Our Team

Our small team supports all-star volunteers across the country.

Cecili Thompson Williams (she/her)Executive Director

Cecili Thompson Williams (she/her) - 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.

Email: [email protected]

Yasmeen Silva (she/her)Partnerships Manager

Yasmeen Silva (she/her) - 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

Email: [email protected]

Tristan Guyette (they/them)Campaign Director

Tristan Guyette (they/them) - Campaign Director

Tristan works as Beyond the Bomb’s Campaign Director 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 the Nuclear Fusion Project. 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!

Email: [email protected]

Raeghn Draper (she/they)Campaign Associate

Raeghn Draper (she/they) - Campaign Associate

As a multifaceted being, Raeghn contains multitudes, which leads to her experience as a writer, community organizer, and hospitality professional. Born in Milwaukee, WI, as the oldest of eight, having younger siblings gave her early lessons of love, patience, and understanding, which allowed her to gravitate towards hospitality and community work. Though her upbringing was not ideal she strives to reimagine how to define herself and heal with her writing and organizing. She desires that others too can reclaim their experiences.

Favorite Quote: “We can sit in our corners mute forever while our sisters and ourselves are wasted, while our children are distorted and destroyed, while our earth is poisoned; we can sit in our safe corners mute as bottles, and we will still be no less afraid.” Audre Lorde

Favorite Food: scallops

Favorite Marine Animal: Jellyfish

Hometown: Milwuakee, WI

Email: [email protected]

Ellen Leonard (she/her)Partnerships and Digital Associate

Ellen Leonard (she/her) - Partnerships and Digital 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

Email: [email protected]

Rachel Traczyk (she/they)Field Associate

Rachel Traczyk (she/they) - Field Associate

A fierce, creative, rabble rousing activist, Rachel graduated from New Mexico State University with a B.A. in Sociology. They jumped straight into nonprofit work and organizing right out of college and haven’t looked back since. Now, Rachel works with Beyond the Bomb to help train and recruit the next generation of anti-nuclear activists! They’re dedicated to justice and committed to fighting for the rights of all communities. More specifically the nuclear frontline communities who have been severely impacted by nuclear weapons in her home of New Mexico. Rachel is passionate about the environment, intersectionality, human rights, and playing an excessive amount of board games.

Favorite Quote: “I’m no longer accepting the things I cannot change… I’m changing the things I cannot accept.” -Angela Davis.

Favorite Food: Cappuccino… it’s a food.

Favorite Marine Animal: Axolotl, they are surprisingly strong and resilient!

Hometown: Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Email: [email protected]

Molly Hurley (she/her)Fellowship Associate

Molly Hurley (she/her) - 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

Email: [email protected]