Sarah Streyder, Executive Director
Sarah Streyder is an advocate, organizer, and proud military spouse who is committed to helping other military partners and family members raise their voices on foreign policy issues that affect their lives. Sarah began her career working for the White House’s correspondence office under President Obama’s administration. She later joined the Department of Commerce’s legislative affairs team, where she helped coordinate administration-wide strategy on trade policy advocacy.
In 2017, Sarah moved to join her then-Air Force (now Space Force) spouse stationed in Nebraska, where she spearheaded outreach efforts for the education nonprofit Stand For Schools, expanding the organization’s budget and network of partnerships. During the 2018 midterm election, Sarah organized a new coalition of diverse stakeholders in North Omaha to register and turn out voters from historically underrepresented communities.
Sarah now lives in Virginia, and was recognized as the AFI Quantico Spouse of the Year for 2020. She also has a Master’s in Public Policy from Cambridge University, with a focus on international human rights.
Kate Marsh Lord, Communications Director
Kate Marsh Lord is a mom, proud Air Force spouse and has her elected officials on speed dial. She is a volunteer with Moms Demand Action who knows activism can be intimidating but is committed to empowering military spouses to use our voices for positive change.
Kate met her Air Force husband while in law school and the trajectory of her career changed as she embarked on a new journey as a military spouse. Determined to find professional fulfillment, and in true military spouse fashion, Kate created work for herself through online entrepreneurship as her family moved around the world.
Kate earned a Bachelor’s in Politics and History from Mount Holyoke College and a Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University.
Heather is a proud active duty Air Force spouse with a love of public service and nonprofit work. She got her start at a national nonprofit servicing military families where she used social media campaigns to engage service members and their families around issues such as military spouse employment and education, benefits and policy, and health care.
It was this advocacy experience that led her to the world of electoral politics. She’s supported a variety of candidates and elected officials at the local and federal level. Her work on political campaigns taught her that nothing is more important than reaching out to the audience you serve, listening with compassion, and sharing their stories to build consensus. She’s passionate about encouraging other military spouses to get engaged in foreign and national policy.
Heather has a B.A. in Social Science from California State University, Chico, and a Master’s in Political Management from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is also the Director of Communications for the One America Movement, an organization fighting toxic polarization.
Joyce Wessel Raezer
A nationally-recognized champion of military families, Joyce serves as a subject matter expert on military health care, education, military spouse employment, family readiness, and on ways military families can influence policies affecting their lives. Joyce retired as the Executive Director of the National Military Family Association in August 2019, where she led a dedicated team working to ensure the Association’s programs and initiatives promote the strength and resilience of the families of the seven uniformed services. She became Executive Director in 2007 after serving in various staff positions in the Association’s Government Relations Department since 1995.
Publications include: a chapter on post 9-11 military family advocacy in A Battle Plan for Supporting Military Families: Lessons for the Leaders of Tomorrow, published in 2018 by Springer Press; and a chapter on transforming support to military families and communities in Filling the Ranks: Transforming the U.S. Military Personnel System, published in 2004 by the M.I.T. Press. She currently serves on the DoD Millennium Cohort Study Strategic Board.
Honors include the Department of the Air Force Distinguished Public Service Award and the American Logistics Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The spouse of an Army retiree, Joyce earned a B.A. in History from Gettysburg College, and a M.A. in History from the University of Virginia. She is a former teacher and served on the Fort Knox Community Schools Board of Education from 1993 to 1995.
Andrew Albertson is the Executive Director of Foreign Policy for America, where he leads the team in working to strengthen support for principled American engagement in the world. Prior to founding FP4A, Andrew worked at USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI), where he was Deputy Regional Representative for OTI’s programs in the South and Southwest regions. From 2007 to 2010, Andrew was the founding executive director of the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to examining how genuine democracies can develop in the Middle East and how the U.S. can best support that process.
Andrew is a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project and recently co-directed the organization’s Fragile States Working Group. He received a Master of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University, where he was the Huffington Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.
Lakesha Cole is an author, advocacy influencer, serial entrepreneur, and self-proclaimed chaos coordinator. With over ten years of experience in marketing and public relations, Lakesha is highly regarded for her ability to build powerful personal brands, increase visibility through the media, and ensure those who want a seat at the table get one.
Lakesha founded she PR at the intersection of her advocacy efforts, media expertise, and new life as a retired Marine spouse. she PR amplifies the voices and communicates the stories of women-led thought-leaders looking for more freedom and creative expression with their messaging and public image.
In addition, Lakesha’s business portfolio includes advocating for the military community and shedding light on the many challenges that military families face, most notably military spouse employment. She consults and serves as a partnership liaison in introducing companies and organizations to military talent and connecting military spouses and veterans to meaningful employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.
Lakesha holds a B.A in Journalism and minor in Public Relations from North Carolina A&T State University and an A.A.S. in Fashion Marketing from Parsons, the New School for Design. Before starting her own business, Lakesha worked as the Public Information Officer for Stafford County Government, as a Program Analyst for Headquarters Marine Corps, and in Business Development for Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. Lakesha and her family currently reside in Tampa, FL.