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 leading lobbying efforts to build congressional champions for peace and justice. Maiya oversees the 2017 grassroots campaign to block increases in Pentagon Spending.
Over the last few years, 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. This year, Advocacy Teams are a leading grassroots voice to block drastic increases in military spending that are apart of a larger plan to restructure the federal government.
Previously, Maiya served as a policy assistant on Middle East policy. 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 the majority of her free time organizing around the Israel/Palestine conflict. She has previously worked on issues related to veteran's benefits and education, women's and LGBTQ rights, and the environment.