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Our Team

 

Fatoumata Bah 
Program Associate

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
Executive Director

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
Deputy Director

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. 

 

Brenda Salas Neves
Global Communications & Advocacy Strategist

Brenda is a feminist cultural worker and organizer born and raised in the southern Andes. They have been committed to mobilizing resources to LGBTQI communities with the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, as a Senior Program Officer leading their portfolios in the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Brenda was part of the Latin American Grant Making Advisers of FRIDA: The Young Feminist Fund, and have produced media-making projects for migrant justice, and against U.S. foreign, military, and trade intervention all across Latin America, such as the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee and Deep Dish TV. They are a proud member of the Audre Lorde Project and a graduate of the United World Colleges (UWC) movement.

 

Ivens Reyner
Philanthropic Advocacy Manager

Ivens leads the philanthropic advocacy work of HRFN, promoting just and open philanthropy in support of human rights movements in the Global North and the Global South and East. With over ten years’ experience committed to advancing human rights, he is a queer feminist activist and has been previously associated with Aidsfonds and Mama Cash. He is also the co-founder of Coletivo Mangueiras, a grassroots organisation in Brazil that works to further racial, gender and sexual and reproductive justice in the country. A graduate of LSE, Ivens was awarded a Masters in Gender, Development and Globalisation. He speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Dutch.

 

Rachel Thomas
Director of Research Initiatives

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.

 

Debbie Zamd
Head of Program Operations

Debbie has worked for 15 years in social justice funding, including at Women’s Funding Network and UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality. Her expertise ranges from database development to grantmaking to knowledge management, grounded in global feminist principles and practices. Debbie was born in Mexico, raised in the United States, and has followed her curiosity to study and work around the world in places such as Bolivia, the Netherlands and Antarctica. She most recently worked on a  COVID response program on the Navajo Nation.