Boston Women’s Fund is excited to introduce Akosua Ampofo Siever (she/her), our new Board Chair! Akosua’s career has centered on seeking out partnerships with high-impact organizations, foundations, donor agencies, and local government, to develop, fund and implement community-led programs disrupting systems perpetuating poverty and inequality among underserved groups. We’re looking forward to all that Akosua’s leadership and expertise will bring! Get to know Akosua in our Q&A!
Can you share a little about your background in philanthropy or activism work?
“Originally from Ghana, I grew up in Kenya and Tanzania in a family of development practitioners. This early immersion raised questions for me around inclusive community-driven project design and longer-term social, environmental and economic impacts. My experience in East Africa spurned a lifelong commitment to collaborate with communities and to improve the quality of life for women, youth and families whose pathways are barred by structural racism and historic inequity.”
What are you most looking forward to in your new role as Board Chair?
“I am excited about working with our incredible staff, connecting with our grantee partners and building sector partnerships that advance the goals of grassroots organizations led by women, girls, and gender-nonconforming individuals.”
If you could snap your fingers and change one thing about philanthropy, what would it be?
“I’d have communities play a larger role in the grantmaking process, from contributing to grantee selection to defining desired impact and measurements. We already do some of this at BWF, but there is plenty of room for growth in this area across philanthropy.”
What are two fun facts about you?
“I have climbed to the second hut of Mount Kilimanjaro and aspire to design jewelry and furniture when I retire…someday.”