CCF Global Council
The CCF Global Council drives the work of the CCF movement forward. It consists of BIPOC individuals that reflect a broad range of viewpoints, lived experiences, and geographic regions. Meet our CCF Global Council below:
Abigail Oduol CFRE (she/her) is a Planned Gifts Officer at Earthjustice. She has a Master’s in Transformational Urban Leadership. Part of Abigail’s college experience included a year and a half at St. Paul’s University in Kenya.
Abigail’s favorite nonprofit experiences were attending a humanitarian mission in Ecuador as a teen, and fundraising with Akiba Mashinani Trust on land rights and advocacy for urban slums.
At Earthjustice Abigail started a Black employee affinity group and a parenting support group, and launched an organization wide initiative to retain Black staff. Abigail lives on Tongva land with her two small kids and husband and escapes to Kenya whenever possible.
Carol Ng’ang’a is a community development practitioner. She has a Bth in Community Development from Cornerstone Institute in Cape Town. She has spent the last 12 years walking alongside various communities towards interventions for their empowerment. In July 2017, she founded Msingi Trust whose aim is to ‘Mobilize, Inspire, Equip and Network Christians and community leaders towards Social Justice, Social Activism and Social Transformation’ Carol is an ardent believer of justice, equality and empowerment for all and has special interest in working with faith leaders and grassroots human rights defenders, bridging the gaps, making connections between these two worlds, to create conversation content and connections to help in the fight against injustice within their community contexts.
A passionate believer in community organizing, Dāna previously served in the community health center world and led the design of several grant-based programs from workforce to emergency management initiatives. Leaning on her belief in grassroots outreach and engagement, Dāna has a strong track record for programmatic success. Forging an intersection between technology solutions and team culture, Dāna established herself as a resource for other organizations while presenting at national conferences and sharing her insight into data analytics solutions and engagement strategies.
Though driven to support organizational success, throughout Dāna’s career she has been drawn to supporting the experience of the workforce. Throughout her professional tenure, Dāna has designed and operationalized numerous professional development programs which contributed to significant improvement of worker satisfaction. She is the founder of Collective Experience Solutions and the Transformative Culture Coalition, a practice space to invest in our ability to recognize influences of white supremacy culture within our day to day norms. Whether bringing large scale community events to fruition or designing continued learning workshops in partnership with community members, her belief in community and investment in worker success shows up in the outcomes of her projects. In her personal time, she enjoys consuming as much content as possible and exercising her own creative muscles as an artist and storyteller. Dāna loves to learn and get lost in the worlds storytellers create. She also has a strong affinity for silver glitter. Very strong.
A multiracial Storyteller, Poet, and Consultant. Daughter of El Salvador’s diaspora. I am co-author of the anthology Maternidad Creativa a collection of essays on how women embody their Creative Sovereignty. I have directed and co-created fundraising projects with diverse grassroots women & youth communities in rural & urban settings in the Americas for 18 years. I created the Sanadora Práctica Creativa classroom honoring Native MesoAmerican teachings to support people in their healing journeys through Breastfeeding their Creative Praxis guided by Medicine Wheel. I am a member of the Untold Stories of Liberation & Love a collective that amplifies and generates local women of color’s creative courage in Michigan. As a human, I enjoy dancing, hugging trees, and drinking high-quality coffee. I hold a master’s in social work from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s in international relations from Universidad de El Salvador.
Esther Lee (she/her) is most well-known by her peers as an excellent meme/personal emoji creator, and creative co-conspirator. As the Manager of Development and Communications at North York Women’s Shelter, Esther and her team are building a development program that practices CCF principles and continues to create space within systems of oppression to develop engagement and fundraising practices that reduce harm and centre community voice and action. She joined the nonprofit sector because of the CCF movement and is honoured to be a member of the Global Council to continue to hold the sector accountable in its mission and values. As a feminist killjoy, unabashed nerd, and Scorpio, she is committed to creating environments that are centered in laughter, curiosity, and justice in the work of equity.
Jenny Brandt (she/her) is the Fundraising Lead with the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative. She has experience working as a fundraiser in the United States and in Mexico. She is really interested in building movements where people in community with nature are the beneficiaries.
She has worked on programs to build awareness of financial tools, healthcare access, immigration rights, protection of public lands, biodiversity, sustainable community development and sees all of this work in opposition to systems of oppression. She is excited to join the Global Council to be part of rethinking how fundraising can be done in today’s world.
Kelly Phipps is a doting auntie and sci-fi book-lover who also serves as the Director of Communications & Partnerships at Essie Justice Group, a social justice organization that organizes women with incarcerated loved ones to end mass incarceration’s harm to women and communities.
Kelly has spent the last decade in nonprofit fundraising and communications and is excited to amplify community-centric approaches and celebrate what’s possible through the CCF community.
Ken Jones is a seasoned nonprofit fundraising and campaign strategy consultant. He was raised on the West Side of Detroit by his grandmother and graduated valedictorian from his neighborhood high school. He matriculated to the University of Chicago and completed his undergraduate studies in Economics in 2006. While at Chicago, Ken was heavily involved with campus politics and served as the president of the Organization of Black Students in 2005.
In his short career, Ken has raised over $20 million dollars for education, foster youth, the Catholic church, hunger, and wishes for kids with critical illnesses. Ken is the co-founder of the fundraising campaign software firm, Above Goal which powers the work of fundraising consultants.
In January 2019, Ken was featured in Advancing Philanthropy, the magazine published by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, where he interviewed Steve MacLaughlin of Blackbaud and Ross Hendrickson of Bloomerang and offered his own advice on how nonprofits can build a data-driven fundraising culture.
Leah Rapley (she/her) can be found shamelessly downloading another podcast episode or audile on something related to self-development or the African diaspora. When she’s not lost in a podcast episode, she’s using her skills to bring about radical change and amplify the voices that have been silenced. Leah is now a Carolina girl, but Beyonce’s H-town vicious runs through her veins. She spends most of her days devising and implementing her master plan to leverage financial resources that support historically underserved communities. Outside the office, Leah’s reading Woke Baby for the thousandth time to her son, trying to recreate the movie Roll Bounce at the skating rink (read: tennis court), or working to become the female Henry Louis Gates, Jr. She loves all things BLACK. She loves her family. She loves her friends. She loves taking on new adventures.
Mari Eva Mendes
Mari Eva (she/her) is a fundraising and communications strategist with over two decades of international and US experience in marketing, training, program development, and philanthropic enterprise. She recently joined NRDC as its first Director of Partnership Fundraising, where she collaborates with frontline partner organizations to strengthen their fundraising capacity while providing internal leadership on equitable philanthropy and fundraising practices.
During her years in United Arab Emirates and India, she shifted her focus from multinational marketing and communications to fundraising and advocacy to advance intersectional equity issues touching on gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and caste. She is the founder and former Executive Director of Maya for Women, one of the few registered organizations working on behalf of Indian lesbian, bisexual, and trans women. Upon her return to the US, she has held leadership roles in NYC community-based organizations such as Harlem United, where Mari Eva was responsible for communications and development operations for a $50 million public health portfolio which serves local Black and Latinx residents experiencing homelessness and chronic health conditions.
In joining the CCF Global Council, Mari Eva also brings her life experiences growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma as a Black cis woman with multiethnic, linguistic, and racial Creole heritage from the Mexican Gulf region, and family ties throughout Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana; a world (still) often entrenched in white supremacist institutions and ideology. She approaches her work with a Global South feminist lens and has a passion for development data and moving resources to underserved communities of color.
Mari Eva is a fluent Arabic speaker holding a triple-major Bachelor of Arts from Bangalore University (India) in Sociology, Economics, and South Asian History with certifications in Counseling Psychology, Sexuality and Gender, Professional Fundraising, and Restorative Justice Circles. She and her wife of 11 years live in New York, mothering five (mostly) grown children (and a grandbaby!), a calico cat, and the sweetest little dog in the whole world.
Lidia is a member of the Leadership Team of MAIA, the only organization in Guatemala designed and led by indigenous women serving Maya communities.
As Director of Community Engagement, she has designed and implemented culturally attuned, high-impact projects focusing on the education and empowerment of girls and the development of strategic partnerships.
Lidia is the first Maya Kaqchikel woman to teach the Chinese language at public and elite institutions in Guatemala; she has worked for “Association of Becarios Amigos de Taiwan” funded by the Embassy of Taiwan in Guatemala and the Rural University of Guatemala. In 2005, she received her associate’s degree in Natural Resources Management from Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, Wisconsin, USA. In 2014, she graduated from National Chengchi University in Taiwan with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She is a fellow of the Vital Voices Engage Fellowship Program, Global Governance Forum, SOCAP21 ScholarshipEntrepreneur and is currently a BOD member of the Maya Economic Development Corporation of Nebraska. Lidia is also pursuing her Master’s degree in Public and Private Policies of Development at the University of Galileo, Guatemala.
Lidia is passionate about education, sustainable development, indigenous leadership, and gender equality. In 2020, in response to COVID-19, she led the design and implementation of an organic garden project to address food security, directly impacting 239 families. This project, which integrates girls’ education and environmental stewardship, helped propel MAIA as the National 2020 winner of the Energy Globe Award for Guatemala. She is the MAIA team-lead for the MIT-SOLVE 2020 Global Challenges in the Learning for Girls and Women category with the project Amplify her Voice: Empowering Mayan Girls to break through Guatemala’s indigenous talent gap using education and technology. In 2019, she represented MAIA in conversations with Open IDEO, Academy Award-winning filmmakers, Rotary International, Zayed Sustainability Prize, University of San Carlos of Guatemala, and the XIV Women’s Leadership Congress. Lidia’s advocacy efforts have been highlighted by the Honnold Foundation and Guatemala.com. Lidia’s national and international experience and fluency in four languages allow her to build strategic partnerships to reduce inequality and proactively advocate for Maya communities.
Meena is the Individual Giving Manager at UltraViolet, a national gender justice organization. She has over 10 years of experience in fundraising and over 15 years of experience in organizing for various domestic and international campaigns. She is passionate about building deep and sustainable relationships with donors and inspiring them to give back in ways they find personally meaningful. Before joining UltraViolet, she was the Development Director at the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice, where her fundraising efforts supported a COVID-19 relief fund for undocumented workers, raised awareness on labor trafficking issues in crawfish processing plants, and helped sanitation workers on strike who received inadequate PPE and pay during the pandemic. Prior to her position at the Workers’ Center, she was the Development Manager for the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center where she worked with funders and donors to raise money to combat housing discrimination and gentrification in New Orleans. In her spare time, Meena enjoys cooking, visiting national parks across America, and rollerskating.
Rachel D’Souza-Siebert (she/her) is the Founder and Chief Purpose Officer of Gladiator Consulting in St. Louis, Missouri. Her identity as a justice seeker and community connector started in the home of her immigrant parents and was cemented during her experience at the National Conference on Community & Justice’s (NCCJ) Anytown Youth Leadership Institute which Rachel attended when she was just 17.
Upon obtaining a master’s degree in Public Policy Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Rachel left her position in for-profit retail leadership to join the nonprofit sector. In her early nonprofit roles, Rachel developed both a deep appreciation for and a critique of philanthropy and resource development. In 2015, she founded Gladiator Consulting, a boutique consultancy with a holistic and community-centric approach to nonprofit organizational development + capacity building.
Rachel continues to build Gladiator Consulting to combine her experience in resource development and organizational culture with her deep personal commitment to centering community, seeking justice, and creating belonging for those who have been disenfranchised or targeted by institutions, systems and policy rooted in white supremacy and patriarchy. Rachel models collaboration and learning from an abundance mindset, and insists on being transformational in her partnerships with clients, funders, and anyone else that crosses Gladiator’s path. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Legal Studies at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.
In 2020, the St. Louis Business Journal honored Rachel with their Diverse Business Leader Award. She currently sits on the Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals St. Louis, the c4 board of LeadMO, and the Community Advisory Board of Nine Network. As a founding member of the Community-Centric Fundraising Speakers Bureau and a member of the CCF Transition Team, Rachel has enjoyed sharing her work with fundraisers and nonprofit professionals across the country. In 2021, Rachel’s perspective on systems change in resource development was featured in the Blackbaud Institute’s npExperts publication, The Great Reset. Rachel enjoys cooking and spending time with her two children who are 11 + 7 years old. As a postpartum SCAD heart attack survivor, she keeps her heart healthy with daily Peloton workouts and encourages all women to lean into “community-care.”
Rickesh (he/him) believes that we are all responsible for each other’s success. He has over 15 years of experience in the social good sector. He recently served as the Executive Director at Future Possibilities for Kids, a charity supporting children in their middle years in the Greater Toronto Area in leading community-serving projects while building confidence, leadership and life skills. Prior to this, Rickesh was the Director, Campaign at United Way York Region, leading an $8M annual fundraising campaign. He is a work in progress. He enjoys time with his family including his 3 sons, camping, bike riding, cooking, playing drums, and engaging on social media.
Sommer K. Dawson (she/her) is a dedicated servant leader with a passion for improving outcomes for disadvantaged groups. She has worked to fulfill this desire by serving in various fundraising capacities at several nonprofit organizations in southeast Michigan and by providing consulting services. Currently, Sommer serves as Vice President of Development at the Pontiac Community Foundation.
Mrs. Dawson is Immediate-Past-President of the Greater Detroit Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals where she has served in various roles including chair of the National Philanthropy Day committee and vice-chair of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) committee. In addition, Sommer is Vice-President of the Board of Trustees for Accent Pontiac and a past board member for Identify Your Dream Foundation, Pontiac Community Foundation, and The Art Experience. A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Sommer holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Oakland University.