Our core values define our overall strategy, grantmaking, and the way we work with grantee partners and funders.
We center people locked out of opportunity with a lens on race, gender, youth, disability, LGBTQ identities, and immigration. We value and celebrate differences.
We ensure flexibility and adaptability while working toward ambitious goals. We act quickly to leverage unique resources to fuel progress.
We nurture compassion, trust, and mutual respect. We seek out and provide data and evidence to ensure work is informed by best practices.
CHAMPIONING COLLABORATION AND DIVERSITY
We take a big-tent approach, and that means believing every stakeholder – whether funder, grantee or partner – brings something unique to the table. It is going to take all of us working together to win.
Essential Leaders Council
We collaborate with those at the forefront of recovery
When it comes to challenges, the true experts are people who lead through them every day. For our work to be effective, it must be grounded in the realities that diverse groups of workers and families experience daily. Too often, many workers and families face difficulties with workplace indignities, insufficient social safety net benefits, lack of family sustaining pay, and other inequities.
Our Essential Leaders Council (ELC) is a group of workers and leaders who are committed to sharing the distinctive vision and expertise of frontline workers and their families to achieve more dignified conditions in the workplace and social safety net. Within Families and Workers Fund, Essential Leaders Council members provide strategic guidance on priorities and weigh in on grant prospects.
We also uplift Essential Leaders Council members’ voices through communications and events to amplify their important perspective and impact externally. To date, their guidance has influenced millions of dollars in our grantmaking and key strategy decisions. The Essential Leaders Council is stewarded by Tyonka Perkins Rimawi, Program Director at the Families and Workers Fund.
Our Co-Chairs, Staff, and Executive Committee have unparalleled experience in building large-scale collaborations to create more opportunity for all.
Rachel Korberg is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Families and Workers Fund, a coalition of more than 25 diverse philanthropies working together to build a more equitable U.S. economy that uplifts all. Co-chaired by Ford Foundation President Darren Walker and Schmidt Futures CEO Eric Braverman, the $70+ million fund invests and builds strategic partnerships to advance good jobs and deliver equitable, effective public benefits. It has a special focus on climate and infrastructure careers.
Previously, Rachel served in program leadership roles at the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation, where she worked to advance economic opportunity, mobility, and equity. Earlier, she was vice president of a boutique investment firm and a global development and humanitarian aid worker serving communities coping with disasters.
Her commentary has appeared in, or her work has been profiled by, the New York Times, Washington Post, TIME, Fortune, TechCrunch, and Stanford Social Innovation Review. She has been a featured speaker at the Federal Reserve, United Nations, National League of Cities, Aspen Institute, and many universities. Rachel was named a 2023 Presidential Leadership Scholar and New York Times DealBook 2022 Groundbreaker. She also received Crain’s New York’s recognition for notable leaders in philanthropy for her service during the COVID-19 pandemic and a 2021 “Stevie Award” for female nonprofit executive of the year.
Rachel serves as President of the Board at the Stonewall Community Foundation, one of the largest funders of LGBTQIA+ causes. She has a Master’s in Public Policy from Yale University and executive training in human-centered design from Stanford Graduate School of Business. In her life, Rachel has witnessed loved ones navigating the inadequate public benefits system and a job market that too often writes off those who don’t hold college degrees. She is also a working parent and a survivor of workplace sexual harassment. This lived experience shapes and informs Rachel’s work.
Tyonka Perkins Rimawi
Tyonka Perkins Rimawi is a Program Director with the Families and Workers Fund. Tyonka leads our 21st Century Benefits impact area, stewards our Essential Leaders Council, and collaborates with leaders across the benefits access and equity ecosystem to reimagine and repair the social safety net and other benefits that help to propel economic security and mobility.
Tyonka has a track record leading innovative philanthropic initiatives focused on economic security, including a public-private partnership that launched the first fully funded Mayors for a Guaranteed Income pilot in the nation and an emergency cash assistance fund that supported over 2,600 families at the onset of the pandemic. She also led economic opportunity initiatives at Goodwill Industries International, including a sector-based initiative to advance qualified yet often overlooked frontline employees into leadership positions and a program to increase the accessibility of market-valued credentials for youth and adults. Earlier, she served in communications, research, and programmatic roles at the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning, ultimately leading a statewide initiative that reduced the time and cost of postsecondary education for high school students, particularly students who were most likely to be left behind.
Tyonka currently serves on the Grants Committee of SisterFund and is a member of the Guaranteed Income Community of Practice. She previously served on the Richmond Resilience Initiative Economic Security Task Force and regularly speaks and writes about issues of economic security, including with Nonprofit Quarterly and Virginia Public Media, among other outlets. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Butler University and an M.B.A. in Supply Chain Management from the University of Indianapolis.
Jenny Weissbourd is a Program Director with the Families and Workers Fund, where she leads grantmaking and partnerships to advance good jobs and equitable workforce pathways. Jenny collaborates with governments, nonprofits, and employers at the federal, state, and local levels to support them in delivering jobs that sustain and uplift workers and their families.
Jenny brings more than a decade of experience advancing policies and practices to strengthen economic mobility. Most recently, she was the Associate Director of the Workforce Strategies Initiative at the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program, where she led applied research and capacity building projects to improve job quality, in partnership with public agencies, workforce development nonprofits, community lenders, employers, and workers.
Previously, Jenny built the capacity of nonprofit and public agencies to scale their impact. At The Food Trust, Jenny guided the development of food access initiatives, including a small business marketing program that created 100 jobs and $11M in economic impact, and a public/private partnership to increase SNAP utilization. Early in her career, Jenny was a consultant to nonprofit and public agencies at Fairmount Ventures.
Jenny holds a BA from Brown, an MBA from MIT, and an MPA from Harvard, where she was a Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership and editor of the LGBTQ Policy Journal. As a graduate student, Jenny worked with MIT’s Institute for Work and Employment Research to study strategies to increase worker voice, and served as a Dukakis Policy Fellow for Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo.
Jenny is a regular public speaker and writer on workforce issues. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Federal Reserve’s Invested Magazine, and other outlets. She lives in Philadelphia with her partner Mariele and their dog Frank.
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Christian Carter is the Program Associate at the Families and Workers Fund, where she manages stakeholder relationships to support FWF’s mission and the work of our grantees.
Christian joins the Fund after working at the Coastal Community Foundation in South Carolina, supporting grantees in achieving meaningful wins to benefit the Lowcountry community through relationship management, capacity building efforts, and informing strategic grantmaking direction as a Lowcountry native herself. Previously, Christian served at the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault as a Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation intern, where she supported more than 200 Black youth from across NC in sexual assault prevention and intervention education through the organization’s annual Young Advocates Institute.
Christian holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from North Carolina State University, where she graduated summa cum laude and became a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Christian is also a family caregiver, advocating for the support of care workers and a strong care economy. She brings an appetite for community centered grantmaking and knowledge on place-based impact to the team.
Organizational Capacity Consultant
Nefeli Mourti is a Director at Social Strategy Associates, where she brings significant experience designing and running collaborative grantmaking efforts, such as the Families and Workers Fund; the LIFT Fund, along with its new Southern Workers Opportunity Fund; the Communities Thrive Challenge between the Rockefeller Foundation, United Way, and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; and the Opportunity Challenge between the WES Mariam Assefa Fund and Tarsadia Foundation. In addition to collaborative initiatives, Nefeli has deep expertise in operationalizing a variety of grantmaking programs, recruiting staff and vendors, and building internal systems and processes.
Born and raised in Greece, Nefeli started her career as an account manager at DeonPR, a Greek marketing and communications agency, where she supported clients’ needs by developing key communications materials and building their presence at trade shows, among others. Nefeli has served as the curator of the Providence Global
Shapers chapter under the auspices of the World Economic Forum.
Nefeli earned a Bachelor of Laws from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and a Masters of Business Administration from the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College at the City University of New York (CUNY).
Director, Philanthropy & Operations
YK Vandekamp is the Director of Philanthropy & Operations at the Families and Workers Fund. In this role, they oversee all operations, including development and fundraising, ensure practices are aligned with the Fund’s value of equity, and lead the operations and development team. They also partner with the Executive Director on organizational strategy and talent development.
Previously, YK led operations for Accelerate Change, a nonprofit that catalyzes narrative change and scales digital models to increase civic engagement. In that role, they led the strategy to optimize systems and infrastructure to increase the impact of the organization.
Throughout their career, YK has been committed to operationalizing racial equity to create systems change and to creating opportunities for advancement for historically marginalized communities. They have served as the Executive Director of a community arts organization where they created and led career advancement programs for adults with developmental disabilities. As the CEO of a restaurant group, YK oversaw a program that created pathways to leadership for re-entry citizens.
YK brings a deep care and commitment to working class families and immigrant communities and is immersed in their intersecting communities’ collective liberation through mutual aid and grassroots organizing. YK serves as a mentor for LGBTQIA+ youth at arts organizations throughout Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. They also serve as a pro bono business consultant and coach to LGBTQIA and female restaurateurs in Monterey, California.
Eric Braverman is a CEO, founder, and teacher.
Currently, he is leading the creation of a new philanthropic project to be unveiled later this year.
For the past half-decade, he served as the founding CEO of Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative that bets early on exceptional people solving hard problems in science and society. Prior to creating Schmidt Futures, Eric oversaw all philanthropic and non-investment efforts and directed the family office.
Named by Fortune magazine in 2010 as one of the “40 Most Influential Leaders in Business” worldwide under 40 years old, Eric previously served as CEO of Rex Group, CEO of the Clinton Foundation, and a partner and co-founder of McKinsey & Company’s government practice – as part of a career at the firm from 1997 to 2013.
At the Clinton Foundation, Eric led an effort to secure an endowment, develop infrastructure to support best-in-class operating practices, improve strategic planning and financial management, strengthen Board governance and internal controls, and use data effectively. During his tenure from 2013 to 2015, Charity Navigator awarded the Foundation a perfect score for transparency and accountability.
At McKinsey, Eric was the global leader of McKinsey’s work on government innovation and an expert on the transformation of complex institutions. He counseled heads of state and former presidents, cabinet secretaries, civil service officials, and business leaders in media, entertainment, and technology. Eric also served as an advisor on performance management for President Obama’s transition team in 2008.
At Yale, he was a Senior Fellow for more than a decade and continues to teach on public leadership matters including ethics, innovation, and global competitiveness. Eric is a member of YPO and the New York State Bar, and in addition to his work with the Families and Workers Fund also served on the boards of America’s Frontier Fund, Ready, Arena Stage, and other organizations.
President, The Ford Foundation
Under his leadership, the Ford Foundation became the first non-profit in US history to issue a $1 billion designated social bond in US capital markets for proceeds to strengthen and stabilize non-profit organizations in the wake of COVID-19.
Darren co-chairs New York City’s Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers, and has served on the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform and the UN International Labour Organization Global Commission on the Future of Work. He co-founded both the US Impact Investing Alliance and the Presidents’ Council on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy and is a founding member of the Board Diversity Action Alliance. He serves on many boards, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the National Gallery of Art, Carnegie Hall, the High Line, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. In the summer of 2020, he was appointed to the boards of Square and Ralph Lauren. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and is the recipient of 16 honorary degrees and university awards, including Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Medal.
Educated exclusively in public schools, Darren was a member of the first Head Start class in 1965 and received BA, BS, and JD degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. He has been included on numerous leadership lists: Time’s annual 100 Most Influential People, Rolling Stone’s 25 People Shaping the Future, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Ebony’s Power 100, and Out magazine’s Power 50. Most recently, Darren was named Wall Street Journal’s 2020 Philanthropy Innovator.
Co-Founder, The Families and Workers Fund
Director, Future of Work(ers). The Ford Foundation
Sarita joined the foundation with more than 20 years of experience working to expand people’s ability to come together to improve their workplaces, their communities, and their lives by creating solutions to the problems they face.
During her tenure at Jobs With Justice, Sarita led a network of 30+ labor and community coalitions that anchored campaigns, changed the conversation, and moved labor, community, student, and faith voices into action. Jobs With Justice has been on the frontlines of successful organizing and policy campaigns to boost wages and working conditions for all working people, ensure worker voice and dignity in workplaces, and improve labor and civil rights protections for immigrant men and women. Sarita played a key role in seeding numerous campaigns and efforts, like the Asia Floor Wage Alliance, which is a global coalition of trade unions, workers’ rights, and human rights organizations that is actively innovating regional initiatives for higher wages in the global garment industry; the United Workers Congress, bringing together workers centers and organizations focused on raising labor standards and protections for low-wage workers across industries; and Caring Across Generations, a national movement of families, caregivers, people with disabilities, and aging Americans, working to transform the way we care in this country so that all families can live well and age with dignity.
As co-director of Caring Across Generations, Sarita spearheaded the campaign calling for policy solutions that create a much-needed care infrastructure that provides high-quality, affordable options for people who need care, support for family caregivers, and that strengthens the care workforce. Caring Across Generations was instrumental in paving the way for the Home Care Rule, the effort to provide minimum wage and overtime protections for two million home care workers. The campaign was also successful in winning state funding for the Kupuna Caregivers Program in Hawaii, which provides a financial benefit to working family caregivers. And, most recently, it shepherded the Washington Long-Term Care Trust Act into law, establishing the first state-based, public, long-term care program in the nation.
She is a Hunt Alternatives Fund Prime Movers Fellow as well as a graduate of the Rockwood Leadership Training Program. Among the awards Sarita has received are the National Women’s Law Center Annual Leadership Award, the Frances Perkins Open Door Award, a Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Achievement Award, and Corporate Ethics International’s BENNY Award.
Co-Founder, the Families and Workers Fund
Executive Director, Amalgamated Foundation & SVP at Amalgamated Bank
She has developed and led major philanthropic efforts focused on women, immigrants’ rights and democracy and justice.
Senior Manager, Schmidt Futures
Joni is a Senior Manager at Schmidt Futures where she leads strategic initiatives for the Associate Product Manager (APM) program.
Joni has spent her career at the intersection of technology, public policy and social impact. Prior to Schmidt Futures, she was a Product Manager at Pymetrics, a startup that uses AI and neuroscience to make hiring fair and predictive.
Before Pymetrics, Joni held operations and product roles at the U.S. Digital Service (USDS), a civic tech startup headquartered at The White House that leverages technology to deliver critical government services such as healthcare, veterans’ benefits and student loans. During her time at the USDS, she specifically partnered with Health & Human Services (HHS) on launching products that improve how Medicare patients receive care.
Joni earned her B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Northwestern University.
Senior Advisor, Schusterman Family Philanthropies
Meeghan’s career has been dedicated to advancing economic mobility and social justice with a focus on disadvantaged children and child welfare. She recently spent 3½ years on the leadership team of the innovative philanthropic collaborative Blue Meridian Partners – with work ranging from portfolio management to program operations to funder engagement – before launching her own strategic advisory practice in early 2020. PE Strategic Partners works with foundations, non-profits and individuals to advance policy and philanthropic initiatives that maximize impact.
Meeghan has deep experience leading organizations and teams, bringing people together around policy issues, and spearheading complex projects from initial inception through detailed execution – as she has done for Blue Meridian, The Hamilton Project at Brookings, former Treasury Secretary Bob Rubin, and the White House. Meeghan helped develop and launch the Hamilton Project, serving as Associate Director from 2005 to 2010 and senior advisor until 2016. She is a board member of The Hamilton Project and Power of Two, and previously served on the boards of national non-profits Year Up and Zero to Three. Meeghan holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS in International Economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Managing Director, Economic Policy Investments and Grantmaking, Equity & Economic Opportunity, The Rockefeller Foundation
For nearly a decade, Danielle Goonan’s work has been guided by the core goal of increasing pathways to opportunity for all Americans, improving the systems that serve them, and getting resources to communities that need them most to ensure meaningful and lasting change. Currently, Danielle is a member of The Rockefeller Foundation’s U.S. Jobs and Economic Opportunity team, overseeing investments that spur inclusive economic development.
Most recently, Danielle was responsible for a philanthropic grant portfolio at the Walmart Foundation that focused on issues of employment technology, place-based systems change and employer practice change and served as an internal advisor to Walmart U.S’s People team. Danielle was an appointee of the Obama Administration where she led strategic partnerships for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education. In this role, she worked with stakeholders in the corporate, labor and philanthropic sectors on behalf of the US Department of Education. She was also led the Clinton Global Initiative’s domestic education and skills development team with responsibilities that included managing the CGI U.S. Youth Employment Action Network in partnership with the Office of Secretary Clinton’s JobOne program, overseeing the strategy of CGI America’s education and skills Working Groups, and leading the growth of the workforce development portfolio of Commitments to Action. She received h er MSc in IR from LSE and her undergraduate degree in American Studies summa cum laude from Dickinson College where she was a Posse Foundation Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She was also a Fulbright Scholar to Italy. Danielle sits on the Humanity in Action Board of Directors and American Planning Board. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.
Mary Beth Maxwell
Special Advisor, Open Society Foundations
Mary Beth Maxwell is a consultant and senior advisor to several foundations and advocacy organizations on the Future of Work and is a Special Advisor at the Open Society Foundations.
After serving as National Field Director for Jobs with Justice she became the founding Executive Director of American Rights at Work, a think tank founded to re-imagine worker voice and labor policy for a 21st century workplace. She served in the Obama Administration in several roles including Principal Deputy Secretary for Policy at the Department of Labor where she led on a range of issues including minimum wage and overtime, paid leave, labor standards for homecare workers, and LGBT workplace equality. She most recently served as Senior Vice President for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation leading on a range of LGBT equality issues including HRC’s signature Corporate Equality Index and Global LGBT Equality initiatives.
MB is a proud native of Nebraska and lives in Washington DC with her 18 year old son.
Vice President of Program Implementation, The James Irvine Foundation
Charles Sidney Fields joined the Irvine Foundation in 2016 as the Chief of Staff and Planning and was named Vice President of Program Implementation in June 2019. He has more than a decade of leadership experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, funding and supporting social change organizations to achieve greater impact.
He previously served as a Senior Program Manager for The California Endowment. There he was responsible for strategy development, grantmaking, and leadership activities in Southern California. He also co-developed and managed Sons & Brothers, the Endowment’s $50 million grantmaking and leadership program focused on improving the health, wellness, and opportunity of boys and young men of color. During his tenure there, he co-developed a $260 million public-private loan fund, the FreshWorks Fund, to increase access to healthy foods and spur economic development in underserved communities in California.
Prior to the Endowment, Charles was a grantmaker at the Marguerite Casey Foundation, managing an $8 million portfolio of grants focused on community economic development, civic engagement, educational equity, violence prevention, and family support.
Charles was also an Initiative Coordinator and Neighborhood and Community Development Fellow at the San Francisco Foundation, where he provided day-to-day management of the West Oakland Initiative. Other positions of note include: Social Action and Policy Coordinator for The National Community Building Network in Oakland; Empowerment Zone Coordinator for the Transportation Resource Information Project in Cincinnati, Ohio; and Organizer and Economic Development Specialist for Welcome House (Northern Kentucky Welfare Reform Task Force) in Covington, Kentucky.
Charles currently serves as a board member of the Edward W. Hazen Foundation and was awarded a German Marshall Memorial Fellowship to Europe.
Fields has his master’s in education and a bachelor’s in organizational communications from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Managing Director, Portfolio and Investments, Skoll Foundation
Liz is a Midwesterner at heart (KCMO!) and a globalist in spirit who never ceases to be moved by human kindness.