Our Team

 

 

 

Sarah Haacke Byrd

Executive Director

Sarah Haacke Byrd is the Executive Director for Women Moving Millions. Sarah is responsible for building strategy and scale around WMM’s mission for greater impact in gender equality. For two decades, Sarah has been building, guiding, and leading non-profit organizations in Boston, Washington, D.C., and New York. She most recently served as Managing Director of actress Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation with a mission to transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. Sarah brings to WMM extensive experience in financial and operational management, strategy, fundraising, external affairs, and program. She shares a deep personal commitment to our space and has been described as a “joyful warrior” going to battle for women and girls every day. Sarah is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and holds a Masters in Positive Organizational Development and Change Management from Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

 

Adèle Bernhard

Special Assistant to the Executive Director

Adèle Bernhard is the Special Assistant to the Executive Director for Women Moving Millions. She is responsible for supporting the Executive Director as well as the organization’s community engagement programs and strategic initiatives. Prior to joining Women Moving Millions, Adèle worked at UBS where she conducted research on socially responsible investing and public finance. She supported various teams within the Private Wealth Management division to best provide resources for clients. Before UBS, Adèle worked for U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand under her State Director. There, she assisted in constituent relations, providing briefs for the State Director and Senator, and helped execute the Senator’s first ever series of town halls. While an undergraduate, Adèle was a varsity athlete on the Women’s Squash team at Columbia University and was a facilitator for the One Love Foundation which seeks to educate and empower young people to have healthy relationships and end abuse. She graduated Cum Laude from Barnard College, Columbia University with a BA in History.

 

Amanda Griffin

Director of Community Engagement

Amanda Griffin is the Director of Community Engagement for Women Moving Millions (WMM). Amanda works to foster and deepen WMM community engagement by coordinating and implementing exciting programming opportunities for WMM members. Amanda also works to recruit new Women Moving Millions members and often speaks with organizations working in the women and girls space in order to bring the latest and most compelling ideas and opportunities to the WMM community. Prior to joining WMM, Amanda worked as a Paralegal at Cetrulo LLP in Boston, MA, where she supported the defense of high profile and complex civil litigation claims. During her time in Boston, Amanda also served as a volunteer at Horizons for Homeless Children, a Massachusetts-based organization focused on the needs of homeless children and their families. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Political Science and French from the University of Vermont.

 

Jessica Houssian

Born in Vancouver and based in New York, Jessica Houssian fell in love with feminism as a little girl and has focused her career on advancing women’s equality ever since. With a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies (Bates College) and an M.Sc. in Fundraising & Grantmaking (New York University), Jessica loves living and working at the intersection of women and philanthropy – and is inspired by the power it has to transform the world. Jessica is currently a Senior Advisor for Women Moving Millions, a global community of women philanthropists who invest boldly with a gender lens. Prior to her work with WMM, Jessica was a partner at Inspired Philanthropy Group – a boutique consulting firm supporting individual philanthropists and corporations to help create authentic, effective impact. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Landesa, RefugePoint and The Houssian Foundation.

 

Kathy LeMay

Strategic Advisor

Kathy LeMay is a Strategic Advisor at Women Moving Millions. For over 25 Years, Kathy LeMay has been an internationally-recognized public speaker, philanthropic advisor, global social change fundraiser and published author whose purpose-driven life centers on lifting up the voices, stories, leadership, and influence of the world’s unseen social change warriors and freedom fighters. Kathy has raised $175 million for the most effective social change initiatives of our times while also coaching social change innovators, entrepreneurs and philanthropists around the world to boldly and bravely create the world we know is possible. Her central thought leadership focuses on shifting success to significance and living a life of radical compassion and generosity to push the boundaries of philanthropy’s great untapped potential.