Funders for a Just Economy

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Manisha Vaze
Manisha Vaze
Director, Funders for a Just Economy
manisha [at] nfg.org
(510) 444-6063, ext. 19
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Funders for a Just Economy (FJE), formerly known as the Working Group on Labor and Community Partnerships, is a national network of funders committed to advancing the philanthropic conversation around economic justice and workplace issues. We are committed to placing organized labor, worker centers, worker justice campaigns, policy efforts, and organizing strategies at the center of our various efforts, and addressing the disparate impact of economic policies on people of color, women, migrants, and low-income individuals and families.

FJE is a gathering place for progressive conversations about working conditions for low-wage workers, workers’ health and safety, and community-based anti-poverty efforts. We invite our colleagues and partners in philanthropy to join FJE. This working group is comprised of local, regional, and national funders. Members meet regularly to share strategies, collaborate in learning opportunities, and deepen our knowledge of the latest organizing strategies and policies that shape the conversation on worker and economic justice.

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Meet our program leaders.

Marissa Guananja
Marissa Guananja
Program Officer for Family Economic Security
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W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Marissa is a Co-Chair of Funders for a Just Economy. She is a Program Officer for Family Economic Security at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and is responsible for identifying and nurturing opportunities for affecting positive systemic change within communities aimed at creating conditions in which children can develop, learn and grow.

Jose Garcia
Jose Garcia
Program Officer, Future of Work(ers)
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Ford Foundation

José García is Co-Chair of Funders for a Just Economy. He is a program officer on the Future of Work(ers) team at the Ford Foundation. Previously, he served as program officer for Strong Local Economies at the Surdna Foundation, where he led a $4 million grant-making portfolio to spur business development focusing on quality job and wealth creation. 

marjona jones
Senior Program Officer
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Collective Future Fund

Marjona is the Senior Program Officer at the Collective Future Fund. She provides leadership on grantmaking strategy and partnerships, elevating movements led by women and girls of color working to end interpersonal, workplace, and state violence. She has a combined two decades of experience in organizing for racial and economic justice and philanthropy, and previously served as a Co-Chair of Funders for a Just Economy.

Alejandra Ibanez
Alejandra Ibañez
Program Officer
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Woods Fund Chicago

Alejandra is a Program Officer at Woods Fund Chicago. She has nearly two decades of experience as a community organizer, convener, and leader in the public, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors. She previously served as a Co-Chair of Funders for a Just Economy.

Shona Chakravartty
SHONA CHAKRAVARTTY
Senior Program Officer
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Hill-Snowdon Foundation

Shona Chakravartty is Senior Program Officer at the Hill-Snowdon Foundation, where she leads its Economic Justice grantmaking program and executes learning and leveraging activities related to its economic justice goals. She previously served as a Co-Chair of Funders for a Just Economy.

Andre Oliver
Andre Oliver
Senior Program Officer
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James Irvine Foundation

Andre is a Senior Program Officer at the James Irvine Foundation and manages the Foundation’s Fair Work initiative, which aims to expand the voice and influence of low-wage workers on the issues that affect their lives and livelihoods.

Adrian Haro
Adrian Haro
Chief Executive Officer
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The Workers Lab

Adrian is the CEO at The Workers Lab, which gives new ideas about increasing worker power a chance to succeed and flourish. Prior to joining The Workers Lab, Adrian built a career in progressive politics, government, and public affairs.

Jidan Terry‑Koon
Jidan Terry‑Koon
Director, People Pathway
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The San Francisco Foundation

Jidan serves as Director of the People Pathway at the San Francisco Foundation amplifying groups that build political, economic, and cultural power towards an inclusive economy that invests in opportunity rather than criminalization, centralizes workers in shaping economy, and puts collective ownership in the hands of historically marginalized communities.

Altaf Rahamatulla
Altaf Rahamatulla
Program Officer, Racial Justice Program
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Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

Altaf has pursued his passion for equity and justice through positions in philanthropy, advocacy, and government. He is a Program Officer on the Racial Justice team at Wellspring Philanthropic Fund. Prior to that, he worked at the New York Foundation, supporting community organizing and grassroots campaigns in New York City. 

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