Cynthia Nimmo is the Chief Executive Officer for the Women’s Funding Network. She brings more than a decade of experience harnessing the power of philanthropy to improve the lives of women and girls. A proven leader with a passionate commitment for women’s equality, she most recently ran a successful consultancy advising a diverse group of for-profit and non-profit clients to advance social causes. Cynthia first joined Women’s Funding Network as an executive in 2003, first serving as Vice President of Member Services, and then as Chief Operations Officer, managing all programs, communications, membership and conferences. In that time, she oversaw the development of multiple tools, including a social impact assessment system that has been used by hundreds of organizations worldwide, grew the membership by 50 percent, and led multiple strategic planning processes to grow the network. Early in her career, Cynthia helped to launch iVillage.com, the first online network for women, and served as a Legislative Aide to United States Senator Dianne Feinstein. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and International Relations and a Bachelor of Art in Spanish from Santa Clara University. Cynthia is a member of Hispanics in Philanthropy, and has presented at numerous conferences. She is the Chair of the Sustainability Commission for the City of Sausalito and is the proud mother of Max.
April Oertwig has 10 years of experience providing superior support to C-level executives, placing an emphasis on strategic planning, project management and staff development. She joined Women’s Funding Network in early 2014 and has been part of the women’s funding movement for over 10 years, first at the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and most recently at the Global Fund for Women. April managed a skilled and diverse international board with members from over 10 countries at the Global Fund for Women and coordinated the successful completion of a $15 million fundraising campaign at the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. April is committed to using her skills and energy to support the mission of Women’s Funding Network and to help members in their quest for the advancement of the rights of women and girls globally.
Marcia Coné, PhD, is Principal and owner of Marcia Coné Consulting, which has provided counsel and advice to dozens of organizations and companies across the U.S., in areas such as strategies for social change, board development, governance, strategic planning, curriculum development, evaluation and program design.
Dr. Coné led the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island for more than a decade (2003-2014), during which she developed and spearheaded the organization’s flagship programs and strategic investments, transforming the organization into a leading and cutting-edge gender equality think-tank that continuously advocated for policy changes with a gender lens (over two dozen of legislative wins), produced reliable research on women’s representation across all sectors, as well as provided policy recommendations designed to promote equity and strengthen the local economy. Under her leadership, through Women’s Policy Institute (only the second of its kind in the nation when it was launched in 2008) the organization led the successful advocacy work in the state for paid family leave (Temporary Caregiver Insurance), and put Rhode Island on the national forefront as a leader in family and workplace policies, which earned nods from President Barack Obama in 2014. Read more about Dr. Coné on her website.
Reza is responsible for WFN’s finances and administration. A seasoned professional with more than 30 years of nonprofit finance and management experience in organizations such as the YWCA of Oakland , Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and National Immigration Law Center, he works to ensure that WFN’s internal operations enhance the organization’s programmatic work.
Prior to joining Women’s Funding Network, Reza served as executive vice president and CFO of Life Chiropractic College West, a nonprofit institute in northern California, where he oversaw diverse aspects of the college’s daily operations and ensured its fiscal well-being. Mr. Badiee has served on the boards of directors of several charitable organizations, including Moraga Parks and Recreation Foundation; Our Family, Napa; Lincoln Child Center, Oakland; and the Moraga Education Foundation. He earned his MBA from Armstrong College. He is an immigrant from Iran.
Teresa joins the WFN team as a full-time volunteer with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. She is a New Jersey native whose family and friends provided examples of strong work ethic, independent spirit, intelligence, and compassion, which empowered her to pursue her love of science and passion for athletics. Teresa has a bachelors degree in chemical engineering from Notre Dame and also competed as a member of the women’s rowing team. While at Notre Dame, she had the privilege of implementing a drinking water research project in rural Uganda, through which she cultivated a great respect for the role of women in cultural, social, and economic development initiatives. After graduating, Teresa followed her love of radical woman power to St. Louis where she completed a year of service with the volunteer program sponsored by the spunky Sisters of Loretto. During this year, she worked as a health coach, nutrition educator, and preventive medicine coordinator at a community health center. Teresa is excited to play a role in bolstering the efforts of Women’s Funding Network to move the needle on gender equity and women’s rights.
As the partnerships manager at Women’s Funding Network, Karia looks forward to joining the movement to empower women and girls worldwide by focusing on members and allied organizations as well as cultivating new partnerships. Inspired by the pivotal role women play in global agricultural economies and food production, Karia began expanding partnership development for The Growing Connection Program (a focus on modern methods for local food production) at the United Nations Food and Agriculture organization. Prior to joining Women’s Funding Network, Karia spent three years at Root Capital, a nonprofit social investment fund. She initially worked with the global credit team to analyze and determine loan disbursements and repayment attribution for borrowers. She then joined the investor relations team to grow donor cultivation opportunities, fundraising campaigns, and special events. Her passion for gender lens investing led her to become a member of the Women in Agriculture Initiative at Root Capital, where she co-designed a research strategy for committees working to advance a workplace equality initiative. Karia holds a B.S. in applied economics and international development from the University of Vermont.