst won Iowa Senate seat
1st female Iraq combat #womanveteran in Congress and @USArmy helicopter pilot @RepDuckworth reelected to Illinois 8th District!
Hawaii Incumbent @USNationalGuard Captain @TulsiGabbard, has won reelection in Hawaii's 2nd District!
In #Midterms2014, 3 of 13 #servicewomen and #womenveterans secure a seat at the table. 1 race still too close to call.
RT @AnuBhagwati: Huge news: @AmericanLegion appoints its 1st woman exec director. http://t.co/EEr3ejR8OM @servicewomen @VVAmerica is only o…
Female soldiers at Fort Bragg training for possible chance to tackle #Army #Ranger Course #combatintegration http://t.co/xn2LGrrjCf
We're looking forward to hearing the latest on women veterans healthcare and benefits today from VA Secretary Bob McDonald & @DeptVetAffairs
RT @AnuBhagwati: h/t @servicewomen : great summary of women veterans. present and past, running for elected office. http://t.co/opuUzkAdm8
RT @SarahEvonne: @servicewomen At @GuardianUS we want to hear from vets for a special feature. Can you help us? http://t.co/dps8ms9ZiZ
#SAPRO Survey Draws Complaints, DoD said survey more explicit & detailed this year for more accurate result #passMJIA http://t.co/XJvx28Oa0T
RT @NOW_NYC: Gen Loree Sutton, NYC Comm of #Veterans Affairs with @AnuBhagwati. You are an inspiration to all of us @NOW_NYC. http://t.co/W…
RT @HuffingtonPost: Vet homelessness drops 33% since 2010 http://t.co/Zx4q6fa68S
RT @gregjacob01: Congrats to @servicewomen's @AnuBhagwati for receiving the Susan B Anthony award from @NOW_NYC. #SBA2014 http://t.co/FFyxP…
RT @ATRWibben: @servicewomen I'm hoping you can help me spread the word about a series sof events we are putting on in SF - see #PJSVetConv
Watch: Full report on Eric Thomas & #AirForce Academy Sexual Assault #titleIX http://t.co/Qog1CEyCj6 via @ABC
RT @AnuBhagwati: Join @NOW_NYC and @servicewomen tonight for the Susan B Anthony awards! Can't wait to see you! http://t.co/N4NfyD47R9 #car
.@servicewomen stands with campus students carrying the weight to end sexual & domestic violence. #carrythatweight http://t.co/QeR8o3iOsl
Help #CarryThatWeight, by standing up to sexual assault and supporting survivors. More Info: http://t.co/tnPXABcSWV
Join us tomorrow to honor SWAN's Anu Bhagwati at NOW NYC's Susan B. Anthony award ceremony, RSVP here: http://t.co/83b2Ic5xhz
"Advocates are hopeful that the #VA is dedicated to improving services for female #vets" = more work to be done http://t.co/XMqYTlZqkH
3 pioneering women who qualified for #Marine Infantry Officers Course were physically disqualified last week http://t.co/NslA22HhPv
RT @HRC: .@USArmy is Held Accountable for Discrimination Against a #Transgender Civilian Employee http://t.co/xmRvgEhDVh via @HRC
Take a stand against domestic violence #DVAM http://t.co/CwBtU8YgXp
Five military women open up about life in a war zone http://t.co/G5OxltPYKf
US #Marines turn to female CEOs for advice on recruiting & retaining #yesallwomen http://t.co/6rjEyiiAM8
RT @gregjacob01: Proud to be joining other grassroots DV and sex asslt allies today at a Community Leaders Roundtable in the @NFL head offi…
RT @MilitaryHealth: #Pregnant moms-to-be: get your questions answered on this @usairforce site, created just for you. http://t.co/3sEOOPGs4…
#Navy reservist completes run to honor #servicewomen http://t.co/3Et1AoJLFK
#Yoga helps war #veterans get a handle on their PTSD http://t.co/kMZebXp8ov via @washingtonpost
18th Air Force Commander Upholds Sex Assault Conviction http://t.co/ZU280ztUKR via @Militarydotcom
Female #Vets Say They'll Put Country First, Even On Capitol Hill via @nprnews http://t.co/ld553JJpRi
Opinion: #military should make everyone in service follow California's 'yes means yes' law http://t.co/q90bpUS6jq via @washingtonpost
RT @HuffingtonPost: 85 colleges are now under federal investigation for sexual assault cases http://t.co/dwTUJn13QJ
Norway Closes Gender Gap as Women #Military Draft Starts #womenincombat http://t.co/zPQuKjiKOz via @BloombergNews
Sexual Assault Prevention Effort Tailored to Junior Marines http://t.co/LaULK9JDV4 via @Militarydotcom
39 women apply for Ranger School adviser duty #womenincombat http://t.co/YN9aBxN0By
RT @AnuBhagwati: #SWAN MAC'er @allysonrobinson speaks to military's obsolete #transgender policy: http://t.co/cpHqvYomRy @servicewomen h/t …
Commander, Navy Region Southeast Signs #DomesticViolenceAwareness Proclamation http://t.co/mJRfxzSNZi
Women in the #military: All branches say they'll continue to open jobs for female troops #womenincombat http://t.co/debhds2uMk
Grad students raise awareness of sexual violence in the military via @gwhatchet http://t.co/1gjKqRpqSU
RT @gregjacob01: Testifying to the Judicial Proceedings Panel today on privacy & issues with courtroom use of sex asslt counseling records …
Interview with Michelle Howard, first female 4 star admiral in #Navy http://t.co/kxhG6uD2oQ via @WAMCRadio
RT @AnuBhagwati: .@servicewomen Join #VoicesfromWar & @VetArtistProg to celebrate veterans & the arts! NOV 8, 7pm. http://t.co/b3avnocoXw v…
RT @AnuBhagwati: Here's more on Dan Abramson's yoga for bros & military vets toy soldier yogis: https://t.co/G1EsIk4WYp @servicewomen #GIYo
RT @AnuBhagwati: This is for veterans who've been exploring yoga. GI yogi? I dig these toy soldiers: http://t.co/4C6WbDpqmh @servicewomen @…
RT @IAVAPressRoom: . @redbookmag's November issue is dedicated to helping female veterans. Read here: http://t.co/y9faXMS3Az #newvets
Fort Bragg leaders discuss ways to curb domestic violence; coincides with Nt'l #DomesticViolenceAwareness Month http://t.co/bvzC1gDF5G
RT @AnuBhagwati: Troops sacrifice life and limb but Congress wants to ban them from smoking? Move on, already. @politico http://t.co/MdlH2U…
Sen McCaskill discusses sex assault at #Mizzou: policy changes aren't enough, a change in campus culture is vital http://t.co/Lszee1KLKR
#Senate confirms Gen Lori Robinson as 4 star commander of all #AirForce forces in the Pacific theater #yesallwomen http://t.co/ZF9o8qa0hb
RT @LeoShane: .@RepJeffMiller: "VA appears to be giving failing executives an opportunity to quit, retire or find new jobs without conseque…
RT @AnuBhagwati: Re-inspired after meeting with Veterans Legal Services Clinic students at @YaleLawSch So happy to see #veterans enrolled t…
RT @bkesling: VA ousts more senior executives. It's unclear whether they're being fired...or will be allowed to resign. @WSJ http://t.co/0…
RT @AnuBhagwati: Barriers to women's retention hurts the military. The Arrival of the Female 4-Stars: http://t.co/wjWsJQYOWo via @kwilliams


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.

Bianca Falconi

Communications Intern

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.

Matthew Richter 


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.