Becky Rafter, Executive Director
Becky Rafter is the Executive Director of Georgia WAND Education Fund, Inc, a grassroots, women-led, multiracial organization bridging the rural/urban divide and advancing environmental and climate justice, addressing outsized militarized spending, and ending systemic violence, especially in relation to the nuclear weapons and nuclear energy industries.
In 2017, Becky was honored as a local “superhero” by Mark Ruffalo and the Solutions Project for advancing community-driven solutions to nuclear contamination. During her tenure, Georgia WAND received the 2017 Smith W. Bagley Advocacy Award from the Sapelo Foundation; the League of Women Voters of Georgia 2016 Empowerment Award for work at the intersection of environmental justice and the nuclear industry; and the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Environmental Justice Award by Ben Hill United Methodist Church. Becky serves on the executive committees of Partnership for Southern Equity’s Just Energy Circle and Advancing Equity and Opportunity in the U.S. South (AEO). Georgia WAND is an active member of the Georgia Water Coalition, U.S. Human Rights Network, U.S. Climate Action Network, Southern Movement Assembly, the Coalition for the People’s Agenda, and Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, among other partners. Becky is a voting member of Southern Partners Fund and serves on the board of ProGeorgia, a statewide table for collaboration around civic engagement. Prior to joining the Georgia WAND squad, Becky worked in social justice philanthropy at the Funding Exchange in New York City and the Fund for Southern Communities in Atlanta, where she organized donors and foundations to invest more resources in the U.S. South.
Earlier in her career, as Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia, she worked to advance reproductive justice strategies in Georgia and the national NARAL community. Becky has an MPA in International Policy and Nonprofit Management from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a BA in International Relations and Spanish from Agnes Scott College. She is currently working to co-develop just systems, practices, and office culture at Georgia WAND to combat white supremacist structures and habits embedded in nonprofit organizations. She is a member of Rockwood’s 2017-2018 Leading from the Inside Out yearlong cohort.
To contact Becky email: becky[at]georgiawand.org
Lindsay Harper, Deputy Director
Lindsay Harper is a native of Atlanta, GA, and a second-generation graduate of Howard University. She holds degrees from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting and Georgia State University/the Paris-Sorbonne University (dual). Lindsay will be leveraging her talents in radio, production, and public relations to further Georgia WAND’s mission. She’s worked with In the Public Eye, Inc, WVEE V-103 in Atlanta, and Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters and been nominated for an Emmy®.
Lindsay has been serving on the Georgia WAND board of directors since 2014, helping shape our three-year strategic plan and supporting specific pieces of our work. This year, she designed two voter pledge cards for the WeCount! program, each containing civic engagement information as well as critical voter education about issues identified in the community. For example, voters in Atlanta’s NPU-V (Neighborhood Planning Unit V) received a postcard with a graphic comparison of how much federal funding goes to the military versus housing, education, and the environment. Thousands of similar voter education postcards were sent to communities across the state. Lindsay is deeply committed to the intersections of environmental health, racial justice, and peace and she uses her talents in service of the planet. And in 2013, she launched her flagship global initiative, the GreenGoingForward platform.
In addition to GreenGoingForward, Lindsay has worked for several years to implement sustainability projects and programs that generate positive images of communities of color and empower the global community through education. She finds that there is a need to engage diverse communities through new media, small business collaborations, and nonprofit volunteering. One of the most successful outcomes of her leadership was a Go 4 Green Sustainability Tour held at Atlanta Metropolitan State College in 2014, (at which Becky Rafter spoke on behalf of Georgia WAND). Lindsay believes that economic empowerment through business education and community development is the strongest weapon to promote peace and combat the systematic damage war causes all of us.
To contact Lindsay email: lindsay[at]georgiawand.org
Natalie W. Herrington, Community Organizer
Natalie Q. Herrington is a native of Burke County. As a youth, she has been involved in political campaigns, grassroots efforts & community outreach. As a result of these experiences, Natalie attained a B.S. in Public Relations and a Master of Science in Public Administration from Georgia Southern University. Whether it’s providing resume writing assistance, assistance applying for employment, assistance locating resources, etc., she can be found serving her community in a number of ways on any given day. Some of the annual community outreach events she’s involved with included: The Last Day of School Block Party, The Back to School Block Party and a Thanksgiving Outreach. She believes she has been created to serve as a voice for those who feel they don’t have a voice.
To contact Natalie email: Natalie[at]georgiawand.org
Janie Hill-Scott, Community Organizer
Janie Hill-Scott is a lifelong resident of Waynesboro, Burke County Georgia. She received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with an emphasis on Marketing from Augusta State University in Augusta, Georgia. She has been employed in the medical and legal fields throughout her career. She prides herself on being dedicated to community service. She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. along with several other community organizations in an effort to uplift the community.
To contact Janie email: janie[at]georgiawand.org
Emily Weyrauch, Program & Development Associate, Quaker Voluntary Service Fellow
To contact Emily email: Emily[at]georgiawand.org