Nicole Baran, MSW, is the Executive Director and Founder of the Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness. She has been dedicated to the domestic violence movement since 2000, working both as an advocate with survivors of domestic violence and at the policy level for systemic change. Nicole has conducted national trainings and contributed to publications to improve the institutional response to domestic violence since 2001. She has delivered over 300 customized workshops, locally and nationwide, at organizations such as Kaiser Permanente, the San Francisco Bar Association, and California’s State Domestic Violence Coalition. Nicole has been teaching in the Feminist Studies Program at Stanford University since 2007 after developing Violence Against Women: Theory, Issues and Prevention. In 2006, she successfully partnered with Stanford University to institutionalize a comprehensive response to gender-based violence on campus. She managed a five-year grant from the USDOJ Office on Violence Against Women and was instrumental in implementing Stanford’s first Office on Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse. Nicole received her BA and MA in English from Stanford University and a Masters in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, with a specialization in management and a focus on women’s rights. Nicole Baran is also the Executive Director of the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation which funds innovative strategies for eliminating obstacles facing marginalized populations, with an emphasis on empowering women and promoting educational equality. She established the infrastructure and direction of the Foundation and became the first Executive Director in 2009.
Read Nicole’s interviews with Seneca International and Maestro Market or listen her interview on Stanford Radio KZSU’s “Culture Lens” to learn more about her work.
Shannon Moskitis is the Program Director for the Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness. She received her BA from Stanford University in Urban Studies with a minor in Feminist Studies, concentrating in Gender Violence and Human Rights. Her honors thesis, “‘It’s a Catch 22′: The Intersection of Homelessness, Domestic Violence, and the Shelter System’s Response”, based on in-depth interviews with women utilizing homeless shelter systems in the Bay Area, was awarded the 2011 Firestone Medal in Urban Studies. Shannon served as an intern with the Center for four years, as a peer educator with a focus on relationship abuse in the LGBT/Queer community, before joining the Center’s staff. She plans to pursue an MSW and continued work against gender violence. She also currently serves as a rape crisis counselor and advocate in Alameda County through Bay Area Women Against Rape.