Women’s Funding Network Announces New Additions to Board

The Women’s Funding Network has announced the addition of Leela Bilmes Goldstein, PhD, Kelly Nevins, and Gina Jackson to its Board.

Leela Bilmes Goldstein, PhD, Kelly Nevins, and Gina Jackson will have taken their seats on the WFN Board of Directors on September 7th, 2021.
Leela Bilmes Goldstein, PhD, Kelly Nevins, and Gina Jackson will have taken their seats on the Women’s Funding Network Board of Directors on September 7th, 2021.

Women’s Funding Network announced the appointments of three new additions to its board of directors: Leela Bilmes Goldstein, PhD, Gina Jackson, and Kelly Nevins. The newly appointed members lead community-based women’s funds with national impact for gender equity and justice advocacy. They will have taken their seats on September 7th, 2021. 

“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.” 

“These women bring bold leadership with diverse voices, representing Hawai’i and Native American lands, as well as centering Asian-American and Indigenous voices,” said Women’s Funding Network Board Chair, Michelle Zych. “As we head into a new year of challenges and opportunities, we look forward to tapping into their vast expertise, steadfast leadership of local women’s funds, and their long-lasting commitment to our shared vision of justice and equity for all.”

Kelly Nevins Is has been the Executive Director of the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island since 2016. She speaks about the status of women and girls, why investing in women pays off, and using a gender lens to create systems change. She serves on the Board of Directors for RI Public Broadcasting Service, the Association of Fundraising Professionals-RI Chapter, and the Providence Mayor’s Equal Pay Task Force. She also chairs the AFP-RI Government Relations and Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Committees.

Leela Bilmes Goldstein, PhD, was born in Bangkok, Thailand and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. She is Executive Director of Women’s Fund of Hawai‘i, a grant making foundation dedicated exclusively to supporting women and girls statewide. Leela received her BA in French and her MA and PhD in Linguistics, all from UC Berkeley, and was honored to be named one of Pacific Business New 2018 Women Who Mean Business for her non-profit work.  

Gina Jackson, MSW is Western Shoshone and Oglala Lakota. She is a dreamer and a doer. She worked on groundbreaking Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Guidelines and Regulations then joined the Obama White House Community Solutions Team. She recently worked for Native Americans in Philanthropy bringing the Truth and Healing Movement to the philanthropic sector. She has 20 years’ experience encompassing state/tribal justice, collaboration, policy, and philanthropy. She is a connector, igniter, innovator, and equity builder to bring healing for our nation. 


With more than 120 women’s funds and foundations spanning six continents, the 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.  

For more information on the work of the Women’s Funding Network and its members, please visit www.womensfundingnetwork.org or connect on Twitter and Facebook. 


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