Our Team

Black and white image of Lorraine Ramirez, Executive Director of Funders for Justice

Lorraine Ramirez, Executive Director

Lorraine has worked in social justice philanthropy for over 15 years, in the areas of housing and the foreclosure crisis, LGBTQ rights, gender justice, racial justice, immigrant rights, and anti-violence organizing strategies. 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.

Lorraine has consulted and partnered with a number of grassroots social justice community-based organizations across the US, in the areas of fundraising strategies, organizational development, and coalition-building. She currently serves on the board of JustFund.us. 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. More recently, Lorraine 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.

Kita Urias, Administrative & Programs Coordinator

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.

Co-Chairs

Tynesha McHarris

Tynesha McHarris, Principal, Black Harvest | FFJ Co-Chair

Tynesha is a Black Feminist that engages her work fueled by the desire to see the ideals of truth and justice actualized in the lives and conditions of every person she encounters. She brings over fifteen years of experience advocating for racial, gender and youth justice in movements, organizations and private foundations.

Tynesha most recently designed NoVo Foundation’s portfolio for girls of color in the United States, a 90 million-dollar investment, and the first of its kind in the sector. Before joining NoVo, Tynesha served as Director of Programs at the Brooklyn Community Foundation, where she led community engagement efforts and helped the foundation design and implement its new core program strategy. She also served as Director of Programs at the Newark Trust for Education, a pooled fund focused on education justice and school innovation.

Tynesha’s roots are in her early work leading programs for young people. As a practitioner, she has worked closely with young people who’ve experienced criminalization & incarceration and has also led work for survivors of gender-based violence.

Tynesha is now the founder and principal of Black Harvest, a consulting firm working with movement leaders and philanthropy to bolster work living at the intersections of state and gender based violence.

A graduate of Rutgers University, Tynesha has completed post-graduate training in Columbia Business School’s Social Enterprise Executive Education Program as well as Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Center for Creative Leadership’s Executive Education Program. She is on the board of Grantmakers for Girls of Color, Just Beginnings Collaborative, and Funders for Justice.

Manuela

Manuela Arciniegas, Director of the Andrus Family Fund | FFJ Co-Chair

Manuela Arciniegas is the Director of the Andrus Family Fund. She manages AFF’s overall grantmaking portfolio of 65+ organizations addressing gun violence reduction, trauma-informed care, divesting from prisons, and the intersection between immigration and justice systems.

Prior to her role as Director, Manuela was a Program Officer at AFF. She designed and managed the S.O.A.R. capacity building initiative and launched the AFF Webinar Learning Sessions, which highlight our nation’s most innovative leaders promoting highly effective strategies that support youth impacted by the youth justice system — including African-American, Latinx, Native and LBGTQ youth.

Manuela serves as the co-chair of Funders for Justice, the Fund for Women and Girls of Color, the Youth First State Advocacy Fund, the Youth Engagement Fund Advisory Board, the Funder’s Collaborative on Youth Organizing Advisory Board, the New York City Youth Funders, the New York City Capacity Building Funder’s Collaborative and the Steering Committee for Funders for Criminal Justice Reform at Philanthropy New York.

Headshot photograph of Molly Schultz Hafid, MPA

Molly Schultz Hafid, MPA. Executive Director, Butler Family Fund | FFJ Co-Chair

Molly is the Executive Director of the Butler Family Fund. Prior to joining the Butler Family Fund, Molly served as the Associate Director of the Philanthropy team at TCC Group, a mission-driven consulting firm and certified B Corporation. While at TCC, she worked with foundations to develop strategies for building community power and advancing equity. Before joining TCC, Molly served as the Assistant Director of the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock, a national social justice grantmaker. Molly oversaw a portfolio of civic engagement, immigrant rights, and racial justice grantees across the country in this capacity.

A sector leader contributing strategic guidance and thought leadership in social justice philanthropy, Molly serves on the Board of Directors of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) and is a co-founder and co-chair of Funders for Justice. In 2018, Molly received the Neighborhood Funders Group Award for Excellence in Philanthropy.

Molly has a Master of Public Administration with a specialization in International Nonprofit Management from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Literature from Antioch College in Ohio. She also holds an executive education certificate in Nonprofit Financial Sustainability from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School.