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Our Team


Ana María Enríquez
Executive Director

Ana María Enríquez is a human rights advocate, an intersectional feminist, and a global citizen. Ana María joined the Human Rights Funders Network as Executive Director with a commitment to driving the field of philanthropy in a more just and equitable direction. She is currently at the Managing Advisory Board of the Funders Initiative for Civil Society (FICs) and previously served at the boards of the Urgent Action Fund in Latin America and the Caribbean and the Women’s Funding Network. Her experience includes working with private foundations, bilateral and multilateral organizations, and human rights NGOs from around the globe. From her work managing grantmaking to grassroots gender justice organizations and movements in Latin America, to her time working with environmental and women’s funds, to managing the Ford Foundation’s US $100 Million International Initiative to Strengthen Philanthropy focused on Global South philanthropy, to serving as the Chief of the UN Women Fund for Gender Equality (a 50 Million Euros grantmaking fund designed to advance women’s economic and political rights), Ana María has demonstrated an undeniable dedication to improving social systems for marginalized, and underserved populations worldwide. She received a Bachelors from New York University and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs with a concentration on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs. Fluent in Spanish, French, and English, Ana María is based in her home country of Colombia. In her free time, she enjoys listening to her son’s music, doing canal boating with her partner, practicing yoga, and dancing to the rhythms 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 focused on sexual health and rights. 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.