Cecili Thompson WilliamsExecutive Director
Cecili Thompson Williams - Executive Director
Cecili is the Executive Director of Beyond the Bomb, leading a team of kick-ass campaigners and activists to mobilize against the threat of nuclear war and weapons. She has nearly two decades of experience leading mission-driven campaigns with organizations including Amnesty International USA, RESULTS Educational Fund, and the National Partnership for Women & Families. Most recently she founded and served as the Chief Strategist for We Divine Water, a consulting group helping smart and passionate changemakers build strategic and effective campaigns. A strong believer in continually building power and capacity, Cecili has trained thousands of campaigners on how to maximize their impact within their organizations and in the world at large. She also serves as a faculty member at the Center for Social Design at the Maryland Institute College of Arts where she teaches a graduate seminar on campaign strategy. When she’s not campaigning, she can be found freezing at an ice rink with her skating daughters or running slowly in a forest.
Favorite quote: “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief…You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.” – The Talmud
Favorite food: Tacos.
Favorite marine animal: Dolphins – they are fiercely loyal, help others both within and beyond their species, are intelligent and strategic, have top-notch communication skills, and do it all with style and flair.
Hometown: This is the hardest question. I’m a 3rd Culture Kid and grew up all over the place so: Orlando, DC, Mexico City, Tel Aviv, and Lisbon.
Yasmeen SilvaPartnerships Manager
Yasmeen Silva - Partnerships Manager
Yasmeen is excited to expose the intersections of the nuclear system with other oppressive systems here in the United States. She is passionate specifically about ending toxic masculinity that fuels violence. Prior to organizing at Beyond the Bomb, Yasmeen organized across the country on issues ranging from a $15 minimum wage to reproductive rights. As Partnerships Manager she can’t wait to bring issue connections to light to build strong, intersectional coalitions that fight for justice and a world without nuclear weapons.
In her free time she enjoys curling up with a good dystopian novel, or staring at art until she feels moved.
Favorite quote: “Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.” – Margaret Atwood
Favorite food: NY Pizza
Favorite marine animal: Coral. Why? Look at how they come together to build something much bigger and beautiful than themselves alone. Their communities are the basis of entire ecosystems!
Hometown: Hauppauge, NY
Tristan GuyetteNational Field Manager
Tristan Guyette - National Field Manager
Tristan works as Beyond the Bomb’s National Field Manager and has a passion for exciting and equipping activists. They attended college in Ohio and are based out of Toledo. In the past they’ve worked with the College Election Engagement Project and to educate voters on Ohio’s changing registration laws. Currently, Tristan sits on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio’s Digital Organizing Council. When they’re not organizing for change you can find them surrounded by a pack of shepherds, probably looking for their frisbee.
Favorite Quote: “…And for every day you paint the war, take a week and paint the beauty, the color, the shape of the landscape you’re marching towards. Everyone knows what you’re against; show them what you’re for.”
― Andrea Gibson
Favorite Food: Coffee is a food, right?
Favorite Marine Animal: Manatees! Growing up in Florida they were everywhere, and they’re like big puppies!
Hometown: Toledo, OH!
Colleen MooreDigital Engagement Manager
Colleen Moore - Digital Engagement Manager
Colleen Moore is the Digital Engagement Manager for Beyond the Bomb, creating content to promote the mission of reducing the threat of nuclear violence. Colleen has experience in campaigning for justice and peace issues, including ending U.S. support for the war in Yemen, promoting human rights and justice in Indonesia and East Timor, working for a peace treaty between North and South Korea, and ending the occupation of Palestine. Above all, she has a passion for using digital mediums to advance causes of human rights and justice. Colleen received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Relations and Political Science from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from American University’s School of International Service. She has held positions at Win Without War, Seeds of Peace, East Timor and Indonesia Action Network, and Peace Action New York State. You can follow her on Twitter at @cmoo11_.
Favorite quote: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Favorite food: Pizza – preferably from her hometown in upstate New York.
Favorite marine animal: Adelie penguins! They’re small but fierce and feisty – something I can relate to.
Hometown: Deerfield, NY.
AV Lee-a-YongFellowship Associate
AV Lee-a-Yong - Fellowship Associate
AV is a senior at Swarthmore College, majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies and minoring in Psychology and Gender & Sexuality Studies. Ze is committed to LGBT activism, demystifying intractable conflict, and working with youth to inspire them in their own advocacy. AV has worked closely with LGBT youth in Northern Ireland to advocate for trans healthcare, with and for resettled people to use art to tell their stories, and on creating a database tracking gun violence in hir College county. Currently, ze is also working on the Global Nonviolent Action Database Advisory Committee, in hopes of maintaining an online database of nonviolent action campaigns for use by activists across the globe. In hir downtime, AV likes to act in plays, but only takes roles where ze gets to wear a beard, including “Antonio” in The Tempest, and “Max” in HIR.
Favorite quote: “We can not fight for our rights and our history as well as future until we are armed with weapons of criticism and dedicated consciousness.” ― Edward W. Said
Favorite food: Doubles, a Trinidadian street food that I used to enjoy when I lived there.
Favorite marine animal: Manatees have been my favorite marine animal for a long time, because no matter what happens, they’ll just keep on floating.
Hometown: I grew up in about 18 different places, but most times I just say “Hallandale, FL” to keep things simple.
Molly HurleyFellowship Associate
Molly Hurley - Fellowship Associate
Molly graduated high school as a pre-med, graduated from Rice University as a chem major, but ultimately decided “nah” to both in lieu of pursuing social justice with regard to nuclear weapons issues. Her greatest influence in pursuing activism is the idea that to be politically involved is itself a privilege. Thus, she is proud to have the opportunity to use her privilege productively through Beyond the Bomb by helping others replace the cycles of poverty and violence with a cycle of love. Dogs over cats, waffles over pancakes, forests over beaches, and BTS over nukes.
After her time with Beyond the Bomb, Molly with be traveling to Japan on a Waggoner Fellowship to further study the impacts of nuclear weapons.
Favorite quote: “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving them.” –Henry David Thoreau
Favorite food: 魚香茄子 which is typically translated into English as “fish fragrant eggplant” but actually contains no fish–the spicier the better
Favorite marine animal: Starfish for their regenerative abilities, an aspirational model for emotional resiliency
Hometown: Carl Junction, MO
Ellen LeonardElection Associate
Ellen Leonard - Election Associate
Ellen Leonard is a recent graduate of University of New Hampshire with majors in political science and Italian. She spent a semester studying Italian and Italian politics in Bologna. She loves comparative politics and analyzing how political culture and decision making varies between governments. She worked on a project presented to the State of New Hampshire Department of Homeland Security program managers detailing the levels of resilience of state counties and previously interned for a NH State Representative. In her free time, she likes to bake cookies, nap, read, and be on the lookout for dogs to pet.
Favorite Quote: “If monopoly persists, monopoly will always sit at the helm of government. I do not expect monopoly to restrain itself. If there are men in this country big enough to own the government of the United States, they are going to own it.” -Woodrow Wilson
Favorite Food: Popcorn
Favorite Marine Animal: Penguins
Hometown: Toledo, OH