Funders for a Just Economy

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Manisha Vaze
Manisha Vaze
Senior Program Manager, 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.

marjona jones
Senior Program Officer
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Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock

Marjona is a Co-Chair of Funders for a Just Economy. As a Senior Program Officer at the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock, where she focuses on grantmaking to support racial justice and economic equity. Prior to entering the field of philanthropy, Marjona organized for 14 years in varying capacities for social and economic justice.

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. 

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. 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.

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

Marissa 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.

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