Three new feminist activists appointed to the Urgent Action Fund Board of Directors

Urgent Action Fund is led by an activist Board of Directors, who represent communities around the world. Urgent Action Fund’s decision-making is grounded in an international, feminist framework. Board members play a critical role in advising the Rapid Response Grants program as well as guiding the strategic direction of the organization. We are pleased to welcome three new Board Members from the United States, Canada, and Poland to our team fighting for greater equity and justice.

Dorianna Blitt, Board Member

United States

Dorianna Blitt is a graduate from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study where she concentrated in the intersection of neoliberalism and human rights. During her time at NYU Dorianna conducted research internationally on women’s human rights Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) with a focus on economic rights. This has informed her current involvement in the field of impact investing. Dorianna had an internship with Urgent Action Fund in 2014 and she currently serves on the UAF investment committee.


Val Napolean, Board Member


Dr. Val Napoleon is a Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria where she established and directs the Indigenous Law Research Unit, and dual JD and Indigenous law degree program. Val’s current research focuses on Indigenous legal traditions, legal theories, feminisms, citizenship, self-determination, and governance. Val is a Provost’s Engaged Community Scholar, Law Foundation Chair of Aboriginal Justice and Governance, and from Saulteau First Nation (BC Treaty 8). She is also an adopted member of the House of Luuxhon, Ganada, from Gitanyow (northern Gitxsan).

Val works with Indigenous community partners across Canada on a range of Indigenous law research projects ranging from Indigenous water law, harms and injuries, gender in Indigenous law, and lands and resources. She also works with several national and international Indigenous law research initiatives. Val is an internationally published and acclaimed author, artist, and lecturer on Indigenous feminist legal studies, transsystemic property, Indigenous legal theories, and Indigenous legal methodologies.

Wanda Nowicka, Board Member


Wanda Nowicka is a Polish activist in the field of women’s rights and health, especially human rights since the beginning of the 1990s. During 2011-2015, Nowicka served as an elected Member of the Polish Parliament (Sejm) and its Deputy Speaker. Since 2012, Nowicka has been a member of the High-Level Task Force for the UN International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), co-chaired by former Presidents Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique and Tarja Halonen of Finland.

She is a co-founding member of the Polish Federation for Women and Family Planning – a pro-choice Polish NGO advocating for reproductive rights. Currently, she is the Honorary President of the Federation. Nowicka is also a founding member of ASTRA – Central and Eastern European Women’s Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. She is the author of many articles and papers on women’s rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights published in Poland and internationally. In 2008, Nowicka was awarded the University-in-Exile Award by the New School in recognition for her engagement in the struggle for women’s reproductive rights. In the academic year, 2017-18  Nowicka studied bioethics, medical law, and philosophy at Warsaw University, where she also lectures, and at Sorbonne, Paris.

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