GRANTMAKERS FOR GIRLS OF COLOR’S
FIRST INTERIM ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Foundation for a Just Society
The Black Trans Fund
Vice President of Programs
Nathan Cummings Foundation
Chief Executive Officer
Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples
President and CEO
Ms. Foundation for Women
Tynesha McHarris is a Program Officer for the NoVo Foundation’s Advancing Adolescent Girls’ Rights initiative.
Tynesha engages her work fueled by the desire to see the ideals of truth and justice actualized in the lives and conditions of every young person that she encounters. She brings over a decade of experience advocating for racial and gender justice in movements and organizations across the country. Tynesha has worked extensively with foundations, community organizations and young people that seek to challenge the systems and institutions that perpetuate inequity.
Before joining NoVo, Tynesha served as Director of Programs at the Brooklyn Community Foundation, where she led community engagement efforts and helped the foundation design and implement its new core program strategy. Previously, she was Director of Programs and Community Engagement at Newark Trust for Education, Director of Community Programming for PENewark, and Newark Program Director for the Sadie Nash Leadership Project.
A graduate of Rutgers University, Tynesha has completed post-graduate training in Columbia Business School’s Social Enterprise Executive Education Program as well as Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Center for Creative Leadership’s Executive Education Program. She is on the board of Sadie Nash Leadership Project and Art & Abolition.
In her free time, Tynesha enjoys thrift store shopping and eating chocolate and hazelnut everythings.
Prachi Patankar serves as the program officer for South and Southeast Asia at the Foundation for a Just Society. Born and raised in rural India, Prachi was raised by a freedom-fighter grandmother and parents deeply involved in anti-caste, feminist, and peasant movements. Over two decades in New York City, she has been an activist, educator, grantmaker, and writer involved in social movements which link the local and the global, police brutality and war, migration and militarization, race and caste, women of color feminism and global gender justice. Prachi most recently served as the program director for social justice at the J.M. Kaplan Fund, leading grantmaking for criminal justice reform, immigrant rights, and locally led work in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Prior to that, Prachi was the senior program officer at Brooklyn Community Foundation, where she helped create and implement grant programs through a racial justice lens.
Through work with the South Asia Solidarity Initiative and the Afghan Women’s Mission, she has been involved in creative projects to link social justice movements between the United States and Asia. Prachi believes in the vital power of intersectional and international visions and strategies, which resonate across Dalit rights and Black lives, migrant justice and gender justice, to build bottom-up change from the local to the global.
As Vice President of Programs at the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Leticia Peguero develops strategies grounded in principles of social justice philanthropy that are nimble, responsive, and reflective of the integrated and complex nature of social change. She is a critical partner to the CEO and the board in achieving NCF’s vision of a best-in-class social justice philanthropy that is integrated and intersectional in its approaches and fully aligned in its culture, operations, and systems.
In her previous role as Executive Director of the Andrus Family Fund (AFF), she was at the forefront of the national conversation around youth justice reform and narrative change surrounding young people of color. Under her leadership, the AFF and the Surdna Foundation developed innovative tools and curricula to effectively engage next generation family philanthropists in meaningful conversations and experiences related to race, class, and privilege.
Before joining AFF, Leticia was the Regional Vice President at the Posse Foundation, where she managed Posse sites in Los Angeles, Boston and New Orleans, in addition to establishing its newest location at the time in Houston, Texas. Prior to her role at Posse, Leticia spent five years as Deputy Director of the Local Funding Partnerships program, one of the hallmark programs of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where she developed strategy and worked to identify and support innovative program models that serve vulnerable populations.
Outside of her professional role, Leticia works closely with a Latinx run arts organization, Areytos Performance Works, which fuses Afro-Caribbean dance forms with contemporary dance and exemplifies the power of the arts as a tool for advancing social justice, particularly for those whose voices have been dampened by oppression and structural racism.
Leticia is a 2008 National Urban Fellow, one of the country’s top leadership development programs. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University and graduated with honors from the Marxe School of Public Affairs with a Master of Public Administration.
Tia Oros Peters (Zuni) is the Chief Executive Officer of Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples, which is an identity-based Native philanthropic, advocacy, and leadership organization that supports community generated strategies for Native Peoples’ cultural revitalization, movement building, self-determination, and Re-Indigenization. She is a Co-founder of the Global Indigenous Women’s Caucus, a board member of the Proteus Fund, and of Tools & Tiaras; President of Red Deer Center, and an advisor to Grantmakers for Girls of Color.
Tia has also served on the board of directors of Native Americans in Philanthropy; the Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media; Resist Fund, and on the advisory boards of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum & Heritage Center, Pueblo of Zuni; the Women’s Building of New York; and Youth United for Community Action. Tia is mother and grandmother, writer, organizer, and cultural artist who has earned a BA in Law & Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles.
Ada Williams Prince is an established thought leader at the intersection of philanthropy, equity and global economic development. As a senior advisor for program strategy and investment at Pivotal Ventures, founded by Melinda Gates, she directs high level engagement and strategies to advance adolescent mental health (globally and domestically), and accelerate the power and influence women and girls of color.
Ada brings over 20 years of experience working on social impact globally and domestically. She has served as a Program Officer for the Marguerite Casey Foundation, Director of Special Projects for OneAmerica, and Senior Advocacy Officer at the Women’s Refugee Commission and a number of other senior program positions. She’s held international posts with the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Survivors in Brussels, Save the Children in London, and on field missions with Refugees International, and the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance at USAID.
Ada has served as a board member for several organizations including, Neighborhood House and the Refugee Women’s Alliance in Seattle, and chair of the board of directors of Wandsworth Women’s Aid UK, a domestic violence shelter. Currently she serves on the board of PAI (a global reproductive health organization) and Crisis Text Line.
She has spent her career fighting for the rights of global women, girls and families everywhere.
Ada holds a BA and MA degrees from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT and the University of Bradford in West Yorkshire, England. She and her family live in Seattle.
Bré Anne Rivera lives her life boldly and unapologetically advocates for issues most impacting the lives of black trans people. She is the Program Fellow of the Black Trans Fund; an incubated fund of the Groundswell Fund that is rooted in her experience as a former executive director of an under-resourced grassroots organization and her commitment to supporting abundance within Black trans movements.
Before joining the Groundswell Fund team, Bré worked as a research assistant at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and as an HIV intervention specialist at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Detroit Medical Center.
Bré lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her partner and spends her free time hiking in the Sandia mountains. She is an active board member of the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, Trans Sistas of Color Project, and Positive Women’s Network-USA.
Lateefah Simon is the President of Akonadi Foundation, which nurtures movement building to advance racial justice in Oakland. A nationally recognized advocate for civil rights, Lateefah brings over 20 years of executive experience advancing opportunities for communities of color and low-income communities in the Bay Area. Before joining Akonadi, she was Program Director for the San Francisco-based Rosenberg Foundation.
Lateefah has received numerous awards for her work, including the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the Jefferson Award for extraordinary public service, and in 2017 ‘Most Promising New Foundation President’ by Inside Philanthropy. Lateefah was elected to the Bart Board of Directors and Gov. Jerry Brown appointed her to the California State University’s Board of Trustees in 2016. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Tipping Point.
Teresa C. Younger is an activist, advocate, renowned public-speaker, organizational strategist, and a proven leader in the philanthropic and policy sectors. Having spent over 20 years on the frontlines of some of the most critical battles for comprehensive equity and the elimination of institutionalized oppression, she now serves as the President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women.
Prior to joining the Ms. Foundation for Women, Younger served as the executive director of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and as executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut — the first African American and the first woman to hold that position.
Younger is a thought leader at the critical intersections of gender and race. Within the philanthropic sector she serves on initiatives to shape and change the narrative of women and girls, including Grantmakers for Girls of Color, Funders for Reproductive Equity, Philanthropy New York and Black Funders for Social Justice. Additionally, Younger serves on a number of boards including the Ethel Walker School and Essie Justice Group.
She has appeared on MSNBC’s UP with David Gura, NBC News, NPR Radio, Elle Magazine, Cosmopolitan, SiriusXM, and in USA Today, AP, Rewire, BadassWomenLeaders.com podcast and the New York Times.
Younger is a graduate of the University of North Dakota and in 2018 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in Humanities from the University of New Haven. She is also a proud lifetime Girl Scout and Gold Award recipient.