National Organizing Manager
As the National Organizing Manager, Maiya Zwerling works to strengthen and deepen FCNL's grassroots. She founded and coordinates the FCNL Advocacy Teams, a network of hundreds of Quakers and friends lobbying to build congressional champions for peace and justice. Maiya oversees the 2018 grassroots campaign to prevent a war with North Korea.
Since they launched in 2015, the teams have played a crucial role in FCNL’s advocacy. In the August 2015 push to garner congressional support for the Iran deal, they organized over 80 visits with their members of Congress’ offices and publishing over 30 letters to the editor. Their lobbying on sentencing reform legislation in 2016 brought on 15 members of Congress as cosponsors. Advocacy Teams are a leading grassroots voice on war, advocating against drastic increases in military spending and galvanizing Congress to stop a war with North Korea. One representative credited the growing bipartisan congressional push for an audit of the Pentagon to FCNL's grassroots advocacy. Under Maiya's leadership, Advocacy Teams have expanded to nearly 100 teams in 38 states, organized 430 lobby visits, and published 150 letters to the editor and op-eds in 2017.
Previously, Maiya served as policy assistant on the Middle East. Alongside lead Middle East lobbyist Kate Gould, Maiya lobbied to support a negotiated settlement to the Iran nuclear standoff and to promote an enduring peace in both Syria and Israel/Palestine. Throughout this period, Maiya focused on bolstering FCNL’s Middle East grassroots and grasstops network of advocates. She played key roles in developing the messaging and lobby training for the 440 people who attended FCNL’s #DiplomacyWorks lobby days in November 2014. Maiya also took on the core organizing work that enabled FCNL to bring 50 grasstops lobbyists to Washington.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Maiya graduated manga cum laude from Bryn Mawr College with a BA in Anthropology and Psychology. Pursuing her interest in enacting change through grassroots mobilization, Maiya spends her free time organizing the Jewish community around a just resolution to the Israel/Palestine conflict. She always has a knitting, crochet or sewing project in the works.