In 2006, something remarkable happened. It started with a few women, and then it grew. And it grew. And it grew. Today, WEA is a global alliance. We are advocates, entrepreneurs, cultural practitioners, trainers, technicians, artists, community organizers, who are banding together to ensure the long-term health of our planet.

WEA has a distributed network model whereby regional programs are guided by longtime WEA Alliance Leaders who draw from their lived experiences and dedicated activism to shape WEA’s regional priorities. Where possible, WEA Alliance Leaders collaborate across regions to create long-lasting impact, bridge strategies, and reciprocate learning and support. WEA’s leadership model is largely decentralized with a small U.S.-based team that coordinates communications, operations, fundraising, and programmatic direction. Since its founding, WEA has practiced and iterated a shared leadership structure, whereby authority, responsibility, and accountability is distributed across our organization, unleashing a unique creativity and diversity of approaches.

WEA is fiscally-sponsored by Earth Island Institute, placing us in a collective of mission-aligned organizations that share knowledge and build strength in community, rather than compete for funding. WEA’s Leadership Board provides overarching insights on our direction and evolution.

Bondita Acharya

Program Lead: Together for H2OPE, India

Amira Diamond

Co-Founder, Co-Director

Farwiza Farhan

Indonesia Program Lead Facilitator + Mentor Coordinator

WEA Leadership Board Member

Melinda Kramer

Co-Founder, Co-Director

Kiya Leake

Program + Development Coordinator

Arielle Moinester

Program Strategist

Olanike Olugboji

Nigeria Program Lead

Kahea Pacheco


Sarita Pockell

Program + Alliance Designer

Saniy Amalia Priscila

Indonesia Program MEL Manager + Communications Coordinator

Leoni Rahmawati

Indonesia Program Outreach Coordinator + Movement Strategist

Beth Roach

U.S. Accelerator Program Lead

Tarita Roy Choudhury

Program + Operations Coordinator

Irma Sitompul

Indonesia Program Lead

Pandora Thomas

U.S. Accelerator Lead Facilitator + Program Designer

Rose Wamalwa

Kenya Program Lead

Grace Holske

Grace Holske

Programs + Operations Intern

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Hannah Méndez

Programs + Operations Intern

Rachel Roberts

Rachel Roberts

Programs + Operations Intern

Emma Venarde

Emma Venarde

Programs + Operations Intern


We give thanks to the members of our team through the years– whose vision, tenacity, and brilliance are at the heart of WEA.

Maame Afon, Celia Alario, Nikila Badua, Stephanie Bernstein, Zach Behar, Ethan Boehme, Cath Brozena, Gemma Bulos, Heather Burbeau, Annie Burke, Jennifer Carter-Scott, Rucha Chitnis, Orli Cotel, Temra Costa, Angela Mooney D’Arcy, Nitin Das, Kath Delaney, Malia Everette, Sophie Fried, Stacey Frost, Maeanna Glenn, Nell Greenberg, Lisa Gurwitch, Eileen Harrington, Jan Hartsough, Paul Hawken, Sandra Hay, Nick Heldfond, Julia Butterfly Hill, Rachel Humphrey, Susan Kamprath, Arshinder Kaur, Rachael Sydney Knight, John Knox, Shannon Laliberte, Leah Lamb, Scott Leonard, Susan Ma, Angela Mason, Catriona MacGregor, Brittany McCormick, AJ Pell, Dave Phillips, Erica Priggen, Heidi Quante, Carole Roberts, Beth Robertson, Gaya Roshan, Ben Schick, Karly Sherwood, Caitlin Sislin, Reetu Sogani, Pandora Thomas, Joshua Vogelstein, Janet Wallace, Karri Winn, Earth Island Institute, WEA’s founding mothers, and all our devoted fellows, global peers, exchange participants, interns, and volunteers: WEA was built in your loving hands.