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Our Team

Fatoumata Bah 
Administrative Assistant

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 two year old who loves Spiderman and candy.

Rebecca Landy
Director of Engagement

Rebecca supports our members to connect, learn, and forge collaborations by overseeing our working groups and facilitating HRFN’s conferences, webinars, and other learning opportunities. She has over 12 years of experience in international human rights work. Her career began at NetAid where she worked on access to education for girls. Prior to joining HRFN, Rebecca was at the US Human Rights Network, where she led their international advocacy and government accountability work. She has also worked with the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Center for International Human Rights at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Rebecca is a former High Court of Botswana Law Clerk and intern at the South African Parliament and Global Rights. Rebecca earned her JD from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she was an Urban Morgan Human Rights Fellow and served as the Assistant Managing Editor of Human Rights Quarterly. Rebecca feels lucky to live near beautiful Prospect Park in Brooklyn, where she enjoys going for long walks with her husband and new daughter. She likes reading fiction, practicing yoga, and the challenge of cooking with new vegetables from her CSA.

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.

Catherine Hyde Townsend
Transition Director

Catherine oversees the management of the network’s day-to-day operations during the transition and recruitment processes for a new Executive Director. Catherine is a philanthropic leader with a passion for human rights who was among HRFN’s first employees and knows the network well. She currently works as an independent consultant and serves on the Board of Directors for the Disability Rights Fund and Women Enabled International. From 2006 until 2017, Catherine served as a senior program officer at Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, managing disability rights and human rights defenders grantmaking with a focus on gender and intersectional identities. Prior to joining Wellspring, she worked at the Mertz Gilmore Foundation and coordinated programming for the International Human Rights Funders Group. Catherine is a proud mother of two who loves mornings, reading (especially non-fiction), and practices Pilates when she can.

Camille Serrano
Membership & Operations Associate

Camille serves as the key liaison for HRFN’s global network of human rights funders handling membership administration, engagement programming and fund development. In this capacity, she also oversees grants data outreach for HRFN’s Advancing Human Rights initiative. Prior to joining HRFN, Camille worked as a Paralegal at the international law firm, Holland & Knight LLP in New York. At the firm, she also served as a Pro Bono Liaison, working on various projects including representing unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in deportation proceedings. Camille graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations with a focus in International Ethics, and a minor in Music. During her time at Mount Holyoke, Camille worked with MADRE to advance women’s human rights in UN processes and led education programs for at-risk youth in New York City, Cape Town, South Africa, and Capiz, Philippines. Camille is fluent in French, proficient in Spanish and conversational in Mandarin Chinese and Tagalog. In her free time, she enjoys playing the violin, practicing yoga, experimenting with new recipes, and traveling.