Julie Fernandes joined RFF in 2018. Prior to RFF, she served as the Open Society Foundation’s director for Voting Rights & Democracy. She also worked as a deputy assistant attorney general in the civil rights division in the Obama administration and as Special Assistant for Domestic Policy to President Clinton. In addition, Julie served as the senior counsel and senior policy analyst at the Leadership Conference for Civil & Human Rights, one of the nation’s leading civil rights organizations.
Advocacy is an important tool for funders seeking to address systemic inequalities ingrained in our policies and practices, and it can be the sole focus of an organization or an additional strategy employed to create lasting change. Many families pursue advocacy because of a founder’s interest or legacy, while others have introduced advocacy into their grantmaking portfolio after listening to… Read More
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