Rachel Humphrey discovered a passion for justice while on a high-school independent study in Nepal, where she saw the effects of systemic injustice and oppression in the lives of some of the kindest people she had ever met. Through that experience, she saw her own privilege, and committed to use it for the benefit of others.
That moral imperative has led to nearly 20 years (and counting) of work focused on resource mobilization, leadership development and organizational effectiveness as ways to strengthen the impact of organizations and movements both locally and internationally. Previously, Rachel was at the TCC Group, the Global Fund for Women, NatureBridge, and Wu Yee Children's & Families Services.
Rachel holds a Master's degree in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco and an A.B. in Anthropology and Asian Studies from Bowdoin College. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation and has trained extensively in participatory facilitation methods. A long-time champion of human rights, Rachel is Chair of the Board of the International Accountability Project, a human rights advocacy organization that seeks to create development policies and practices that respect people's homes, environment and human rights. She also serves as an Advisory Board member for One World Children's Fund, a grantmaker committed to improving the lives of children around the world affected by poverty.
In addition to her role with BAJFN, Rachel continues to serve as a consultant and coach for nonprofits and foundations, where she works on leadership, strategy and change management.
As the Network Director for the Bay Area Justice Funders Network, Dana Kawaoka-Chen works to: create more authentic partnerships between community leaders and funders; connect funders across silos; and organize funders to leverage more resources for social justice issues and movements. She is a co-author of “The Choir Book: A Framework for Social Justice Philanthropy,” and frequently serves as a trainer and facilitator for values-aligned practice in Philanthropy. Dana's leadership has been recognized by her peers--in 2014, she was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award by Oakes College of the University of California at Santa Cruz, and in 2015, Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy recognized Dana as one of twenty-five “Leaders in Action” nationally.
Dana has previously served in executive functions for two other non-profit organizations. She has a Masters of Science degree in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco, Bachelor of Arts degrees in American Studies and Visual Art from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and Non-Profit Management Certification from San Jose State University.
Mario Lugay is excited to again work alongside Dana as BAJFN’s Collaboration Director, having done so once before when BAJFN was housed at the Kapor Center for Social Impact where he served as an Impact Advisor for five years. Most recently, Mario was a Civic Innovation Fellow at Stanford University's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) and currently serves as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Guidestar, as well as is founder of Giving Side.
In 2010, Mario co-founded the New American Leaders Project, the country's first and only organization dedicated to training first- and second- generation immigrants to run for elected office, and served as the first program director of the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, providing leadership around new and unprecedented philanthropic investments in both integrated voter engagement strategies and for a fair and accurate 2010 census count. He has built significant experience in organizing as the National Coordinator of Racial Justice 911 and at CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities in the Northwest Bronx.
Mario is also a long-time philanthropic and nonprofit consultant, speaker and trainer, an advisor to the High Net Worth POC Donor Collaborative, Digital Impact and New Media Mentors, and previously served as board member of Resource Generation, American Prospect, and as board chair of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN). He is a graduate of Columbia University.
Allistair is looking forward to supporting the Bay Area Justice Funders Network in his new role as Communications Manager. He most recently served in two roles. In the role of Associated Director of Programs and Services at Associated Grant Makers, he coordinated funder affinity groups, directed programs to increase fundraising capacity within nonprofits, and leveraged relationships to bridge the nonprofit and funding community. Additionally, as Executive Director for Asian American Resource Workshop, he set up systems and processes, built up sizable reserves, and tripled the organization’s budget during his tenure. Allistair previously also worked in fundraising for United South End Settlements, a multi-service nonprofit located in the heart of Boston.
Allistair is active both in supporting local community organizing efforts and developing the next generation of community leaders. He is a trainer for a leadership development program for Asian Americans (Activist Training Institute), serves on the Steering Committee for Saffron Circle and Resilient Cities-Boston, and is a board member of Chinatown Cultural Center. Allistair has served on various other boards, including Asian American Resource Workshop, Funding Exchange, Haymarket People’s Fund, and MAP for Health. He originally hails from Towson, MD, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health and Biology from Tufts University.
Maria has spent the last 17 years changing the world through her expansive roles as movement builder, organizer, trainer, fundraiser, communicator, capacity builder, community educator, researcher and direct service provider. She has a special passion for mobilizing resources to the social justice movement and supporting the financial sustainability of grassroots organizations. Prior to BAJFN, she served as Development Director for Forward Together where she led a team that tripled the organization’s institutional and individual fundraising revenue, significantly grew its grassroots donors base, established the organization's first major donor program, institutionalized the participation of the Board of Directors in individual fundraising efforts, and shifted the culture and practice of fundraising from isolation to integration into the overall organization and its programs.
Maria has a deep commitment to working at the intersection of race and gender, uplifting the voices of women of color, and bringing this intersectional lens to all of her work. She serves on the Advisory Board of Boomshake Music, a multicultural community program that uses music for creative expression, cultural survival, and social change by supporting grassroots movements and building the leadership of people of color to be cultural creators for our liberation. In addition to supporting their organizational development, fundraising and communications, she is a member of the BoomShake women of color drum corps.
She is a 2006 New Voices Fellow and holds a Master's degree in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley with an emphasis in maternal and child health.