Groundswell Fund is the only national foundation led by women of color and transgender people of color who come directly out of community, labor and electoral organizing. More than 300 donors and 30 foundations give us dollars to redistribute because they believe that when resources are directed by this kind of leadership, the giving will look different.


Vanessa Daniel

Executive Director

Judy Thomas

Chief Financial Officer

Alexandra DelValle

Director of Programs

Quanita Toffie

Director of Groundswell Action Fund

Lanita Morris

Interim Director of Capacity Building

J. F. Lyles

Development Manager

Bev Avery

Operations & IT Manager

Janet Favela Sonneman

Capacity Building Trainer

Naa Hammond

Program Officer

Cecilia Sáenz Becerra

Program Officer

Jazmin Edwards

Executive Assistant

Krystal Kwong

Program Associate

Kerani Mitchell

Accounting Associate

Bré Rivera

Program Fellow

Evelyn Quintana

Program Assistant

Anupa Gewali

Database Assistant


Rocio L. Córdoba, J.D. (Chair)

Conway Strategic

Kierra Johnson (Vice Chair)

Deputy Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force

Kiyomi Fujikawa (Secretary)

Co-Director, Third Wave Fund

Jamia Wilson

Executive Director, Feminist Press

Brook Kelly-Green

Program Officer, Ford Foundation

Jihan Gearon

Executive Director, Black Mesa Water Coalition

Karen Grove

Chair, Grove Foundation and President, Grove Action Fund

Vanessa Daniel

Executive Director, Groundswell Fund


Catherine Lerza

Sr. Advisor

Korwin Consulting

External Evaluator

Mari Ryono

External Evaluator

Elsa Rios

Organizational Development Consultant

Integrated Voter Engagement Program Coaches

Grassroots Organizing Institute Coaches