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Our Team

Jenna Capeci
Deputy Director

Jenna joined HRFN from American Jewish World Service (AJWS), where she served as the Director of Civil and Political Rights. In this position, she oversaw AJWS’s grantmaking in eleven countries, funding grassroots efforts to create vibrant, democratic and peaceful societies. Jenna also managed AJWS’s work to promote the protection and security of human rights defenders globally. She previously served as AJWS’s Asia Director. Before joining AJWS, Jenna spent four years in Thailand with EarthRights International, where she was responsible for establishing an intensive training program for activists from Burma. Much of her work over the last 15 years has been dedicated to promoting the human rights of women and marginalized communities in situations of conflict and political transition. Jenna holds a Master’s Degree in international affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a Bachelor’s Degree in biology and women’s studies from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Jenna is also a published poet. Brooklyn born and bred, she recently put down roots in Queens along with her wife and babies and loves exploring the food paradise that is her new home.

 

Mona Chun
Executive Director

Mona has over fifteen years in leadership positions in human rights, capacity- and network-building and civic engagement. Prior to taking on her current role, she was HRFN’s Deputy Director, providing key vision and leadership for the organization, and for HRFN’s groundbreaking Advancing Human Rights: Knowledge Tools for Funders initiative tracking global human rights grantmaking. Before joining HRFN, Mona was Director of Outreach and Communication at the Coro New York Leadership Center, developing an engaged community of civic leaders in New York City, her hometown. Mona has been committed to building the field of human rights throughout her career, from setting up an Anglophone Amnesty International chapter in Paris to helping to establish the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in the Cote D’Ivoire. She was also the founding Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Human Rights Action, an organization providing capacity-building training to human rights groups and leaders around the world.

Mona has served on the Board of Directors of the New York Chinese Cultural Center and on the Advisory Board of Adilisha, a human rights capacity-building organization in Southern Africa. She holds a Master’s Degree in human rights and nonprofit management from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Hofstra University. When she’s not out exploring the amazing food of New York and scouring local food blogs for her travels around the world, she can be found cooking with her daughters and trying to find more time for her yoga practice and drumming aspirations.

 

Rebecca Landy
Program Manager, Engagement

Rebecca supports our members to connect, learn, and forge collaborations by overseeing our working groups and facilitating HRFN’s conferences, telebriefings/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.

 

Camille Serrano
Associate, Membership & Operations

Camille serves as the key liaison for HRFN’s global network of human rights funders and oversees HRFN’s day-to-day operations. 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, running, yoga and traveling.

 

Sarah Tansey
Program Manager, Research & Policy

Sarah manages HRFN’s Research and Policy Program, including the Advancing Human Rights: Knowledge Tools for Funders initiative and work around civic space. She is the liaison for Working Groups on Human Rights Defenders, Human Rights & HIV, International Grants Operations, and Cross-Border Philanthropy. Sarah joins HRFN from the development world, where she worked for the ONE Campaign and the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, a coalition of international organizations advocating for more efficient development assistance. She previously interned with Clean Air NY, researched community-based resource management in Botswana, and served as a Research Associate at Project Vote Smart. Sarah holds Bachelor’s degrees in Government and English from Skidmore College. She is a zealous recycler and Arsenal supporter.

 

Rachel Thomas
Program Director, Research Initiatives

Rachel manages HRFN’s research initiatives, including the Advancing Human Rights initiative. 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. Before this, Rachel spent nine years as a grantmaker with the Open Society Foundations’ Public Health Program, where she managed a portfolio to improve the health and protect the human rights of sex workers and LGBTQI communities in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Eastern and Southern Africa. In this role, Rachel supported projects to build the capacity of local leaders and organizations, document human rights abuses, increase access to health services, establish legal aid programs, advance strategic litigation, foster police-community collaborations, and pursue law and policy reform.

Prior to her work with the Open Society Foundations, Rachel was a consultant with the World Bank’s Health, Nutrition, and Population Division in Washington, D.C., and Women’s Campaign International in Philadelphia. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Turkmenistan and holds a Master’s degree in international development from American University, with a concentration in public health. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, playing volleyball with her team, learning history, and exploring. She hates mushrooms.

 

Xin Xin
Communications & Development Manager

Xin manages HRFN’s communications, external resources and publications, and development. She was previously at the Open Society Foundations, supporting global health financing initiatives at the Public Health Program, as well as the Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights, making rapid-response grants to women and LGBTQI+ human rights defenders. Making the transition from grantmaking to fundraising, she managed an institutional fundraising portfolio of $5 million for a microfinance community development financial institution and, prior to joining HRFN, served as Individual Giving Manager at the National Center for Lesbian Rights in San Francisco. Xin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Policy from Northwestern University. She enjoys watching American cinema, setting overly ambitious reading goals, and catching stand-up comedy.