Becky Rafter, Executive Director
Throughout her career, Becky Rafter has advanced sustainable, collective and community-led social justice by transforming the traditional fields of management and fundraising. Prior to becoming Executive Director Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions, she served as Director of Stakeholder Engagement for Funding Exchange, Development Director and Program Manager for Fund for Southern Communities and Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia. She currently serves on the program committee of Grantmakers for Southern Progress and the board of the Calamus Foundation, where she focuses on narrowing the gap between philanthropy and grassroots communities. Most recently, Becky joined the Accountability, Resource and Action Teams for Showing Up for Racial Justice, a national network of white activists identifying and creating models for organizing white people to address structural racism.
In 2011, Becky received an MPA in International Policy and Nonprofit Management from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. As a student, she ran the Social Change Leadership Network for the Research Center for Leadership in Action and worked on a participatory action research project in five countries with the Institute for International Education. She also co-founded and co-chaired the Stonewall Policy Alliance, an LGBTQ student group, which won two NYU-wide student organization awards during her tenure. While in New York, she served on the Research Board of the NYC Participatory Budgeting Campaign, the leadership team of the inaugural New York Social Justice PAC, facilitation teams for Resource Generation’s Making Money Make Change retreat and the Vestry of historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, Brooklyn.
Before moving to NYC, Becky served on the boards of Georgians for Choice (now SPARK! Reproductive Justice NOW), Feminist Women’s Health Center, Georgia Shares and the Little Five Points Community Center. She also supported the local host fundraising committee for the 2007 United States Social Forum in Atlanta. She is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta’s L.E.A.D. program, class of 2006 and Project South’s 2006 Building a Movement Institute.
Becky graduated from Agnes Scott College in 1997, with a BA in International Relations and Spanish.
Amanda Hill-Attkisson serves as the Managing Director of Georgia Women's Action for New Directions (Georgia WAND). She oversees and manages Georgia WAND staff operations to provide leadership and maintains a supportive and productive work environment for staff, members, and volunteers. She supports programming in our three primary program areas of Environmental Justice, Political Empowerment, and Peace In Action.
Among many skills and assets, Amanda brings a strong technical background. She graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1992 with a degree in electrical engineering and also earned a Co-operative Certificate in Electrical Engineering. Amanda worked as a design engineer for five years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the Electronic Labs Facility at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Prior to working at Georgia WAND, Amanda owned a local independent bookstore as well as her own residential renovation and consulting business.
Amanda has been a dedicated anti-nuclear and peace activist for over fifteen years in the metro-Atlanta area and overseas. In addition to her efforts at Georgia WAND, Amanda currently serves on the Steering Committee of ProGeorgia, a broad-based alliance of progressive civic engagement organizations throughout Georgia.
Amanda has also served on the National board of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) and on the Steering Committee for Georgia Peace and Justice. She has also been active in local Atlanta nonprofit organizations such as Food Not Bombs, Atlanta Nippon Myuhoji Dojo, and Camp Horizon. Amanda lives in East Point, with her partner, Erin, and their daughter, Sahana.
Amanda lives in East Point, with her partner, Erin, and their daughter, Sahana.
To contact Amanda email: amanda[at]georgiawand.org
Georgia WAND Office:
Our office is located in the Grant Park neighborhood in Southeast Atlanta.
250 Georgia Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30312
General Inquiries: 404-524-5999 or