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 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.
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.
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.
Communications and 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.