WHO WE ARE

 RESOURCING RADICAL JUSTICE 

 IS A FUNDERS COLLECTIVE 

THAT CENTERS 

BLACK LIBERATION AS THE PATH 

TO A THRIVING GREATER WASHINGTON REGION 

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We believe that all Black lives matter, and that by centering those who are historically and contemporarily marginalized in the creation of solutions, we all move closer to shared freedom. This means that our collective’s philosophy is based in centering all Black people: Black women and girls, Black LGBTQ folks, Black trans folks, Black immigrants, Black workers, Black Muslims, Black Latinx folks, Black disabled folks, Black survivors of violence, particularly the violence of state actors, institutions, and the carceral system, and Black folks who live at the intersections of many of these identities, as the keystone to our mutual liberation.

 

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Resourcing Radical Justice is co-chaired by Aisha Alexander-Young, (Vice President for Strategy & Equity, Meyer Foundation) and Temi Bennett, Esq. (Director of Policy & Communication, Consumer Health Foundation).

 

Our co-chairs can be reached at chairs@resourcingradicaljustice.org

 

The following committees and individuals lead various bodies of work for Resourcing Radical Justice:

Advocacy Committee:

  • Kendra Allen, Program Associate, Consumer Health Foundation

  • Venus Campbell, Grants Coordinator, Open Society Foundations

  • Leni Dworkis, Program Manager, Weissberg Foundation

  • Hanh Le, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Consumer Health Foundation

  • Yanique Redwood, President & CEO, Consumer Health Foundation

  • Brigette Rouson, Board of Instigators, Diverse City Fund

Capacity-Building Committee:

  • Kendra Allen, Program Associate, Consumer Health Foundation

  • Rubie Coles, Program Director, Diverse City Fund

  • Karen FitzGerald, Vice President for Community Partnerships & Learning, Meyer Foundation

  • Martine Sadarangani Gordon, Vice President of Programs, Washington Area Women's Foundation

  • Dara Johnson, Executive Director, Horning Family Fund

  • Alexis Martinez, Partnerships Associate, Meyer Foundation

  • Gretchen Rohr, Program Officer, Open Society Foundations

Communications Committee:

  • Kendra Allen, Program Associate, Consumer Health Foundation

  • Mercy Chikowore, Communications Manager, Washington Area Women's Foundation

  • alicia sanchez gill, Executive Director, Emergent Fund

  • Ciara Myers, Director for Strategic Communications, Meyer Foundation

Funding Coordination Committee:

  • Temi Bennett, Director of Policy & Communication, Consumer Health Foundation

  • Ria Pugeda, Senior Program Officer, Consumer Health Foundation

  • Gretchen Rohr, Program Officer, Open Society Foundations

  • Aisha Alexander-Young, Vice President for Strategy & Equity, Meyer Foundation

Membership Committee:

  • Temi Bennett, Director of Policy & Communication, Consumer Health Foundation

  • Dara Johnson, Executive Director, Horning Family Fund

  • Maryam Abdul-Kareem, Racial Equity in Philanthropy Fellow, Meyer Foundation

  • Aisha Alexander-Young, Vice President for Strategy & Equity, Meyer Foundation

Radical Learning Committee:

  • Rubie Coles, Program Director, Diverse City Fund

  • Leni Dworkis, Program Manager, Weissberg Foundation

  • Maryam Abdul-Kareem, Racial Equity in Philanthropy Fellow, Meyer Foundation

  • Gretchen Rohr, Program Officer, Open Society Foundations

  • Brigette Rouson, Board of Instigators, Diverse City Fund

OUR COMMUNITY
FAQs
WHY THIS NAME?
  • “Radical simply means grasping things at the roots.” - Angela Davis
     

  • It is action-oriented and future-focused
     

  • It de-centers funders
     

  • It speaks to disruption

WHY ARE WE A COLLECTIVE?
  • A collective acts as a unit
     

  • Work is done by involving all members of the group
     

  • “Collective” honors the Black tradition of working together for mutual benefit
     

  • This connotes more skin in the game
     

  • Our group has involved people and organizations of all sizes and roles, using skills and strengths for the collective good that removes hierarchy and power

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