Big things happening at Georgia WAND!
Georgia WAND is up to something big. We've just completed a new Strategic Plan, informed by you via the 2013 Stakeholder Survey. In the coming weeks, we look forward to unveiling our strategic direction that builds on our programmatic and fundraising sucesses, introducing our dynamic new board members and asking you to take actions to keep fighting for justice.
Georgia WAND wouldn't have arrived in this exciting place of strength and growth without the efforts of Courtney Hanson and Emilia Kaiser, who are moving on to great new opportunities. It is bittersweet that, as we celebrate change, we have to say goodbye these changemakers. But we are excited for them!
Courtney Hanson has poured her heart and soul into Georgia WAND for four years. As Director of Organizing and Communications, she's focused our grassroots organizing and leadership development in the Central Savannah River Area, resulting in two huge wins and launching our community internship program. The WAND Weekly action/news alert boasts higher than average open rates and gets compliments from many corners of our membership. She has mastered the art of distilling complex technical data on nuclear regulations and energy industries and has earned the respect of her colleagues and fellow activists, Georgia's Public Service Commission, the Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Savannah River Site Citizens Advisory Board and many more. Courtney has had a huge impact on our work, and the seeds she's planted will grow for many years.
Emilia Kaiser has helped grow and define the work of Georgia WAND for three years. And she repeatedly has gone the extra mile. Not only that, but she's instilled in our office a culture of peace, generosity and goodwill, Emilia has led successful Hiroshima and Nagasaki remembrance events, educated the WAND constituency on drones, protested at the School of the Americas and lobbied Congress against nuclear weapons spending. Her passion for justice and peace inform everything she does. She has also contributed an incredible amount of brains and power to our fundraising, especially around new members and Mother's Day for Peace. She is a truly talented development professional, and she not only helped pull off a very successful MD4P this year but she raised an additional $3,000 from the stage with one of the best pitches I've ever heard.
WAND is a people-centered organization. And by centering their work in the lives of people most affected by militarism, violence and environmental injustices, Courtney and Emilia have elevated WAND's success. Due to their earnest and dedicated work, we are closer to fulfilling our mission. Courtney will head off to Chicago next week where she'll begin a job as Midwest Outreach Coordinator at Union of Concerned Scientists and Emilia will begin her Master's in Public Health with a concentration in Environmental Health at Georgia State University.
Again, in the coming weeks, we'll share more information with you about our exciting changes and opportunities.