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Cynthia Nimmo
President and CEO

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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, 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.


Deborah Holmes
Chief Communication and Engagement Officer

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Deborah joins Women’s Funding Network as Chief Communication and Engagement Officer, bringing extensive experience from a career spanning media, healthcare, agency and human rights. Prior to WFN, Deborah served as Chief of Staff and Vice President of Communications at Global Fund for Women, where she led the organization’s communications, reputation/brand management, media relations and human resources.

Her agency experience as Senior Vice President at Fleishman Hillard International Communications, included specialties in healthcare, public health and the non-profit sectors. In addition to serving as Global Co-Chair of the Multicultural Practice group, Deborah helped guide award winning programs and initiatives for the firm’s global healthcare and environmental sustainability practice groups.

Deborah’s agency work was fueled by her experience as Director of Public Relations and Marketing for Truman Medical Centers, a large academic health system in Kansas City, Missouri.

An accomplished television news reporter and analyst for more than 30 years, Deborah has worked for local and international news organization and received numerous awards for investigative reporting and documentaries.

Outside of work, Deborah has been a tireless advocate for racial and social justice equity, political empowerment and freedom of the press. Her boards and community service reflect that commitment and include: Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy, Association of Black Fundraising Executives, Wellesley Centers for Women, Reporters Without Borders and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Deborah has a BA in Journalism from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and is conversant in French.


Wubitu Weldie
Finance Associate

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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.


Marcia Coné
Chief Strategist

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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.

Candice Elder

Candice Elder
Partnerships Manager

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Candice Elder joined Women’s Funding Network as the Executive Coordinator before taking on the role of Partnerships Manager. 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.