What we do

SAFER strengthens student-led movements to combat sexual and interpersonal violence in campus communities.

Who we are

SAFER is entirely operated by a Board of Directors, working as a volunteer collective and operating by consensus. Each Board member brings their own lived experiences and professional skills to their positions and programming. SAFER is each of these activists, and is larger and has more longevity than any one activist. In addition, SAFER has one paid part-time Trainer, and occasional interns who offer additional support.

Hayden Golden (pronouns: he/they) is SAFER's Communications Co-Director. He works as a communications and digital strategist and spends free time helping nonprofits leverage technology. Whether it’s gender justice, education equity, or other pressing social issues, they are interested in using data to build grassroots movements and shape narratives that win—campaigns, public support, and news cycles. Hayden is a native Mainer and a reluctant New Yorker.

Anna Kim (pronouns: she/her) is the Communications Co-Director for SAFER. She works as a senior health communications and advocacy officer at the International Rescue Committee. In this role, she leads communications and advocacy strategies to support improved health outcomes for people served in humanitarian contexts, focusing on reproductive health, child health, mental health and health systems. Anna earned a MA from New York University in international relations and journalism and graduated with a BA from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

Anne Mattson (pronouns: she/her) joined the SAFER board as the Teach-In Director in November of 2015. She earned her bachelors in psychology at Arizona State University, where she was a sexual health education and sexual violence prevention advocate. While in this position, she developed and taught workshops where students learned about consent, STI prevention, gender identity, birth control, HIV/AIDS prevention, and more. She believes that comprehensive sexual health education is an important tool in preventing sexual violence. In addition to working with SAFER, Anne volunteers with the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault. She is pursuing a master in public health at NYU. In her down time, Anne enjoys archery, cats, ice cream, and running.

Ian Turner, CPA (pronouns: he/him) joined the SAFER board as the Operations Director in June of 2016. He earned his bachelor’s in business and master’s of accounting at Rhodes College, where he won the Vision Award — given to one graduating senior for translating academic study and personal concern into effective leadership — for revitalizing the Sexual Assault Task Force. This group worked to institute education around consent, bystander intervention, and sexual assault resources on campus. In his free time, Ian enjoys running, chess, and reading.

Jenny Snow (pronouns: she/her) is the Policy and Research Director for SAFER. She is currently in the process of revamping the Campus Accountability Project. In her full-time job, Jenny works as a global health consultant at Rabin Martin. She specialized in maternal health and family planning program design, implementation, and evaluation. Jenny graduated with a BA from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and holds an MS from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She wrote her Masters dissertation - which was awarded the Brain Able Smith Prize for best dissertation - on institutional policies concerning sexual misconduct in higher education and its relationship to reporting of sexual offenses. Despite her aptitude for clumsiness, Jenny trained as a ballerina and still enjoys dancing whenever she has a chance.

Rachel Greenburg (pronouns: she/her) is the Policy Director for SAFER. In her full-time job, Rachel works as a Program Manager at Cities of Service. In her role, she develops grant programs and consults with cities to design initiatives that engage local residents in identifying challenges and solving problems together. Prior to Cities of Service, Rachel held positions at Girls for Gender Equity, the Clinton Foundation, the Kings County District Attorney's Office and Safe Horizon. Rachel graduated with a BA from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY and holds an MSW from Columbia University. While at Colgate, she brought SAFER to conduct a teach-in and later assisted in drafting a sexual misconduct policy reform proposal presented to administrators and faculty. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys wandering around various New York City neighborhoods, running, and teaching skating for Figure Skating in Harlem.

Sarah Turchin (pronouns: she/her) is the Development Director for SAFER. In her full-time job, Sarah works as a Director of Planning at the NYC Department of Education. In this role, Sarah works with communities to increase access to high equality education for NYC public school students. Previously, Sarah held positions at Girls for Gender Equity, JBFCS, and Mathematica Policy Research. Sarah graduated with a BA from Connecticut College and with a MSW from Columbia University. At Connecticut College, Sarah was a peer educator and and organized Take Back the Night and other sexual assault prevention campaigns. Sarah enjoys cooking, traveling, and exploring NYC.

SAFER’s History

SAFER was started by Columbia University students in 2000 after a successful sexual assault policy reform campaign. After getting requests from around the country to advise on other policy reform campaigns, SAFER’s original student leaders incorporated into a 501c3. Since that time, SAFER has run as a volunteer collective, once with a two-year stint with a paid Executive Director. SAFER is the organization it is because of the generations of student activists who have served on the Board; yet SAFER is bigger than any one activist.