CODEPINK Founders & Staff
Jodie Evans is co-founder and co-director of CODEPINK and has been a peace, environmental, women’s rights and social justice activist for forty years. She has traveled extensively to war zones promoting and learning about peaceful resolution to conflict. She served in the administration of Governor Jerry Brown and ran his presidential campaign. She has published two books, “Stop the Next War Now” and “Twilight of Empire,” and has produced several documentary films, including the Oscar-nominated “The Most Dangerous Man in America” and Howard Zinn’s “The People Speak.” Jodie is the board chair of Women’s Media Center and sits on many other boards, including Rainforest Action Network, Drug Policy Alliance, Institute of Policy Studies, Women Moving Millions and Sisterhood is Global Institute. She is the mother of three.
Jodie can be reached at: Jodie[at]codepink.org or @MsJodieEvans.
Medea Benjamin is a cofounder of both CODEPINK and the international human rights organization Global Exchange. Benjamin is the author of eight books. Her latest book is Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control, and she has been campaigning to stop the use of killer drones. Her direct questioning of President Obama during his 2013 foreign policy address, as well as her recent trips to Pakistan and Yemen, helped shine a light on the innocent people killed by US drone strikes. More...
Medea can be reached at: medea[@]codepink.org or @medeabenjamin.
Nancy Kricorian is part of the national staff and the coordinator for the Stolen Beauty Campaign, which boycotts illegal Israeli settlement product Ahava Cosmetics. 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. Click here to read Nancy's article on Direct Action & Street Theater.
Alli McCracken is a National CODEPINK Coordinator based in the Washington D.C. office. She graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in May 2010 with a degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. She is passionate about human rights, justice for Palestinians, ending drone warfare, women's reproductive rights, and all things awesome and fun.
Alli can be reached at: Alli[at]codepink.org.
|Nancy L. Mancias|
Nancy L. Mancias is a campaign organizer for CODEPINK. An anti-war advocate, Mancias has been actively trying to bring the troops home from their overseas misadventures. She has also been part of the movement against torture and a proponent of closing the prison in Guantanamo. She is a believer in accountability for war crimes, overseeing the Justice For All campaign. She alerts people around the country when war criminals will be speaking in the Arrest the War Criminals campaign, encouraging them to try to make a citizens arrest or some ruckus. Like many in the anti-war movement, Mancias views her work against drones as a natural extension of her peace efforts. E: codepink.nancy[at]gmail.com T: @nancymancias
Janet Weil is a longtime CODEPINK-er who reads and responds to info [at] codepink.org, responds to general information inquiries, and works on the Bring Our War $$ Home campaign as well as supporting other CODEPINK national campaigns. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Janet is also a co-founder of the SF 99% Coalition and tweets from @wardollarshome and @sf99percent.
|Gayle Brandeis |
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.
Meet our local leaders and learn what inspired them to become CODEPINKers!
Anastasia is from a sleepy seaside town in Connecticut and is a current student at Northeastern University in Boston. She is passionate about international human rights and hopes to be involved in empowering women through international sustainable development after graduation. Anastasia is ecstatic about being part of the Code Pink team where she gets to investigate and bring attention to some of the most pressing issues of our time.
Jes Grobman is a student at American University, working on a dual BA/MA program in Philosophy and Social Policy. In their academic studies, Jes is particularly interested in applying queer and feminist discourses to social justice work. In their activism, Jes is particularly passionate about challenging wealth inequality, the prison-industrial complex, and transphobia, and working towards achieving justice for the Palestinian people. When not working to make the world a better place, Jes enjoys eating good vegetarian food and fawning over kittens.
Kristin graduated from California State University, Long Beach in May 2013 with a degree in Economics and History, and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. She is passionate about Middle Eastern language and culture, the empowerment of women here and abroad, and justice for Palestinians. She is also an advocate for food justice and the building of safe and healthy communities. Kristin can be reached at kristin.codepinkla[at]gmail.com or @kristindelfs
Growing up in New York, Nathan Sheard spent much of his formative years in both Long Island's "Gold Coast" and the Crown Heights Section of Brooklyn. As a member of Mutant Legal activist collective and founding member of Just Info (a 24-hour hotline providing no-cost legal information in New York City), Nathan has worked effectively to help activist and communities mitigate the damage of harmful interaction with police and other state agents. Having viewed the results of aggressive and militarized policing in the US, and in developing nations with police agencies funded with US Dollars, Nathan has signed on with CODEPINK to passionately support advocacy for the demilitarization of the police and an end to the Department of Defense's 1033 program.
Polly began her activism in Rochester, NY where she was a teacher in a program for "at risk" students. She was a founding member and facilitator of the group, Rochester Against War. The group had great success in the areas of Counter Recruitment and de-militarizing schools. That success lead her to meet activists from all over the country. Her work took her back and forth from Rochester to Washington, DC. In 2007, Polly left teaching and moved to Washington, DC. She now lives in Northern Italy, but still thinks of DC as home. Polly has worked with many groups in DC, but truly finds her home with Code Pink.
|Sara Al Harbi|
Sara Al Harbi is from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and is currently majoring in Arab World Studies at American University in Washington DC. She is mainly interested in issues related to Palestine, drones, and human rights violations in general. She is an active member of Students for Justice in Palestine American University chapter.
Deborah attended American University where she majored in Spanish and sociology. She is passionate about Latin America, Palestine and also the study of Palestinian communities in Latin America, especially Chile. She is interning with CODEPINK to work on the Stolen Beauty campaign.