Elizabeth Arndorfer, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation
Elizabeth Arndorfer joined the Packard Foundation as a Program Officer in the Population and Reproductive Health Program in January 2017 overseeing grantmaking in the program’s United States subprogram. Prior to joining the Foundation, Elizabeth worked as a consultant to non-profits and foundations working on reproductive health and rights, sexual and domestic violence prevention, and eliminating exposure to toxic chemicals including the Reproductive Health Technologies Project, Futures Without Violence and Ibis Reproductive Health. She earned a law degree from the University of California Boalt School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Santa Clara University.
Tesmerelna Atsbeha, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
Tesmerelna Atsbeha is a Senior Program Officer on the Women’s Rights team at Wellspring Philanthropic Fund since 2016 where her grantmaking focus is reproductive rights in Latin America and global prevention of Violence Against Women programming. Her previous experiences include working at UNWomen in the Health and HIV/AIDS unit and at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health as part of the International AIDS Care and Treatment Program (ICAP). Prior to that, she was based overseas for ten years in Africa and Latin America working on Sexual and Reproductive Health research and implementation projects with UNDP, The Global Fund and several academic institutions. She holds a BA in International Relations from Brown University, a MPH from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; and a MA in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.
Naa Hammond, Groundswell Fund
Naa Hammond is a Black, immigrant, queer, femme and a Senior Program Officer with Groundswell Fund – the largest national funder of the U.S. Reproductive Justice movement. At Groundswell Fund, she helps to resource a stronger, more vibrant movement to protect and advance reproductive freedom by supporting organizing that is led by the communities most impacted by reproductive health disparities, namely women of color, low-income women, and transgender people. Prior to joining Groundswell, Naa worked in research and communications for Funders for LGBTQ Issues, an organization that works side-by-side with funders and movement organizations to mobilize philanthropic resources that enhance the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities. At Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Naa oversaw the data collection and analysis of its philanthropic research efforts and managed an extensive multi-year database of LGBTQ grants. Over the years, Naa has worked in development and grassroots fundraising with several organizations committed to LGBTQ liberation and gender, racial and economic justice, including FIERCE, Queers for Economic Justice, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and Third Wave Fund. Naa holds two B.As in Social and Cultural Analysis and Urban Design and Architecture Studies from New York University. She is passionate about making art, community organizing, and transformative healing traditions like Somatics and herbal medicine. Naa is a Ghanaian who was born and raised in Zimbabwe. She now lives in New York City with her partner in an apartment full of plants.
Alicia Harris, The Grove Foundation
Alicia Harris is the Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice Program Officer at The Grove Foundation. Previously, she implemented sexual violence prevention education at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition, she has worked with a number of Bay Area organizations focusing on LGBTQ health, reproductive justice and sexuality education. Recently, she served as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for ACCESS Women’s Health Justice, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending institutional and practical barriers to reproductive health. Alicia earned a BA from Vassar College and an MPH from UC Berkeley. Alicia is also Manager, Reproductive Justice Program at the Grove Action Fund.
Surina Khan, Women's Foundation California
Surina Khan is CEO of Women’s Foundation California, where she leads the Foundation’s work to advance gender, racial, and economic justice. The Foundation’s program strategy is focused on building community-based power through investing in nonprofit organizations, training community leaders in policy advocacy, connecting key partners, and mobilizing significant financial resources. For more than three decades, Surina has been a leader in the philanthropic and nonprofit social justice sector starting with local community-based publishing in New England and then shifting to national and global work on an array of social justice issues including gender justice, LGBT rights, human rights, and democratic and civic participation. She served the social justice and philanthropic sector in a variety of ways including previous positions at the Ford Foundation, OutRight Action International, and Political Research Associates. She serves on several Boards including Funders for Reproductive Equity, Voices for Progress, CalNonprofits, and the American LGBTQ+ Museum. Her previous Board service has included Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Alliance for Justice, La Cocina, and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. She is a recognized expert on gender, racial, and economic justice issues and is a frequent commentator on the power of women’s philanthropy.
Maria Miranda, Susan T. Buffett Foundation
Maria Miranda is a Senior Program Officer, US Programs, for the Susan T. Buffett Foundation. Maria's grantmaking focuses on national policy and reproductive justice and people of color-led organizations. Their interests are in organizational health, institutional networks, coalitions, and policy. Their most recent past role was as the Foundation’s Strategic State Advisor for Ohio and Pennsylvania where they worked on state-level movement building and policy development. This work included building state networks, centering abortion at progressive tables, introducing racial equity measures, and refining partnership practices. Prior to joining the Foundation, Maria has worked as a development officer, program manager, volunteer coordinator, public health advocate, and community organizer.
Elisa Slattery was formerly Senior Program Officer with the Open Society Foundations’ Women’s Rights Program, where she focuses on sexual and reproductive rights. Prior to joining Open Society, Elisa was a consulting researcher at Amnesty International, where she documented human rights violations stemming from Ireland’s highly restrictive abortion law. She previously worked with the health law program of the International Development Law Organization in Rome. Elisa also served as the regional director for the Africa program at the Center for Reproductive Rights, where her work focused on promoting reproductive rights through national, regional, and international accountability mechanisms and addressing the intersection of HIV and reproductive rights. Elisa has worked as a consultant on workers’ rights issues in Kenya, conducted comparative legal and human rights research on the rights of incarcerated parents at the Brennan Center for Justice, and researched the impact of welfare reform on families with disabilities at the University of North Carolina’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center. Elisa holds a JD from Columbia Law School and a MA in history from Duke University.