Cecili Thompson WilliamsDirector
Cecili Thompson Williams - Director
Cecili is the 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.
John Qua - Campaigner
John works as an organizer with Beyond the Bomb mobilizing communities and campuses against the threat of nuclear war and weapons. He got his start organizing for marriage equality in his home states of CT and RI and has worked on campaigns for social and environmental justice for the last decade since. When he’s not at BtB, you can find him cooking up a storm, running, or organizing for climate justice in the DMV.
Favorite quote: “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.” – James Baldwin
Favorite food: Peaches at the peak of summer!
Favorite marine animal:. Narwhals! I didn’t actually believe some friends when they told me about these creatures because they sound made up; they actually had to google them in front of me. They’re unicorns of the sea – what’s not to like!
Hometown: Providence, RI
Yasmeen Silva - Campaigner
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. She works with volunteers on the West Coast to ensure their actions and campaigns are as successful as possible.
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
Brendan McGuire - Campaigner
Brendan cut his organizing teeth fighting for voters rights in Chicago and working on Martin O’Malley’s Presidential primary campaign. With Beyond the Bomb, he specializes in moving activists off the internet and into the real world.
Favorite quote: “Enjoy every sandwich.” – Warren Zevon
Favorite food: Sushi (of the all-you-can-eat variety)
Favorite marine animal: Sea Otter
Hometown: Chevy Chase, MD
Jessica BudlongDigital Advocacy Intern
Jessica Budlong - Digital Advocacy Intern
Jessica is an intern that is part of the social media team for Beyond the Bomb. She first got involved through her local campus group at Cornell College. She is currently studying international relations and economics and business, hoping to improve relations between countries throughout the world. Making sure there are other countries is the first step, right?
Favorite quote: “Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” – Joel A. Barker
Favorite Food: Almost any fruit!
Favorite marine animal: Polar bears of course.
Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI