People

Dipty Jain

July 22, 2010

Dipty Jain Dipty Jain, JD, Senior Consultant at FMA, assists FMA’s clients with developing an appropriate fiscal infrastructure and implementing effective fiscal policies and procedures and internal financial controls. Her legal experience coupled with her background in auditing and internal controls work gives her a comprehensive perspective when providing finance and operations guidance to not-for-profit organizations. After graduating from The College of New Jersey with a B.S. in Accounting, Dipty worked as a public accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. She also spent over four years performing domestic and international internal controls audits at Schering-Plough Corporation and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. She holds a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where she was a Sparer Public Interest Law Fellow, and worked as a legal intern with the ACLU Women’s Rights Project and the Urban Justice Center’s Community Development and Domestic Violence Projects. Dipty volunteers with Queens based Andolan, Organizing South Asian Workers, serves on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey-based nonprofit Manavi, and is Chair of the Finance Committee of the Third Wave Foundation.

Posted in: Former Board

Elizabeth Barajas-Roman

October 19, 2012

Posted in: Current Board, People

Kai Gurley

June 20, 2010

Kai Gurley is a genderqueer Georgia peach, born in Atlanta and now living in Saxapahaw, North Carolina. Kai joined the Third Wave Board of Directors in 2007, and is currently Board Chair. Following a four-year stint as Development Coordinator at the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, Kai is now an independent grantwriting consultant for several reproductive justice organizations all over the U.S. Kai is also an aspiring farmer, and has recently interned on organic farms in rural North Carolina. Kai is especially fond of cows, planning for parenting, and v-neck sweaters. Kai graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida State University in 2001 with a BS in Interdisciplinary Social Science, focusing primarily on Sociology and Political Science.

Posted in: Former Board

Melissa Meade

October 19, 2012

Posted in: Current Board, People

Mia Kim Sullivan

August 4, 2010

Co-chair and Secretary Mia Sullivan is the Director of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy program at Hampshire College, a national project dedicated to educating, training and inspiring new generations of reproductive justice advocates, leaders and supporters. Combining education, activism, leadership training and organizational support, CLPP promotes an inclusive agenda that advances reproductive and sexual health and rights nationally and internationally. Mia oversees CLPP programming, develops community and internal movement relationships, and works to strengthen program infrastructure, sustainability, and participant and issue diversity. Before joining CLPP, Mia was a civil rights and anti-poverty lawyer and worked on a wide range of housing, family law, public benefits and consumer cases, engaging in impact litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, and community organizing. Mia is a graduate of New York University School of Law.

Posted in: Current Board, People

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.

Posted in: Founders

Rosalba Messina

October 23, 2012

Rosalba Messina, Interim Executive Director, Third Wave Foundation Interim Executive Director Rosalba M. Messina is the Interim Executive Director of Third Wave Foundation. Principal and Founder of MCG, Messina has more than 25 years experience as an effective transformational leader, manager and coach. Messina has successfully led organizations to effect positive change by creating accountability in a collaborative, inclusive, trusting and creative work environment. She is experienced in developing working partnerships among board, staff, community members, NGOs, government agencies and donors worldwide. With each assignment, her goal is to increase the effectiveness of individuals and organizations – leading to greater institutional power and impact in the world. Prior to launching her own consulting practice, Messina held executive level positions for various organizations in both non-profit and corporate environments. She is an affiliate consultant for the Support Center for Non Profit Management and Adelphi University's Center for Non Profit Leadership. She is a current member of Citigroup’s Women and Company and the Society for Human Resource Management and a past member of the National Advisory Council for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Messina is a guest lecturer and conducts workshop trainings on various topics in management.

Posted in: People, Staff and interns

Rye Young

October 23, 2012

Rye YoungInterim Program Officer Rye Young is Third Wave Foundation’s Interim Program Officer. He joined Third Wave as an intern running their Emergency Abortion Fund right after he graduated from Bard College. At Bard, Rye became interested in social justice work, but knew little about philanthropy and thought he would be an organizer for life. Third Wave Foundation opened his eyes to the world of social justice philanthropy and its efforts to transform the conditions of inequity. In his role as Program Officer, Rye is interested in building the capacity, visibility, and strength of organizations that serve their communities by creating opportunities to lead social change efforts. In addition to working at Third Wave, Rye is a trainer and mentor with Flip the Table: Youth Food Council – an organization dedicated to building the leadership of young food justice activists in New York City. He is also an organizer with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice working on their Shalom Bayit domestic worker justice campaign.

Posted in: People, Staff and interns

Sara Joseph

May 4, 2012

Sara Joseph joined the Board of Third Wave in the spring of 2012. She is originally from the Boston area and is currently pursuing her MBA at the University of Michigan. Sara brings to the Board years of marketing and development experience with grassroots organizations reforming media policy, documenting the effects of U.S. foreign policy in Latin America, and campaigning for investment in public water infrastructure. She recently returned to the United States after two years in Central America. Sara holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a Robertson Scholar, Sara completed coursework at Duke University and interned with the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta. She also led cancer screening workshops in northern Argentina and organized safer sex information sessions for students in western Kenya. As an instructor with the Women’s Health Education Consultants, she taught medical students best practices in gynecological healthcare. Sara has volunteered with a sea turtle conservation project in Costa Rica, organized a day camp for Jewish youth in Ukraine, and bicycled across the United States as a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. In her spare time she enjoys hiking with her dog, Dino.

Posted in: Current Board, People

Sonya Shields

February 29, 2012

Sonya Shields was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Great Neck, Long Island.  She is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC, where she received a degree in Public Relations.  Sonya is a long-time social justice activist and seasoned development and marketing professional who has raised over $25 million to support various progressive nonprofit organizations. She is currently working as the Chief Officer for External Relations and Advancement with Brooklyn Community Services.  Sonya has also worked as the Director of Development for National Advocates for Pregnant Women, Keep A Child Alive, Astraea Foundation, New York City Anti-violence Project and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.  She has also provided consulting services for the National Black Justice Coalition, Freedom to Marry, Queers for Economic Justice, Afropop Worldwide, African Refuge and many other organizations.  Sonya is a founder of the National Black Justice Coalition; and served on the board of the organization.  She has served on the Board of Directors of the Astraea Foundation, Mautner Project, National Black Leadership Forum, Dance Institute of Washington, DC, and the HIV/AIDS Council for the Mayor's Office of Washington, DC.  When Sonya is not working for various charities, she enjoys writing, photography, and DJing.  

Posted in: Current Board, People