WFN’s peer communities of practice

The Women’s Funding Network’s peer communities of practice provide intimate virtual spaces that enable members to tap into one another’s expertise and knowledge for collective organizing and mutual support. Members engage with peer communities to share experiences, expertise, challenges, solutions, and resources that collectively moved us forward.

There are currently five Peer Communities that each meet monthly. Continue reading to learn more about these peer groups and their co-chairs, leaders from within the WFN community.

Contact WFN Community Engagement Coordinator Sam Hopper to register for a peer community or with any questions.

Become a Peer Leader

Peer Community groups are co-chaired by WFN members with interest or professional expertise in the relevant subject matter. WFN is seeking industry leaders to co-chair available peer communities on a continual rolling basis. If you’d like to nominate yourself or others to lead a peer community, please contact WFN Community Engagement Coordinator Sam Hopper.

Executive Leaders Peer Community

Meets every second Thursday of the month from 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET/7:30-8:30 p.m. UTC.

This peer community is just for executive leaders. A chance to connect with other executive directors, CEOs, presidents, board leadership, and individual practitioners and share best practices with a network of women’s philanthropy peers. Senior leaders enjoy exclusive access to our CEO/executive directors’ discussion group, connecting our network’s leaders to create a collaborative environment of shared expertise, professional development and peer learning. Membership of this peer community is automatic for executive leader members.

Join over 100 women’s foundation CEOs and executive directors in this essential knowledge-sharing tool, in addition to exploring the Women’s Funding Network’s learning labs, research cohorts and other opportunities for learning and collaboration. 

Advocacy & Public Policy Peer Community

Meets every third Wednesday of the month from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET/7:00-8:00 p.m. UTC.

This peer community focuses on policy priorities and advocacy tactics, and has the opportunity to organize to move regional, state, and national policy priorities forward.

This community is currently co-chaired by Kelly Nevins, Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, and Jeannine Carpenter, Director of Research and Policy at the Women’s Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, who have designed a thoughtful calendar of learning opportunities and occasionally bring in outside experts and partners to dig deeper into current issues.

Advocacy & Public Policy Co-Chairs

Kelly Nevins has been a leader in the RI nonprofit sector since 1990. The CEO of Women’s Fund of Rhode Island since 2016, Nevins was honored in 2020 as Social Sector Industry Leader and received the Secretary of State’s Medallion Award, and she was named as a fellow of Women Leaders of the World in 2021. Nevins serves on the Providence Mayor’s Equal Pay Task Force and serves as a member of the Women’s Funding Network Board of Directors. She holds a Master’s degree in Education, as well as in Leadership.

As the Director of Research and Policy for the Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga, Jeannine Carpenter leads research, policy recommendations, lobbying, issue education, and advocacy engagement efforts designed to elevate Tennessee beyond its status as one of the worst states in the country for women. Before joining the Women’s Fund, Jeannine worked in education, communications, and issue advocacy. She received a PhD in Sociolinguistics from Duke University, a Master’s Degree in English language studies and a BA from North Carolina State University.

Communications Peer Community

Meets every fourth Thursday of the month from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET/7:00-8:00 p.m. UTC

This community welcomes all staff working on communications strategies to join this group. Together, peers share ideas and work through challenges as well as refining messaging where groups can find alignment and opportunities for amplification.

Amber Anthony, Development Manager at the Aurora Women and Girls Foundation, is leading this community as current Chair along with WFN’s Communication’s Director Ellen Moorhouse.

Communications Co-Chair

Amber Anthony is the Development Manager at the Aurora Women and Girls Foundation in Greater Hartford, CT. Amber has extensive experience in donor development, fundraising, and events management. She is a compassionate and empathetic communicator, with extensive board and trustee leadership experience for well-established nonprofits. Founder of a running store voted one of the 50 Best Running Stores in America. Enjoys the great outdoors, hiking, and kayaking. Best title she has ever received is “mom” to twin sons who are now men.

Data & Research Community

Meets every second Wednesday of the month from 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET/8:00-9:00 p.m. UTC.

This community shares strategies for research design, data collection and database platform integration. In addition, they discuss how to use these tools to make the case for funding and public policy initiatives that support women and girls. In 2022, this group will be a critical connection to WFN’s partnership with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR).

Viviana Alvarado Pacheco, Senior Research Associate and Operations Manager at The Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade, leads this community as Chair, supporting the design and focus of our sessions and shared community work and learning.

Data & Research Co-Chair

Viviana Alvarado Pacheco is the Research and Program Associate at The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade. She holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs, Conflict Resolution and Civil Society Development from the American University of Paris and a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Virginia Tech. Throughout her professional career, she has focused on gender studies, international law and sustainable development working for international organizations such as UNESCO and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center. Having lived in different countries, Viviana has experience working in various international environments and is fluent in in English, Spanish, and French. She is a fierce advocate for women’s rights and climate change action, promoting a better world for our future generations.

From Margin to Center Community

Meets on the first Thursday of every month from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET/7:00-8:00 p.m. UTC.

This new community group evolved in response to member requests and feedback. The purpose is to provide a forum for connection and learning among members who self-identify as Black, Indigenous/Aboriginal/First Nation, a Person of Color, or who are from a racial/ethnic minority in their region.

From Margin to Center Co-Chair

Felicia Davis Blakley is a life-long Chicagoan, self-described “girl from the South Side,” deeply committed to community through inclusive service to others. She believes in the power to transform lives, families, and communities through collective efforts and that advancing equity is worth fighting for. Her career in the public sector demonstrates a record of accomplishments in public policy, higher education administration, and public service. As President and CEO of Chicago Foundation for Women, she leads the strategic efforts to invest in women and girls as catalysts, fight for gender equity, and build stronger communities for all.