Team

Core Team

CTF operates virtually with a small team of members who live in different parts of the U.S.

Ebony Ross

 Initiative Director

Bio

Ebony is a capacity builder who partners with social justice leaders, organizers, and movement builders to provide thought partnership, leadership development, and organizational development strategies that connect heart, vision, and strategy. Before joining the Conflict Transformation Fund to lead as the Director, Ebony was Co-Director for the Transforming Power Fund, a Detroit-based social justice fund committed to transformative systems change. She has spent two decades working collaboratively to support and build beloved communities that address gender and racial inequities and health disparities, while also creating and facilitating communities of practice, fellowships, and cohorts that provide learning resources, strategies for resilience, love, and connection.

Andrea L. Hernandez, Ph.D.

Partnerships Consultant

Bio

Andrea has dedicated the past 20 years to working with and for organizations that strengthen communities and grow collective liberation. Dr. Hernandez cultivates strategy and partnership for CTF. She is the President of Growing Giving, LLC, seeding thoughtful social justice philanthropy and change.

In addition to CTF, she works with family foundation clients providing strategy and coaching support, along with designing intentional intergenerational spaces (mostly online these days) for planning, action, and healing. Andrea serves on the national boards for the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and Learning to Give. She lives on the Spokane, WA plains with her husband, George Rodriguez, young son, and dog.

Kimberly Chou Tsun An

Communications Consultant

Bio

Kimberly (she, her, hers) leads communications for CTF. She believes in deep, wholly felt storytelling in all kinds of media as a way to literally write — or film, draw, rap, compose — and reclaim our own narratives.

A former journalist, she is intuitive at identifying and lifting up stories, navigating spaces and making radical connections across industries, from mainstream media to grassroots nonprofits. In past lives, she’s worked at places as varied as The Wall Street Journal and Allied Media Projects; she also co-directed Food Book Fair, a long-running independent event series.

Kimberly splits her time between Detroit, MI and Brooklyn, NY, where she is a founding member of the food justice collective FIG, and is almost always biking. She makes an excellent salad.

– Photo credit and appreciation to Paper Monday for their “Open Studio” series.

Rena Meyers-Dahlkamp

Program Manager

Bio

Rena (she, her, hers) is an organizer, advocate and bridge builder who has deep love for the power of collective action. She holds a masters degree in Conflict Transformation from the SIT Graduate Institute and is a certified community mediator.

Rena joined the CTF team in 2016 and is honored to get to build relationships with grant partners and witness up close what is possible when organizations work with conflict as a generative force in these critical times. Rena participated in the Justice Funders’ Harmony Initiative which is committed to being a partner and guide for philanthropy in reimagining practices that advance a thriving and just world.

Rena supports the youth-led movement for climate justice as an adult coordinator for Earth Guardians and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is on Ohlone land. She finds tremendous joy parenting with her husband three inspiring young people and spending as much time as possible with her hands in the soil.

Founders

Sally Wright

Founder

Bio

In 2014, Sally spent time in Rwanda investigating its post-genocidal recovery and was inspired by the passionate commitment of the Rwandans she met who had to work creatively with the complexities of reconciliation. Upon returning home, she was not content to resume her life as a retired entrepreneur. Instead, she liquidated assets that she inherited, realizing that she wanted to see the money activate change while she was alive. She moved into action, struck by what she saw as a tremendous need for better conflict skills in the United States, and established the Conflict Transformation Fund in 2016. Prior to entering philanthropy, Sally was drawn to entrepreneurial ventures and worked in USC’s School of Business where she created an award-winning program for executives. Sally calls the San Francisco Bay Area her home.

Laura Loescher

Founding Director

Bio

Laura served as the founding Director of CTF from 2016-2019. Laura has spent the last 20 years supporting visionary leaders to bring their ideas into action. She has been on the founding teams for more than a dozen philanthropic endeavors including Kindle Project, the Indie Philanthropy Initiative, Changemakers, Aepoch Fund and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. In her roles as coach, facilitator, advisor, board member, and executive director Laura has navigated many types of conflict and has seen its contribution to both dysfunction and positive transformation. Laura currently provides leadership coaching and philanthropic advising to a range of non-profit leaders, individual donors, and family foundations.

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