About Us

About #AfghanEvac

Who are we?

We are a self-organized group of afghans, veterans, frontline civilians, current and former members of the national security and intelligence communities, members of human rights-focused non-profits, Hill staffers, private sector employees, and others.

What are we doing?

We are working together to save lives. We unite disparate groups toward a unified goal of honoring the promise we made to our Afghan friends and allies.

Who are we helping?

American Citizens (AMCITs), Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), US Visa holders (SIV, P1, P2, etc), Afghan allies and their families, and others.

How we are doing this?

Members of the #AfghanEvac coalition are coordinating ground support and logistics, chartering planes, advocating for landing rights at bases and in countries, informing legislators, and sharing information. We built and coordinate the mechanism for cooperation between US government agencies and private groups and are expanding our coalition every day to reduce chaos and improve outcomes.

How can you reach us?

Who We Are

Shawn VanDiver

Shawn VanDiver works with government leaders at all levels throughout California to identify innovative solutions to long-term civic challenges. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of the San Diego Convention Center in 2021, and is the founder of the San Diego Chapter of the Truman National Security Project. Additionally, he serves as Executive Director of the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum’s San Diego Chapter and on the Boards of Directors for Emerge California, Veterans Community Connections, and the Downtown San Diego Partnership.

He attended National University, the Naval Postgraduate School, and University of San Francisco and holds degrees and certifications related to homeland security, cybersecurity, emergency management, and public leadership. Shawn is a Navy veteran, proud father and avid sailor.

March Bishop

March Bishop designs and implements strategies to stabilize the performance of businesses and business units following significant market and internal disruptions. Previously, she ran Marketing Communications & Public Relations for Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading telecommunications operator, collaborated with donor clients to design and expand private sector investment in sub-Saharan Africa and co-managed a team on a large Department of Defense contract. She is a graduate of the University of Rochester and earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School. March is on the Board of Trustees of a PK-12 school and mentors under-represented MBA candidates on the admissions process and their applications.

Jeffrey Wells

Jeffrey R. Wells is a cybersecurity professional responsible for keeping organizations safe and protecting the privacy of employees around the world. He has over 25 years of experience leading cybersecurity engagements by leveraging existing infrastructure and talent, establishing effective cyber resilience strategies, commercializing cybersecurity technologies and ideas, and responding to immediate incidents and emerging cyber threats. He has led joint inter-agency US Government task forces and has advised and consulted with cyber startups, venture, private equity, and angel investment organizations.

Jeffrey founded the Connected Warrior Foundation, and served on the Boards of The Friends of the Light House Shelter, Candle of Light, Valhalla Sailing Project, and A Fair Shake for Youth. He is a dedicated supporter of the Travis Manion Foundation, The Navy Seal Foundation, 31 Heroes Project, and the Special Operations Command Warrior Care Coalition.

He is a graduate of Colorado State University and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He has certificates from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, London School of Economics, Tel Aviv University, Oxford University, George Washington University School of Business, and KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Joe Goulet

Joe Goulet is a software engineer working in the defense sector specializing in machine learning, whose work has been utilized at the highest levels of government and has had an impact on an international scale. Over the past few years, he has designed and built applications and algorithms to forecast violent extremist activity in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, detect disinformation and bot activity on social networks, and identify/track at-risk Indian migrant workers. During the non-combatant evacuation operation in Kabul, he partnered with fellow veterans to build a network to help facilitate the rescue of dozens of families through Hamid-Karzai International Airport, and continues to advocate for those that have been left behind. Joe graduated summa cum laude from the University of Mary Washington with a B.A. in Computer Science. He is a U.S. Marine veteran, a father of two, and enjoys spending time with his family and playing rugby as a flanker with his local club.

Tripp Adams

Tripp Adams is the CEO of JustLight, pbc, a B-corp whose mission is to use light to create new standards of health. He has 20 years of leadership and operations experience, specializing in organizations in change. Prior to JustLight, he was the COO of Emagine Movie Theaters, a strategy consultant with Deloitte, and a corporate attorney with Reed Smith, LLP. Tripp has 25 years of active and reserve service in the US Navy and US Army. He has a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, an M.A. in Economics from Old Dominion University, and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Jessica Bradley Rushing

Jessica Bradley Rushing is a veterans caseworker and district representative in the Office of Congressman Bill Keating (MA09). She is an elected municipal official, serving as the Chairwoman of the Select Board in her hometown in Massachusetts. Additionally, Jessica is a graduate of EmergeAmerica and a member of the Truman National Security Project Defense Council. Jessica has a BS in Communication from Boston University and is currently working toward a graduate certificate in Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy. She is an Army veteran and a mother of four.

Jenna Jaffe

Jenna Jaffe is an NYC-based immigration advocate. She is the Immigration Specialist in the New York District Office of Congressman Jerry Nadler, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. For the past five years she has been helping immigrants and their families navigate the immigration system by leveraging relationships with federal agencies. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a BA in Political Science in 2014 and is an alumnus of the Coro NY Immigrant Civic Leadership Program, sponsored in partnership with the New York Immigration Coalition. She is first-generation American and a descendant of refugees.

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Media Coverage

Former Afghan translator rebooting his life in the US

By Steve Walsh, KPBS San Diego

October 8, 2021

I will save them myself

Podcast with Shawn VanDiver hosted by Michelle Kosinski and Sir Richard Dearlove, One Decision Podcast

October 7, 2021

USF Veterans Help Thousands of Afghan Allies

By Mary Mcinerney, USF News

September 22, 2021

Local Veterans Continue Work To Get Allies Out Of Afghanistan 

An interview with Shawn VanDiver by Andrew Bracken and Maureen Cavanaugh, KPBS

September 3, 2021

Trapped in Afghanistan, Rescued by Volunteers: How a Handful of Americans Freed 5,000 Afghans

By Ben Kesling in Abu Dhabi and Michael M. Phillips in Washington, Wall Street Journal

August 29, 2021