Women’s Funding Network Adds New Gender Justice Leaders to Board

Women’s Funding Network welcomes national advocates and gender justice leaders Junemarie Justus, Adriana Loson-Ceballos, Ada Williams Prince and Teresa Younger to WFN board of directors

SAN FRANCISCO  —  Women’s Funding Network announced the appointments of four new additions to its board of directors: Junemarie Justus, Adriana Loson-Ceballos, Ada Williams Prince and Teresa Younger. The newly appointed members hail from diverse personal and professional backgrounds and are all national leaders in gender equity and justice advocacy. They will take their seats in 2021.

Women’s Funding Network adds four new gender justice leaders to its board. (Image Credit: WFN)

“We are thrilled to welcome another slate of exceptional women’s philanthropy leaders to our board of directors,” said Elizabeth Barajas-Román, president & CEO of Women’s Funding Network. “They are representative of our members and network, with a shared passion and dedication to our collective mission of leveraging the power of philanthropy to mobilize an intersectional, feminist movement for equity and justice.”

“As we head into a new year of challenges and opportunities, we are looking forward to tapping into their vast expertise and commitment to our shared vision of a world where just outcomes for all genders, of all races, are regarded as crucial to the creation of dynamic and effective social, political and economic policies and systems,” said Women’s Funding Network Board Chair, Michelle Zych.

Junemarie Justus is a social justice advocate with three decades of international technology trade experience and two decades of strategic social impact partnerships to advance human rights. Justus is currently a board member for Women’s Economic Ventures, United Nations delegate to the Commission on the Status of Women, a council member of the Human Rights Watch — Santa Barbara Committee and former co-chair of Women’s Rights Champions at the Global Fund for Women. As an activist she has advocated in support of the Equal Rights Amendment and drafted the U.S. Women’s Caucus policy response to the U.S. administration’s USAID 2020 Gender Policy.

Adriana Loson-Ceballos is a philanthropist, fundraiser, academic and citizen scholar. With 12 years as a fundraiser for nonprofits, she is an advocate for changing philanthropy. At Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), Loson-Ceballos leads all resource mobilization efforts, building the connections and infrastructure to move toward community-based and community-centric fundraising practices. Loson-Ceballos has raised funds for community health, human rights, civil rights and decolonizing museum collections. She regularly speaks on catalyzing giving in communities of color and how to use forms of collective philanthropy models to build civic power. Loson-Ceballos currently serves on the board of directors of the United Philanthropy Forum, and is a representative of EPIP within the CHANGE Philanthropy and WINGS philanthropy networks. 

Ada Williams Prince leads several bodies of emerging programmatic work at Pivotal Ventures and was previously program officer at the Marguerite Casey Foundation in Seattle. Prior to this she served as director of special projects for OneAmerica, where she directed their women’s rights policy program, focusing on immigrant women and girls. Williams Prince has also worked with the Women’s Refugee Commission in New York and the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Survivors in Brussels, Belgium, as well as worked for Concern Worldwide, Plan International UK and Save the Children in London. Williams Prince currently serves on the board of iLeap and Women’s Funding Alliance and is a partner at Social Venture Partners. Previously she served on the boards at Neighborhood House and the Refugee Women’s Alliance in Seattle and was chair of the board of directors of Wandsworth Women’s Aid UK, a domestic violence shelter.

Teresa C. Younger is an activist, advocate, organizational strategist and a proven leader in the philanthropic and policy sectors. She is 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 works 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. Younger serves on a number of boards, including the Ethel Walker School and Essie Justice Group.

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With more than 100 women’s funds and foundations spanning six continents, Women’s Funding Network is the largest global philanthropic alliance dedicated to providing strategies, research, and resources that support the critical agency and influence of women’s foundations and gender justice funders in the movement for equality, justice, and power for all. Fore more information on the work of Women’s Funding Network and its members, please visit www.womensfundingnetwork.org or connect on Twitter (@womensfunding) and Facebook (facebook.com/womensfundingnetwork).

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