RAZOM ADVOCACY

 

Razom Advocacy is a branch of Razom for Ukraine committed to advancing policy for Ukrainian victory, and to nurturing community engagement across the United States and Ukraine. We work together with experts, policy-makers, and constituents to help build a more democratic and prosperous Ukraine.

If you have questions, ideas, interest in collaborations, or are a member of the press seeking information, contact us at advocacystaff@razomforukraine.org. Keep up with the latest from Razom Advocacy on Twitter.

WHAT WE DO

Government Affairs

We work within Congress, the executive branch and other halls of power to advance policy to strengthen Ukraine, ensure its victory, and bring pro-Ukrainian voices to the forefront of the policy discussion.

Public Engagement

 

We connect with and activate constituents and diverse grassroots organizations supporting Ukraine across America. We connect with the world through social media and the press to mobilize support for pro-Ukraine policy, and promote the work of experts, supporters, and changemakers.


What we are asking for

Expedited 
Military Aid

Ukraine needs precision strike, over-the-horizon long-range weapons, such as ATACMS and F-16s, capable of out-ranging comparable Russian systems, armored vehicles and tanks, as well as ground and air-based platforms capable of intercepting or destroying Russian missiles, rockets, and artillery rounds.

 

Asset Mobilization & Sanctions

Russian state and private assets must be mobilized alongside our G7 partners to help Ukraine win and rebuild, while sanctions must be strengthened further to decrease Russia’s capacity to make war and commit atrocities

Terrorist Designations & Genocide

The U.S. must designate Russia as a State Sponsor of Terrorism and Russian military divisions and Russia-affiliated groups perpetrating terrorist acts, such as Wagner, as Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Russian actions in Ukraine must be formally recognized as genocide.

 

NATO & Security Guarantees

Security guarantees for Ukraine ensures a peaceful future for Europe and the United States. Providing a meaningful pathway to integrate Ukraine into NATO will incentivize private investment for reconstruction while also providing stability and assurance for the transatlantic community.

Continued 

Oversight

Since the full-scale invasion, Congress and the Executive Branch put in place extensive and effective oversight mechanisms. Continued oversight, alongside future funding, is important to maintain confidence in the effectiveness of international assistance to Ukraine.

Returning Deported Children

The barbaric war crime of the forced deportation of children from Ukraine needs to be highlighted and condemned by the U.S. Congress. The forcible deportation of Ukrainians to the occupied territories or to Russia is a violation of the UN Genocide Convention and part of Russia’s efforts to destroy the people and culture of Ukraine.  

 

The Ukraine Action Summit


As a founding member of the American Coalition for Ukraine, Razom Advocacy helps organize the Ukraine Action Summit in Washington DC.

 

This three day event, consisting of Congressional meetings and informative advocacy programming, brings together hundreds of advocates from across the United States to speak to their elected officials about the importance of Ukrainian Victory.

 

Our previous Ukraine Action Summits have taken place September 2022, April 2023, and October 2023. Visit the American Coalition for Ukraine’s website and follow the Coalition on Facebook and Instagram to find information about upcoming Summits!

 

Our staff

 

Mykola Murskyj is Director of Razom’s Advocacy Team. Before coming to Razom, Mykola was an International Affairs Specialist at the Department of Justice Criminal Division and a program analyst at the U.S. Secret Service. Previously, Mykola was a Managing Editor of the Harvard Kennedy School Review and a U.S. Presidential Management Fellow. He was also a lecturer at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine, in the Program on Ethics, Politics, and Economics. He holds degrees in physics from MIT and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, and in international affairs from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Mykola also serves as Archivist for the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus.

Scott Cullinane is the Director of Government affairs on Razom’s Advocacy Team. Prior to this, he served in various positions with the House Foreign Affairs Committee, including as Professional Staff Member for the Europe Subcommittee, where he was responsible for a jurisdiction including the European Union, Russia, Ukraine, and Central Asia. Scott is currently a Fellow at the National Security Institute, part of George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. Scott was the recipient of the 2021 Helmut Schmidt Fellowship hosted by the German Marshall Fund in Berlin, Germany.

Greg Kulchyckyj is the Associate Director of Government Affairs and Strategy on Razom’s Advocacy Team. Before joining Razom, he co-founded TableTab, where he currently remains a Board Member. Greg has worked at TD Bank, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the U.S. House of Representatives, the National Peace Corps Association, and the US-Ukraine Business Council. Greg is a second-generation Ukrainian-American and grew up in Ukraine and Germany between 2002-2015. He holds BAs in International Relations and Economics from Tufts University.

Doug Klain is a Policy Analyst on Razom’s Advocacy Team. Before joining Razom, he worked as Assistant Director at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, where he currently remains a Nonresident Fellow. He holds an MA in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

Lauren Guillaume is an Advocacy Associate on Razom’s Advocacy team. Prior to Razom, Guillaume worked at IBM as an Account Executive for cloud and AI, and with Rapid Asia in Bangkok, Thailand where she performed monitoring and evaluating assessments for international organizations. She holds a Master of Global Policy Studies from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the McCombs School of Business, both from The University of Texas at Austin. 

Melinda Haring is the Senior Advisor on Razom’s Advocacy Team, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center. Previously, she was the deputy director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center and editor of the Atlantic Council’s popular publication, the UkraineAlert blog. She is the author of the report Reforming the democracy bureaucracy (FPRI, 2013) coauthor of Biden and Ukraine: a strategy for the next administration (Atlantic Council, 2021), Biden and Belarus: a strategy for the next administration (Atlantic Council, 2021), Ukraine’s internally displaced persons hold a key to peace (Atlantic Council, 2017), and a contributor to Does democracy matter? (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). Haring has worked for Superhumans Center, Eurasia Foundation, Freedom House, and the National Democratic Institute, where she managed democracy assistance programs in Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Russia. A graduate of Georgetown University, she holds an MA in Government with a certificate in Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies. Haring is chair of the board of East Europe Foundation in Kyiv, Ukraine, and a member of the supervisory board of Right to Protection in Kyiv, Ukraine. She tweets @melindaharing.

Daniel Balson is the Director of Public Engagement at Razom for Ukraine. Before coming to Razom, he served as Advocacy Director for Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International USA, where he worked with Congress and the Executive Branch to ensure that human rights across Eurasia are prioritized and protected. Previously, he also worked at Accion International to protect microfinance clients entering the formal financial sector across Eurasia and at the National Democratic Institution supporting civil society and governance development in Central Asia. Daniel has been named among The Hill’s top lobbyists in Washington for three consecutive years. His commentary and analysis has been published in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, BBC, The Hill, Newsweek, Foreign Policy Magazine, and other outlets. Daniel received his Master’s in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and his Bachelor’s from Cornell University. He speaks fluent Russian and Spanish and conversational Arabic and Hebrew.

Yuliya Ziskina is the Legal Advisor on Razom’s Advocacy Team. A public policy and intellectual property lawyer focused on international law, open access information policy, and ethics, she was previously a Fellow at the World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency and the U.S. Department of Justice, where her legal work consisted of investigating and prosecuting international financial crime. She is also former Enforcement Counsel at the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board, where she prosecuted violations of New York City’s anti-corruption laws. Yuliya has authored briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, DC Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Southern District of New York. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Law, Ars Technica, and Wired. She holds a JD from the University of Washington, where she led a successful campaign for a campus-wide open access to research policy. 

Kira Chernenko is the Program Assistant on Razom’s Advocacy Team. She was born and raised in Kyiv, Ukraine. She moved to the U.S. 10 years ago splitting her time living and working between New York and Washington DC. Before joining Razom, Kira had extensive experience in finance working in property management in New York, and a privately owned investment fund in Maryland specializing in banking and loans. Later she joined the office of Maryland state senator Jim Rosapepe (former U.S. Ambassador to Romania) as an operations manager. Kira holds a Bachelor of Marketing Strategy from National University of Food Technology (Kyiv, Ukraine) and a Marketing Certificate from Bernard M. Baruch College of NY.

 

Advocacy Advisory Board 

Members of the Razom Advocacy Advisory Board guide the team as we seek to ensure that Ukraine recieves the tools it needs for a swift victory. We are grateful to the top policymakers, experts, and executives who have joined the advisory board. The 2023-24 Advocacy Advisory board members are:

 

Dr. Anders Åslund, Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Free World Forum for Global Affairs 

Gen. Philip Breedlove (ret.), Former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe

Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, Former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs 

Archbishop Borys Gudziak, Metropolitan-Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia

Victor J. Herlinsky, Jr., Attorney, Sills, Cummis & Gross

Yevhen Hlibovytsky, Partner, Pro.Mova Consulting

Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges (ret.), Former Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe

Mark Levin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO,  National Coalition for Supporting Eurasian Jewry

The Honorable Tom Malinowski, Former Representative for New Jersey’s 7th District, U.S. House of Representatives 

Oleksandra Matviichuk, Head, Center for Civil Liberties & 2022 Nobel Laureate

Nate Mook, Former CEO, World Central Kitchen

Steven Moore, President, Ukraine Freedom Project

Nataliya PopovychFounder & President, One Philosophy & WeAreUkraine 

Christina Walsh, Senior Director of Activism and Coalitions, Institute for Justice 

Diane Zeleny, Head of External Affairs, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty 

Arnie D. Fielkow, Former New Orleans City Council President, Executive Vice President, New Orleans Saints, and CEO, National Basketball Retired Players Assn.

Ellen Yount, Vice President, MSI/A Tetra Tech Company.

 

 

Updates

 

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Russia has again hit Ukraine in a massive missile attack, aiming at multiple cities and destroying Okhmatdyt Children’s Hospital in Kyiv – the biggest and most modern facility to treat complicated cases of cancer and heart disease in children.

Razom Health is on the ground, ready to mobilize supplies, equipment and work with partners aid and assist.

You can help support our teams already volunteering and working to help innocent victims of the Okhmatdyt tragedy and other healthcare facilities in Ukraine that are under regular threat of attack.