Maha Akime

Buen Vivir Fund Coordinator
Born and raised in Brazil, Maha is a daughter of Japanese immigrants who sought a new beginning in Brazil. She has a degree in Civil Engineering, but her professional career has always focused on managing social projects, working for the past six years with Indigenous groups, quilombolas, urban groups, and social movements from in South America.

Felogene Anumo

Regional Director, Africa
Felogene is a pan-African feminist activist with experience in advancing gender, social, and economic justice through research, advocacy, and capacity strengthening feminist led organizing locally and globally. Formerly, she co-led the Building Feminist Economies Program at the Association of Women’s Rights and Development. She has also worked with Women in Law and Development in Africa (Kenya Chapter) and the African Women’s Development and Communication Network.

Rachel Arinii

Program Manager, Asia & The Pacific
As an Asian feminist activist committed to social justice and human rights, Rachel Arinii has more than 10 years of experience with social movements in Asia. Previously, she was the East Asia and ASEAN Advocacy Program Manager at the regional human rights organization Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development. Prior to that, she worked with the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights as Program Manager to promote migrant and refugee’s rights, women’s political participation, and business and human rights.

Aziz Azad

Accounting Manager
Aziz brings over 10 years of experience to his role as accounting manager, including previous roles at American Friends Service Committee, ChildFund International and Afghanistan Research & Evaluation Unit (AREU). At these organizations, he helped develop and manage multi-million dollar operating and program budgets, and was responsible for overseeing the functionality and compliance of internal control systems.

Boipelo Bonokwane

Program Manager, Africa
Boipelo Bonokwane is a Pan African feminist activist who is passionate about the political and economic emancipation of the working class and the poor. She is the recent Pan African Research Coordinator at WoMin Africa alliance.
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Sarah Charles

Executive Assistant
Sarah started her career as an educator, advocate and organizer across different parts of New York state, most recently at Open Society Foundations, where she supported grant making and advocacy portfolios to address the overdose crisis in the United States. In her life before philanthropy, Sarah worked as an activist and coordinator with Citizens Campaign for the Environment, serving as a community organizer for environmental and climate justice campaigns.

Cindy del Rosario-Tapan

Director of Communications
Cindy is a seasoned storyteller and communications professional with extensive experience in executive leadership, media relations, narrative strategy, and marketing initiatives. For two decades, she has been telling stories to establish a brand’s voice, create compelling narratives, and produce engaging content in order to communicate effectively across a wide range of platforms.

Jinky Demarest de Rivera

Director of Finance and Administration
Jinky oversees the financial, human resource and organizational effectiveness functions at Thousand Currents. As part of the senior management team, Jinky brings over 20 years of experience in leadership, technical expertise, and strategic thinking.

Crystal Des-Ogugua

Donor Education Manager
Crystal Des-Ogugua (she/her) is a creative learning strategist and curriculum designer who develops innovative educational programming, toolkits, and curricula. She is an educator, lover of Black women’s history, and finds joy in curating and facilitating intergenerational spaces of learning.

Amanda Fernandes

Grants Operations Manager
Born and raised in Brazil, Amanda Fernandes has a bachelors and teaching degree in Sociology from the State University of Campinas. Passionate about social justice and with an academic background and a hands-on profile, Amanda joined Thousand Currents as Grants Operations Manager to support the grantmaking processes.

Ayşe Gürsöz

Communications Manager
Ayşe comes to Thousand Currents with a breadth of experience harnessing the power of narrative and new media for social transformation. Her commitment to reshaping the world to be more just and equitable has taken her from the newsroom at Al Jazeera’s social media network, AJ+, where she produced stories that were neglected by mainstream media, to Public Advocates.

Ashlesha Khadse

Regional Director, Asia and the Pacific
Born and raised in India, Ashlesha wears many hats: activist, scholar-activist, and philanthropy sector professional. She comes from a deep background in learning from and supporting Indian and global farmers’ movements like La Via Campesina for more then ten years.

Rajiv Khanna

Director of Philanthropic Partnerships
A native of Bombay, Rajiv leads the Philanthropic Partnerships Program at Thousand Currents, overseeing individual and institutional donor engagement, education, and fundraising. He is engaged in strategic development and effective execution of all activities related to cultivating a just, equitable, and inclusive philanthropic and impact investing sector that centers local solutions, forms learning partnerships with grassroots groups, and reimagines wealth, well-being, and giving.

Luam Kidane

Director of Global Programs
An African of Eritrean origin, Luam Kidane’s research, writing and curatorial work examines movement building at the intersections of Indigenous governance models, cultural production and articulations of self-determination. Prior to joining Thousand Currents, Luam worked as a researcher and strategist on food sovereignty, political economy, gender, sexuality, climate justice and cultural production.
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Solomé Lemma

Executive Director
As Executive Director, Solomé is responsible for setting strategy and ensuring that Thousand Currents remains a dynamic, innovative, and impactful organization, rooted in its movement partners.

Heather Masaki

Director of Grants Operations
Born and raised on O’ahu, Hawai’i, Masaki brings experience in feminist activism and research, community engagement, and fundraising for women’s rights and social change organizations. She holds a Bachelor’s in Women’s Studies and Religious Studies from San Diego State University, and a Master’s in Development Studies from the University of Auckland.

Deepa Ranganathan

Editorial Manager
Deepa is a brown feminist writer, reader and storyteller from South India, who has dedicated most of her career to uplifting stories that center the perspectives of the most marginalized, unacknowledged and under-recognized people. She was a journalist for a brief stint at a leading daily before switching to working full-time with social justice movements.

Sandra Silva

Regional Director, Latin America and the Caribbean
Born and raised in Brazil, Sandra has committed herself and her career to social justice. She has extensive experience in political organizing and executive support to grassroots movements, movement support organizations and political organizations, especially in Latin America and Africa. Prior to joining Thousand Currents, she served as Chief of Staff at the Legislative Assembly of São Paulo, dealing with issues related to racial justice and gender diverse rights.

Gaithiri Siva

Buen Vivir Fund Director
Gaithiri is a finance professional with over 15 years of progressive leadership experience in investments, management consulting, risk advisory, and operations. She played a key role in the North America expansion and diversification of a $40B Malaysian strategic investment fund into the technology sector, where she partnered with teams across North America and Asia to execute on critical strategic investment decisions.

Natalia Vallés Skinner

Senior Grant Writer
Natalia is a grant writer, resource mobilizer, and activist that is grounded in community and rooted in a vision for liberation and just futures for all living systems in our world. She has spent nearly a decade of her career mobilizing resources to support local, national, and international movements and advocacy. Natalia’s work and learning across higher education, international NGOs, labor, refugee and immigrants’ rights advocacy and movement spaces has taken her across different parts of the world.

Jessie Spector

Director of Donor Organizing
Jessie organizes donors and supporters of Thousand Currents to engage and leverage their whole selves in support of social justice. Having worked with individual donors and funders for nearly a decade, she is passionately committed to organizing people with financial privilege to be in solidarity and partnership with frontline communities.

Katherine Zavala

Director of Learning Initiatives
A native of Peru, Katherine has journeyed through years of learnings, strategic shifts, experimentation, and relationship-building in global philanthropy since 2006. She has spent the majority of her career at Thousand Currents, starting as an intern and taking on multiple leadership roles within the Global Programs Team.