A Huge Welcome to Our New Team Members Coral Feigin and Bia Vieira!

September 11, 2018
Written by WFC Staff

We are excited to announce that our team is growing here at the Women’s Foundation of California. Coral Feigin has joined our team as our Administrative Assistant and Bia Vieira will join us as our Chief Program Officer!

Coral Feigin is a community organizer who does work around queer and trans liberation, prison abolition, harm reduction and racial justice. Coral came to the Women’s Foundation of California as a state fellow through the Women’s Policy Institute where she worked in coalition to write and pass into law SB 310 – The Name and Dignity Act for Incarcerated Trans People. She has also worked as a gender justice trainer for the Foundation before becoming the Administrative Assistant.

Coral has worked providing grassroots organizing, policy, media and administrative support to radical community based organizations for the past 8 years. Most recently, she has worked as the Director of Community Organizing with the Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP) to support street based people fighting the criminalization of poor and homeless people’s existence. At WRAP, she helped run the Right to Rest Act, a piece of legislation which would remove from the books all local ordinances that restrict basic life-sustaining activities, in California, Colorado and Oregon. She has also worked as the Administrative Coordinator with the Transgender Gendervariant Intersex Justice Project to help build formerly incarcerated trans people’s capacity to fight for the abolition of the prison industrial complex.

Coral holds a BA in interdisciplinary critical studies on race, gender, sexuality and feminisms with honors from Concordia University in Montreal, QC. She was born on a rural island on the east coast of Canada and has lived and worked in the Bay Area for the past 6 years. Coral enjoys talking to plants, reading science fiction and dreaming about a world outside of the violence of policing, imprisonment and the colonial criminal legal system.

Bia Vieira brings more than 20 years of leadership experience ranging from the philanthropic to the nonprofit sectors in gender, racial, economic justice and immigrant rights issues with a variety of constituencies.  She has held leadership positions in a number of philanthropic organizations and affinity groups leading program approaches that include policy, campaigns, research, evaluation, and capacity building. Most recently, Bia was the California Director for Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, where she has developed and supported coordinated responses to anti-immigrant and refugee policies. Prior to that, Bia was the Vice President of Philanthropic Services for the Philadelphia Foundation where she developed the Foundation’s equity and social justice strategy and provided leadership on growing the Foundation’s asset base through fundraising and developing initiatives for donors to invest in and support the Foundation. Through her consulting practice, Bia has worked on numerous projects including a grantmaking impact evaluation for the Horizons Foundation; a research study for the Global Philanthropy Project on funding mechanisms for African, Latin American, and Asian, LGBTI communities in the Global South and East; and providing technical assistance for trans-Latinx led organizations for AIDS United.

Originally from Brazil, Bia is a longtime activist in women’s, LGBTQI, Latino, and arts and culture issues. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish and Anthropology and a Masters Degree in Literature and Linguistics, both from Temple University. She also completed the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute at Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Research as well as a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at Columbia University. In addition to English, Bias is also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

 

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