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Our Team

Fatoumata provides administrative and logistical support to the HRFN team while managing the day to day operations of the HRFN office.  Prior to joining HRFN, Fatoumata worked with immigrant populations providing programmatic support and guidance in an effort to ease their transition into American society.  She’s also served as an administrative assistant for the Associate Dean at Montclair State University where she provided operational support, managing the faculty database and conducting research to advance faculty diversity.  A Duchesne Scholar and Graduate of Manhattanville College, Fatoumata is a former Clinton Foundation intern and worked in former President Clinton’s scheduling office.  Her passion for social justice and human rights was sparked during her time in high school, where she attended her first protests and was introduced to activism.  Fatoumata is the proud mother of an energetic three year old who loves Spiderman and candy.

Ana María Enríquez leads the network’s efforts to support funders in deepening their human rights knowledge and strengthening their grantmaking practice. An intersectional feminist with particular expertise in gender and environmental justice, she has 20 years of experience working with global private foundations, bilateral and multilateral organizations, and public charities supporting grassroots human rights efforts. Ana María has worked with several Human Rights Funders Network members, including the Global Fund for Women, the Urgent Action Fund, and Prospera—building and leading teams, designing grantmaking strategies, and managing regional and global social justice programs. She designed and managed UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, led the Ford Foundation’s International Initiative to Strengthen Philanthropy, and has guided grantmaking and program strategy for organizations in the US, Europe, and Latin America. Fluent in Spanish, French, and English (and conversant in Portuguese), Ana María works from her home country of Colombia.

Kellea Miller closely collaborates with the Executive Director to provide strategic direction and leadership to advance HRFN’s vision, implement its strategic plan and oversee the management of the organization’s day-to-day operations. She is a feminist researcher and advocate for just resourcing for social movements. She specializes in grantmaking and strategy development and has worked for feminist funds including Global Fund for Women, UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, Astraea Foundation, Mama Cash and AWID. Her research focuses on gender equality discourse, development financing, and feminist movements.  Kellea holds a PhD in Sociology and a BA in Public Policy & Feminist Studies. In her spare time, she teaches self-defense, serves on the board of the International Accountability Project, and frolics with her kids.  She is conversant in Spanish and can sing one song in Quechua.

Rachel manages HRFN’s Advancing Human Rights initiative to map the landscape of funding for human rights and track changes in its scale and priorities. Prior to joining HRFN, Rachel worked as a consultant providing technical assistance to foundations, supporting non-profits to plan and evaluate their work, and conducting research to inform and advance advocacy. She spent nine years with the Open Society Foundations’ Public Health Program managing a portfolio of grantmaking in over 15 countries to support sex workers and LGBTQI communities to exercise their rights and address injustices. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Turkmenistan and holds a master’s degree in international development. She hates mushrooms.

Steering

Committe

Our Steering Committee is a diverse group of HRFN members representing broadly the interests, organizations, and institutions active in the human rights grantmaking field. The Steering Committee provides guidance on HRFN’s strategy, programs, and initiatives.

Monica Aleman  

Senior program officer, building intitution and networks (BUILD)
Ford foundation

Monica Aleman Cunningham is a senior program officer on the BUILD team at Ford Foundation, working to advance the foundation’s efforts to support and develop stronger, sustainable, and more effective social justice organizations and networks across the globe. Her areas of concentration in BUILD are Latin America; Civic Engagement and Government; and Gender, Race, and Ethnic Justice. Before joining Ford Foundation in 2011, Monica was executive director of the International Indigenous Women’s Forum, a network of organizations in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. She also served as program and policy director at MADRE, an international women’s rights organization. In addition, Monica has worked as a coordinator and assistant for the United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and has consulted for various organizations, including the Ford Foundation and Nicaragua’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Monica received her master’s degree from the Intercultural Indigenous University, Popayán, Colombia, and her bachelor’s degree in international relations, with a focus on political science and business administration, from the University of Mobile, Latin America Campus at San Marcos, Nicaragua.

Rachel Freed      

(co-chair)
Vice President and Chief Program Officer

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Rachel Gore Freed is a human rights lawyer, community organizer, and social justice advocate with a wealth of domestic and international experience. As UUSC’s Vice President and Chief Program Officer, Freed leads the organization’s creative and effective approaches to advancing human rights and oversees all aspects of UUSC’s programmatic work, including program and partnership development, advocacy and strategic communications, and justice education and outreach. Prior to joining UUSC, Freed was deeply engaged in community struggles around the world, including successfully litigating against Exxon for violations of the Clean Air Act in the Houston Baytown shipping channel, arguing for the right to seek asylum before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and representing low-income immigrants and detained asylum seekers pursuing relief from unjust deportation in New York City. Her experiences abroad include helping volunteer youth serve as peace witnesses in Gujurat, Northern India after communal rioting and serving on the team that prosecuted the former President of Liberia, Charles Taylor, and leaders of the rebel forces through the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Freed holds a bachelor’s degree with a focus in international development from the George Washington Elliott School of International Affairs and a doctor of law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.

Tracey  Gurd

Senior Director of Civil and Political Rights and Advocacy
American Jewish World Service

Tracey Gurd is American Jewish World Service’s Senior Director of Civil and Political Rights and Advocacy, responsible for leading a key portfolio of AJWS’s grantmaking in the developing world and for directing our work to promote U.S. and global laws and policies that advance human rights. Prior to joining AJWS in 2016, Tracey held numerous roles at the Open Society Foundations, including Division Director of Strategy and Senior Advocacy Officer for the Open Society Justice Initiative. Originally from Australia, she was previously a research fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School and a policy analyst at both the Australian Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet and at the Australian Embassy in Budapest. She is a graduate of the Australian National University holds a Masters of Public International Law, Human Rights, and International Humanitarian Law from the University of Melbourne.

Tirza Leibowitz 

Associate Director for Legal Advocacy
Open Society Foundations

Tracey Gurd is American Jewish World Service’s Senior Director of Civil and Political Rights and Advocacy, responsible for leading a key portfolio of AJWS’s grantmaking in the developing world and for directing our work to promote U.S. and global laws and policies that advance human rights. Prior to joining AJWS in 2016, Tracey held numerous roles at the Open Society Foundations, including Division Director of Strategy and Senior Advocacy Officer for the Open Society Justice Initiative. Originally from Australia, she was previously a research fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School and a policy analyst at both the Australian Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet and at the Australian Embassy in Budapest. She is a graduate of the Australian National University holds a Masters of Public International Law, Human Rights, and International Humanitarian Law from the University of Melbourne.

Katy

Love  

Director of Community Resources
Wikimedia Foundation

Katy Love serves as the director of Community Resources team at the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that supports Wikipedia and sister sites. The Community Resources team increases the quantity, quality, diversity, and reach of free knowledge by making hundreds of grants each year to mission-allied organizations and people around the world. Katy has co-led the HRFN community of practice on participatory grantmaking, and is serving as an advisor to the forthcoming Grantcraft Guide on participatory grantmaking.

Before Wikimedia, Katy worked as a knowledge manager CARE International on a large collaboration between six of the largest humanitarian agencies, aimed to increase the speed, quality and effectiveness of humanitarian responses. She also served as an associate program officer at the Global Fund for Children overseeing grants to small grassroots NGOs. She have served as a volunteer grantmaker with many philanthropic organizations, including the Unitarian Universalist Funding Program, the Fund for Southern Communities, Washington Area Women’s Fund, giving circles, and more.

Maitri

Morarji   

(co-chair)Director of Programs
Foundation for a Just Society

For nearly twenty years, Maitri has leveraged resources in support of global women’s rights movements through grantmaking, fundraising, and philanthropic advocacy. Prior to joining FJS, she was a senior program officer at Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, where she coordinated the land and property rights initiative and oversaw grants for international women’s movements. Maitri has also served as a program officer for East Africa at American Jewish World Service, the development officer for foundation relations at the Global Fund for Women, and a policy associate at Grameen Foundation USA. She conducted research in the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations on peacekeeping and conflict resolution and currently serves as the co-chair of the steering committees for Human Rights Funders Network and the Research Consortium on Women’s Land Rights. A native of India and Sweden, Maitri has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Regan

E.Ralph       

President and CEO
Fund for Global Human Rights

For nearly twenty years, Maitri has leveraged resources in support of global women’s rights movements through grantmaking, fundraising, and philanthropic advocacy. Prior to joining FJS, she was a senior program officer at Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, where she coordinated the land and property rights initiative and oversaw grants for international women’s movements. Maitri has also served as a program officer for East Africa at American Jewish World Service, the development officer for foundation relations at the Global Fund for Women, and a policy associate at Grameen Foundation USA. She conducted research in the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations on peacekeeping and conflict resolution and currently serves as the co-chair of the steering committees for Human Rights Funders Network and the Research Consortium on Women’s Land Rights. A native of India and Sweden, Maitri has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.