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 the coordinator for CODEPINK's War Criminals and Ground the Drones campaigns.She is a key organizer in the San Francisco anti-war community and supports war resisters in the US and Canada. Nancy is a theatre arts professional and is on the Board of Directors for Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco's oldest alternative art space. Nancy is pictured here with Medea at a recent Out of Iraq Demonstration.
Noor is the anti-drone campaign coordinator for CODEPINK and is based in the Washington, D.C. office, although she calls Islamabad, Pakistan her home. She graduated from Vassar College in 2012 with a major in Political Science and minors in French and English. While studying abroad at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, she took courses on international law and targeted killings and was driven by what she learnt to turn it into a year long research thesis on drone warfare in Pakistan. Noor is passionate about killer drones, humanitarian law and race relations.
|Amanda Camargo |
Amanda Camargo studied Communication at the University of Southern California and pursued a graduate degree in Culture and Society at the London School of Economics. Upon graduation she enjoyed traveling and interning in the art and creative industries abroad. She is happy to be back in the the U.S. and working to pursue international peace and social justice.
|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!
|Natasha Ansari |
Natasha is a recent Mount Holyoke College interning for the CODEPINK DC chapter. She is originally from Karachi, Pakistan. She majored in Economics and is passionate about social justice issues and is a firm believer in radical institutional reform. She has been heavily involved with student activism in her school and is looking to meaningfully apply her activist streak outside of campus. Natasha is especially passionate about Pakistan, women’s issues and grassroots economic development.
|Linda Tenerowicz |
Linda Tenerowicz is from South San Francisco, California and is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). She is greatly interested in human rights advocacy and the non-profit sector. She wishes to learn more about the development and sustainability of non-profit organizations, namely gathering support, mobilizing grassroots activism, and reaching those most in need. Last summer she attended an immersive trip to Israel and the occupied West Bank through LMU’s Center for Service and Action and gained firsthand knowledge and experience about the Palestine/Israel conflict, prospects for peace, and the reality on the ground for Israelis and Palestinians. Since then she has helped co-found a Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter at LMU and now serves as co-president. She hopes that SJP will shed light on the Palestinian narrative and bring greater awareness of the issue to the student body. She is excited to be working with Code Pink this semester on the Stolen Beauty Campaign to boycott AHAVA products being produced illegally on Palestinian lands.
|Jeremy Bingham |
Jeremy is a CODEPINK DC intern this fall from Northeastern University where he is studying history and environmental studies. He is extremely excited about all of the advocacy CODEPINK has engaged in to support our sisters and brothers in the Middle East, from their anti-drone campaign to support of the Palestinian people. As someone who is male-bodied and male-identifying, Jeremy is looking forward to expanding his understanding as an ally and challenging his own internalized perpetuations of the patriarchy. He is very enthusiastic to be involved with an activist organization that stands in opposition to the dynamics of male domination which characterize so many activist groups. Most of Jeremy's work so far has been in assisting rural communities to organize in opposition to various extractive industries and the general spread of industrial toxification.
|Kelleen O'Toole |
Kelleen is a Junior Politics major, Sociology minor at the University of San Francisco. Originally from Kona, Hawaii, her passions include Asian food, sunny weather and ending needless suffering worldwide. She's fighting her shyness this fall as an intern in the CODEPINK San Francisco office. Kelleen's always wanted to make a change in the world and admires CODEPINK's mission to promote peace and fight the United States' aggressive, damaging and expensive foreign policy.