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Introducing Kiarah Hortance (she/her), BWF’s new Program Associate! Kiarah comes to us from Tufts University's Africana Center and was head facilitator for the Black Women’s Collective, a resource group for undergraduate and graduate students at Tufts. We’re so thrilled to have her aboard! Learn more about Kiarah in our Q&A below!

Can you tell us a bit about your background/experience in philanthropy or activism work?

“My background is in the realm of student affairs, specifically, creating spaces, events, and resources for Black and Brown students to thrive holistically. On a personal level, I'm deeply invested in justice-based music and the power of the arts in enacting systems change.”

What are you most looking forward to in your new role as Program Associate?

“I thrive when I'm in connection with others, so I'm most looking forward to the relationship-building between myself, our staff, the board, and our grantee partners.”

What’s one of your favorite hobbies outside of work?

“I am a singer-songwriter, producer, and audio engineer! I release music under the name, Kiarah Alexa.”

What are two fun facts about you?

“I was named after the Lion King (Simba's daughter is Princess Kiara), and my friend calls me the Christmas Connoisseur because of my love for the holiday season/music.”

What’s one quote that gives you life?

"You're not as alone as you feel." -- Paramore

Introducing Olivia Lehman (she/her), our new Director of Development and Organizational Growth! Prior to BWF, Olivia worked with the youth-focused nonprofit Guitars Over Guns, the American Red Cross, and others. Get to know her in our Q&A below!

Can you tell us a little about your background in philanthropy or activism work?

“Uniquely I’ve built my career on the shoulders of nonprofits focused on human development, natural disasters, and art therapy. While all very different, the common theme is the desire for restoration. We all have a vision of coming together and participating in something bigger than ourselves. That’s what I’m bringing to BWF; and why I’m so excited to be a part of a movement that requires massive vision, deep understanding, and participatory inclusion.”

What are you most looking forward to in your new role as Director of Development and Organizational Growth?

“I’m looking forward to changing the way our organization thinks about raising funding and awareness from our communities. Storytelling is one of my favorite things to do, and I’m ready to shine new light on an organization that has a long history of stories.”

What’s one of your favorite hobbies outside of work?

“I play a couple of instruments, but my favorite instrument is my own voice. I also write a newsletter called The Tampon Aisle and share an audio version of it for people that like to kick back and listen. When I’m not using a mic, I’m out in yoga studios teaching classes.”

What are two fun facts about you?

“I have a small pup, and I attend graduate school remotely in Seattle!”

What’s one quote that gives you life?

“Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.” - Elizabeth Gilbert

We are accepting applications for the 2023 Anna Faith Jones and Frieda Garcia Women of Color Leadership Circle!

We’ve created a program to support women and gender-expansive folks of color who are feeling isolated in the workplace. The Women of Color Leadership Circle (WOCLC) is a restorative, 6-month cohort program for healing, connection, and growing into the leader you’d like to be with the support of other women and gender-expansive leaders of color!

  • Open to individuals at all levels of leadership (from first-time managers to CEOs)

  • Welcomes gender-expansive folks (gender-nonconforming, genderfluid, nonbinary, genderqueer, transfeminine, agender and all trans-identified individuals)

  • Priority offered to those from nonprofits, public sector organizations, and social enterprises, but we encourage all interested parties to apply.

  • Get executive coaching from a woman of color coach

Check out our program page for details and apply today!

Applications due Oct. 21st, at midnight!

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