Khafre AbifKhafre Kujichagulia Abif, MLS is an Atlanta-based AIDS & Bisexual activist, writer, editor, blogger and artist who has been thriving with HIV for 28 years. Khafre now serves as a Community Organizer with the Southern AIDS Coalition, a Birmingham, Alabama-based resource and advocacy organization. He will work on a campaign to connect HIV-positive folks in the South with Southern AIDS Coalition and other advocacy networks. Khafre was honored as one of HIV Plus magazine’s 75 Most Amazing People Living with HIV in 2016 and by POZ magazine as one of The 2015 POZ 100: Celebrating Long-Term Survivors and Khafre was among the Bisexuals at The White House in October 2015. He has served in numerous leadership roles and is an author and founder of Ubuntu Press. Khafre has two forth-coming works this year, Sistah’s Speak an anthology of (voices of HIV positive women) a collection of short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, personal narratives, critical essays and visual art from women living with HIV/AIDS and Raising Kazembe: A Memoir, a collection of journal letters written by an HIV-positive father to his son.
Sara AinsworthSara L. Ainsworth is Advocacy Director at Legal Voice, a nonprofit public interest legal organization that works to advance women’s and LGBTQ legal rights in the five northwest states. Before rejoining the organization as Advocacy Director in 2016, Sara worked at Legal Voice for nearly a decade as Senior Counsel, focusing on civil legal protections for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and advocacy to secure the rights of all people to reproductive health and freedom. In that role, she has litigated successfully to stop religious refusals of reproductive and transgender health care. Prior to returning to Legal Voice, Sara was the Director of Legal Advocacy at National Advocates for Pregnant Women, a non-profit legal organization that works to ensure the civil and human rights of pregnant and parenting people, especially those most vulnerable to state surveillance and punishment. She is also a former visiting assistant professor at Seattle University School of Law, and a lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law, teaching courses in the law of gender-based violence, reproductive rights and justice, and poverty. Sara is a founding board member of Surge, a nonprofit reproductive and racial justice organization. She is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law.
Jeremiah AllenJeremiah Allen is the Project Coordinator for TRANSform Washington, a statewide public education campaign celebrating the lives and experiences of transgender and gender diverse people.As a Queer, Trans* African-American and Indigenous tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and Lakota Sioux tribe, Jeremiah is passionate about looking critically at the intersections of race, gender, health, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation to find ways to create policies that protect the most historically marginalized communities.Jeremiah received his Bachelors of Science in Public Health: Health Promotion and Behavior at Oregon State University, where he worked as a liaison for SOL: LGBTQ Multicultural Support Network with OSU’s Diversity and Cultural Engagement Center. Currently, Jeremiah is a Masters of Public Administration candidate at Seattle University.In his free time, Jeremiah enjoys reading and writing poetry, watching football, and spending time with his three amazing children.
Amanda AndereAmanda Andere has spent over fourteen years working in the nonprofit and public sector as a leader committed to addressing social justice, economic opportunity, and security through advocacy for systemic change. Prior to joining Funders Together to End Homelessness as their CEO, she served as the CEO of Wider Opportunities for Women, a national advocacy organization. She is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University teaching Nonprofit Management and serves as the Fundraising Chair for the James Madison Political Science Alumni Board. Previously she served as the Executive Director of FACETS and Vice President of Cornerstones, formerly Reston Interfaith, who had similar missions of preventing and ending homelessness as well as breaking the cycle of poverty. Amanda is an ordained Deacon at Martin Luther King Jr. Christian Church. In 2012, Amanda was honored by Northern Virginia Magazine as Northern Virginian of the Year and by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce as Emerging Influential of the Year. In 2013, she was honored as Best of Reston, Lady Fairfax, and the Smart CEO Brava Award.
Urooj ArshadUrooj Arshad is the associate director, International Youth Health and Rights at Advocates for Youth, where she manages a project of the International Division that builds the capacity of youth-driven organizations in the global south. She is a co-founder and current steering committee member of the Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (MASGD), which addresses the intersectional impact of Islamophobia, homophobia, and transphobia. Urooj has been a member of the Center for American Progress’ Women’s Health Leadership Network and its Faith and Reproductive Justice Institute. Urooj was the first out queer person to be accepted as a fellow with the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute. She is currently on the Kalamazoo College’s Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership Global Advisory Board and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice’s Board. Urooj served on the U.S delegation to the 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
Coya White Hat-ArtichokerCoya White Hat-Artichoker was raised on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. A proud enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, she has been doing activist work in various communities and movements since the age of 15. She serves as the Secretary of the PFund board, a LGBTQ community foundation based in Minneapolis, MN. She was among the "40 under 40” LGBT Leaders in The Advocate in 2010 and selected as Velvet Park’s Top 25 Significant Queer Women in 2014.
Brandie BalkenBrandie Balken is Director of Programs at the Gill Foundation, where she manages a team of program officers, ensuring efficient and effective grant-making across all priorities. Previously, she served as a senior program officer, responsible for the management of the national equal treatment and Florida portfolios. Prior to joining the Gill Foundation, Brandie served as the Executive Director of Equality Utah. During her five-year tenure, Equality Utah was able to successfully implement more than 35 individual pieces of LGBT-affirmative policy. Brandie helped form and lead Utah’s America Votes affiliate roundtable which worked to align labor, education, conservation, women’s organizations, and the LGBT community in their endorsement and advocacy goals. Originally from rural Utah, Brandie graduated cum laude from Weber State University. Post graduation, she travelled throughout the West, working for environmental justice and indigenous people’s rights before coming out and returning to Utah to serve the LGBT community.
Jorge L. BarónJorge L. Barón has served as the Executive Director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) since April 2008, having previously worked as a staff attorney with the organization for two years. NWIRP is a nationally-recognized legal services organization dedicated solely to advancing and defending the rights of low-income immigrants. Jorge’s passion for his work is firmly rooted in his own immigrant experience: he is originally from Bogotá, Colombia, and immigrated to the United States at the age of thirteen. Jorge is a graduate of Yale Law School and Duke University.
Jasmine Beach-FerraraRaised in North Carolina, Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is a minister in the United Church of Christ. She is Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE), which promotes full LGBTQ equality – both legal and lived - across the South. She also serves as a County Commissioner in Buncombe County, NC. Jasmine and her wife, Meghann, live in Asheville, NC, with their two-year-old son.
Nikki CalmaNikki “Tita Aida” Calma has been working in the HIV field for the past twenty years and has been active in both A&PI LGBT and the transgender communities. She is currently the Associate Director for Behavioral Health and Community Programs in which she provides the direction and leadership for HIV prevention and PrEP programs of the agency that caters to A&PI MSM and the transgender community in the Bay Area. Nikki also oversees the mission of TRANS: THRIVE, a drop-in center for the transgender community in San Francisco. TRANS:THRIVE is a program of the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center in which Nikki has been with for the past 18 years.
Dorian CampbellDorian Campbell is the Operations and Communications Coordinator at Momentum Alliance and a former member of MA's Reproductive Justice Youth Advocates. She believes that youth-led social justice is important young people are often the most affected by the issues in their communities and have the least access to resources to do anything about it.
Aisha CanfieldAisha Canfield has worked in systems reform her entire career, with the belief that change must be envisioned through an intersectional lens that captures race as well as sexual and gender identity. The California-native began as a death row appeals case assistant for indigent prisoners and later worked as a paralegal for a civil rights litigation firm. After deciding to get an M.A. in Public Policy from Mills College, she steered her focus toward juvenile justice, particularly preventing system-involvement for LGBT/GNC youth of color and improving outcomes for those already caught in the system. Aisha has conducted national research on the disproportionate detention of LGBT/GNC youth, identifying systemic points of disparity, such as contact with child welfare. In addition to her research, Aisha trains juvenile probation departments across the state to implement data collection systems and evaluates community-based providers serving system-involved youth nationally. Aisha challenges all of these organizations to have an honest dialogue about disproportionality and move towards cultural affirmation.
Miabi ChatterjiMiabi Chatterji is the Senior Program Officer for the LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund. RJF is a collaboration between nine leading national and regional social-justice funders focusing on the South and housed at the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. Miabi is passionate about providing holistic support to grassroots, multi-issue organizations throughout the country while staying out of the way of grantee partners and letting them lead. She has worked in philanthropy for four years and as an activist grant-making advisor for 6 years before that. She has also worked with community-based organizations in New York on issues such as youth political education, worker justice, and police violence. She is a member of the Funding Queerly giving circle, which provides more than $150,000 per year to small LGBTQI groups in the United States.
Carol CheneyCarol Cheney is the building community leadership development program officer at Meyer Memorial Trust. Carol is driven by a passion for equity and inclusion and a conviction that each of us has a role in creating a just society for everyone.Carol was adopted with her twin from South Korea and grew up in Maryland and rural Oregon. Her experiences advocating for the rights of women, people of color and the LGBTQ community have taught her many life lessons and cemented her determination to continue to work for these communities, no matter where her career path may lead.“I believe that everyone has a piece of the truth, and try to act from that belief. I hope that I always remember that tenet as I work to support our grantee and funder partners. If I don’t, call me on it!”Carol has worked as a farmworker, domestic violence advocate, health educator, nonprofit consultant and trainer and, most recently, as equity and policy manager in the Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion. She has served on the boards of the MRG Foundation, the Hambleton Project and the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence.
Martha ChoeMartha Choe served as CAO at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Director of the Global Libraries (GL). Governor Gary Locke appointed her as the Director of the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development (CTED), where she led initiatives in sustainable job growth, promoted two-way trade with Asia, Mexico and Europe, and oversaw major community development programs in growth management, housing and public works infrastructure. Martha led Washington State's successful bid to win the assembly of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner in 2003, beating out 47 others states. Prior to joining Gov. Locke’s cabinet, she was elected to two terms on the Seattle City Council, chairing the Transportation & Economic Development and Finance committees. Highlights of her tenure include her key role as Finance Chair with Mayor Norm Rice to lead the revitalization of downtown Seattle, as a Regional Transit Authority board member to deliver light rail to the region and as a key leader in creating the Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI), a public-private partnership, focused on job creation.Martha’s diverse career includes ten years in banking at the Bank of California, and teaching high school teacher and coaching debate at Churchill HS, in Eugene, Ore. She is a proud Husky, graduating with a BA in Speech and Ethnic Studies from the UW and received an MBA from Seattle University. Her diverse civic engagement includes serving as chair and commissioner of the White House Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islanders, board member and chair of the Seattle Foundation, Seattle Branch Board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and board member of the Gates Cambridge Trust and currently, a board member of CRAFT3. In 2013, Martha co-led the Transition Team for Mayor Ed Murray, a former legislative aide to her. Martha is an ordained Zen priest.She has been recognized for her civic engagement with the 2016 Crosscut Courage Lifetime Achievement Award, Seattle University’s 2012 Alumna of the Year award, Seattle Business Magazine’s 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive Excellence, Leadership Tomorrow’s Eddie E. Carlson Outstanding Alumni award, the YMCA AK Guy Award for volunteerism, and InterIm CDA’s Bob Santos Leadership in Sustainability Award.
Karina Claudio BetancourtKarina is a Program Officer with the Open Society Foundations and works with the Open Places Initiative, a placed-based initiative in three sites: Buffalo, Puerto Rico, and San Diego. She is a skilled community organizer with several years of management, advocacy, policy analysis, fundraising and grant writing experience. She has particular experience working/organizing to empower low wage workers, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals and individuals living in the intersection of these identities.Karina most recently hails from the New York City Council, where she served as the Senior Director of the Community Engagement Division in the Office of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. In this capacity, she directed the implementation of a citywide Participatory Budgeting project, as well as the implementation of several pro-LGBTQ rights policies.Karina grew up in Puerto Rico, where she attended the University of Puerto Rico, graduating with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. She moved to NYC in 2007, where she attended New York University and received a M.A. in Performance Studies.
Meg CowardAs a co-founder of the Laughing Gull Foundation, Meg is delighted to engage in work that draws on the many strands of her personal and professional passions. With a background in youth development, sustainable agriculture, and progressive philanthropy, Meg has served in senior leadership positions with a number of innovative organizations, including Bolder Giving, Waltham Fields Community Farm, the Merck Family Fund, The Farm School, and The Food Project. Meg credits her involvement with Resource Generation as the inspiration for engaging with the blessings and challenges of the philanthropic sector. In addition to overseeing LGF's operations and strategies, she manages LGF’s LGBTQ Equality program. Meg holds an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and a B.A. from Oberlin College. She is a DJ, a women's college basketball fan, and loves to knit baby hats.
Alfredo CruzAlfredo is originally from Nicaragua, grew up in Miami, and lived in Tallahassee for eight years before moving to Louisiana. He joined Foundation for Louisiana in 2011 as the Program Officer for Economic Opportunity. Alfredo’s responsibilities include identifying partnership and investment opportunities throughout the state that are aligned with the goals of the Foundation’s Economic Opportunity Portfolio, providing technical assistance and aid in proposal development to grantees and potential grantees, and helping to scale economic opportunity strategies for statewide impact. Prior to his position with the Foundation, Alfredo worked at the Florida Legislature as the Legislative Assistant to Florida State Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda (D-9). Alfredo has also served as a program officer for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where his program areas included arts and culture, youth development, civic engagement, and economic-community development in cities nationwide.During his ten-year career in philanthropy, he has served on the board of affinity groups such as Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, and he is a graduate of Leadership Miami. Alfredo has also served on the Tallahassee Performing Arts Committee, was a steering committee member of the Whole Child Leon Project, a board member of Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition and a member of the United Way of the Big Bend’s For Young Leaders Only (FYLO). His civic service also includes participation in the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Capital Regional Transportation Planning Agency (CRTPA) and membership on the Board of Directors of the Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA). Alfredo earned his B.A. in English Literature from Florida State University where he also completed a M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning and M.P.A. studies. In his off time, Alfredo enjoys volunteering in the community, writing, cooking, reading and traveling.
Christopher CuevasA lifelong peace practitioner, educator, and community organizer, Christopher has a long history of advocating for LGBTQ+, farmworker, and racial justice movements, each deeply interconnected to his own lived experience as a child of immigrants and queer person of color. Through his work with various community initiatives and organizations, Christopher has led community conversations on and facilitated community education campaigns specifically addressing structural racism, health equity, and LGBTQ+ issues. As the Executive Director of QLatinx, Christopher Cuevas provides vision, energy, and leadership in the fulfillment of the mission and vision of the organization, working to advance the visibility of and empower the local LGBTQ+ Latinx community and create spaces that foster growth and healing.
Vanessa DanielVanessa Daniel is the founder and Executive Director of Groundswell Fund, the largest funder of the U.S. reproductive justice movement. Under her leadership, Groundswell has moved more than $32 million to the reproductive justice movement, with a focus on grassroots organizing led by women of color, low income women and transgender people. Ninety percent of Groundswell’s giving goes to work led by women of color. Daniel’s roots in labor and community organizing inspired a unique funding model at Groundswell: a program staff team of women of color who come directly out of grassroots organizing and who support grantees through grantmaking, capacity building, and funder organizing to raise the visibility of grantee work in the broader funder/donor community. Groundswell’s work includes the only fund in the country dedicated to supporting access to birth justice for women of color and transgender people, and the most robust women of color-led Integrated Voter Engagement training program in the U.S. Prior to Groundswell, Vanessa supported LGBT rights, economic and environmental justice grantmaking at Tides Foundation; organized homecare workers with SEIU; helped win a landmark living wage law with the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE); and conducted research to support the organizing efforts of welfare mothers with the Applied Research Center (now Race Forward). Vanessa currently serves on the Board of Directors of Common Counsel Foundation and on the steering committee for the Health and Environmental Funder’s Network. She has a B.A. in American Ethnic Studies from Smith College and is a graduate of the Center for Third World Organizing’s Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program.
Masen DavisMasen Davis, MSW is Senior Director of Special Projects for the Gill Foundation and co-chair of the Steering Committee for the International Trans Fund. Before joining the Gill Foundation, Masen served as interim co-director of Global Action for Trans Equality (2015-16) and executive director of Transgender Law Center (2007-2015), which grew to become the nation’s largest transgender advocacy organization during his tenure. Masen currently serves on the boards of GATE, Freedom for All Americans Education Fund, and the Harvard Kennedy School’s LGBTQ Policy Journal. Masen holds a BA from Northwestern University and a Masters of Social Welfare degree from UCLA, where he served as a 2015-16 Regents’ Lecturer.
Alexandra DelValleAlexandra DelValle oversees Groundswell’s grantmaking. She brings more than 10 years of experience advancing social and reproductive justice within grassroots and national advocacy organizations. Prior to joining the Groundswell Fund team, Alex served as the program director at Third Wave Foundation, a national feminist foundation dedicated to supporting youth-led efforts for reproductive and gender justice. Previously, Alex advocated for brownfield redevelopment, waterfront revitalization, and freedom from environmental toxins as the deputy director of UPROSE, a Brooklyn-based environmental justice organization. She has supported international movements for maternal health through her work with the Averting Maternal Mortality and Disability (AMDD) program at Columbia University. Alex also served as the community mobilization coordinator at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Oberlin College, and an M.P.H. in Reproductive, Adolescent and Child Health from Columbia University. Alex is currently on the board of the Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights, and co-chairs its Women of Color Working Group.
Paul Di DonatoPaul Di Donato is President of Proteus Fund, a nationally recognized philanthropic leader that works to promote social justice through democracy, human rights, and peace. As a public foundation, Proteus advances its vision and mission through a variety of initiatives and programs, including funder collaboratives, donor advised funds, fiscally sponsored projects, and family foundation management. Prior to becoming President, Paul served for eight years as the Program Director of Proteus’s Civil Marriage Collaborative, which provided over $21 million in grants to support the successful movement to achieve marriage equality for the LGBT community in the United States.Paul has worked for progressive change for over thirty years as a student activist, litigator, policy advocate, nonprofit executive, private consultant, and philanthropic leader with particular expertise in the issue areas of HIV/AIDS, domestic and global public health, LGBTQ and women’s rights, and civil/human rights generally.Paul is an honors graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School.
Se-ah-dom EdmoSe-ah-dom Edmo (Shoshone-Bannock, Nez Perce, Yakama) is Movement Building Director for the Western States Center. There she is responsible for strengthening the vital connections between the Leadership Development programs and Gender Justice and Racial Justice programs. Her background is rooted in organizing and policy work around Tribal justice and American Indian issues. She recently co-authored the book, American Indian Identity: Citizenship, Membership and Blood. She was formerly coordinator of the Indigenous Ways of Knowing program at Lewis & Clark College; director for the Oregon Tribal Histories and Sovereignty Curriculum Design Project and vice president of the Oregon Indian Education Association. Her published works include Tribal Equity Toolkit: Tribal Resolutions and Codes to Support Two Spirit & LGBT Justice in Indian Country and Identity Wars: A Comparative Ethical Critique of the Debate Over Indian Identity.