Elizabeth Barajas-Román: Chief Executive Officer
Elizabeth Barajas-Román is the CEO of the Solidago Foundation. For more than 20 years she has been a leader in progressive movements including advocating at the national level for the health and rights of immigrant women and their families. Most recently, she was the CEO of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, a public foundation that fuels progress toward gender equity through collaborative, multi-year, grantmaking and leadership development. Under her leadership, the Women’s Fund was part of several strategic initiatives that resulted in systems-level change impacting about 3 million women and their families. She was previously a manager at The Pew Charitable Trusts, and before that, the Director of Policy at National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health where she opened, and directed, the organization’s Washington, D.C.-based office.
Elizabeth’s leadership has been recognized nationally with a Center for Progressive Leadership Executive Fellowship, an appointment to the American Public Health Association Committee on Women’s Rights, and as a board member of the Women’s Funding Network. She also serves on the board of directors for an international business startup accelerator, Valley Venture Mentors. She is on the board of tribunes for WGBY Public Television, is a steering committee member for New England Women’s Policy Initiative, and is a member of the External Advisory Board for the University of Massachusetts-Boston Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy. The Massachusetts Treasurer appointed Elizabeth to serve on the state’s Economic Empowerment Trust Fund Board, and the statewide Advisory Board on Wage Equality.
She is a recent Massachusetts-based Business West 40 under 40 awardee, a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP), a graduate of Oberlin College, and received her master’s degree in international policy from Harvard University
Sarah Christiansen: Senior Program Officer
Sarah Christiansen is a senior program officer leading the Environmental portfolios at Solidago Foundation and its affiliated foundations focused on the nexus of climate, front-line impacted communities and politics. She is a Fulbright scholar with an M.S. in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology working across different continents in community organizing and policy driver committed to more socially just and environmentally sound solutions. As an elected school official in the western hills of Massachusetts, she is an advocate of public education, parent of two fabulous kids, 11 chickens, 1 dog and a cabinet of preserves replenished annually.
Rania Kfuri: Communications and Partnerships Officer
Rania Kfuri currently works as the Communications and Partnerships Officer for the Solidago Foundation. Her role involves supporting the Foundations outreach and communications strategies. Rania joined the Solidago Foundation in October 2015 as the Partnerships Coordinator providing administrative support for the Solidago Foundation Program Team, Area of Interest Funds and the human resource department. She has a professional background in international development with a Master’s Degree in Ethics, Peace & Global Affairs from the American University, Washington D.C. Rania is dedicated to social justice and human rights issues. She speaks multiple languages and loves to travel with her family.
Guillermo Quinteros: Program Director
Guillermo Quinteros is the Program Director of the Solidago Foundation (501c3) and its affiliated Foundations. His work has focused in helping build the electoral infrastructure of the social justice sector and spaces for community-based organizations to build skills and strategy to contest for governance power. He is currently also working in the development of unrestricted resource generation ventures to expand support for the social justice sector. When he is not cooking or watching fu?tbol (soccer), he is trying to mix the perfect drink. Before going to the philanthropic side, Guillermo led local organizing campaigns as well as statewide policy and electoral coalitions working on education and democracy reform issues, candidate development, and elections. He currently serves on the boards of the Proteus Fund, the Proteus Action League, and Greenpeace USA; last year he finished a long tenure as co-chair of the Funders Committee for Civic Participation and of the Social Justice Infrastructure Funders. Guillermo holds a master’s degree in city planning from MIT. He received his B.A. in economics from the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras.
Jeffrey Rosen: Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Rosen is the Chief Financial Officer for the Solidago Foundation and its affiliated Foundations, where he oversees all of the financial systems as well as managing the MRI and PRI portfolios. Jeff is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and holds a Masters in Resource Economics and Policy from the University of Maine, where he worked to pioneer sustainability focused impact assessment techniques. He has worked in the private sector as a serial entrepreneur, developing and selling food sector businesses, and as a chief financial officer for several restaurant chains and food manufacturers. He is an active, founding member of PVGROWS, a local food system collaboration located in Western Massachusetts, where he is part of a group focused on financing the regional food economy. Jeff is an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Antioch University Sustainable MBA program, where he has taught Ecological Economics for Social Entrepreneurs since 2007. Jeff lives in Northampton MA, with his wife and three children.
Michele Spring-Moore: Grants Associate and Program Assistant
Michele Spring-Moore, Grants Associate, joined the Solidago staff in 2006. Michele maintains the office databases and handles all non-financial aspects of grant processing. She’s worked as a volunteer and paid staff member for several grassroots social change organizations and movements in Boulder, Colorado; Columbus, Ohio; and Rochester, New York. Michele has a Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado in creative writing and has worked as a freelance journalist, taught expository and creative writing at the undergraduate level, and directed The Empty Closet, Rochester’s LGBTQ monthly newspaper. In her spare time, Michele enjoys studying Latin American social movements, translating literature from Spanish into English, bicycling, hiking, and world cinema and travel.
Linda Tucker: Administrative Coordinator
Linda Tucker began working at the Solidago Foundation in 2002 as the Office Manager/Bookkeeper. As the organization evolved, her position has changed and grown during the past 14 years which she has readily embraced. Linda’s current position is Administrative Coordinator which in addition to managing the office and handling the bookkeeping, she works closely with the Area of Interest groups supporting their administrative needs. Prior to her tenure at Solidago, Linda worked for a total of 13 years for the Girls Scout organization, first as Office Manager for the Pioneer Valley Girl Scouts, which served 4,000 girl scouts throughout 16 cities and towns, and secondly at the Montachusett Girl Scouts as Director of Support Services which served 10,000 girl scouts and covered 61 cities and towns. “It is important to me to that I truly believe in the mission of the organization I work for, so that I can feel like I am making a difference in the work that I do. I am proud to work for a place that supports grassroots, social justice organizations so they can make positive, lasting changes in the world.” Linda graduated from American International College in 1984 with a B.S. in Psychology. Linda was born and raised in Springfield, MA where she still lives with her husband, Scott and son, Cody.
Aditi Vaidya: Senior Program Officer
Aditi Vaidya brings fifteen years of experience in a range of fields including philanthropy, legislative advocacy, community and worker organizing, public health policy and campaign management and coalition building. She is a Senior Program Officer for the Solidago Foundation and its affiliated Foundations managing the Economic Justice portfolios. Prior to that she worked for the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) as Campaign Director promoting living wage and healthy jobs for workers at the Port of Oakland and led the Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports. She has served as the Program Director for the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, where she led domestic and international campaigns to promote health and economic justice for communities and workers impacted by the high-tech industry. She currently serves on the Board of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), Asian Pacific Environmental Network Action and International Campaign for Responsible Technology. She is a member of the American Public Health Association Governing Council as well as the Advisory Boards of CorpWatch and the Story of Stuff. She has previously worked with the Jenifer Altman Foundation, Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice and the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and was a past co-chair of the Saguaro Fund of the Funding Exchange. She holds a Masters in Public Health from Emory University. On the side, she’s also a DJ and music lover.