The WEA Team

In 2006, something remarkable happened. It started with a few women, and then it grew. And it grew.

Today, WEA is a global alliance. We are advocates, entrepreneurs, cultural practitioners, trainers, technicians, artists, and 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.

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Dr. Annesha Chowdhury, PhD

Senior Program Manager

Amira Diamond

Co-Founder, Co-Director

Arielle Moinester

Arielle Moinester

Senior Program Director

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Bondita Acharya

North India Program Lead

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Daniela Perez

North America/Pacific Program Director

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Emi Okikawa

Communications and Development Manager -
Digital Media + Storytelling

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Fiona McLeod

Communications and Development Manager


Jennifer Palmer

Special Initiatives Lead


Irma Sitompul

Southeast Asia Program Director

Kahea Pacheco

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Kiya Leake

North America & Pacific Program Manager


Melinda Kramer

Co-Founder, Co-Director

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Meghan Mathew

Operations Manager

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Nairobi Hilaire Seabrooks

Development Coordinator


Olanike Olugboji

Nigeria Program Lead

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Rose Wamalwa

East Africa Program Director


Saniy Amalia Priscila

 Indonesia Program MEL Manager + Communications Coordinator


Sarita Pockell

Learning Architect

Interns & Fellows

Jaden Golden

Jaden Golden

Program & Operations Intern

Nitin Mariserla

Nitin Mariserla

Global Programs Intern

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Teresa Locher

Storytelling & Video Intern

Zaira Arias Chaidez

Zaira Arias Chaidez

NA Programs & Systems 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.