Committed to resource justice with a feminist lens, I have spent over a decade working to create more equitable flows of funding. I've worked with large global or regional women's funds like FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund, Urgent Action Fund Asia Pacific, and the Global Fund for Women, but also with Devata, the first Cambodian-American Giving Circle.
I've also worked directly with activists, like the first sex worker collective in Uganda, and organizers of garment workers and LBTQI women in Cambodia - looking especially at what they need to create social change for their communities.
I have multiple perspectives that inform my thinking on social justice movements and the funding ecosystem, how institutions grow and change, and what it takes to bring new ideas to life.
This includes practicing more horizontal leadership, participatory decision-making, and working virtually, but also ensuring legal compliance, reconciling funder needs, and creating policies. I've learned how to navigate decisions and strategies of reform, resistance, recreation, and reimagination. (Spirit in Action, 2010)
Let's ask and answer questions together.
I can offer insights to challenge your thinking, inform your strategies, solve problems, and build culture.
This can be in the form of Strategy Development, Documentation and Research, Learning and Reflection, and more.
I enjoy helping others find ways to embody their values, lead by example, and advance their practice.
My collaborator, Ruby Johnson, and I are developing programs for coleadership.
Over the past 10+ years, I have worked with Devi as a co-worker, a grantee partner, and a consultant. In each of those roles, I have been struck by the creativity Devi brings to every aspect of her work. Devi is deeply committed to putting feminist and social justice values into practice and comes equipped with creative ideas about how to do that, especially in the field of philanthropy.
She’s a deeply thoughtful leader who is able to bring diverse voices into any project or meeting. Devi is caring colleague and she brings a tremendous amount of fun to her work. To this day, I’m always excited when I get to work with Devi, because I know that I will learn a ton, get do something radical, and invariably have many moments of laughter and fun along the way.
------ Betsy Hoody
Program Officer, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund