Dear Friends of Third Wave, rye headshot

The Board of Directors is happy to announce Rye Young as the new Director of the Third Wave Fund!

For five years, Rye has served on the staff of Third Wave, bringing a wealth of community organizing experience, creativity, and a fierce commitment to movements for justice. He began his journey with Third Wave as an intern coordinating our Emergency Abortion Fund and developing Third Wave's first-ever report on barriers to abortion access. As a member of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice he was a Grace Paley Organizing Fellow, served on the Shalom Bayit Domestic Worker Justice campaign and led efforts around grassroots fundraising, and as a dedicated Board member of the New York Abortion Access Fund, Rye shows his commitment to bridging feminist and trans* justice work and increasing access to reproductive health and justice for all.

"With Rye's leadership, we are confident that the Third Wave Fund will continue to be a philanthropic leader in resourcing young people-led struggles for gender justice and community empowerment," said Andrea Flynn, Third Wave Board Member. "Feminist youth movements need this support more than ever and Third Wave is up to the challenge."

Over the past 18 years, Third Wave has been only national foundation supporting new models of leadership and innovative social change created by young women of color, trans* and gender non-conforming youth. After a thoughtful year of transition, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to continue our legacy as the Third Wave Fund, a hosted project of the Proteus Fund, and we are excited for Rye to lead Third Wave to success in its new form and in its new home.

With all this change and an unwavering commitment to our mission, we are clear that Third Wave's heart and soul must remain the same. We will continue to center communities that are most impacted by oppression. We will continue to push the edge of philanthropy towards a vision of shifting power and structural change. We will be led by a board of youth, people of color, queer, trans* and gender non-conforming people, and folks with a deep desire to mobilize resources towards these communities' political efforts.

"Third Wave is a critical resource for feminist youth leaders, low-income communities, and communities of color" said Mia Kim Sullivan, Third Wave's outgoing Board Co-Chair. "We've found a home base at Proteus: a place to grow and change and focus deeply on what we do best - supporting groups on the ground with the resources they need to be powerful."

We look forward to staying in touch in the coming weeks and months to share this exciting work and the ways you can stay involved.

In the meantime, please join us in welcoming Rye in his new role, forwarding this email to friends, and sharing your thoughts and suggestions with us. You're an important part of the Third Wave family and we'd love to hear from you; tell us what we have done well, what you think we can do differently, and most importantly how we should keep investing our time, energy and resources moving forward.

Thank you for being part of the Third Wave community as we begin this exciting new chapter!

Our work is far from over.

In solidarity,

Third Wave Board of Directors