Our staff are comprised of veteran members and members of communities impacted by war. We are a queer, femme, BIPOC veteran-led organization facilitated by staff who are selected by membership. Pictured below: Tracy, Shawna, Brittany, Cassidy, and Natasha. We are proud to fulfill a mission to stop rampant militarism and war profiteering by empowering those who are the most affected by war. Check out the bios below –
Brittany Ramos DeBarros
Brittany came to About Face: Veterans Against the War with a diverse mix of business, military and non-profit leadership experiences that cemented her deep passion and commitment to intersectional movement building work. She deployed to Afghanistan for a year in 2012 and has worked on economic and racial liberation issues in various capacities since she returned. She is particularly passionate about leveraging her experience as a Psychological Operations Officer to center narrative and behavior change in campaign strategy. She is based in NYC.
Cassidy is a civilian who’s organized alongside About Face: Veterans Against the War members since 2012 and joined the staff in 2016. As someone with veterans and service members in their family, they’re grateful for the chance to support About Face’s work day-to-day through operational upkeep, grassroots fundraising, and whatever needs doing. They’ve been part of organizing in solidarity with people’s movements in the Philippines, against free trade agreements, for farmworker justice, and more, and they currently live in occupied Lenape territory (so-called NYC), where they love spending time with the ocean and being out under the moon.
Interim Organizing Director
Natasha is an US Air Force combat Veteran who served 20 years on active duty. She brings a myriad of organizing and logistics experience having been assigned across major commands and joint assignments. Her final assignment was HQ, USAF Special Operations Command as the Osprey Weapons Systems Support Manager. This is where she became fully disillusioned and began organizing in the community. Natasha is based in her hometown of Chicago.
Shawna has been a member since 2006 and is excited to show up as our Operations Director after volunteering for many different committees and leadership roles in the last 15 years. She was a Nuclear Biological Chemical Weapons specialist and was assisted by our organization to leave the military in protest of the unjust wars. Most recently, she worked on the coalition The Frontline for the national Election Defenders program. She lives in Denver on occupied Ute, Arapaho and Blackfeet lands.
Tracy is a civilian who joined About Face as Communications Coordinator in 2021. Prior to that, Tracy worked overseas in non-profit and arts and cultural institutions, as well as on research on prison systems and cultures across Southwest Asia and North Africa (SWANA). Raised between Southern California and Beirut, Lebanon, and fluent in multiple languages, Tracy centers internationalism and intersectionality in her work. She is currently based in Seattle, WA.