CODEPINK Founders & Staff

CODEPINK would not be what it is without the generosity, talent and love of:

  • Gael Murphy Co-founder 2003 to 2009

  • Dana Balicki, Book midwife, LA coordinator, Media Maven to Campaigns Director 2004 to 2010

  • Rae Abileah, Intern, Locals coordinator, Campaigns Director to Co-Director 2004 to 2012

Jodie Evans
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] or @MsJodieEvans.

Medea Benjamin
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[@] or @medeabenjamin.

Nancy Kricorian

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.

Nancy can be reached at: @nancykric and @BoycottAhava.

Alli McCracken

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]

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 citizen’s 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] T: @nancymancias

Janet Weil
Janet Weil is a longtime CODEPINK-er who reads and responds to info [at], 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.

Farah Al Mousawi

Farah Al Mousawi was born and raised in Iraq. She has been living in the United States since 2008. Farah joined the Iraqi Student Project in 2007 and is a member of the Civilian Soldier Alliance. Last year she is the recipient of the Martin Luther King Junior award presented by the Human Rights Commission in Marin County. Farah recently graduated with a degree in Political Science from Dominican University and worked with the Private Manning Support Network as an assistant to the campaign organizer. Farah supports the CODEPINK Justice For All campaign, seeking accountability for war crimes in Iraq. E: Farah[at]

Local Leaders
Meet our local leaders and learn what inspired them to become CODEPINKers!


Meet our current and former interns below and by visiting the CODEPINK Intern Alumni group on facebook.

To apply to intern with CODEPINK go here.

Anastasia Taylor
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.

Ashley Lopez
Ashley is a proud Latina currently working as an intern at the CODEPINK DC Office. She is originally from Southern California but now attends college in rural Vermont at Green Mountain College, majoring in Sociology and Women's Studies. Her passions include environmental justice, women's autonomy, queer activism, amnesty for all immigrants, abolition of the prison industrial complex, an end to all wars, burritos, and cute photos of animals.

Colleen Moore
Colleen Moore is currently one of interns in our Washington, D.C. office. She is originally from Deerfield, N.Y. and is a junior at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y. She is double majoring in International Relations and Political Science with a minor in Music. She is a writer and is passionate about human rights and justice. She plans to go to law school after graduation from Hobart and William Smith.

Burkely Hermann
Burkely Hermann is currently one of interns in our Washington, D.C. office. He is now an intern majoring in Political Science and minoring in History at St. Mary's College of Maryland, located in Southern Maryland. He is involved with numerous social justice groups on campus including Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC), a Amnesty International chapter, is a manager at the school's campus farm, and much more. Burkely is also a prolific writer, having been published in publications including the Baltimore Sun, CounterPunch, and Dissident Voice, who is deeply passionate about peace, justice, fighting the powers that be, and challenging common perceptions.

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 Goldstein
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.

Tyra Walker
Tyra is a New York City native and a 2012 graduate of Columbia University with a B.A. in Political Science and Human Rights. Tyra is an avid traveler, and hopes to indulge in this passion through working in the field of Human Rights Law. Tyra is most passionate about the issues of alleviating extreme poverty, ensuring transitional justice in post-conflict states, reforming counterterrorism policies (especially drone policies), and bringing an end to the War on Terror.