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 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.
Christine Clark, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Director-At-LargeChristine Clark is a Program Officer in Global Development and Population at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She is responsible for grants that support family planning services and advocacy to protect reproductive rights in the United States. Christine has broad experience in public health and youth services, in the U.S. and internationally. Previously, Christine was the founding executive director of Teen Success Inc., a nonprofit organization based in California that provides a support network for teenage mothers. Christine began her career in reproductive health and rights as a volunteer teacher in rural Namibia. After three of her teenage students became pregnant and were forced to leave school, she began teaching sex education and helping the students advocate for the right of all girls to stay in school. She went on to teach sex education at the Teen Pregnancy Coalition of San Mateo County in California, facilitated the government of Namibia’s effort to integrate reproductive health and HIV prevention content into the national school curriculum, and coordinated the New York City Department of Health’s adolescent family planning program. More recently, she spent several years as part of the international team of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and was director of the Candie’s Foundation, which produces celebrity-driven ad campaigns to prevent teen pregnancy. Christine holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University.
Naa Hammond, Groundswell Fund
Naa Hammond is a Black, immigrant, queer, femme and a 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.
Seema Jalan, UN Foundation
Seema Jalan is the Executive Director of the Universal Access Project and Policy at the United Nations Foundation, a multi-stakeholder initiative of foundations and NGOs strengthening U.S. leadership on sexual and reproductive health and rights globally. The initiative has helped protect international family planning and reproductive health programs in the world’s poorest countries including supporting 27 million women and couples with life-saving contraceptive services and supplies. Seema has almost 20 years of experience promoting gender equality and girls’ and women’s health and human rights globally. Prior to the United Nations Foundation, Seema led Women Thrive Worldwide’s global policy work on aid reform, ensuring U.S. assistance reaches both women and men in developing countries, violence against women, and economic opportunity for women living in poverty. Her work with the U.S. government contributed to the adoption of the first-ever U.S. government strategy to address violence against girls and women globally, announced by President Obama in 2012; and USAID’s policy on gender equality and female empowerment. Seema has worked with the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction in Ethiopia, Women for Afghan Women and the United Nations. She supported U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney’s efforts to address the wage gap and gender inequity in the workplace. As an expert on women’s reproductive health and rights, Seema is frequently quoted in top-tier media outlets including Slate, Foreign Policy, CNN, NBC, and Vice. She also routinely provides commentary on these topics in her Medium series and as a contributor to The Huffington Post, CNN, and The Hill. In 2007, she was honored as a Rising Star of politics by Campaigns and Elections magazine. Seema received her Master’s Degree in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University and a B.A. in Mathematics from New York University.
Brook Kelly-Green, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies
Co-ChairsBrook is the Senior Director of the Gender and Reproductive Equity Portfolio for the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, responsible for developing and implementing a strategy that seeks to build an equitable world in which women have access to reproductive health knowledge and care, to greater political and economic power and leadership, and to safety in all aspects of their lives. With the Gender and Reproductive Equity team, Brook will center the leadership, voice and vision of Black women, women of color, trans women and gender non-conforming people in the strategy implementation.
Prior to joining Schusterman, Brook worked at the Ford Foundation, where she led the Advancing Reproductive and Gender Justice portfolio, a strategy to strengthen the base of visible, effective and consistent support for reproductive and gender justice. By investing in work at the national, federal and state level to build the power of those most affected by reproductive and gender injustice, Brook supported a diverse spectrum of advocates to push back against regressive laws and experiment with proactive strategies that expanded reproductive and gender justice for all people.
Before joining Ford in 2013, she served as a human rights and policy advocacy attorney with the US Positive Women’s Network, where she played a key leadership role in the implementation of the US National HIV/AIDS Strategy, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the work of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law. Brook began her legal advocacy career as a Ford Foundation Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow after completing a clerkship in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Brook believes deeply in working to address root problems and investing in systemic change that unlocks the transformative power of communities, especially communities of color. She is honored to serve on the boards of the Groundswell Fund and Funders for Reproductive Equity. She holds a juris doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Surina Khan, Women's Foundation of California
Surina Khan is CEO of the Women’s Foundation of 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 two 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 women’s rights, 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 currently serves on several Boards including Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Alliance for Justice, La Cocina and the Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap Initiative. She is a recognized expert on gender, racial, and economic justice issues and is a frequent commentator on the power of women’s philanthropy.
Joanna Lauen, Irving Harris Foundation
Joanna Lauen is a Senior Program Officer at the Irving Harris Foundation where she leads its grant-making and field leadership in reproductive health, rights and justice by identifying opportunities to advance the Foundation’s broad interest in achieving more equitable outcomes for children and families. She has worked for the Foundation since 2000 and manages a portfolio of grants in a variety of strategy areas including: advocacy and public policy, leadership development and training, grassroots organizing and cross-movement building, and state based capacity building. In her tenure at IHF she spearheaded the Foundation’s shift to a justice framework in its reproductive health and rights portfolio, redirecting the bulk of its investments in this area toward organizations and initiatives led by and for communities most affected by reproductive oppression. She is a past co-chair of FRE’s Women of Color Working Group. Joanna received a Master’s in Public Policy with a focus on child and family policy from the University of Chicago in 1997. Prior to her position at the Irving Harris Foundation, Joanna was a Policy Analyst for the San Francisco Department of Human Services where she worked on a range of issues including child welfare, housing and homelessness and early education.
Maria Miranda, Susan T. Buffett Foundation
Maria Miranda is a Program Officer, Social Change; 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 worked as a development officer, program manager, volunteer coordinator, public health advocate, and community organizer. They also lecture on women & gender studies and nonprofit management. Maria has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Eastern Michigan University. They earned their Master in Public Administration and Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Villanova University, and completed an Advanced Certificate in Public Policy at Northwestern. Before relocating to Omaha, Maria served as Vice President of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation and Board Chair of New Voices for Reproductive Justice, where they helped to establish its Ohio affiliate. In addition to their advocacy work, Maria is a member of Lambda Theta Alpha, Latin Sorority, Inc., the nation's first Latina sorority. They are a writer and performance artist with their work being shown and performed regionally and nationally. Maria is a recipient of Community Shares of Greater Cleveland's Distinguished Activist Award and Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland’s Volunteer of the Year award.
Elisa Slattery, Open Society Foundation
Elisa Slattery is a 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.
Teresa Younger, Ms. Foundation for Women
In 2014, Teresa C. Younger became President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the oldest women’s foundation in the United States. Under Teresa’s leadership, the Foundation launched the multimedia campaign, #MyFeminismIs; funded a groundbreaking report on the sexual abuse to prison pipeline; joined leading women’s foundations at the White House to announce a $100 million funding commitment called Prosperity Together to create pathways to economic opportunity for low-income women and girls; and led a campaign to hold the NFL accountable for violence against women. In 2016, Inside Philanthropy named Teresa as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in US Philanthropy”.