Amanda Nguyen is the CEO and founder of Rise. She penned her own civil rights into existence and unanimously passed the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights, after having to navigate the broken criminal justice system after her own rape. 11 other laws protecting sexual violence survivors have been created modeled off of her federal law. The federal law was the 21st bill in modern US history to pass unanimously on the record. Amanda has been named a Forbes 30 Under 30, by Foreign Policy as a Top 100 Leading Global Thinker, Marie Claire as a Young Woman of the Year, and The Tempest's #1 Woman of Color Trailblazer. Previously, Amanda was appointed by President Barack Obama to the United States Department of State as his Deputy White House Liaison.
Chris Havasy - Director of Legal Policy and Fund Development
Chris started working for Rise while he was in law school, helping Amanda win her civil rights and ensuring her Massachusetts rape kit was not destroyed. After graduating from Harvard Law, Chris continued to do pro bono legal policy work for the federal legislation as it was introduced and made its way through Congress, and later managed the legal work for the state movements. As Rise continued to grow, Chris took on fund development responsibilities in order to ensure Rise was adequately resourced as it expanded into a truly international grassroots civil rights organization. Chris now leads our legal team, which consists of over a dozen pro bono attorneys from three large law firms, and leads Rise’s fund development efforts.
Lauren Libby - Grasstops Organizing Director
Lauren is a survivor of two sexual assaults. She is interested in making an impact on legislation outside of college campuses. Lauren connected with Amanda through a mutual friend and survivor, and shortly after began working for Rise. As soon as she started working with Amanda and the team--which at the time consisted of only a few core volunteers--she knew that Rise was something she wanted to dedicate her life to. Lauren helped the Rise team complete our first day of action in DC, introduce and pass our Federal Survivor Civil Rights bill, and pass our first state legislation in Massachusetts--all within 10 months. Lauren, like all of our Risers, truly believes in what we are fighting for. This is why she will always be a Riser.
Sergio Lopez - National Organizing Director
As a longtime activist in the survivors' rights space, Sergio had long known about Rise and Amanda's incredible work for survivors' rights, and was in awe of all the work they had done in the short time since the organization began. This year, Sergio decided to get involved with Rise because we are one of the few national organizations actively having an impact, while empowering millennials and survivors to pen their own civil rights into existence.
Nathan Ramia - Deputy National Organizing Director
Nathan Ramia joined Rise after learning about the movement through his day job helping shape the data and technology that support national political organizing. Like most Americans, the majority of his female friends have been sexually assaulted in varying degrees of severity. The notion that their fundamental rights still vary with geography -- and are typically de facto rather than de jure -- inspired him to get involved to enshrine these rights in law. He joined Rise as the Deputy National Organizing Director in November 2016, and he works to help coordinate organizers' efforts in each of the states where Rise is actively moving forward with legislation.
Emma Johnson - Communications
Emma first heard about Rise through Amanda’s interview with the podcast, Another Round, while a senior in college. She spent her senior year advocating for rape and sexual assault survivors at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, by co-founding an organization dedicated to raising awareness, creating prevention programs, and changing policies for survivors. She knew Rise was where she wanted to work in order to make an impact for survivors everywhere, and was continuously inspired the more she learned about Rise, Amanda, and what they’ve accomplished. Emma started at Rise as an intern before moving into communications.
Courtney graduated with a degree in International Affairs with a focus on Community and International Relations. Her research focused on the varying levels of women’s rights across states, and Military Sexual Trauma with regards to male survivors and the resources available to them. Hailing from London, Chicago, and Marietta, Georgia, Courtney moved to DC to pursue a career that couples legislation and human rights, and found it in Rise. Courtney loves the organization for many reasons- the amazing people it attracts, the changing day to day and fast paced schedule, and the ball pit in the middle of the office. However, her favorite thing about the organization is that it gives survivors the agency they need to promote change and bring about their own civil rights.