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 GuyetteField Organizer
Tristan Guyette - Field Organizer
Tristan works as Beyond the Bomb’s Field Organizer and has a passion for exciting and equipping activists. She attended college in Ohio and is based out of Toledo. In the past she’s worked to educate voters on Ohio’s changing registration laws and to protect reproductive rights. When she’s not organizing for change she’s 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 works as the Digital Engagement Manager with Beyond the Bomb, creating content to promote the message of eliminating nuclear weapons. She got her start in activism as an anti-war organizer in college, working for a just U.S. foreign policy and pushing for peace and justice in Korea, the Middle East and North Africa, and Southeast Asia. Colleen has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and International Relations from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from American University. When she’s not working for peace and justice (which is rare), you can find her playing tennis, doing yoga, or attempting to improve her language skills.
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.
Hallie CunninghamField Intern
Hallie Cunningham - Field Intern
Hallie is a rising sophomore at Bowling Green State University majoring in political science. She has previously worked on political campaigns in her home state, primarily connecting with constituents. Hallie has also held a town hall on gun control in her congressional district. She is very involved in her university but her favorite organizations are Undergraduate Student Government (where she serves as the Military Senator), the Student Veterans Organization and Dance Marathon. In her free time, she likes to be around dogs and finding new coffee shops to try.
Favorite quote: “Bravery is the audacity to be unhindered by failures, and to walk with freedom, strength, and hope, in the face of things unknown.” – Morgan Harper Nichols
Favorite food: Pasta
Favorite marine animal: Dolphins. Who doesn’t love dolphins? They are real life angels.
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Caroline St. PeterPartnerships Intern
Caroline St. Peter - Partnerships Intern
Caroline is a rising senior at Worcester State University majoring in Communication and Political Science. She plans to continue her academic career by pursuing a masters in Political Communication. Last fall, Caroline had the opportunity to intern for House rep Lori Trahan’s campaign. The experience allowed her to grow an appreciation and interest for campaigning and all the work that goes into it! When not in class or studying you could find her hanging out with her friends at local coffee shops or (if the New England weather allows it) by the pool.
Favorite quote: “A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.” – Barack Obama
Favorite food: Chipotle
Favorite marine animal: Sea lions. (they are like dogs that live in the sea)
Hometown: Boston, MA
Brenden De LanceyCampaigns Intern
Brenden De Lancey - Campaigns Intern
Brenden is a senior Political Science/Public Law student at the University of North Florida. As a student activist he participates in protests and campaigns and is a member of his University’s College Democrats, Students for a Democratic Society, and Young Democratic Socialists of America. He believes in equality for all and a world that can sustain it, which is why he helped orchestrate a human rights campaign for undocumented students at his University as well as volunteer beach cleanups for his hometown in Florida. In his free time, he likes traveling to new places, reading sci-fi, or spending time with his golden retriever, Eva.
Favorite quote: “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” – Elie Wiesel
Favorite food: Tacos!
Favorite marine animal: Lobsters, because of how different they are from human beings.
Hometown: Melbourne, FL