Our Staff
To see information on our Board of Directors, please visit the Our Board page.

Executive Director
Neil Irvin

Neil_bestNeil Irvin is Men Can Stop Rape's new Executive Director. Irvin recently served as Senior Director of Programs, a position he held since 2008, following five years as Director of Community Education. He joined Men Can Stop Rape in 2001.

Neil Irvin is a highly committed and collaborative professional with over 25 years of youth development and leadership experience. Neil is the Executive Director of Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR), which seeks to mobilize men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women. He is responsible for leading the organization’s national work, as well as cultivating strategic partnerships with state and federal agencies and private and corporate foundations; and overseeing all programs, which include the award-winning youth development program, training and technical assistance for youth-serving professionals, and Strength Media public awareness campaign. 

Named one of the most promising “50 Strategies to Prevent Violent Domestic Crime” by the National Crime Prevention Council, the Men of Strength (MOST) Club, provides middle school and high school age males with a structured space to build individualized definitions of masculinity that promote healthy relationships. Since joining the organization in 2001, Neil has grown this program from one site in Washington, DC, to over 100 locations in ten states across the country. In 2007, he brought the MOST Club to every public high school in the District of Columbia, the largest city-wide effort of its kind in the country.

Well known throughout the country in the field of gender-based violence prevention, Neil currently serves on the Dept of Justice’s National Advisory Committee and is a member of the NoVo Foundation’s prestigious Move to End Violence initiative. He has also served as a consultant to The White House Commission on Violence Against Women and Girls, Boys and Girls Club, Ford Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Liz Claiborne Foundation. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health and has been a regular lecturer at American University, George Washington University, and Howard University. 

Neil has a long history of working to enrich the lives of youth, especially young men. Having worked as a basketball coach, camp counselor, and director of after-school programs at the YMCA, he decided to dedicate his professional career to working with youth as it always felt “inspiring, energizing, and effortless.”


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Deputy Director
Rachel B. Friedman

Rachel_FriedmanRachel B. Friedman brings remarkable skills and talent to her position as the first Deputy Director of Men Can Stop Rape. Appointed to the post in May 2012, she began her career in the organization in 2008 as Development Coordinator and worked her way up to Director of Foundation and Government Grants in 2009.

Rachel works closely with Men Can Stop Rape’s Executive Director Neil Irvin, helping set priorities and direction for the organization’s short- and long-term goals. In this role, she focuses on the management of day-to-day activities of the organization, including the smooth integration of policy, development, finance, communications, programs, and administrative functions to ensure seamless operations and achievement of strategic goals. In 2011, she participated in Liz Claiborne’s It’s Time to Talk Day, which reaches seven million people on drive-time radio. Rachel also participates on the steering committee for the NO MORE project, a groundbreaking symbol designed to galvanize change and radically increase the awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault in our communities.

Since joining the organization, Rachel has helped to secure over $3 million by seeking out new funding sources and engaging in outreach with funders and donors. As Director of Foundation and Government Grants, she focused on deepening, renewing, and building relationships with funders from local and national foundations, as well as city and federal government agencies. These funders have included the NoVo Foundation, Open Society Institute, Verizon Foundation, U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to name a few. In 2011, Rachel won Discovery Communications’ “Creating Change Award” to produce a signature public service announcement for Men Can Stop Rape. In addition, Rachel has been integral to developing other fundraising initiatives for the organization, including strategies focused on individual donors, marketing and public relations, fees-for-services, and special events. Since 2010, she has played a lead role in establishing summer youth programs, which is funded by the DC Office of Victim Services. Rachel has provided keynotes that connect Men Can Stop Rape’s work with Judaism. She has also helped plan annual events for the organization, such as Solutions through Film and the Men of Strength Awards.

Prior to joining Men Can Stop Rape, Rachel worked as a Research Analyst for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) from 2003-2007. She also volunteered with a variety of women’s organizations – such as the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the Mass Alliance on Teen Pregnancy, the White House Project, and the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault – as a researcher, writer, and special events planner. Her feminist background brings added dimension and depth to Men Can Stop Rape’s mission of creating cultures free from violence, especially men's violence against women.

Rachel graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a B.A. in Women’s Studies. She is currently pursuing her M.B.A. from Trinity Washington University and studies group dynamics with the A.K. Rice Institute. Rachel also does freelance writing, editing, and financial consulting.

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Director of Strategy & Planning
Pat McGann, Ph.D.

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Pat has been involved with Men Can Stop Rape since the organization’s inception in 1997. Pat oversees the licensing of Strength Media - Men Can Stop Rape's groundbreaking media initiative - which is widely recognized as the nation's best-designed and most effective public service advertising campaign of its kind.

Contact him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at (202) 534-1834.

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Director of Community Education
Jason Page

Jay_Headshot_WebJason conducts Men of Strength (MOST) Club facilitator trainings locally and nationally, facilitates MOST CLUB weekly sessions at DCPS middle and high schools, and facilitates workshops at community events.

Contact him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at (202) 534-1839

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Manager of National Programs
Adrian_Valdivia_HeadshotAdrian Valdivia

As the Manager of National Programs, Adrian Valdivia is in charge of development, marketing, scheduling, facilitation, evaluation, and other aspects of Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR) trainings.  Adrian also contributes to the development of new and improved training modules and coordinates awareness-to-action workshops with local youth. Adrian also co-facilitates Men Can Stop Rape’s biannual Healthy Masculinity Training Institutes.

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