Executive Director, Amalgamated Foundation
Anna is the first Executive Director of the Amalgamated Foundation, where she leads the foundation’s grant-making and donor advised fund services. Anna got her start in philanthropy right after college. She was a student activist and organizer on labor rights during and shortly after college, and had several formative experiences supporting immigrant workers unionizing their workplaces in Minnesota and in North Carolina. After reading about the emergence of worker centers as a new locus of organizing, she was eager to move in that direction, and ended up working at the Phoenix Fund, a seed fund for worker centers at the New World Foundation. After that early experience, she went back to the field, this time to help build Unite for Dignity, an immigrant worker center in Miami, and quickly realized both the value and responsibility of my newfound familiarity with the funding landscape. That experience sent her down a career path of moving back and forth between the labor movement, philanthropy and community organizing in several iterations. She came to see the through-line in these experiences as a commitment to organizing resources to support building community power and workers’ rights. Anna previously directed the Wyss Foundation’s program on Women’s Equality in the U.S. and Latin America. She also served as a senior advisor on innovation and philanthropy to the president of the AFL-CIO, a senior program officer at the New World Foundation where she founded the LIFT Fund, a collaborative fund dedicated to supporting the future of worker representation, and as a consultant and organizer in community, philanthropy and labor. She was a trustee of the Berger-Marks Foundation supporting women’s leadership in worker movements, and currently serve on the boards of New Media Ventures, National Employment Law Project, The Workers Lab, and as co-chair of the Workers Defense Project’s Advisory Committee in Austin, Texas.
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NFG is continuing our 2020 virtual convening series with a plenary session on Accountability and Philanthropy’s Role. Join us to hear from grantmakers whose institutions are modeling how we must rethink systems and grantmaking strategies to be accountable to Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities and low-income communities. We will share how and why philanthropy must be bold and show up differently for frontline communities that are rising up against state violence, continuing to grapple with the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis, and working to dismantle oppressive systems to transform our communities & world.
Session Time: 9-10:30am PT / 10-11:30am MT / 11am-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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