Our small team has a big vision! We want to see a world free from religious persecution, where everyone can practise a religion or belief of their choice. CSW-USA is building a movement of people in the U.S. who want to champion freedom of religion or belief and to stand with those for whom it is not yet a reality.
We come from many different backgrounds and church traditions, and supported by a passionate, diverse and talented board of trustees, together we champion the cause of religious freedom in the U.S.
Meet some of our team:
Kori Porter, CEO
Kori is compelled by her Christian faith to stand and advocate on behalf of those harmed by injustice. Under Kori's leadership, CSW-USA's aim is to protect, defend, and restore religious freedom for all people domestic and abroad.
Born and raised in Oxford, Mississippi, she graduated from University of Mississippi, where she studied Public Policy, Sociology, and Religion to earn a BA in Liberal Studies. She completed her M.A. in Theological Studies with an emphasis in Religion and Society from Princeton Theological Seminary.
She has been published in HisTestimony Our Heritage and the AND Campaign’s A New Narrative on Abortion: Pro-Woman and Pro-Child. She has 13 years of experience in campus ministry, serving most recently on the campus of Princeton University.
Darren Saint-Ulysse, Executive Assistant to the CEO
Darren is a New Jersey native. He graduated from Princeton University with an undergraduate degree in 2015.
He also attended and graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary where he earned an MDiv in 2019. He joins the US team with great skill and passion to help carry out CSW’s mission!
Anna-Lee Stangl, Joint Head of Advocacy and Americas Advocacy Team Leader
As well as heading our global advocacy team, Anna Lee is responsible for our Americas advocacy work. Anna Lee has been at CSW since 2000 and spent the first 10 years managing our European Union liaison office in Brussels, Belgium. She is now based in Washington, DC, where she leads our engagement with the United States government on international FoRB issues.
She has provided testimony at hearings in the U.S. Congress, at the National Congress of Brazil and at the European and Canadian parliaments. During her time at CSW, she developed CSW’s research and advocacy work on FoRB issues in Latin America, with a focus on Colombia, Cuba and Mexico. In 2004 Anna-Lee created a basic training course on recognizing, documenting and carrying out advocacy on FoRB; these materials have been adapted and expanded for capacity building with in country partners around the world.
Chris Woodruff, Advocacy Associate
Chris Woodruff is a licensed attorney who first joined CSW in 2015 while completing an externship at Georgetown Law Center. He returned in 2021 as an Advocacy Associate. Chris founded and also leads Life Raft International, a charity focused on helping churches help refugees in Bangkok, Thailand.
Chris lives in Northern Virginia with his lovely wife, and two daughters.
Shannon is a journalist by training and background. She uses her specialism of copywriting, editing and digital communications to inform, equip and inspire others to tackle injustice. Shannon is passionate about telling the stories of the people and communities who face injustice because of their beliefs and mobilizing prayer for them.
Rebecca Lussier, Administrative Assistant
Becky's compassionate and servant-hearted nature, combined with her gift for administration and organizational skills, make her the perfect person to deal with our day-to-day communications with supporters and donors. She is the first point of contact for inquiries, handling supporter questions and liaising with our donors. Becky has been a valued member of our team since 2006.
Board of Trustees
Lisa Scaling, Chair/Treasurer
Jenitza Castro, Vice Chair
Caryn Kyte, Secretary
Mervyn Thomas, CSW Founder President
#2 Our principles
We believe no one should suffer discrimination, harassment or persecution because of their beliefs