Founders

Amy Richards

June 20, 2010

Amy is best known for creating the Third Wave Foundation as well as for her writings on contemporary feminism. Besides her books, Manifesta, Grassroots and Opting In, Amy’s writings and opinions can be found in numerous anthologies and various media outlets, including NPR, The New York Times, Bitch and The Chicago Tribune. Amy is a consulting producer on the HBO documentary Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words, and an adviser to Makers, a PBS documentary on the women’s movement in America. She is the president of Soapbox: Speakers Who Speak Out, creators of Feminist Summer Camp, and was most recently a vice-president with The Domino Project, a publishing imprint at Amazon. She lectures frequently about the state of feminism and has traveled the world representing feminism in America — most recently at Ewha University in Seoul, Korea and at the American Embassy in Russia and as far back as 1995 where she was a youth delegate to the UN Conference on Women in Beijing. Amy is an occasional media expert offering her perspective on women's issues; most memorably on Oprah, The O'Reilly Factor and NPR's All Things Considered. She has won numerous awards for her activism, including “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” from both Women's eNews and Ms. magazine. She serves on the boards of Sadie Nash Leadership Project and Feminist.com, where she hosts an advice column Ask Amy, and she is an adviser to many organizations, including the Sex Workers Project and FAIR Fund. Amy graduated from Barnard College in 1992 with a BA in Art History and has lived in New York City ever since.

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Catherine Gund

June 20, 2010

Catherine Gund co-founded the Third Wave Foundation. An Emmy Award-nominated producer, director, writer and organizer, Catherine started the non-profit production company Aubin Pictures in 1996. Her media work — which focuses on arts and culture, sexuality and gender, reproductive health and rights, and other social justice issues — has screened around the world in festivals, on PBS, Discovery Planet Green and the Sundance Channel, at community-based organizations, universities, and museums. Her productions include What's On Your Plate?; Motherland Afghanistan; A Touch of Greatness; Making Grace; On Hostile Ground; Object Lessons; Hallelujah! Ron Athey: A Story of Deliverance; When Democracy Works; Positive: Life with HIV; Sacred Lies, Civil Truths; Not Just Passing Through; Among Good Christian Peoples; and Keep Your Laws Off My Body; as well as work with the collectives DIVA TV (co-founder) and Paper Tiger Television. She was the founding director of BENT TV, the video workshop at the Hetrick-Martin Institute for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth. She was on the founding boards of Iris House, The Sister Fund, The HIV Law Project, Reality Dance Company, and Working Films and currently serves on the boards of Art Matters, Green Team, Youth Race, and The George Gund Foundation.

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Dawn Lundy Martin

June 20, 2010

dawn-lundy-martin Dawn Lundy Martin, a writer, professor, and social justice researcher, is co-founder of Third Wave Foundation and the co-editor of The Fire This Time: Young Activists and the New Feminism (Anchor Books, 2004), a collection of essays that examines issues ranging from criminal justice and media to globalization and immigration through a gender lens. She is also the author of A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering (University of Georgia Press 2007), winner of the Cave Canem Prize; DISCIPLINE (Nightboat Books, 2011), which was selected by Fanny Howe for the Nightbook Books Poetry Prize and a finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Lambda Literary Award; Candy, a limited edition letterpress chapbook (Albion Books 2011); and The Morning Hour, selected by C.D. Wright for the 2003 Poetry Society of America’s National Chapbook Fellowship. Her forthcoming book, Life in a Box is a Pretty Life, will be published by Nightboat Books in 2014. Dawn has given lectures on race, gender, and poetics at universities across the country, including most recently, the Naropa University Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and the University of California at Berkeley. She is a member the experimental black poetry and performance group, the Black Took Collective and is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, Dawn works as a research consultant on gender and other social justice issues for foundations and other NGOs.

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Rebecca Walker

June 20, 2010

rebecca walker Time Magazine named Rebecca Walker one of the fifty most influential American leaders under forty - an award which has been followed by many others, including the Women Who Could Be President Award from the League of Women Voters and an Honorary Doctorate from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Rebecca is the author of To Be Real: Telling the Truth and Changing the Face of Feminism, in print for more than ten years and taught in Gender Studies programs around the world; the bestselling memoir Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self, winner of the Alex Award from the American Library Association; and What Makes a Man: 22 Writers Imagine The Future, about which Booklist wrote: “Walker has done society at large a great service by bringing forth these voices, these views.” Rebecca’s new memoir, Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence, was published in March 2007. As a speaker and lecturer, Rebecca has presented at hundreds of high schools and universities including Exeter, Head Royce, Harvard, Oberlin, Smith, MIT, and Stanford, and addressed dozens of organizations and corporations including the National Council of Teachers of English, the Walker Art Center, RuterDam Stockholm, Hewitt Associates, and the Ministries of Culture and Gender of Estonia, at the first-ever Conference on Masculinity in the Baltics. She has been a consultant on generational differences, diversity, and the role of gender in the workplace for Sony Music, Microsoft and JP Morgan Chase. She has been featured on Charlie Rose, Good Morning America, and Oprah. Rebecca teaches the art of memoir at workshops, MFA programs, and writing conferences internationally, and offers private manuscript consultation to writers of both fiction and non-fiction. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in The Washington Post, BookForum, The Huffington Post, Babble, Salon, Marie Claire, Glamour, Child, Plum, Essence, and Buddhadharma, and several award-winning anthologies. After graduating from Yale in 1992, Rebecca co-founded the Third Wave Foundation. Rebecca currently sits on the boards of Children As They Are, and the environmental organization Save The Bay. Rebecca is the daughter of Pulitzer-prize winning novelist Alice Walker and esteemed civil rights attorney Mel Leventhal. She lives in Hawaii and Northern California with her son and his father.

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