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Kate took the helm as Urgent Action Fund’s Executive Director in August, 2012. Previously, she was the Director of Grants at American Jewish World Service (AJWS), where she oversaw the grants AJWS makes to over 450 community‐based human rights and women’s organizations in 34 countries across Asia, Africa, and the Americas. She joined AJWS in October of 2004 to manage the grants portfolio in South Asia. Kate then held the position of associate director from 2005 to 2007.
Prior to her work with AJWS, Kate was the Senior Manager of the NetAid World Schoolhouse, now an initiative of Mercy Corps, which encompassed community-based organizations focusing on women’s education in 14 countries in the Global South. Kate also spent several years in India working with local and international organizations in community development and human rights, first as an Aga Khan Foundation fellow in Rajasthan, then with Prasad Chikitsa in Maharashra. Kate also worked for the Office of Population Affairs, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, and in the House of Representatives, where she focused on U.S. foreign policy in Asia and the Pacific.
Keely joined Urgent Action Fund in October 2006. Previously, she worked domestically and abroad with refugees in the United States, Moldova, and Turkey. Her gendered lens has always focused on the particular needs of refugee and internally displaced women and girls. Her experience ranges from the UN High Commission for Refugees and Caritas at the global levels to local resettlement programs and involves key human rights questions of legal protection including access to employment and housing. Additionally, she has conducted research for Transparency International-Moldova and managed a pilot housing program for immigrant families in Denver. Keely received her M.A. in International Human Rights with a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the University of Denver in 2006 and holds a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Danny comes to Urgent Action Fund from his role as Development Associate with Women’s Link Worldwide, a gender rights organization based in Spain and Colombia. Danny previously served as Interim Development Director and Development Officer for WINGS, a sexual and reproductive health organization based in Guatemala, and Development Intern for The Foundation for Early Learning based in Seattle, WA. Danny has experience grant writing, prospect researching, managing fundraising databases, developing communication materials, and working with board members and prospective individual donors. He holds a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles. Danny is thrilled to be working for Urgent Action Fund and believes strongly in using philanthropy as a tool to support social justice movements around the world.
With a passion for social change and the healing arts, Thieny joins UAF after previously working for Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic, a feminist non-profit serving hundreds of women battling cancer and poverty in the Bay Area. She has also worked in Thailand with ActionAid International as the Production Manager for a documentary media campaign that promoted awareness of malnutrition in Sa Kaeo’s elementary schools. It was after her inspirational travels throughout Southeast Asia and Vietnam that Thieny developed a profound commitment to spiritual activism and wellness. A certified Vinyasa yoga instructor, she is continuing her education in CranialSacral therapy through the Upledger Institute. As Khalil Gibran’s number one fan, Thieny believes that “work is love made visible” and being part of the work at UAF supports her desire to help alleviate suffering on a global scale.