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Move to End Violence currently consists of four full time staff in Washington, DC. This team has been responsible for managing all aspects of the initiative from its inception, including the stakeholder research, program design, and program administration.
Jackie Payne is the Director of Move to End Violence. Jackie began her career in post-apartheid South Africa, working on issues related to gender equality, women’s health, and economic empowerment. In 1997, Jackie became staff attorney at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, covering a range of matters, including domestic and sexual violence, public benefits, housing, and consumer protection. Jackie then joined the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund in Washington, D.C., where she led a national coalition of community-based organizations dedicated to addressing the gendered-roots of poverty in America. Jackie also chaired the national coalition to end domestic and sexual violence and helped lead the successful campaign to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. During this time, Jackie also served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, teaching Gender, Equality, and the Law.
In 2003, Jackie was recruited by Planned Parenthood Federation of America to run its 50-state advocacy program. In this role, Jackie set the Federation's state policy agenda and enhanced the capacity of the 100-plus affiliates to engage in effective advocacy. In 2006, Jackie was promoted to Director of Government Relations, taking over responsibility for the entirety of the Federation's state, federal, and international policy work. She left the Federation in 2009 to undertake this initiative for the NoVo Foundation.
Jackie received her bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School. She is a trustee of the Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation and serves on the board of Generations Ahead.
Michelle Lambert is the Communications Director for Move to End Violence. For more than 18 years, Michelle has worked exclusively with non-profit organizations, foundations, and government agencies to create high-impact and memorable communications for some of today’s most pressing issues.
Before joining Move to End Violence, Michelle directed her own consulting practice providing organizations working on progressive issues with a full-range of services-- from strategic planning to implementation. Her clients included the African Wildlife Foundation, Alliance for Aging Research, Family Violence Prevention Fund (now Futures Without Violence), the Jane Goodall Institute, Metro Washington Council of Governments, New Buildings Institute, and the Reproductive Health Technologies Project.
As an account supervisor for DDB Worldwide’s Issues and Advocacy practice in Washington, D.C., Michelle helped issues-based clients promote their causes. Working with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation on a multi-faceted national campaign, Michelle helped launch two award-winning websites designed to raise awareness about international family planning. One of the sites launched with a live webcast from the White House with Former President Clinton.
Michelle began her career focusing on environmental-related clients, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she helped lead the introduction of the Energy Star brand, now a household name.
Michelle holds a B.A. in Anthropology, with a minor in African Studies, from Connecticut College. While at Connecticut College, Michelle volunteered on the local hotline for domestic violence and conducted a semester-long independent study of survivors of domestic violence in the community.
Emily Napalo is the Program Manager for Move to End Violence. With a background in women’s rights and reproductive health, Emily has contributed to communications, lobbying, and strategic planning projects for women’s issues-focused organizations such as the Center for Reproductive Rights, the Breast Cancer Fund, and Women of Color United for Health Reform. A recipient of the National Council for Research on Women’s fellowship for the next generation of women non-profit leaders, Emily aspires to use her career to advance social justice advocacy goals.
Previously, Emily served as a senior associate for Planned Parenthood Federation of America's Public Policy Division. In that capacity, she provided assistance to the director of government relations, tracked key legislative activity related to the Federation's policy priorities, and managed departmental communications with congressional offices, Planned Parenthood affiliates, and coalition partners. Prior to her time with Planned Parenthood, Emily worked at the Feminist Majority Foundation as the assistant to the executive.
A magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University, Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts in women's studies, with a minor in French. While at Georgetown, she interned for EMILY's List, the National Organization for Women, Women for Women International, and Tostan. Her Georgetown experience was defined by her commitment to the Georgetown Solidarity Committee, a campus-based workers' rights organization.
Lan Nguyen is the Program Associate for Move to End Violence. Coming from a strong social justice background, Lan previously worked at OCA, a national Asian Pacific American organization, on public policy, communication, and membership, including leading a national census campaign to engage underrepresented communities. Prior to working at OCA, Lan served as a New Leaders Fellow through the Center for Progressive Leadership and as fellow with the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies. During her fellowships, Lan worked at the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum on healthcare and immigration issues from a race and gender perspective and contributed to advocacy for immigrant rights at the Asian American Justice Center. In addition, as a recipient of the Tom Gerety Fellowship for Action, Lan worked at an orphanage for physically and mentally disabled children in Saigon, Viet Nam. She has also studied in Copenhagen with the Denmark International Study “Minorities and Multiculturalism” program.
Lan received her B.A. in Cognitive Neuroscience with a minor in Asian American Studies from Amherst College. While at Amherst, she helped found the Five-College Pan Asian Network (5PAN), an intercollegiate APA organization seeking to raise awareness and mobilize students around social justice issues including on-campus hate crimes, immigrant rights, and educational disparity.