Our Team

Yark Beyan, Program Associate
Lorraine Ramirez, Executive Director

Yark Beyan

Manager, Member Development and Education

Yark brings over 4 years experience in program administrative and event logistics support, youth civic engagement, and social entrepreneurship. Prior to joining FFJ, Yark was a Senior Program Assistant at the Open Society Foundations Fellowship Program, where she supported cross-programmatic operations and programming. Yark graduated Summa Cum Laude from Stony Brook University in May 2019 where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies. Yark has been recognized nationally for her efforts to advance youth voter participation. She is a recipient of the Andrew Goodman Foundation’s Hidden Heroes Award, and the 2019 recipient of Stony Brook’s first-ever Excellence in Civic Leadership Award.

Lorraine Ramirez

Executive Director

Lorraine is a queer Chicana who has worked for the last twenty years in social justice philanthropy in the areas of queer and trans liberation, racial justice, immigrant rights, gender justice, criminalization and state violence, and housing and the foreclosure crisis.

Lorraine previously worked at Neighborhood Funders Group, managing their housing and place-based funder organizing work in its earlier formation, and then as co-founder and director of Funders for Justice while it was a program of NFG. Prior to NFG, Lorraine was part of the US Programs team at the Open Society Foundations, as a member of the Equality and Opportunity Fund. She began her work in philanthropy with five years on the grantmaking team at the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, across their international and US-based grant programs. She has trained, consulted, and partnered with a number of grassroots social justice community-based organizations across the US, in the areas of fundraising strategies, organizational development, safety and security practices, and coalition-building, always in service to queer and trans BIPOC organizing to build the world we need and to end the prison industrial complex.

 Lorraine now serves as the executive director of Funders for Justice (FFJ), after co-founding FFJ with member leaders in September 2014. She recently served on the board of JustFund.us and of Kolibri Foundation. She has previously served on the board of the Audre Lorde Project, Queers for Economic Justice, and the Justice Committee, a people of color organization dedicated to building a movement against police violence and systemic racism in NYC. Lorraine has also served as a board member of the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT), Trans Queer Pueblo, and Resource Generation; and as a member of the grants panel for the Mobilize Power Fund of Third Wave Fund. Lorraine holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Pomona College.

Goddess Carroll

Organizer

Goddess‘ (they/them) work in movement started in high school, after the death of a childhood friend, and they continue to carry the memories and Spirit of their beloved community in the work they do now. Currently, Goddess is the Director of Alchemy at Acorn Center for Restoration and Freedom and the proud MoMo of Sun Seed Community; a platform for the practice of collective healing. Goddess graduated from the College of Journalism at the University of Iowa in 2015 and the Healing Arts Institute of Massage in 2018. They continue to explore the many facets of Healing Justice, Embodied Abolitionism, and somatic practices while teaching workshops internationally and holding space as a spiritual director and organizational nerd. You can usually find them in the “pagan” section of your local bookstore, sitting in the back of a concert, or binge-watching old sci-fi movies while cooking.

L. Sevilla, MPA

Organizer

L. Sevilla, MPA, is a cultural worker and trainer rooting their work in community, study and practice. Lolan has cultivated an expertise in cross-sectoral nonprofit leadership, specializing in crisis response, program strategy, and organizational development that is grounded in an anti-oppression framework. Currently, they are the Organizer at Funders for Justice, and a Movement Leader Fellow with Leadership For Democracy and Social Justice. Lolan has also served on the Board of Directors for CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities and the Audre Lorde Project. Movement collaborations include the NYC Anti-Violence Project, NY Women’s Foundation, Asian American + Pacific Islander Women Lead, LGBTQ+ Health Initiative (University of Rochester), BAYAN USA, CLAGS, generationFIVE, and INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence. A member of the National Writers Union (Local 1981), Lolan has numerous publishing credits, including the co-authored “Speak Up About It: Community Experiences, and Actions to Reduce the Impact of Anti-TGNC Discrimination in the Workplace.”

Kita Urias

Director of Administration and Operations

She brings over 5 years of administrative expertise, operational experience, and programmatic support. Prior to joining Funders for Justice, Kita was the Executive Coordinator at Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG) where she worked closely with the President to keep all of the organization’s programs and operations running smoothly. During her tenure at NFG, she supported the launch of several programs including: Project Phoenix, the Amplify Fund, Philanthropy Forward, and Integrated Rural Strategies Group.

Kita has a background in education and a passion for youth development and supporting racial and gender justice. She was an early childhood educator before making the leap into philanthropy and has since deepened her values and awareness around diversity, equity, inclusion, and gender equality. Kita earned a BA in English with a concentration in Education from the University of Texas – San Antonio.

Jose Servin

Communications Director

Jose Servin (He/Him) is an abolitionist communications expert who organizes at the intersection of immigrant rights and police abolition. He is an immigrant from Mexico City and has spent most of his life in Southern California. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in English and Literary Journalism. Previously, Jose has worked with the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA), Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN) and the Dignity Not Detention Coalition to bridge community resistance narratives around detention, deportations, and criminalization. Jose believes that the power of storytelling and centering marginalized voices are key tools to building power and creating change. He has worked to pair the narratives of directly impacted comrades with thoughtful design and intentional digital media strategies to push for major statewide victories in California that have led to healthcare for young undocumented adults, the creation of state oversight in private detention facilities, and the banning of private prison detention facilities. In his free time, Jose loves to watch the Lakers win, playing basketball, and disconnecting in nature.

Vanessa Faraj

Director, Member Education and Development

Vanessa Faraj is a campaign strategist, coalition convener, and trainer with 20 years of experience in the US South, across the United States, and globally. She loves to design, direct, and win local and national public pressure and electoral campaigns using both digital and grassroots strategies. She is thrilled to use her skills and experience as a community organizer to help advance resources to on-the-ground organizers.

Tasha Brewer

Administration Assistant

Bio Coming Soon