Five military women open up about life in a war zone
US #Marines turn to female CEOs for advice on recruiting & retaining #yesallwomen
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.…
#Navy reservist completes run to honor #servicewomen
#Yoga helps war #veterans get a handle on their PTSD via @washingtonpost
18th Air Force Commander Upholds Sex Assault Conviction via @Militarydotcom
Female #Vets Say They'll Put Country First, Even On Capitol Hill via @nprnews
Opinion: #military should make everyone in service follow California's 'yes means yes' law via @washingtonpost
RT @HuffingtonPost: 85 colleges are now under federal investigation for sexual assault cases
Norway Closes Gender Gap as Women #Military Draft Starts #womenincombat via @BloombergNews
Sexual Assault Prevention Effort Tailored to Junior Marines via @Militarydotcom
39 women apply for Ranger School adviser duty #womenincombat
RT @AnuBhagwati: #SWAN MAC'er @allysonrobinson speaks to military's obsolete #transgender policy: @servicewomen h/t …
Commander, Navy Region Southeast Signs #DomesticViolenceAwareness Proclamation
Women in the #military: All branches say they'll continue to open jobs for female troops #womenincombat
Grad students raise awareness of sexual violence in the military via @gwhatchet
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 via @WAMCRadio
RT @AnuBhagwati: .@servicewomen Join #VoicesfromWar & @VetArtistProg to celebrate veterans & the arts! NOV 8, 7pm. v…
RT @AnuBhagwati: Here's more on Dan Abramson's yoga for bros & military vets toy soldier yogis: @servicewomen #GIYo
RT @AnuBhagwati: This is for veterans who've been exploring yoga. GI yogi? I dig these toy soldiers: @servicewomen @…
RT @IAVAPressRoom: . @redbookmag's November issue is dedicated to helping female veterans. Read here: #newvets
Fort Bragg leaders discuss ways to curb domestic violence; coincides with Nt'l #DomesticViolenceAwareness Month
RT @AnuBhagwati: Troops sacrifice life and limb but Congress wants to ban them from smoking? Move on, already. @politico…
Sen McCaskill discusses sex assault at #Mizzou: policy changes aren't enough, a change in campus culture is vital
#Senate confirms Gen Lori Robinson as 4 star commander of all #AirForce forces in the Pacific theater #yesallwomen
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…
RT @AnuBhagwati: Barriers to women's retention hurts the military. The Arrival of the Female 4-Stars: via @kwilliams
RT @AnuBhagwati: Great to see these Army sisters rocking the business world. via @USATODAY @reporterjoe @servicewome
RT @AnuBhagwati: Speaking soon at Yale Law School about the challenges & triumphs of changing military and veterans culture @servicewomen
RT @AnuBhagwati: Can't wait to speak to students, veterans & activists at @YaleLawSch tmrw about the journey of making national culture cha…
Successes, Challenges of Women in Combat; leaders exploring avenues to broaden career opps for #womenincombat
#Navy announces enlisted #women to begin serving on submarines
RT @JessicaValenti: Gov. Cuomo mandates "yes means yes" standard for SUNYs. Amazing!
RT @nikiinthehouse: Oct. is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time to reflect on our cumulative responsibility to prevent & respond to d…
RT @ArielaMigdal: 3 women pass Marine Corps combat endurance test at IOC But still won't be allowed in Infantry. #Wo
A moment of silence for Private Danny Chen will be held tomorrow at 6:15pm. More information #Justice4DannyChen
RT @gregjacob01: .@USMC Col in charge of @MCASMiramarCA Inspector General office fired for sexual misconduct @servic
RT @claudiamyers: @servicewomen women vets are often overlooked in film. Check out @FortBlissMovie @realmonaghan & why it's making news htt…
RT @DanLamothe: Exclusive: Army general, accused of sexual assault in Djibouti by senior adviser, retired quietly with demotion…
#Hagel: #Military Medical System 'Average', but "we cannot accept average" #fixVA via @ABC
Reports of sexual assault rise across #UC system: indication that widespread protests are having an impact. #titleIX
RT @BreaktheCycleDV: It's National Domestic Violence Awareness Month! Let survivors know you're standing by them #voiceshavepower http://t…
RT @TaskandPurpose: 5 Reasons Every Service Member Should Be Writing About Their Military Service |
Study shows #vets who identify as lesbian or bisexual may have higher risk of alcohol misuse
"For women to have a #Ranger tab...says a lot about her ability” says SWANs @gregjacob01
RT @NYMetroVets: A message to #veterans in #NYC from new #MOVA Commissioner Loree Sutton:
RT @AnuBhagwati: If the NFL is consulting the DoD about how to handle domestic violence, I am not optimistic. @servi
RT @BloombergNews: New Jersey female lawmakers call on NFL owners to fire Commissioner Roger Goodell:
RT @Invisible_War: "We will win this battle." Thank you @SenGillibrand for fighting to #passMJIA. Together, we are #NotInvisible http://t.c…
RT @AnuBhagwati: So misleading. Title 9 doesn't apply to Academies. MT @militarytimes USNA joins 'It's On Us' campaign…
RT @AnuBhagwati: @kwilliams101 @vetshelpingvets Great to see this event! And, we need to support more women of color veteran writers. @serv
RT @AnuBhagwati: .@azbrodsky rocks it re: Title IX & campus assault. Can Pt 2 cover lack of T9 at Academies? @MHPshow @servicewomen http://…
#CoastGuard boosts efforts to tackle sexual assault reports
Why Is The Military Getting Involved In The NFL’s Domestic Violence Scandal? via @TaskandPurpose
.@kwilliams101 addresses role of women in #military: "women can be significant force multipliers" #combatintegration
Women in #Ranger School: New details, application deadlines #USArmy
RT @AnuBhagwati: Word. @TrumanProject veterans take on Fox News re: "Boobs on the Ground" @servicewomen
#Senate Dems demand #VA disability for sexual assault victims #battleforbenefits
Study examines #servicewomen's reporting of sexual assault in the #military #passMJIA
#Army: It's good news that sexual assault reports are up.... but still ways to go #passMJIA
RT @AnuBhagwati: Huge TY to Sen @MarkUdall for urging @WhiteHouse to pressure VA on Military Sexual Trauma claims regs. @servicewomen http:…
RT @AnuBhagwati: TY @SenGillibrand for supporting veterans. VA's Military Sexual Trauma claims regs need urgent reform. @servicewomen http:…
RT @AnuBhagwati: TY @SenStabenow for supporting our veterans. VA's Military Sexual Trauma claims regs need reform now. @servicewomen http:/…
RT @AnuBhagwati: TY @SenBennetCO for supporting our veterans. VA's Military Sexual Trauma claims regs need reform now. @servicewomen http:/…
RT @AnuBhagwati: TY @SenatorHeitkamp for your support. VA's Military Sexual Trauma claims regs need urgent reform. @servicewomen http://t.c…
RT @AnuBhagwati: TY @SenatorBaldwin for your support. VA's Military Sexual Trauma claims regs need urgent reform. @servicewomen…
RT @AnuBhagwati: TY @SenatorBoxer for having our backs. VA's Military Sexual Trauma claims regs need urgent reform. @servicewomen http://t.…
RT @AnuBhagwati: TY Sen @MariaCantwell for your support. VA's Military Sexual Trauma claims regs need reform now. @servicewomen…
Senators send letter to #POTUS in response to #VA rejecting 2nd petition made by SWAN and @VVAmerica on #MST-#PTSD
RT @AmericanLegion: Via @ajc: Complaints of retaliation against VA whistleblowers more than doubled in recent months.…
7 Ways #Women #Veterans Have It Worse Than Our Men in Uniform #longform via @TakePart
#Army Drill Sergeant Found Guilty of Sex Assaults via @ABC
The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation is now accepting nominations for their Annual Awards Program. More info:
#Army guardsman: Superior said more sexual assault reports could threaten graduation #passMJIA via @STLtoday
Female #veterans feel left behind as services haven't kept pace #fixVA via @WSJ
RT @Yahoo: The first Hindu congresswoman is also a combat veteran, and its best surfer: @TulsiGabbard…
#US #Military Three Years After ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ #DADTrepeal #equality
#LGBT military families still face challenges three years after repeal of '#Don’tAskDon’tTell' via @LGBTWeekly
RT @Invisible_War: We are #NotInvisible RT: @servicewomen Ft. Leonard Wood court-martial highlights sex crisis in military #passMJIA http:/…
The #NFL, the #Military, and the Problem With Masculine Institutions #passMJIA
#Navy has the talk...about sex...and respect, revamps its policies on reporting, investigating and prosecuting #MSA
Serving #female #vets: continuing change will require shift in understanding what it means to be part of #military
Ft. Leonard Wood court-martial highlights sex crisis in military #passMJIA via @STLtoday
RT @AnuBhagwati: Thrilled @WhiteHouse is mobilizing against campus assault; but seems to be a front for NOT mobilizing on military assault.…
Women’s legacy parallels #AirForce history #combatintegration
RT @Invisible_War: We deserve better RT: @FemMajority report shows that military investigators don't follow police standards for #MSA: http…
RT @SECNAV: More Coastal Riverine Positions Open to Women - #PeopleMatter
RT @AnuBhagwati: .@servicewomen staff & Military Advisory Council members at DACOWITS briefings today/tomorrow. Please introduce yourself i…
RT @jacqklimas: ICYMI: VA officials admitted yesterday that 5,600 veterans waiting for care weren't included in IG audit.…


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.