Meenakshi Menon is Groundswell Fund’s Chief Development Director. The daughter of immigrants from India and Malaysia, over the last 14 years, she has worked in 30 countries across 5 continents, advancing sexual health and reproductive rights, peace and security, and racial justice.
Meenakshi began her career as a community organizer and health and human rights field researcher, working with diverse organizations and stakeholders in the US and abroad, including MassPIRG, Physicians for Human Rights, the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights, and the Center for Khmer Studies. In 2011, she was appointed the Executive Director of GHETS, a US-based NGO that works to improve global health systems through grantmaking, technical support, and advocacy.
Her work with GHETS involved directing the grantmaking, capacity building, and fundraising programs, as well as leading programmatic initiatives in East and Southern Africa and South and Southeast Asia in women’s health and reproductive rights, community health, food security, and water and sanitation.
As a fundraising professional, Meenakshi is passionate about strengthening the capacity of mission-driven organizations and creating greater equity in philanthropy, particularly for women, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ communities.
As the Coalition for the International Criminal Court’s Director of Development, from 2015-2016 she worked with staff around the world, as well as local, national, and regional Coalition affiliates on institutional advancement initiatives, including mobilizing resources from European Governments, International Development Agencies, Foundations, and high-net-worth Individuals on behalf of international justice.
Most recently, Meenakshi served as the Head of Government & Foundation Relations for North America at International Crisis Group, where she managed the organization’s relationships with high-level institutional donors, as well as developed, executed, and expanded the organization’s U.S. institutional giving strategy.
Meenakshi holds a BA in Anthropology from Smith College and serves on the Leadership Council of Powerbitches. In addition to her native Malayalam, speaks English, Hindi, Khmer, and Spanish.