HISTORY



Justice Funders emerged in 2009 as the Bay Area Justice Funders Network, as local funders sought spaces to bring the philanthropic community together with front-line leaders following the murder of Oscar Grant by BART Police. Melanie Cervantes (Akonadi Foundation), Luke Newton (Common Counsel Foundation), Vanessa Daniel (Groundswell Fund), Carmen Rojas (Mitchell Kapor Foundation), and Kazu Haga (Peace Development Fund) formed the founding steering committee, which solidified the goals for the network, raised seed monies, facilitated fiscal sponsorship with the Common Counsel Foundation, and hired staff.

Over the next seven years, our work began to broaden in scope and reach beyond the local network. After having tested and incubated successful interventions to re-imagine philanthropic practices, the organization adopted a new name to reflect its expansion. Today, Justice Funders is the home of Bay Area Justice Funders Network while also 1) offering professional and leadership development programs, 2) providing coaching and consulting for organizational transformation; and 2) designing, piloting and scaling innovative collaborations that advance social justice movements.

By engaging in these multiple areas of programming, Justice Funders is ushering a Just Transition within the field of philanthropy to take a proactive role in building the world we need.



is the 2013-2015 program fellow in public policy and civic engagement. Alex comes to the Foundation with nearly 15 years of experience fighting for human rights in the New York and New Jersey area, playing varying roles as an organizer, community lawyer, and policy advocate.  In the wake of September 11th, for example, he co-designed and managed a $1.15 million relief and recovery program at the Asian American Federation of New York to assist the thousands of Asian Americans impacted by the disaster.  Alex has worked with groups such as the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York , the New York City AIDS Housing Network, and the Urban Justice Center, helping to successfully increase New York’s minimum wage in 2005, fighting for stronger tenant protection laws, and pushing for legislation that would eliminate institutional discrimination in city government using universal human rights principles, respectively. In his role as a community lawyer, Alex founded the New Jersey office of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, where he managed its civil and workers’ rights docket and oversaw its organizing campaigns for immigrants’ rights in the state.  Most recently, Alex served as a public defender in New Jersey, and as chief of staff to Councilman-at-Large Rolando R. Lavarro, Jr. in Jersey City, New Jersey.  Alex received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Albany, and his Juris Doctor from the Rutgers School of Law – Newark. - See more at: http://www.sff.org/about-tsff/who-we-are/foundation-staff/alexander-w-saingchin/#sthash.oYSn8vfF.dpuf
is the 2013-2015 program fellow in public policy and civic engagement. Alex comes to the Foundation with nearly 15 years of experience fighting for human rights in the New York and New Jersey area, playing varying roles as an organizer, community lawyer, and policy advocate.  In the wake of September 11th, for example, he co-designed and managed a $1.15 million relief and recovery program at the Asian American Federation of New York to assist the thousands of Asian Americans impacted by the disaster.  Alex has worked with groups such as the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York , the New York City AIDS Housing Network, and the Urban Justice Center, helping to successfully increase New York’s minimum wage in 2005, fighting for stronger tenant protection laws, and pushing for legislation that would eliminate institutional discrimination in city government using universal human rights principles, respectively. In his role as a community lawyer, Alex founded the New Jersey office of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, where he managed its civil and workers’ rights docket and oversaw its organizing campaigns for immigrants’ rights in the state.  Most recently, Alex served as a public defender in New Jersey, and as chief of staff to Councilman-at-Large Rolando R. Lavarro, Jr. in Jersey City, New Jersey.  Alex received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Albany, and his Juris Doctor from the Rutgers School of Law – Newark. - See more at: http://www.sff.org/about-tsff/who-we-are/foundation-staff/alexander-w-saingchin/#sthash.oYSn8vfF.dpuf
is the 2013-2015 program fellow in public policy and civic engagement. Alex comes to the Foundation with nearly 15 years of experience fighting for human rights in the New York and New Jersey area, playing varying roles as an organizer, community lawyer, and policy advocate.  In the wake of September 11th, for example, he co-designed and managed a $1.15 million relief and recovery program at the Asian American Federation of New York to assist the thousands of Asian Americans impacted by the disaster.  Alex has worked with groups such as the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York , the New York City AIDS Housing Network, and the Urban Justice Center, helping to successfully increase New York’s minimum wage in 2005, fighting for stronger tenant protection laws, and pushing for legislation that would eliminate institutional discrimination in city government using universal human rights principles, respectively. In his role as a community lawyer, Alex founded the New Jersey office of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, where he managed its civil and workers’ rights docket and oversaw its organizing campaigns for immigrants’ rights in the state.  Most recently, Alex served as a public defender in New Jersey, and as chief of staff to Councilman-at-Large Rolando R. Lavarro, Jr. in Jersey City, New Jersey.  Alex received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Albany, and his Juris Doctor from the Rutgers School of Law – Newark. - See more at: http://www.sff.org/about-tsff/who-we-are/foundation-staff/alexander-w-saingchin/#sthash.oYSn8vfF.dpuf

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