Board of Directors

Casey Cook, Board Chair

Casey Cook

Casey Cook is a lifelong activist. She has been the Executive Director at Bread & Roses in Philadelphia since 2006 and received both her M.S.S. in Social Work and her M.L.S.P in Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College.

Cathy Raphael


Cathy Raphael is chair of the board of the Ms. Foundation for Women. She created a DA fund at Ms., the Fairy Godmother Fund, to support women’s economic growth and development. She participated in the Democracy Funding Circle at Ms. and is an early funder for their Policy and Advocacy work.

Cindy Chang, Secretary


Cindy Chang is a Denver, Colorado resident and activist who currently works as Senior Consultant at Rebound Solutions. She previously served on the board of the Chinook Fund.

cori schmanke parrish, Treasurer


cori schmanke parrish believes change should be led by those members of our society who are often left out of the political process. As deputy director of North Star Fund and a member of the FEX board, cori furthers that belief. cori oversees financial management, donor advised programs, and grantmaking at North Star Fund in New York City.

Darryl Cannady

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David Nicholson


David is driven by a personal passion of transformation. For over two decades of public and non-profit experience he has harnessed that passion to bring together people and communities to transform families and communities. Currently he supports the social justice community of Minnesota as the executive director for Headwaters for Justice.

demetria s. ledbetter, Executive Committee

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demetria d. ledbetter has spent seven years in the nonprofit sector focusing on program implementation, financial and nonprofit management, and the development of communications and media strategies. In addition to being vice chair of the FEX Board of Directors, she also serves on the boards for Fund for Southern Communities and Health Care For All North Carolina.

George Pillsbury

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George founded the Haymarket Peoples Fund in Boston in 1974. He was a co-founder of the Funding Exchange in 1979 and served as its Director of Special Projects for six years. There he worked on the development of several new community funds who became Funding Exchange members. While at Haymarket, George was also a founding member of the Film Fund, the Cooperative Fund of New England and organized a concert with Bob Marley to benefit anti-apartheid efforts in South Africa.

Jeanne Kracher, Executive Committee

Jeanne Kracher

Jeanne Kracher, Executive Director of the Crossroads Fund in Chicago, has a wealth of experience in community organizing and nonprofit management. She was a founding member of ACT-UP/Chicago, executive director of Women in the Director’s Chair, and a member of the Women’s Health Education Project. She has produced films and videos addressing a variety of subjects from healthcare in prisons to a history of the women’s global justice movement.

Karla Nicholson

Karla Nicholson is the executive director of the Haymarket People’s Fund in Boston.

Kathy Ronco


Kathy currently directs Highland Community School, the oldest charter school in the Milwaukee Public School system. Highland began in 1968 as the first inner city Montessori school serving families in the area from every strata of society. Based on its success, Highland became the model for what is now the largest array of public Montessori schools of any city in the nation.

Michelle Silverthorn

Michele Silverthorn began work at the San Diego Foundation for Change in 2008 and has assumed increasing responsibilities across her six years with the organization. Michele began her work in community building with the Peace Corps in El Salvador. Upon her return from El Salvador she attended Brandeis University where she received her M.A. in […]

Nancy Aleck


Nancy Aleck is the Executive Director of Hawai’i People’s Fund, where she has served since 2003. Her work history is robust, working with organizations as diverse as the Hawai’i State Department of Education, University of Hawai’i Laboratory School, Hui Naauao, American Friends Service Committee Pacific Program, Affordable Housing & Homeless Alliance and the Salvation Army.

Nancy Weiss

Nancy is the acting director of the Fund for Santa Barbara.

Nick Palazzetti

Nick is the executive director of the Three Rivers Community Foundation.

Nora Bashir

Nora Bashir is the executive director of the Chinook Fund in Denver.

Susan Remmers

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