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.
Candice Elder joins Women’s Funding Network as the Executive Coordinator. Prior to this, she worked as a paralegal for nine years at law firms specializing in the areas of employment, civil rights, and antitrust law.
Candice has worked with many non-profit organizations and boards. She is currently serving her second term as President of the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) Vanguard—a young professionals board dedicated to advancing the mission of MoAD by fostering long-term commitments to art, education, culture, and philanthropy. Candice has served five years on MoAD Vanguard where she has played an instrumental role in the strategic planning and fundraising for MoAD. Candice is also an advisory committee member for the African American Policy Forum’s “Breaking the Silence” Town Hall for Women and Girls of Color in Oakland, which will hear testimonies concerning education, interpersonal/intercommunal violence, impact of the criminal legal system, and displacement/gentrification. Candice also serves on the Board of Directors for the University of California, Berkeley Black Alumni Club.
Candice Elder holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. As an Oakland native, she holds a special interest in social justice, the advancement of women and girls of color, programs for the elevation of low income women, and will always be steadfast in efforts for racial and gender equality.
Wubitu Weldie joins Women’s Funding Network as a Finance Associate. With more than 15 years of experience in accounting and finance, Wubitu’s professional background includes financial accounting, budgeting, and analysis. Prior to joining Women’s Funding Network, she worked for school districts as well as software, online retail, and real estate companies. Wubitu has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from San Francisco State University and a master’s degree in finance from Golden Gate University.
As a content strategist, Kirsty has produced engaging, cross-platform products for book publishers, media organizations, cultural institutions, and nonprofits—storytelling is her jam. Prior to her role at Women’s Funding Network, she served as Program Officer (cross-regional) at Global Fund for Women, developing content for key campaigns, donor engagement, and post-conflict reporting, as well as working as project lead on various international conferences and regional convenings.
In all her roles, Kirsty draws on her diverse communication experience, having managed digital publishing and global communications projects for Penguin Random House, New York, and worked as an editor for organizations including the Exploratorium, San Francisco; Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Australia; and University of Queensland Press, Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries in Theatre and Journalism from Queensland University of Technology, Australia, and a Master of Arts from the University of Queensland, Australia. A passionate feminist and long-time advocate for social justice and gender equality—for empowered women and girls—she is determined to see gender equality in her lifetime.
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.