Founders & Staff

Jodie Evans

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] or @MsJodieEvans. Read More...

Medea Benjamin

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. Medea can be reached at: medea[@] or @medeabenjamin. Read More...

Nancy Kricorian

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. Nancy can be reached at: @nancykric and @BoycottAhava.

Alli McCracken

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]

Nancy L. Mancias

Nancy L. Mancias is a campaign organizer for CODEPINK. An anti-war advocate, Mancias has been actively trying to bring the troops home from their overseas misadventures. She has also been part of the movement against torture and a proponent of closing the prison in Guantanamo. She is a believer in accountability for war crimes, overseeing the Justice For All campaign. She alerts people around the country when war criminals will be speaking in the Arrest the War Criminals campaign, encouraging them to try to make a citizen’s arrest or some ruckus. Like many in the anti-war movement, Mancias views her work against drones as a natural extension of her peace efforts. E: codepink.nancy[at] T: @nancymancias

Janet Weil

Janet Weil is a longtime CODEPINK-er who reads and responds to info [at], responds to general information inquiries, and works on the Bring Our War $$ Home campaign as well as supporting other CODEPINK national campaigns. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Janet is also a co-founder of the SF 99% Coalition and tweets from @wardollarshome and @sf99percent.

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.


Jamila Brown

Jamila is the Campaign Coordinator for the Program to Normalize Relations with Cuba. As an Afro-Latina, she's been deeply embedded in Latin America's socio-political issues her whole life. She studied international relations at Emory University and international development and communications at American University. Jamila began working in the Latin America ten years ago as a Human Rights Accompanier with the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA). Five years ago she traveled to Cuba with the Women and Cuba Collaboration and began working on campaigns to end the Cuban embargo and free the Cuba 5. She remains deeply and fiercely passionate about the examining intersection of race and gender in Latin America and advocating for Black women and girls throughout the African diaspora.


Michelle Pineiro

Michelle Pineiro is a New York City native, who headed out West by way of Thailand and San Francisco, before finally setting down roots in sunny SoCal. She has traveled extensively around the world, and is deeply passionate about human rights issues, particularly those concerning woman and children, establishing peace in Syria, and the closing down of Guantanamo.  She graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism and political science.  Michelle is based out of the CODEPINK LA office and can be reached at

CODEPINK would not be what it is without the generosity, talent and love of:

  • Gael Murphy Co-founder 2003 to 2009
  • Dana Balicki, Book midwife, LA coordinator, Media Maven to Campaigns Director 2004 to 2010
  • Rae Abileah, Intern, Locals coordinator, Campaigns Director to Co-Director 2004 to 2012


Meet our current and former interns below and by visiting the CODEPINK Intern Alumni group on facebook.

To apply to intern with CODEPINK go here.


Katie Powers

Katie is currently a sophomore Political Science/International Affairs major and Sadeleer Scholar at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She has worked with different non-profit organizations doing development work in both Uganda and Ecuador and has completed a month long study abroad to Belfast, Northern Ireland where she studied conflict resolution. Katie is thrilled to be working as an intern with CODEPINK where she will be able to develop her advocacy skills, work to promote peace and human rights, and gain valuable experience working in DC.


Nalini Ramachandran

Nalini is a current second year student at Northeastern University in Boston, where she is studying International Affairs and Middle East Studies. In the past, she has worked closely with on-campus student groups to improve and bring attention to various human rights issues. She is particularly interested in peace and conflict negotiation and the conflict in the Middle East. which is why she's very excited to be working with CODEPINK. Nalini is looking forward to this experience and hopes her time with CODEPINK will help further her knowledge of both global and domestic politics. 


Sophia Rakel Armen

Sophia is a Campaigner in the Los Angeles office of CODEPINK focusing on BDS. Sophia is a radical Armenian-American womxn whose family escaped massacre in Van, Harpet, Hadjin and Istanbul to ultimately land in California. She recently graduated with a B.A. in Global & International Studies with a minor in Feminist Studies from UC Santa Barbara, where she served as student body President, making her the first Armenian womxn to serve in the history of the University of California system. She draws strength from the unbelievable ability of people to organize against all odds, the urgent and desperate need to find solidarity against institutional violence, and the [her]story of her people (the breath of loved ones, the fire in their blood, and the legacies of struggle & survival in the face of persecution) even amongst the bullshit. She is firmly committed to collective consciousnesses building, horizontal organizing, and sometimes she thinks a megaphone should just be an extension of her arm.

Local Leaders

Meet our local leaders and learn what inspired them to become CODEPINKers!