Board and Staff

Board Members

Treasurer

Elizabeth Arndorfer

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.

Co-Chair

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.

Secretary

Naa Hammond

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.

Member

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.

Member

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.

Co-Chair

Maria Miranda

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.

Member

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.

Staff Members

Executive Director

Email: rocio (at) wearefre.org

November 18, 2019-- The Board of Directors of Funders for Reproductive Equity (FRE) announced today that Rocio Córdoba, will become the next Executive Director of FRE effective December 16, 2019. For the past 20 years, Rocio has worked in several leadership positions in the reproductive health, rights, and justice field as well as in the philanthropic sector. As the new Executive Director, Rocio will usher in an exciting new era of leadership that will advance FRE’s role in leading philanthropy to optimize resources for all people’s freedom over their sexual and reproductive lives.  

“Rocio’s deep commitment to the field of reproductive equity, health, rights, and justice with insight into the intersectionality of reproductive equity across racial, gender, economic, LGBTQ, human rights, environmental justice, and international issues will be vital to leading FRE into the future,” said Surina Khan, Co-Chair of the Board of FRE and CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California.

“Rocio is a visionary leader who brings insight, understanding and experience that is critical to FRE’s future as a leading organization in philanthropy,” added Joanna Lauen, Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of FRE and a Senior Program Officer with the Irving Harris Foundation.

Operations Director

Email: narada (at) wearefre.org

Narada Lee has served as FRE’s Operations Director since 1999. Over her long tenure she has overseen the administrative side of the organization and impressed members with her superb meeting planning skills, lightning-speed response time and overall ability to make complicated things look easy. Narada came to FRE from her post as grants manager for the Moriah Fund, and she previously worked as a Marketing Officer at the Thai Embassy in Washington, DC in charge of textile trade between the US and Thailand. She holds a B.S. in International Business and Finance from American University. Narada is based in Rockville, MD and spends her time outside of FRE cooking for fun for family and friends, working in her yard and doting on her kids - both two-legged and four-legged.

Development Director

Email: santana (at) wearefre.org

Santana Moreno, CFRE (They/Them/Theirs) is a philanthropic organizer dedicated to reclaiming reparative-aligned resources for communities living at the margins and towards progressive organizations - throughout their career, Santana has redirected over $40M in resources from philanthropy toward movement organizations. Based out of Brooklyn, NY, Santana is a Certified Fundraising Executive® and is thrilled to be joining Funders for Reproductive Equity as its first Development Director. Most recently, Santana served as Senior Manager of Philanthropic Partnerships at Jobs With Justice (JWJ), an economic justice organization that combats inequality by expanding organizing and collective bargaining rights for workers, in particular Black and brown workers in low-wage jobs. Prior to working at JWJ, Santana worked at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to advocating for the rights of Latinxs at the intersections of reproductive, immigrant, and economic justice. Santana believes deeply in advancing their theory of change for philanthropic organizing and has previously spoken at events for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Cause Effective, and was recently a plenary speaker at Nonprofit New York's 2021 Best Nonprofit Conference in a session called "Disruptive Fundraising". As a growing thought leader in this field, Santana’s theories around philanthropy have been published and reshared by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, and other philanthropic media channels. Outside of their career, Santana is an artist/artivist, classical clarinetist, skateboarder, and proud dog parent to Ponyo.

Program Director

Email: jne (at) wearefre.org

Jackie brings a lifelong passion for human rights and social justice—and 15 years of experience as a human rights grantmaker and advocate—to bear in conceptualizing, developing and implementing FRE programming. Her responsibilities include coordinating the International Funders and Youth Leadership and Engagement Working Groups; sharing the direction of FRE’s two annual conferences and fundraising. Prior to joining FRE, Jackie advocated for women’s rights and access to health services in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America at Catholics for Choice, where she also delighted in challenging the Catholic hierarchy and antichoice policymakers on television, radio, blogs and in print. Earlier in her career, Jackie contributed to women's rights movement building in Mesoamerica at Just Associates (JASS); provided financial support to human rights organizations in Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and the United States as a grantmaker at the Moriah Fund and supported a cross-national team of international human rights attorneys at the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL). A proud Peruvian-Texan, Jackie makes her home in Washington, DC.