alicia sanchez gill (she/her/hers) is a DC-based queer, afrolatinx survivor and advocate from Miami, Florida. She stepped into the role of Director of the Emergent Fund in June 2019.

alicia believes another world is possible—and trusts the leadership of the people most affected by harmful policies to bring this world to bear. She knows we can organize ourselves into freedom and is thrilled to help ensure that those on the frontlines have the support they need to build power and transform our world and ourselves in the process. alicia is a longtime organizer, advocate and non-profit professional, who knows first-hand the power of centering those who live at the glorious intersections of multiple marginalized identities in our work of liberation. She has fifteen years of experience in cross movement organizing grounded in Black, queer feminist theory and lived experience. No matter which orbit she’s organizing in, her work is to bring a survivor-centered and intersectional praxis to building collective power and transforming systems. You can reach her at alicia@emergentfund.net.


Advisory Council

The purpose of the Advisory Council is to decide on the grant criteria and the distribution of grants from the Emergent Fund. There are currently nine members on the Advisory Council, with the majority being leaders of color who have experience working with communities threatened by the current political and social climate.

The Advisory Council reviews applications to the Fund and authorizes grants on a frequent and rolling basis. Council members may not nominate an organization they founded, work for, or for which they serve on the board – and must recuse themselves for a vote on a grant recommendation made for any such organization.



Jenifer is Vice President, Strategy & Member Engagement at the Women Donors Network. As Director of Strategic Communications at Citizen Engagement Laboratory, Jenifer helped to launch and grow progressive online organizing initiatives focused on communities of color, including Presente.org and ColorOfChange.org. She also served as a Senior Advisor to progressive donors Steve Phillips and Susan Sandler, as a consultant to the Democracy Alliance, as a top legislative aide in the California State Assembly, and as a news reporter for the Los Angeles Times.



Chrissie Castro, Diné and Chicana, is the Vice-chair of the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission, and co-led the change to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in the city and County of Los Angeles, as well as co-led the change to remove the Columbus statue from L.A.’s Grand Park. She was a co-founder of Indigenous Women Rise, which organized the Indigenous women’s contingent of 1,000 Indigenous Women at the Women’s March in DC in 2017. She is the Network Weaver of the Native Voice Network, a national network of 35+ Native-led organizations that mobilize through indigenous cultural values. She recently launched two projects to build community and political power of Native communities – locally, the California Native Vote Project and nationally, Advance Native Political Leadership. Chrissie is a certified life coach, and is passionate about utilizing coaching for personal, organizational and community transformation.



As a psychotherapist in private practice, Kat is passionate about working with undocumented Latinx immigrants, the LGBTQ community, social entrepreneurs, and activists, helping them to resolve trauma, and to feel more empowered in themselves and as change agents in the world.  Her work has historically ranged between program and curriculum development, fundraising, event-planning, direct-action, and coalition-building - primarily in support of migrant justice, LGBTQ and women’s equality, and indigenous rights.  More recently, Kat was a core organizer and producer of the first ever women’s gathering with the International Council of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, which convened a diverse group of 400 women-identified folks in prayer and council over Spring Equinox and World Water Day. She is an active member of the Threshold Foundation and is committed to bringing forward an anti-oppression, social justice lens to all her engagements and collaborations.



Margery Goldman brings to her membership in the Women Donors Network (WDN) a diverse background in education, the arts, and business. From living and working on the Navajo Reservation to teaching and developing curriculum in the Pueblos outside of Santa Fe, Margery moved into interactive exhibit design, opening her own design firm in Denver in the early 80s. Ten years later, seeking a new entrepreneurial adventure, she and some partners invented a new line of kids’ products designed to deliver messages around tobacco and drug prevention, HIV/AIDS, girls’ empowerment and other critical social issues to children and teens. Following the sale of that company, Margery joined the Women Donors Network where she has taken leadership positions on the Board, and in the Middle East Peace and Democracy Circle, where she and other WDN leaders have fought for years against the Occupation and for a just and equitable resolution to the conflict. Margery has also been deeply involved in developing and refining WDN’s collaborative grantmaking strategy and capacity. In addition to her funding in the Middle East, Margery’s funding focuses on supporting grassroots voter engagement and participation projects led by women of color, elevating the voices of our undocumented youth, and women’s reproductive rights. Margery lives in Boulder, Colorado and holds a BA from Smith College and MEd from the University of Massachusetts.


DEepa Iyer

Deepa Iyer is a South Asian American writer, lawyer, strategist, facilitator, and advocate.  Iyer’s substantive areas of expertise include the post 9/11 America experiences of South Asian, Muslim, Arab and Sikh immigrants and national security and immigration policies. Iyer also guides movement organizations with internal processes related to equity, inclusion, and solidarity through strategic consulting, facilitation, and trainings. Iyer is a member of the Open Society Foundation’s 2017 Equality Fellows cohort, and a fellow of the Social Change Initiative (SCI). In 2019, Iyer received an honorary doctoral degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Most recently, Iyer was a Senior Fellow at Race Forward.



Cristina is Co-Founder and Managing Director of the United We Dream Network. Originally from Ecuador, Cristina came to the U.S. with her family at the age of 13, attending high school and college as an undocumented student. Cristina has organized immigrant youth and workers for the passage of pro-immigrant policies at the local and national level for the past 9 years. She was recently named among Forbes “30 under 30 in Law and Policy,” one of “21 immigration reform power players” and one of 5 non-profit leaders who will influence public policy by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. She co-founded the New York State Youth Leadership Council, the Dream Mentorship Program at Queens College, was an immigration policy analyst for the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy and an immigrant rights organizer at Make the Road New York. Cristina holds a Masters degree in Public Administration & Public Policy from the School of Public of Affairs at Baruch College, CUNY and graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Political Science and Business from Queens College, CUNY.



For over a decade, Janis Rosheuvel has organized with communities most impacted by racial injustice, following their lead and demanding just and right repair for past and ongoing harms. She currently serves as program director at Solidaire, a major donor network moving money to progressive social movements where she oversees funding initiatives and implements political education for members.  Janis also does anti-racism training with the Flatbush Tenant Coalition. She worked for five years as executive secretary for racial justice with United Methodist Women and was formerly executive director at Families for Freedom, a national anti-deportation organizing center. She was also a Fulbright fellow to South Africa, where she documented the struggles of migrants, shack dwellers, and other working class activists.  She lectured for five years at John Jay College on the criminalization of migrant life. Janis recently served on the boards of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. She holds an MA in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford in England.



Lateefah is the President of the Akonadi Foundation, based in Oakland, CA. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Rapid Transit. Prior to this, she was a program director at the Rosenberg Foundation. Lateefah has received numerous awards for her work, including the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the Jefferson Award for extraordinary public service. She was named “California Woman of the Year” by the California State Assembly, and also has been recognized by the Ford Foundation, the National Organization for Women, Lifetime Television and O Magazine.



Charlene has devoted nearly three decades to strategic organizational development and community organizing around racial and economic justice. At Groundswell, she manages capacity building and institutional leadership and is directing the recently launched Groundswell Action Fund, the largest c4 entity committed solely to black and women of color-led political organizing and power building. Prior to coming to Groundswell, Charlene served as the Director of Reinvestment at the Center for Community Change. She was also the founding director of the Center for Race, Religion, and Economic Democracy at Union Theological Seminary where she designed and served as program director for Engaging the Powers, a program designed to train Black and Latino pastors in critical theory, policy, and strategy relevant to the development and implementation of their social justice ministries. Sinclair, who earned her Ph.D at Union, is committed to the development of lived theologies of liberation that demands the engagement of faith within struggles for justice.