The values that guide us
Our core values define our overall strategy, grantmaking, and the way we work with grantee partners and funders.
COMMITTED TO EQUITY
We focus on people who have been hardest hit in this pandemic and overall, with a lens for race, gender, youth, disability, LGBTQ identity, and immigration.
If the economy works for us, it will work for everyone.
NIMBLE AND STRATEGIC
We have big, bold goals but also act quickly to leverage the unique resources and openings of the COVID-19 economic recovery to fuel progress. We can’t win with a rigid plan.
People and data-driven
We make decisions using real time economic data and peoples’ stories about the struggles they are facing.
CHAMPIONING FUNDER DIVERSITY
We believe every funder brings something unique to the table. Some of our co-funders have been doing this work for 100 years, and others are just beginning. It is going to take all of us working together to win.
We collaborate with those at the forefront of recovery
We are proud to be building a group of frontline workers, families, and leaders who will directly weigh in on impact strategy, as well as engage with our policy partners to help ensure the policies they develop and advocate for are grounded in the real, lived experiences of diverse working people. More details to come.
Who we are
Our Co-Chairs, Staff, and Executive Committee have unparalleled experience in building large-scale collaborations to create more opportunity for all.
The Executive Committee oversees the Fund’s overall strategy, impact strategy, and success, taking on leadership roles like chairing program areas, spearheading fundraising campaigns, and presiding over Advisory Board meetings.
Executive Director and Co-Founder
Rachel Korberg is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Families and Workers Fund, a coalition of twenty diverse philanthropies working together to build a more equitable economy. Originally established in April 2020 to respond to the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, today the Fund invests and builds strategic partnerships to advance good jobs and deliver equitable, effective public benefits.
Most recently, Rachel led grant making portfolios at the Ford Foundation as part of its Future of Work(ers) initiative. Prior to Ford, she led economic opportunity grant making at the Rockefeller Foundation where she also designed and ran the Communities Thrive Challenge, a partnership between The Rockefeller Foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and the United Way. Prior to that, Rachel was vice president of a boutique investment firm and also a global development and humanitarian aid worker serving communities coping with disasters, violent conflicts, and other emergencies.
Rachel’s commentary has appeared in, or her work has been profiled by, the Washington Post, Fortune, TechCrunch, Stanford Social Innovation Review, PBS, Fast Company, Newsweek, and more. She has been a featured speaker at the Federal Reserve, Aspen Institute, United Nations, National League of Cities, and many universities and government task forces, among other venues. She received Crain’s New York’s award for notable leaders in philanthropy for her leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as a “Stevie Award” for female executive of the year.
Rachel is currently President of the Board of the Stonewall Community Foundation, the first woman to be elected to this role. She has a Master in Public Policy (MPP) from Yale University, executive training in human-centered design from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a BA from Tufts University. Of all her roles, Rachel is most proud to be wife to litigator Alexia Korberg and mom to their toddler.
Director of Strategic Operations and Engagement
Djenaba Kelly is the Director of Strategic Operations and Engagement at the Families and Workers Fund. In this role, she contributes to the Fund’s organizational growth strategy and is responsible for the Fund’s operational management.
Djenaba brings strategic planning, project management, and coalition management expertise to the Families and Workers Fund. Prior to joining the Families and Workers Fund, Djenaba was an Associate Principal at Civic Consulting Alliance (CCA)—a nonprofit management consulting firm based in Chicago. In that role, she supported Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration on a range of initiatives, from providing strategic operations support to the Racial Equity Rapid Response Team—the City’s response to the alarming impact COVID-19 has disproportionally had on Black and Brown communities in Chicago—to supporting the City’s first Chief Equity Officer in developing a roadmap for racial healing in Chicago. She also worked with some of Chicago’s most renowned social and economic impact collaboratives, including West Side United, to help them strengthen their governance and directly incorporate community input into their work.
Previously, Djenaba served as a Director of Programs in the affordable housing space in Oakland, CA and began her career in tech sales operations. She is passionate about finding ways to incorporate compassion into her work and believes that cultivating compassion has a role to play in solving our collective societal challenges. In 2018, she completed Stanford University’s CCARE (Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education) Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Instructor Certification Program. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Master’s degree in Consciousness and Transformative Studies from John F. Kennedy University.
Djenaba lives in Chicago with her husband, two daughters, and one imperious cat.
Tyonka Perkins Rimawi
Senior Program Manager
Tyonka Perkins Rimawi is a Senior Program Manager with the Families and Workers Fund. As the Fund’s primary grant maker, she sources, assesses, and manages grants and supports grantee partners to achieve their greatest possible impacts and influence. She also manages community engagement.
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 program to increase the accessibility of market-valued credentials for youth and adults and a sector-based initiative to advance qualified yet often overlooked frontline employees into leadership positions. 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 those who too often were left behind.
Tyonka is currently Grants Committee Chair of SisterFund and 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.
Co-Chair, The Families and Workers Fund
CEO, Schmidt Futures
Eric Braverman is the chief executive of Schmidt Futures. Prior to creating Schmidt Futures, Eric oversaw all philanthropic and non-investment efforts for the Schmidts 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 from 2015-2017, CEO of the Clinton Foundation from 2013-2015, 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, Charity Navigator awarded the Foundation a perfect score (and four stars) 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.
Eric is a senior fellow at Yale, teaching about ethics in public leadership and innovation at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale School of Management, and Yale Law School. He holds a B.A. summa cum laude from Yale and a J.D. from the Yale Law School. He is a member of YPO and the New York State Bar, and serves on the boards of Ready, Arena Stage, and other organizations.
Co-Chair, The Families and Workers Fund
President, The Ford Foundation
Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, a $14 billion international social justice philanthropy. He is a member of Governor Cuomo’s Reimagining New York Commission and co-chair of NYC Census 2020. He chaired the philanthropy committee that brought a resolution to the city of Detroit’s historic bankruptcy.
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.
Before joining Ford, Darren was vice president at Rockefeller Foundation, overseeing global and domestic programs. In the 1990s, he was COO of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, Harlem’s largest community development organization.
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 Gupta is director of the foundation’s Future of Work(ers) program, leading the team that oversees Ford’s efforts to actively shape a future of work that puts workers and their well-being at the center.
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.
She has deep expertise in policy advocacy, organizing, and building partnerships across the workers’ rights and care movements, having served as executive director of Jobs With Justice and co-director of Caring Across Generations. She is a nationally recognized expert on the economic, labor, and political issues affecting working people, and is widely acknowledged as a key leader and strategist in the progressive movement.
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
Anna Fink is Executive Director of the Amalgamated Foundation, where she leads the foundation’s grant-making and donor advised fund services. Anna began her career as an organizer and has 20 years of experience in public policy advocacy and philanthropy.
She has developed and led major philanthropic efforts focused on women, immigrants’ rights and democracy and justice.
She served as a senior advisor on innovation and philanthropy to the president of the AFL-CIO, and has built collaborative funding efforts supporting social justice and workers rights. Anna was a trustee of the Berger-Marks Foundation and currently serves on the boards of the National Employment Law Project, The Workers Lab and New Media Ventures. She was named a 2019 Philanthropy Forward fellow by the Aspen Institute and Neighborhood Funders Group.
Fellow, Schmidt Futures
Barbara Bush is a fellow with Schmidt Futures focused on racial justice and supporting the Entrepreneur In Residence program. She is co-Founder and Board Chair of Global Health Corps, an organization that mobilizes a global community of young leaders to build the movement for health equity. Since 2009, Global Health Corps has supported over 1,000 young leaders to solve the world’s most pressing global health issues. Barbara served as GHC’s CEO for its first 9 years.
Before joining Global Health Corps’ founding team, Barbara worked at the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, and UNICEF in Botswana.
Barbara is a Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneur, a Draper Richards Kaplan Social Entrepreneur, and a fellow of the Echoing Green Foundation. She serves on a number of boards including the Board of Trustees of Partners In Health and the Board of Directors of Friends of the Global Fight for AIDS, TB, and Malaria. Barbara co-authored the #1 New York Times best seller Sisters First with her sister, along with a children’s book under the same title. Barbara graduated from Harvard Kennedy School with a Master in Public Administration and Yale University with a BA in Humanities.
Managing Director, Portfolio and Investments, Skoll Foundation
Liz is Managing Director – Portfolio and Investments at the Skoll Foundation, where she identifies and leads timely, strategic investments in Awardees with whom we see extraordinary potential for large scale and lasting change in the world. She also serves as a collaborative advisor to grantees and multiple external partners.
Liz has significant experience in the broad areas of investment and finance in developing markets – from digital financial inclusion to fund structuring and facilitating supply chain investments with small local firms and large multinational corporations – and deep agriculture sector knowledge. She is passionate about growing markets and empowering economically disenfranchised people around the world with choice to pursue a range of economic livelihoods. Prior to joining Skoll, Liz held positions with USAID, World Economic Forum, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, OPIC, and as a development consultant.
Liz is a Midwesterner at heart (KCMO!) and a globalist in spirit who never ceases to be moved by human kindness.
Acting Fair Work Division Director, International Migration Initiative, Open Society Foundations
Laine Romero-Alston is Acting Fair Work Division Director, International Migration Initiative at Open Society Foundations. Her work focuses on building a vibrant movement and promoting effective policies that ensure the rights and protections of vulnerable workers in the global economy, including migrant workers, with a particular focus on the Americas.
Laine has been a key leader in the Families and Workers Fund since its earliest days, shaping its overarching strategy and also serving as an architect of its 2020 emergency cash transfer initiative. Prior to joining OSF in 2018, she was a Program Officer at the Ford Foundation with the Quality Employment and Future of Work teams, where she helped nurture and grow the worker center field in the US, a growing and promising movement of low wage, people of color, immigrant and women workers for decent work and economic justice. Laine founded and Co-Chaired the Labor Innovation for the 21St Century (LIFT) Fund, the first of its kind collaborative fund between philanthropy and labor unions investing in innovative strategies to build power for workers in the changing context of work and the economy. She has played multiple leadership roles within philanthropy, including as Co-Chair of the Neighborhood Funders Group/Funders for a Just Economy from 2012-2017 and currently serves on the board of the EDGE Funders Alliance. Before her time at Ford, Laine was the Economic Justice Program Officer at the Solidago Foundation and See Forward Fund, and the Founder and Director of the Research and Policy Department of the Urban Justice Center’s Community Development Project in New York.
Laine spent most of the 1990s in Mexico working with civil society organizations focused on popular education, community organizing, youth leadership, gender justice and worker rights. She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Wesleyan University and an M.S.W. from Hunter College with a specialization in Community Organizing and Planning. Laine is based in New York, has two teenage kids, a wonderful partner, a cute dog and loves to garden.
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