Sarah Haacke Byrd
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.
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.
Nichole Dicharry is the Communications Manager at Women Moving Millions (WMM). She is responsible for innovating and managing WMM’s digital platforms including social media channels, website, e-mail newsletters, as well as graphic design support. Her previous experience includes communications and digital design at The Institute for the Study of War, managing main communications and designing ISW’s publications and daily SITREP maps. Additionally, Nichole brings over 5 years’ experience in communications work for both non-profit and corporate organizations. Nichole holds a Master of Science in Transnational Security and International Development from New York University, as well as a B.A. in Journalism and Communications from Colorado State University.
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.
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.
Operations & Development Associate
Casey O’Connor is the Operations & Development Associate for Women Moving Millions. She supports the Executive Director in fundraising and nonprofit finance and operations. Prior to joining Women Moving Millions, she worked in financial operations at the media agency Carat. She helped to improve global budget management and client financial reporting processes with teams working on the Microsoft account. Casey graduated from Fordham University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications & Media Studies with a concentration in Film Studies. While studying at Fordham, Casey worked at the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center tutoring elementary school children, and volunteered on the Development team for the New York Film Festival.