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Board of Directors

Stacey Keare

Board Chair

Stacey Keare is an attorney, philanthropist, and public policy analyst who has worked for a number of non-profit organizations. She, along with her husband, is the Founder of the Girls Rights Project, an organization dedicated to advancing the rights  of girls throughout the world using a combination of research, advocacy and philanthropy. Ms. Keare studied international relations at Stanford University, has a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a law degree from Hastings College of the Law. She has served as a pro bono attorney at the Pro Bono Project, General Assistance Advocacy Project and San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation. She has also been a Board member of several other non-profit organizations in her community, including Summit Prep Charter High School and Summit Public Schools, an organization creating progressive college prep charter schools in the Bay Area. She is Board Chair of Women Moving Millions, serves on the Silicon Valley Leadership Board of the Global Fund for Children, a D.C. based foundation that supports grassroots organizations helping children throughout the world, and is on the Kennedy School’s Women’s Leadership Board. Ms. Keare has three daughters, Haley, Ryan and Brooke and lives in Woodside with her husband John Hodge.

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Dana Su Lee

Vice Chair

Dana Lee is a 1988 graduate of Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. In 1993 she received a Master of Arts Management from The School of Public Policy & Management at Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University. Mother of Graham and Katie and spouse to Gregory, Dana divides her time between Nevada and New York. After college Dana worked in Manhattan in advertising and fashion public relations. While in graduate school, she did development/pre-opening research for the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and returned after graduation to New York as foundation manager for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Dana rejoined the for-profit world and became a consultant for the global branding firm, Landor Associates. Her husband, Gregory, led her move to Las Vegas in 1997, where Dana worked in corporate advertising for Mirage Resorts, overseeing the branding and identity program for the Bellagio Resort & Casino. After the birth of her children, Dana worked on special projects for SK&G Advertising. Dana has served on the boards of The Meadows School, The Webb Schools of California, The Nevada Ballet Theatre, The Las Vegas Art Museum, Communities in Schools Nevada, the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, and the advisory board of Teach for America Las Vegas Valley. Dana is a founder, board member and past president of The Nevada Women’s Philanthropy, a pooled-fund large impact grant making organization that supports critical needs in Southern Nevada. In 2010 Dana was appointed by Governor Jim Gibbons to serve on the Nevada Education Reform Blue Ribbon Task Force. The commission, comprised of members from throughout Nevada, was charged with guiding and making recommendations on behalf of Nevada’s application for federal Race to the Top education funds. The resulting recommendations, Nevada’s Promise: Excellence, Rigor, and Equity, serves as a platform for statewide education reforms. Dana is past board chair of the Guinn Center for Policy Priorities and currently serves on the boards of the Nevada based non-profits: The Nevada Women’s Philanthropy and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts; and the New York based non-profits: The Triple Aught Foundation which oversees and operates the artist Michael Heizer’s monumental sculpture, City, and The Dia Art Foundation. She is a member of the Brown University Arts Advisory Council. She served on the Las Vegas Victim’s Fund Committee, which oversaw the consolidation and distribution of funds contributed to the victims of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. Dana is a former marathon runner, an avid hiker, traveler, arts enthusiast, and dedicated community participant.

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Holly Fogle

Treasurer

Holly grew up on a farm in the Appalachian foothills of southeastern Ohio.  She graduated from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania. She was a senior partner at McKinsey & Company, a strategic consulting firm where she worked for 13 years serving healthcare clients. She also ran McKinsey’s New Jersey Office and served on their global partner selection committee. Currently, Holly is the co-founder and Executive Director of El Nido de Esperanza (Nest of Hope) in New York City where she spends her time working with immigrant families and their young children living in poverty.  El Nido’s program provides 1-on-1 parent coaching, books/literacy support, diapers, baby formula, food for the family, English classes, community among the mamas, and most importantly- HOPE. Even though these women and Holly were born on two different continents, she empathizes with them deeply. She lives in lower Manhattan and loves to explore the world with her family!

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Judy McFarlane

Secretary

Judy McFarlane is a writer and former lawyer who lives in Vancouver, BC. She donates to projects that support the education and empowerment of girls and women with scholarships for at risk students in Canada and for young women attending secondary school and university in Kenya and Uganda. She also supports programs for girls through the Canadian Women’s Foundation and Tostan International. Judy’s writing has taken her into inner city schools and schools in remote communities, where she has helped students write and perform plays about issues important to them. Her writing has also taken her into the world of disability, where she worked with a young woman with Down Syndrome who wrote a book. Judy’s book about that experience, Writing with Grace, was published in 2014 and   was a finalist for a national nonfiction award in Canada.

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Dr. Kristin Blakely

Board Member

Dr. Kristin Blakely is a public sociologist committed to advancing gender equity through scholarly teaching, research, advocacy, governance and philanthropy. She has a PhD in Sociology and Gender Studies from Loyola University Chicago and was the visiting scholar at the Centre for Feminist Research at York University. Kristin teaches sociology at Glendon College of York University and leadership courses focused on gender and diversity at the University of Toronto. She is a co-investigator at the Diversity Institute at Toronto Metropolitan University and a Senior Fellow at the Glendon School of International and Public Affairs. Kristin co-authored Gendered Worlds (Oxford University Press) and has published in numerous journals including the Journal of International Women’s Studies, the International Journal of Qualitative Methods, the Journal of Family Issues, and the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Kristin has had leadership roles on the boards of YWCA Toronto, YWCA Canada, and the Canadian Women’s Foundation. Additionally, Kristin was a cabinet member of the Women’s and Infants’ Health campaign at Sinai Hospital and served on the hospital’s Governing Council; was a representative at the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women for Sociologists for Women and Society; was an evaluator and mentor for the FORA Network’s “Girls on Board” program; and was a member of the Consultative Council for the Gender Equality Network – a Government of Canada WAGE project.

Presently, Kristin is President of the Beekay Foundation, chair of the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s Teen Healthy Relationships Advisory Committee, a director on the board of the York School and chair of its Advancement Committee, and a board advisor for Vitala Global which co-creates and implements open access digital sexual and reproductive health solutions.

Kristin is involved in ongoing research focused on equity and accessibility in the area of miscarriage and early pregnancy care. The team has produced a web-based education platform for patients with early pregnancy loss and the project received the Canadian Association of Emergency Physician’s Top Education Innovation Award in 2022.

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Vanessa Evans

Board Member

Vanessa Evans is a French/American Co-Founder and Director of The Red Butterfly Foundation alongside her mother. She has spent the majority of her life living in London, U.K., and now resides in NYC. She graduated from the University of Birmingham (U.K.) with a B.A. in Drama and Theatre Arts. Along with her passion for the arts comes her immense passion for being a strong advocate for women’s and girls’ rights. As well as dedicating herself to women’s rights, Vanessa is equally enthusiastic in supporting The Red Butterfly Foundation’s aims to support the defense of endangered animals, combatting impacts of climate change, and promoting a cultural world through the arts and performing arts.

She is currently focused on her philanthropy, being a board member of WMM, and ensuring that her personal investments are in line with a more sustainable, inclusive, and gender equal future.

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Julie George

Board Member

Julie George is a committed philanthropist and leader using a gender lens to make a meaningful impact. As a proud dual Canadian/U.S. citizen, Julie feels a responsibility to help girls and women raise their voices and drive social change in Canada. She helped develop Juno House, a center of excellence for adolescent girls and their families in Calgary and subsequently created the Juno House Foundation (now Lionheart Foundation) to build capacity and support for those in need of its services. In the ‘70s, Julie taught in an inner city high school in Houston, Texas which she credits as being a defining introduction to inequality and the importance of empowering youth to be the best they can be. She is the proud parent of three married children and eight of the smartest grandchildren.

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Karen Keating Ansara

Board Member

Currently a 2023 Fellow in the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative, Karen and her husband Jim make grants (especially in Haiti) to address global health systems and the deep poverty that leads families to surrender their children.  To inspire more international philanthropy, in 2008 Karen launched what is now the Network of Engaged International Donors (NEID Global), a learning and grantmaking community of 180+ philanthropists, foundations and impact investors. After the 2010 earthquake, Karen cofounded the Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation, now the Haiti Development Institute (HDI). In addition to serving as Board Chair of NEID Global, Karen serves on the boards of MCE Social Capital, Women Moving Millions, Groundswell International, and Build Health International (founded by her husband), and as Board Emeritus for HDI. Karen is a graduate of Wellesley College (Pol. Sci.), Andover Newton Theological School (M.Div.), and the Non-Profit Management and Leadership Program at Boston University. Karen and Jim live in Essex, MA and have four young adult children.

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Monika Parekh

Board Member

Monika Parekh is President of the PSquared Charitable Foundation, a family foundation she began with her husband in 2019. She also serves on the Board of the Tisch Multiple Sclerosis Research Center, the Presidential Advisory Committee of Vassar College and the Acquisitions Committee at the International Center of Photography. Monika graduated from Vassar College and holds a master’s degree in physical therapy from Columbia University. She worked for several years with disabled children with the NYC Board of Education before leaving the field to start her own family. She is a passionate photographer, winemaker and an avid lover of travel, film and all things food related. She currently resides in NYC.

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Jen Rainin

Board Member

As CEO of the Rainin Foundation, Jen has developed several major initiatives in the Arts, Education and Health. In the Arts, she established the SFFILM Rainin Grants, the largest granting body for independent narrative feature films in the US. She created the Community Arts Stabilization Trust, a groundbreaking real estate holding company, internationally recognized for its approach to mitigating the displacement of Bay Area arts and cultural organizations. In Education, Jen focuses on supporting early literacy development for Oakland children. Jen’s efforts in Health include grantmaking programs to support high risk, high reward research toward Inflammatory Bowel Disease. With her wife, Jen co-founded The Curve Foundation to champion LGBTQ+ women’s culture and spark a renaissance of queer journalists to tell LGBTQ+ women’s stories across generations. Jen founded Frankly Speaking Films with Rivkah Beth Medow in 2020 to produce media that centers strong queer women. Together, they created the Oscar shortlisted short documentary HOLDING MOSES (2022, The New Yorker) and the feature documentary AHEAD OF THE CURVE (2020, Apple). They Executive Produced the feature documentaries JEANNETTE and HUMMINGBIRDS, and the short fiction film THAW, all currently in festivals, and they have several projects in development.

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Jennifer Risher

Board Member

Jennifer Risher is an author, speaker, philanthropist, and investor. Her book, “We Need to Talk: A Memoir About Wealth” explores the impact of wealth on identity and relationships. In sharing her personal story, Jennifer aims to validate the emotional complexities of money and help others move out of shame, guilt, or a desire to keep wealth hidden and into meaning, joy, and purpose. She believes a more comfortable relationship with money and recognition of abundance has the power to fuel positive change. In response to COVID, Jennifer and her husband, David co-created #HalfMyDAF to inspire more giving. Since 2020, they’ve contributed millions in matching funds, rallied donors and nonprofits, and created a community that has put over $40 million to work at nonprofits. #HalfMyDAF is now in year four and recently partnered with Amalgamated. Over the last two years, Jennifer has been investing with women-of-color fund managers to shift money and power and create a more equitable society. Jennifer lives in San Francisco with her husband, loves tennis and spending time with her two twenty-something daughters. She is a member of Women Donors Network, Solidaire, and Women Moving Millions.

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Sarah Haacke Byrd

Chief Executive Officer

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