Our Team

The coordinators, researchers, and volunteers supporting the coalition.

Vidya Sri

Vidya Sri is Co-Founder and President of Everywoman Everywhere. She was a Human Rights Policy Fellow at the Carr Center, Harvard Kennedy School from 2013 – 2016. She leads the Initiative on Violence Against Women(VAW) which examines the legal and implementation gaps in the global framework on VAW with a specific interest in the potential for a binding norm on VAW.
Vidya is the Founder of Gangashakti an organization that conducts research and raises awareness on Forced Marriage. Gangashakti provides technical assistance on forced marriage and delivers training to service providers. Vidya has written “Voices From the Frontline,” a paper that draws data from over 500 surveys, 52 case studies, and 22 interviews with frontline responders on forced marriage in the United States.This paper has been cited in an August, 2014 Resolution passed by the American Bar Association which acknowledges, for the first time, forced marriage in the United States as a human rights violation. Vidya is the author of The Definition of Forced Marriage for the Encyclopedia of Sexual Violence and Abuse. Sri, V. (Oct.2012). Forced Marriage. In J.L. Postmus (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Sexual Violence and Abuse. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
Vidya is an Advisory Board member for a National Institute of Justice funded study on forced marriage in the United States conducted by the Urban Institute. Vidya’s work has been covered by Thompson Reuters and Al-Jazeera America. She has been the focus of in-depth interviews on NPR, TV Asia and Vasantham TV.
Vidya spent 15 years working in the banking industry with a focus on organizational management. She has a B.A. in business administration from Madras University, a B.A. summa cum laude in organizational behavior from Cabrini College, and an MBA in business administration from Penn State University.

Lisa Shannon

Lisa Shannon is Co-Founder and CEO of Everywoman Everywhere. She is an American author, human rights activist, and scholar known for initiating campaigns in the international women’s movement, including founding Run for Congo Women and co-founding the first sexual violence crisis center in Mogadishu- Sister Somalia- in partnership with Fartun Adan Abdisalan, as well as the successful 45,000 Penny Congo Conflict Minerals Campaign against technology giants Intel, Apple, and Hewlett Packard.

Lisa Shannon’s appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2009, along with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Nick Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn and Ben Affleck, resulted in a record-breaking fundraising surge, with more than fifteen million dollars and 16,000 new annual sponsorships raised for Women for Women International, doubling its DR Congo program capacity. Lisa’s work has been profiled in multiple appearances in The New York Times, Runner’s World Magazine, National Public Radio, and O, The Oprah Magazine, as well as ABC World News Tonight, CNN International, Voice of America, Time Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Venus and Marie Claire. She was select O, The Oprah Magazine’s 2010 Power List, “Some of the world’s most powerful women in politics, business, the arts and academia”, and Shape Magazine’s “2010 Women Who Shape the World.”

Lisa was an Associate and former Fellow of the Carr Center for Human Rights, and a former Gleitsman Fellow with the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Georgetown University. She is author of award-winning A Thousand Sisters: My Journey Into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman (Seal Press, 2010) and Mama Koko and the Hundred Gunmen: An Ordinary Family’s Extraordinary Tale of Love, Loss, and Survival in Congo (Public Affairs, 2015).

Charlie Clements

Charlie Clements is Co-Founder of Everywoman Everywhere. He was Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, and faculty member of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Before coming to the Carr Center Dr. Clements career in NGOs focused on advocacy, human rights, and humanitarian assistance. Specifically, Charlie was a founding board member of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), which he represented at both the treaty signing and the Nobel Prize ceremonies for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines in 1997. Prior to the Landmines Campaign, a full decade of Charlie’s life was devoted to the civil war in El Salvador, which he worked in the midst of as a physician from 1982 to 1983. Witness to War, his account of that experience, was published by Bantam in 1984. In that era he co-founded and led the Salvadoran Medical Relief Fund and as well as a Political Action Committee called Pax Americas. He led a number of Congressional fact-finding missions to Central America during the 1980s and was a special guest at the signing of the Peace Accords that ended the war in 1992. Charlie spent much of his career assisting low income communities in Texas and New Mexico who lived without running water or sewer. Following an emergency human rights mission to Iraq only weeks before the current war began, Charlie returned to full-time human rights work as President and CEO of Cambridge-based UUSC, where he served until accepting the position of Executive Director at the Carr Center in 2010. Charlie has a BSc from the US Air Force Academy, an MSc in Operations Research from UCLA, and an M.D./M.P.H. from the University of Washington School of Medicine and Public Health.

Caitlin O’Quinn

Oregon, United States

Caitlin O’Quinn lives on the west coast of the U.S. in Eugene, Oregon. She holds masters’ degrees in secondary science education and in International Studies, and is currently working on a PhD in Political Science with a focus on gender and politics in development. Her research interests include the examination of Violence against Women through a global political economy lens as well as the effects of development on women. She is also interested in exploring VAW prevention strategies and is currently conducting research examining the effectiveness of a community-based, empowerment-centered self defense program for women. Additionally, she is working on a comparative case study of Costa Rica’s and Guatemala’s legal responses to VAW and the lessons we may learn from these. Caitlin began working with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights, Initiative on Violence Against Women in October 2013 and continues her work with Everywoman Everywhere, where she has been since its inception. Caitlin is also the mother of two young daughters and a son, and strives to set a good example; helping them become caring and kind humans who will make a difference in the world.

Maria Pachon

Massachusetts, United States

Maria Pachon is a graduate of Brandeis University (Waltham MA) with a degree in Politics. She was born in Colombia, South America and moved to the US when she was ten years old. In the last three years, she has volunteered with various efforts to help immigrant women and girls in the US. Maria became concerned about VAW when she learned about rising of acid attacks on women in Colombia and the lack of implementation of current laws that protect women from these attacks. Maria began volunteering at the Carr Center for Human Rights, Initiative on Violence Against Women, providing administrative and research support in May 2014. She continues to volunteer with the Everywoman Everywhere Coalition supporting in various projects such as support for expert committees and English- Spanish translation. Maria is currently working as a research assistant as part of the Emerging Scholars Program at Princeton University.

Nancy McLennan

Paris, France

Nancy has spent the last decade working on inclusive policy development and civic engagement at UNESCO. During this time, Nancy has managed multi-country policy-praxis projects, supported the implementation of normative frameworks and developed tools for the elaboration and implementation of gender-responsive social policy. She has an academic background in gender-based violence, transnational feminism and social norms change. Nancy holds an MA in English and an MSc in Human Rights and International Relations. She is currently reading an interdisciplinary PhD in Politics and Sociology. Nancy joined the Initiative on Violence against Women at Harvard’s Carr Centre for Human Rights in 2013 and has been actively engaged in the Everywoman Everywhere Coalition since its launch. She has supported the team in a number of areas, including fundraising, working group coordination and research for evidence-based advocacy. She is passionate about widespread grassroots engagement holding the key to transformative policy development and government accountability in the area of violence against women. Nancy has travelled extensively across Asia, Africa and Europe and looks forward to new adventures with her daughter Ava in the years to come.

Véronique Fourment

California, United States

Véronique is a native of France, living in Northern California for 30 years. She is a retired speech pathologist who practiced in France and the US. She has been involved in Human Rights and women’s rights for as long as she can remember. From 1989 to 1998, Véronique held several volunteer leadership positions at Amnesty International. In 2007, she was one of the first volunteers at Kiva.org and participated in the development of the Review and Translation Program, which now engages over 400 people worldwide. At Kiva.org, she was a translator and a volunteer Team Leader; managing 15 to 20 French to English translators spread over seven countries and four continents. Véronique has been working with the Initiative on Violence Against Women since August 2015. She is supporting various projects including an integral role in the development of the fundraising program and overseeing French-English translation. Véronique has been honored to work with the deeply committed and passionate team at Everywoman Everywhere. She looks forward to seeing the impact of a global treaty on over half the world population and the economic benefits in a world free of gender-based violence.

Millicent Bogert

California, United States

Millicent joined Everywoman Everywhere in 2014 as a member of the East/Central Asia working group while she was with MONFEMNET National Network in Mongolia. Prior to that, she worked for children’s rights in Malaysia, participating in the civil society reporting for the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Universal Periodic Review. She also spent many years in city government, as a legislative aide and performance auditor. Her strong interest in addressing VAW dates back to volunteering at the local women’s shelter while studying anthropology at Stanford University. Now back in San Francisco after several years in Asia, she is very glad to bring all the pieces together as a member of the Everywoman Everywhere team.

Caitlin Stone

Melbourne, Australia

Caitlin became involved in Everywoman, Everywhere whilst working for the National Center Against Violence in Mongolia. Through this role Caitlin’s interest in the prevention of violence against women was sparked, and she feels privileged to be working with a group of inspiring people to prevent violence against women globally. Prior to Mongolia, Caitlin has worked with children who have experienced trauma and with refugees in a community development role. Caitlin holds an undergraduate degree in Social Work, and a Masters in Development. Caitlin provides research support to the Coalition. Caitlin is beyond excited to one day be able to see the impact that a global treaty will have on women and girls globally.


Seyoung Park

Oregon, United States

Seyoung Park is a fourth year undergraduate student attending the University of Oregon. She is double majoring in international studies with a concentration in international relations and digital arts. Though she is a South Korean citizen, she was born and resided in Dakar, Senegal for twelve years before moving to the state of Oregon. This exposure to multiple cultures and languages created a passion for learning and understanding various cultures. She is currently working at the American English Institute where she acts as an intercultural mediator for international students as they adjust to a new culture. In the summer of 2017, she will be interning at the U.S. Embassy in the Republic of Korea for cultural diplomacy. Her coursework in international studies generated her interest in gender politics and the role of culture in gender issues which she will further explore in her senior thesis. She started to intern with the Everywoman Everywhere coalition’s VAW initiative in July 2016. She feels inspired by the organization’s passionate members and feels honored to be a part of the crucial change that the initiative is making.

Maria Caterina Gargano

California, United States

Maria is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley where she studied Psychology and Human Rights and Italian. She has worked with UC Berkeley’s Ethics and Moral Reasoning Lab and extensively with UCSF’s Bonding and Attunement in Neuropsychiatric Disorders (BAND) Lab. She has attended l’Università di Bologna where she conducted research on trauma, risk, and resilience across the arc of migration and mental health outcomes in migrant populations, and volunteered with the Human Rights Nights festival. She has also worked on designing and implementing a resiliency project with the Advanced Human Rights investigations Lab at the Boalt school of law. She has volunteered with survivors of gender based violence and her passion for this work has led Maria to join Everywoman Everywhere. She loves being surrounded by this phenomenal community of people who inspire her with their bravery and fierce dedication to ending all forms of violence for all women. In the future she hopes to create culturally-informed interventions to combat neglected trauma in refugee populations, specifically focusing on survivors of gender based violence in the context of migration.