Alex McAdams is an activist and artist and is World BEYOND War’s Development Director. She has worked as a content producer, advocate, and director of development for various arts, social justice, and civil rights organizations. With a B.A. from the University of Vermont in Women’s Studies and Philosophy and a J.D. with a focus in civil rights from CUNY School of Law, much of Alex’s work has focused on giving voice to and advocating for the rights and protections of marginalized communities. Alex’s anti-war work started as a member and organizer for Food Not Bombs and then as an organizer and co-producer of the original Not In Our Name event that took place in NYC following September 11 in response to the U.S. government’s unjustified militaristic response. Several years ago, she spent time in Vietnam working on a photography project to document the continued environmental and health effects of Agent Orange, which was used by the U.S. military during the American/Vietnam War. While there, she worked with the Vietnam Friendship Village which was started by an American/Vietnam War veteran to serve and provide residence for orphaned children who suffered physical and mental disabilities because of the U.S. military’s use of chemical warfare. The organization’s mission to advocate for cross-cultural dialogue around the long-term effects of war while pushing for non-violent conflict resolution, was the impetus behind Alex’s own passion for peace and interest in finding alternatives to war in the face of conflict. Alex currently lives in Canada with her partner and two dogs but is originally from the New York and Boston areas.