Cynthia rejoins the Women’s Funding Network, after consulting with numerous mission-driven organizations to engage new audiences, and expand their impact. Over a 10 year career with the Women’s Funding Network, she served as the Director of Member Services, Vice President of Social Enterprise, and Chief Operations Officer. In that time, Cynthia 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%, and led multiple strategic planning processes to grow the network. Cynthia incorporates two decades of executive management experience, including: Director at iVilllage.com, an online network for women; Vice President at BBI Systems, which developed and managed virtual communities for dozens of media sites; and legislative aide for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. She is the Chair of the Sustainability Commission for the City of Sausalito and is the proud mother of Max.
April Oertwig joined Women’s Funding Network in early 2014 as Executive Assistant to Michele Ozumba. April is an expert on board management and foundation governance. She speaks mission statements, bylaws, and strategic plans. She also is adept at working with foundation leadership to ensure the organization is working towards its mission and vision. April 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. In addition to supporting the CEO, April managed a skilled and diverse international board with members from over 10 countries and coordinated the successful completion of a $15 million fundraising campaign. April is looking forward 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.
Lily Womble joined the Women’s Funding Network in early 2014 as the Membership and Communications Associate. Lily’s passion for improving the lives of women and girls began at the age of 16 when she founded JustUs, a youth coalition to end human trafficking in the southern United States. While a student at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, Lily worked with the crowdfunding platform, Catapult, to raise money for the Afghan Institute of Learning, interned for Ready for Hillary, and served as a campus ambassador for the “Half the Sky” movement on her college campus. In this role, she developed and implemented empowerment programming for girls in local schools and educated university students about the oppression women face globally. Additionally, Lily spent a semester abroad in Cameroon where she completed a thesis on violence against women in a development context. She was a panelist at the 2013 Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the topic of investing in the women’s movement. Lily is committed to working within the women’s movement to generate sustainable change and social justice for women and girls world-wide.
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, Mr. Badiee 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 equality and women’s rights.