Elizabeth Barajas-Román is the President & CEO of the Women’s Funding Network, the largest philanthropic network in the world devoted to gender equity and justice. Previously, she was CEO of the Solidago Foundation. For more than 20 years she has been a leader in progressive movements, including advocating at the national level for the health and rights of immigrant women and their families. She has also served as the CEO of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts. Under her leadership, the Women’s Fund was part of several strategic initiatives that resulted in systems-level change impacting millions of women and their families. She was previously a manager at The Pew Charitable Trusts, and before that, the Director of Policy at National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health where she opened and directed the organization’s Washington, D.C. office.
Elizabeth serves on the national Board of Directors for Emerge and is on the steering committee for the New England Women’s Policy Initiative. She is a member of the External Advisory Board for the University of Massachusetts-Boston Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, and the Massachusetts Treasurer appointed Elizabeth to serve on the state’s Economic Empowerment Trust Fund Board, and the statewide Advisory Board on Wage Equality.
Elizabeth is a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP), a graduate of Oberlin College, and she received her master’s degree in international policy from Harvard University.
Megan Murphy Wolf is Deputy Director and responsible for developing and stewarding partnerships, managing programs and initiatives, and supporting and executing the strategic direction for the Women’s Funding Network.
Prior to WFN, Megan served as Director of Partnerships at the Solidago Foundation where she led initiatives in line with the organization’s funding priorities and served on the senior leadership team. Working closely with the chief executive officer, program team, and the board of directors, she established targets and goals for the department in alignment with the foundation’s mission and theory of change.
Megan brings to WFN a life-long passion for equity and justice, and a career focused on amplifying the voice and causes imperative to attaining a just society. Megan began her career on Capitol Hill as an intern, eventually becoming a legislative director for two Members of Congress. As a congressional aide, Megan served members on the Appropriations, Budget, Agriculture and Small Business Committees, and worked on legislation and with various public policy advocacy groups across political ideologies to effect positive outcomes for constituents across a range of issues. After leaving Washington, D.C., Megan worked in development at Amherst College, directing leadership annual giving campaigns that supported access to education and the full range of academic experiences to all students, regardless of their ability to pay.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, a place where every shade of green exists, Megan received a bachelor’s degree from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. She lives with her family in Northampton, MA, where she serves on various city committees, volunteers with local advocacy campaigns, and in her kids’ schools.
Abigail joins the team as the new Operations Manager where she will be leading the organizations operational systems and practices. Before joining WFN, she spent the past 4 years in New York at the Guttmacher Institute, the leading sexual and reproductive health and rights research organization both domestically and internationally. During her time there, she served as the Special Assistant to the CEO and Special Projects Coordinator where she supported the CEO and the executive team in the effective execution of the organizations mission and coordinated institute-wide special projects, including a racial equity initiative and anti-sexual and gender-based harassment work. She brings experience in the education sector after having worked at Idealist.org together with her dedication to advancing gender and racial equity. An Oakland native, Abigail holds a BA in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Brianna recently relocated to the Bay Area after finishing her graduate degree in social work from Boston College. Before joining the Women’s Funding Network, Brianna spent the last six years working with non-profit organizations focused on housing and homelessness.
She focused on building cross-sector community partnerships, creating evaluation tools and metrics, and developing programs. While studying macro social work, Brianna worked with nonprofits and social impact organizations focused on economic justice and food justice. She is interested in the transformative power of trusting in the expertise of communities to lead their own change.
Brianna enjoys checking out the local library for new magic realism fiction, traveling to see family and friends, and visiting the ocean.
Claudia began her work with the Women’s Funding Network as a communications fellow and continues to support WFN by producing one of its curated news vehicles, the Weekly Read.
Claudia currently serves as Development Associate for the St. Francis Center in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to her WFN fellowship, she completed internships at law firms in California, including Bet Tzedek Legal Services, the Children’s Law Center of California, and the Asian Law Alliance. Claudia has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Occidental College.
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