Thank You, Surina - Women's Foundation California

From her start in community-based publishing to her influential roles as CEO of the Women’s Foundation California, Director at the Ford Foundation, and Executive Director of the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Surina’s impact has been felt across feminist spaces. Her strategic brilliance has guided grantmaking initiatives, forged innovative program designs, and catalyzed powerful policy change. Her advocacy has resonated through compelling communications strategies, while her facilitation prowess has fostered collaboration and progress.

A trailblazer in every sense, Surina’s leadership prowess extends beyond her executive capabilities. Her dedication to coaching and transformation, showcased through her certification as a professional coach, has empowered teams to push boundaries and create lasting and meaningful change. Serving on the boards of Voices for Progress, the American LGBTQ Museum, and Funders for Reproductive Equity, Surina continues to shape the future of justice and equality.

Her contributions have left an indelible imprint on organizations such as CalNonprofits, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, La Cocina, and Outright Action International, reflecting her unwavering commitment to causes close to her heart. Surina’s insightful commentary on women’s philanthropy and her expertise in gender, racial, and economic justice have not only informed but also inspired change agents around the world.

As Surina Khan moves forward, we celebrate her legacy as a beacon of transformative leadership. Her departure from the Women’s Foundation California is a testament to her enduring impact, as her vision and dedication reverberate through the corridors of justice she has helped shape. We are grateful to see her continue her commitment to Women’s Foundation California as CEO Emeritus.


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