Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson

Co-Executive Director, Highlander Research and Education Center

Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson is a 35 year old, Affrilachian (Black Appalachian), working class woman, born and raised in Southeast Tennessee. Ash-Lee is the first black woman Executive Director of the Highlander Research & Education Center, a social justice leadership training school and cultural center founded in 1932. Through popular education, language justice, participatory research, cultural work, and intergenerational organizing, they help create spaces — at Highlander and in communities — where people gain knowledge, hope and courage, expanding their ideas of what is possible. Ash-Lee is a long-time activist working against environmental racism in central and southern Appalachia, and has fought for workers rights, racial justice, women and LGBTQUIA+ rights, reproductive justice, international human rights, and led-intergenerational social movements across the South. She serves on the governance council of the Southern Movement Assembly and is a nationally recognized leader in the Movement for Black Lives.

Ash-Lee is speaking at

Plenary
June 30, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Speakers

  • Shona Chakravartty (Convening Co-Chair) Senior Program Officer, Hill-Snowdon Foundation
  • Mary Sobecki (Convening Co-Chair) Executive Director, The Needmor Fund
  • Adriana Rocha (Facilitator) President, Neighborhood Funders Group
  • Kevin Ryan (MC) Program Officer, Cities and States, Ford Foundation
  • Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson (Speaker) Co-Executive Director, Highlander Research and Education Center
  • Mary Hooks (Speaker) Co-Director, Southerners on New Ground
  • Gladys Washington (Speaker) Former Deputy Director, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

Description



NFG is kicking off our 2020 virtual convening series with our 40 Years Strong plenary session that incorporates videos, speakers, and a live Q&A. Join us to hear from NFG’s convening co-chairs and board members, Mary Sobecki and Shona Chakravartty, and NFG’s new President, Adriana Rocha, as we celebrate four decades of mobilizing philanthropy and explore what is possible in the current era of organized philanthropy. We’ll feature philanthropic and movement leaders who will deliver a keynote presentation on what is needed in this political moment to support people, place and power.

Session Time: 9-10:30am PT / 10-11:30am MT / 11-12:30pm CT / 12-1:30pm ET

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Note: This session is intended for foundation staff and trustees, donors, philanthropic affinity group staff, and invited speakers.

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