CODEPINK: Women for Peace
Founders and Staff
The following are founders and/or staff of the organization:
- Medea Benjamin Is a cofounder of both CODEPINK and the international human rights organization Global Exchange. She has been a tireless advocate for social justice for more than 20 years. Described as "one of America’s most committed -- and most effective -- fighters for human rights" by New York Newsday, and called "one of the high profile leaders of the peace movement" by the Los Angeles Times, Medea has distinguished herself as an eloquent and energetic figure in the progressive movement.
- Jodie Evans Has been a community, social and political organizer for the last 30 years. She has used her skills,for the protection of the earth, to give voice to communities and people who go unheard and unseen, in the area of human and civil rights, to protect the rights of women, to raise the minimum wage for farm workers, to protect dolphins, in El Salvador in the early 80's and with Zapatistas since '94. From 1973 to 1982, she served in administrative capacities in all Jerry Brown campaigns and in his staff and cabinet as Director of Administration. Breakthroughs in wind and solar energy happened while she was overseeing the office of Appropriate Technology.
- Gael Murphy Active in the peace and justice movement, Ms. Murphy serves on the executive committee of CODEPINK: Women for a Peace. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Occupation Watch Center and a steering committee member of United for Peace and Justice.
- Nancy Kricorian CODEPINK NYC Co-ordinator. Nancy Kricorian is part of the national staff and the coordinator for CODEPINK NYC. In addition to working with CODEPINK, Nancy is a writer and a novelist. She is a member of PEN USA and on the board of the Armenia Tree Project.
- Farida Sheralam Is the National CODEPINK Webmistress who designs national alerts and special event /campaign websites. She also designs our brochures and media kits. Farida is a freelance web and graphic designer.
- Dana Balicki Is the Campaign Manager at CODEPINK. She has project managed the CODEPINK book "Stop the Next War Now," coordinated work camps in New Orleans, organized countless fundraisers and events, among many other projects with CODEPINK. After much traveling she has finally settled in New York City and runs the NYC office there.
- Rae Abileah Is the CODEPINK local groups coordinator. She connects CODEPINK's national campaigns with the grassroots women's movement for peace, and brings organizing resources to local coordinators.
- Jean Stevens Is the National Media Coordinator for CODEPINK. Previously a reporter for several years, she works to maintain CODEPINK's presence in national media, helps coordinate media coverage for local groups, and develops press material for the website and other media.
- Paris Marron works as CodePink's Online Organizer. An "Internet Activist," she engages communities across the web through online actions, social networks, blogs, viral videos, and online communities. Paris is also the producer of several viral videos including Mother's Day for Peace, Father's Day for Peace, and When the Saints.
- Gayle Brandeis Is our wordsmith extraordinaire. She crafts all of the CODEPINK Alerts that go to nearly 200,000 members weekly. She is the author of several books, and of them, The Book of Dead Birds: A Novel (HarperCollins) won Barbara Kingsolver’s Bellwether Prize for Fiction in Support of a Literature of Social Change. Her second novel, Self Storage, was recently published.
- Desiree Fairooz For the last year and a half, Desiree has organized the CODEPINK DC house and helped facilitate actions on & off the Hill with the DC team. Desiree, a former children's librarian and schoolteacher is from Arlington, TX where her family still resides.
- Janet Weil Assists Rae Abileah, CODEPINK's Local Group Coordinator. A member of Bay Area CODEPINK since 2003, Janet enjoys supporting the work of local groups by maintaining our online calendar and local spotlight reports, taking part in actions and sharing photos and encouragement.
- Blaine Clark Is CODEPINK's Groups Coordinator in Washington, DC. She works with ally groups who are coming to DC to speak out for peace & justice, or attend trainings and workshops, offering them all of the resources available at our fabulous Pink House near Capitol HIll. She also assists in coordinating national actions happening in DC. If your group is planning a visit to Washington, or you'd like to organize a trip to meet with your representatives in Congress,
- Stacy Epstein Is the Development/Administrative Assistant and LA Coordinator. She handles development related activities, provides support to staff in both LA and the rest of the national offices, and runs the online store.
- Janna Slack Oversaw the creation and construction of CODEPINK's 129-foot Mother's Day cozy, organizing over 8,500 pink and green squares from over 700 knitters worldwide. She works as Jodie's Project Manager in the Venice, CA office.
- Lydia Giordano has been an anti-war activista since Abby Hoffman sported his American flag cape in the 1960's. Her Think Pink, Think Peace cape were inspired by that era and the exciting application of fun and theater that drew her to CODEPINK in 2005. "CODEPINK gives me courage to keep my ‘heart above water’ when the world is drowning in war".
- Bonnie Johnson is a local and national organizer based in Los Angeles. Her background is in the US labor movement as both a worker and an organizer, and in Latin American solidarity work, the focus of her graduate studies at Stanford. She is a long-time CODEPINK member and winner of a 2009 Harvey Milk Club award for her community organizing efforts in San Francisco. Bonnie loves music, dancing, vegan food and playing outside in the sun.
The following is a list of contact-persons for local groups of CODEPINK:
- Jan Gerber, Hot Springs, Arkansas
- Pinky Bruening, Williams, AZ
- Lisa Blank, Phoenix, AZ
- Jhan Kold, Tucson, AZ
- Carilyn Goldammer, Arcata, CA
- Jean Hays, Fresno, CA
- Cynthia and Holly, El Cerrito, CA
- Nora Coryell, Jackson, CA
- Jodie Evans, Los Angeles, CA
- Hanan Shawar, Seaside, CA
- Kayla Starr, Sonoma County, CA
- Corla Coles, Redlands, CA
- Heather Woodford and Natalie Womeli, Sacramento, CA
- Reba Campbell and Kathy Barnes, San Diego, CA
- Charlotte Casey and Katrina Cepeda, San Jose, CA
- Dian Sousa, San Luis Obispo, CA
- Marie Bravo, South Lake Tahoe, CA
- Elizabeth Lovejoy, Ukiah, CA
- Joan Stallard and Medea Benjamin, Washington, D.C.
- Deidra Lynch, Orlando, Florida
- Jeff Nall, Palm Bay, FL
- Holley Rauen, Fort Myers, FL
- Jacqueline Betz, Waldo, FL
- Linda Belgrave, Miami, FL
- Hillary Keyes, Boca Raton, FL
- Lydia Giordano, Tallahassee, FL
- Heidi Ferrara, Clearwater, FL
- Michelle Harris, Gainesville, FL
- Kathy Bracewell, Port Orange, FL
- Nadine Newlight, Lahaina, HI
- Pat Hunt and Julia Field, Chicago, IL
- Lori Perdue, Indianapolis, IN
- Nina Klooster and Sue Euleterio, Lake Village, IN
- Anne Woodhead, Frankfort, KY
- Jody Bolduc, Louisville, KY
- Sara Rath, New Orleans, LA
- Sarah Roche-Mahdi and Ridgely Fuller, Cambridge, MA
- Trish Gallagher, Dorchester, MA
- Priscilla Lynch, Conway, MA
- Lisa Savage, Solon, ME
- Joellen Gilchrist, Detroit, MI
- Terrie Hampel, North Muskegon, MI
- Deanna Kline, Kansas City, MO
- Kelly Jacobs, Hernando, MS
- Terri Parham, Wilmington, NC
- Karen Van Fossan, Bismarck, ND
- Jan Lustig, Santa Fe, NM
- Jeanne Green, Taos, NM
- Candace Ross, Indian Springs, NV
- Maud Easter, Albany, NY
- Alison Schweichler, Buffalo , NY
- Charlotte and Rosalie, Hauppauge, NY
- Nancy Kricorian, New York City, NY
- Fredrica, Linda, and Paula, Bronxville, NY
- Carla Carter-Lovejoy, Solon, OH
- Joni LeViness, Oklahoma City, OK
- Meg Brookover, Bend, OR
- Pam Garrison, Eugene, OR
- Ginger Gouveia, Waldport, OR
- Traci Guynup, Lancaster, PA
- Debi Richter, Philadelphia, PA
- Francine Porter, Glenshaw, PA
- Elizabeth Barger, Summertown, TN
- Leslie Harris, Dallas, TX
- Yvette Richardson, Ft. Worth, TX
- Diane Wilson, Seadrift, TX
- Lydia Kalish, Ogden, UT
- Ann Williams, Virginia Beach, VA
- Desiree Fairooz, Arlington, VA
- Rain Burroughs, Richmond, VA
- Ericka Garstka, Cambridge, VT
- Kit Siemion, Quilcene, WA
- Roseanne Lasater, Spokane Valley, WA
- Janie Poe, New Martinsville, WV
The following is a list of contact-persons for international groups of CODEPINK:
- Priscila Bohrer, Curitiba, Brazil
- Lisa Barrett, Bowen Island, British Columbia, Canada
- Elsa Rassbach, Berlin, Germany
- Hisae Ogawa, Osaka, Japan
- Andrea Summers, Montreal, PQ, Canada
Solidarity with Sept. 24 FBI Raid Activists
The Committee to Stop FBI Repression lists CODEPINK: Women for Peace as one of the organizations that has issued a statement of solidarity in support of the activists raided in the September 24, 2010 FBI Raids.