Wealth Organizers Network
Introducing the Wealth Organizers Network: Advisors of Color Unlocking Resources for Racial, Gender, and Economic Equity
Today, we are proud to unveil the Wealth Organizers Network, a first-of-its-kind community created by and for advisors of color in the philanthropic and financial sectors. This groundbreaking initiative will serve as a strategic and political home for advisors of color committed to furthering social and economic justice, offering them the opportunity to convene, collaborate, and build power in an industry that has historically de-prioritized their leadership.
The Wealth Organizers Network aims to address the systemic barriers faced by advisors of color and provide them with the tools and support necessary to create lasting systems change. As part of this initiative, twenty philanthropic and financial advisors of color will be invited to join the inaugural cohort at Amalgamated Foundation and participate in a twelve-week virtual program. Upon completion, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how to align money with movements to advance racial and gender justice, while joining a community of like-minded BIPOC advisors who share philanthropic values.
"The creation of the Wealth Organizers Network is a statement of our strong belief that empowering advisors of color will lead to transformative change," said Priscilla Sims Brown, CEO of Amalgamated Bank. "By equipping these advisors with the relationships and resources they need to champion racial, gender, and economic equity, we can reshape the landscape of wealth in this country and drive meaningful progress."
The Wealth Organizers Network was founded based on the recognition of the unique role that advisors of color play, being proximate to both wealth and power while also being intimately connected to the communities most impacted by racial, socioeconomic, and gender inequity. The program was co-designed in partnership with Tynesha McHarris of Black Harvest, a Black feminist consulting practice that shares Amalgamated's vision of shifting power and moving resources to historically and systemically marginalized communities. Tynesha is also a member of the Shake The Table collective, a global community of organizers in the wealth industry, bridging this effort to a global community organizing advisors. The initiative was also shaped by a design council consisting of highly respected leaders and visionaries from the philanthropy and impact-driven wealth management communities. The design council includes Will Cordery, Farhad Ebrahimi, Ian Fuller, Kaci Patterson, Nitika Raj, and Etoy Ridgnal.
"Advisors of color have an invaluable vantage point that allows them to bridge the gap between wealth and power on one hand, and the communities most affected by systemic inequities on the other,” said McHarris. “By creating this network for advisors of color, we are harnessing this proximity to build bridges, challenge existing structures, and drive change."
The Wealth Organizers Network curriculum is rooted in the principles of community-building, reparative resource allocation, ending racial capitalism, shifting power dynamics, and redirecting wealth to communities that have long been harmed. By providing space for advisors to strategize, strengthen their political analysis, and create systems of accountability to BIPOC movements, the network aims to catalyze long-term and substantial financial impact on historically and systemically marginalized communities.
The Wealth Organizers Network seeks applications from philanthropic and financial advisors who:
- Are committed to centering racial and gender justice as a key principle of organizing wealth
- Are based in the United States
- Have a minimum of five years of experience working directly with high-net-worth individuals in areas such as family office advising, family fund or foundation advising, or financial wealth management
- Identify as Black, Indigenous, or a People of Color (BIPOC)
Founder and Principal, Freedom Futures | Trustee, Hill-Snowdon Foundation
Will Cordery (he/him) is the Founder + Principal at Freedom Futures – a philanthropic advisory firm moving money to the frontlines of social transformation for Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities. In partnership with Freedom Futures, Will is the Director of the Reparative Action Fund at Satterberg Foundation – a national fund committed to returning $50 million back to Black and Indigenous communities. Will is also a Senior Advisor with Liberated Capital—a Decolonizing Wealth Fund that aims to move untethered resources to Indigenous and Black led change through a model of reparations and healing. Will has nearly 20 years of leadership experience in institutional philanthropy, community advocacy and social movements for advancing racial justice, economic justice, LGBTQI liberation, and public policy. Will serves on the board of the Hill-Snowdon Foundation as one of its first non-family trustees; and is on the board of Tides Advocacy – a funding and technical assistance mechanism for social movement organizations.
Will’s advocacy work includes working across the US South with various organizations, activating donors to support global human rights campaigns, and recently activating donors and institutions to resource the Movement for Black Lives. Will has worked to advance global human rights on staff at Amnesty International USA and as board leadership of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. Will’s institutional philanthropic grantmaking includes working Marguerite Casey Foundation, Surdna Foundation and Wellspring Philanthropic Fund – in all three roles Will developed grantmaking strategies focused on supporting equity for marginalized communities across the US.
Founder and President, Chorus Foundation
Farhad Ebrahimi (he/him) is an organizer, trainer, and story-based strategist active primarily in the philanthropic sector. For the past 17 years, his principal role has been as the Founder and President of the Chorus Foundation, which works for a just transition to a regenerative economy in the United States. In addition to his work at Chorus, Farhad is a member of the Center for Story-based Strategy’s trainer network; a Co-founder and current board member of Solidaire; and also sits on the boards of the Center for Economic Democracy, the National Committee For Responsive Philanthropy, and The Forge.
Farhad identifies first and foremost as an abolitionist with respect to the concept of private philanthropy. As such, he's most interested in the question of how extracted and consolidated wealth can be redistributed in ways that directly support a Just Transition to a world in which such wealth is no longer extracted and consolidated in the first place. It's in this context that the Chorus Foundation itself has been structured as a transitional form, and will have spent down its entire endowment by the end of 2023.
Farhad’s family history has been defined by multiple cultures, nationalities, political revolutions, and refugee origin stories. To say that his parents talked politics when he was growing up would be an understatement, and his experience as a first-generation Iranian American has had a profound impact on him in ways that he’s still unpacking. This history – combined with a lifelong love of punk and subversive art in general – has seeded a political trajectory that’s informed both his personal and professional outlook ever since.
Farhad is also a musician, a lover of film and literature, and an occasional bicycle snob. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics with Computer Science, and he lives in an intentional community with thirteen adults and five children on Tongva land in Los Angeles.
Co-Founder and CEO, Westfuller | Board Member, Amalgamated Foundation
Ian is the co-founder and CEO of Westfuller, an impact-driven investment advisory and wealth management firm that provides advice, strategy, and investment management for mission-aligned global individuals, families, non-profits and foundations. Westfuller is a Certified B-Corporation with a commitment to use business as a force for good.
A specialist in evidence-driven, global wealth advisory and planning, strategic investment management, and philanthropic giving; he works closely with people and institutions to empower wealth with purpose. Ian is a believer in the promise of money and financial systems to drive a flourishing democracy and economy. He co-leads the firm’s commitment to support efforts building a just and equitable society, public purpose finance for All, and community infrastructure and assets. As an activist and adviser; he is the Board Chair of the Marguerite Casey Foundation with a nearly billion dollar endowment fully committed to mission-aligned investing, board chair of Common Justice, and serves as the treasurer/finance chair for many social justice organizations, including Color of Change, The Workers Lab, Proteus Action League, and the Amalgamated Bank Charitable Foundation. Ian is also an active angel investor in high-growth, BIPOC-led businesses.
Ian received both a B.S. in Economics and an M.S. in International Affairs/Global Finance from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology/New York University; holds a Chartered Financial Consultant designation; and the Series 66 investment advisory license (7 and 24 licenses inactive). He lives on the Lower East Side of New York City with his family where he can often be found perfecting ristretto pulls, reading a good book or training for the next adventure race.
Founder and Chief Architect, Social Good Solutions
Kaci Patterson is the Founder and Chief Architect of Social Good Solutions (SGS), a Black-woman-owned and operated boutique consulting firm working at the intersections of philanthropy, racial justice and community. Kaci brings over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors and is widely recognized for her expertise in equity-centered grantmaking and community-driven design. Always with an eye toward human and community development, SGS works with philanthropic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and public entities to design, operationalize and manage strategic racial justice initiatives from concept to implementation.
Prior to consulting, Kaci held entry-to-executive-level roles within the nonprofit sector, leading capacity building, education advocacy and social justice initiatives where she facilitated networks of organizations and served over 1,000 civil society leaders and public officials worldwide. In addition to managing multi-million-dollar grant-making portfolios in the United States and abroad, Kaci has created programs recognized as breakthrough contributions in her field: the School Boards and Community Engagement Initiative (2011), B.L.A.C.C. (Building Leaders and Cultivating Change), a grassroots social activism fund (2014), and the Black Equity Initiative/Black Equity Collective (2017/2021). Kaci also was selected into the 2019 inaugural class of The Aspen Institute Civil Society Fellowship.
She served as the Chief Strategist of the Black Equity Initiative since its inception in 2017, a racial justice philanthropic initiative she designed, and now serves as the Founder and Chief Architect of the Black Equity Collective, which launched in 2021 under her leadership. Kaci also leads the philanthropic engagement efforts of the AAIMM Prevention Initiative in her role as Senior Director for the LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment. Since 2014, SGS has marshaled over $30M to Black-led organizations across California. Kaci sits on the board of Social Justice Partners—Los Angeles, Tides Advocacy, and was a state commissioner in the Department of Consumer Affairs from 2014–2022. She is a certified mediator, a graduate of Pepperdine University and holds an MBA in Organizational Management & Leadership from the University of LaVerne.
Founder and Principal, Moksh Consulting
Nitika Raj (she/they) is a queer South Asian immigrant, spiritual seeker, and lifelong learner. She founded Moksh Consulting in 2016 to shift collective consciousness towards greater peace, connection, equity and joy.
Her past work experiences include Resource Generation (as Racial Justice Director and National Organizer of young people of color with wealth), ChangeLab (a grassroots political lab focusing on U.S. racial justice politics and the role of Asian Americans), API Chaya (a pan Asian organization addressing domestic violence in Washington state), Kirkland Police Department Family Violence Unit, and the VOICE anti-violence project at Georgia Tech. Nitika is a former board member of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (a global LGBTQ human rights foundation), and former board chair of Trikone Northwest (South Asian LGBTQ organization in Seattle). She was a co-founding member of the Queer and Trans People of Color Yoga Collective in Seattle. Nitika serves on the Nominations Network of the Emergent Fund since 2016 and has served on 21/64’s inaugural Advisory Committee for building skills and space for advisors of color in the philanthropic space.
Nitika's writings have been published in Tikkun Magazine (2013), Criptiques: an anthology of writing on disability (2014), Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice (2014), Queering Sexual Violence (2016), When Language Runs Dry (2020) and the WMN Zine: Issue #3 (2021). Nitika has edited and produced two zines for social justice organizations – 33 Cups of Chai (for Chaya in 2010), and To the Left and Write (for Western States Center in 2010). She has shared her poetry and creative nonfiction on several stages in Seattle and New York. In 2015 Nitika co-founded the performance project and Collective formerly known as Yoni ki Raat, now YKR, a theater production to raise awareness about issues of gender, sexuality, and violence in the South Asian community.
Nitika has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Minor in Sociology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Master of Social Work from the University of Washington. Born in India and raised in Kuwait, she now lives on Lenape lands in Brooklyn, New York. In her free time Nitika loves to read science fiction & fantasy, enjoy music and dancing, and immerse in divinity and beloved community.
President, Community Advocacy Partners LLC
Etoy Ridgnal (Founder/President) is a respected Social Impact Strategist, Advisor, and Investor with a 30-year history of developing, advising on, and leading large-scale social impact initiatives for some of the nation’s largest companies, organizations, influencers, and leaders.
Through her social impact firm, Community Advocacy Partners (CAP), she has developed and led social impact marketing campaigns and events for mission-driven film/tv projects like “CONCUSSION” starring Will Smith (Sony Pictures), Oprah Winfrey’s “BELIEF” Series (OWN), Ava DuVernay’s “SELMA” (Paramount) and “Half the Picture” featuring Ava DuVernay. As well as advising on social impact initiatives such as Bloomberg Philanthropies: Beyond Petrochemicals Campaign.
Throughout the course of her 30-year career, she has also led civic engagement and advocacy campaigns for a diverse range of both national organizations.She has also advised and led social impact initiatives for key public figures such as Will Smith, Oprah Winfrey, Mike Bloomberg and John Legend and for the Obama White House.
She currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for JUST Capital. She has received numerous awards and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 African-American Leaders in our country. She has secured press coverage for clients across the globe in outlets such as The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Hypebeast, Business Insider, the Young Turks Podcast to name a few.
A graduate of Scripps College of the Claremont Colleges with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and African-American Studies. Etoy is a student of life and an avid believer in the power of the collective to create the world we want to live in. She divides her time between Laguna Beach and London.
Founder, Black Harvest | Co-Founder, Black Feminist Fund
Tynesha is a Black Feminist that engages her work fueled by the desire to see the ideals of truth and justice actualized in the lives and conditions of every person that she encounters. She brings over twenty years of experience advocating for racial and gender justice in movements and organizations. Tynesha is the founder and principal of Black Harvest LLC, a consulting firm that provides philanthropic strategy and consulting services. She is the co-founder of the Black Feminist Fund, the first global vehicle singularly focused on resourcing Black Feminist movements in Africa, the Americas and Europe. Tynesha is also a Founding Partner of Shake the Table, a global collective working to significantly increase resources to movements leading racial, gender, and economic justice. She most recently designed NoVo Foundation’s portfolio for girls of color in the United States, a 90 million dollar investment, and the first of its kind in the sector. Before joining NoVo, Tynesha served as Director of Programs at the Brooklyn Community Foundation, where she led community engagement efforts and helped the foundation design and implement its new core program strategy. She also served as Director of Programs at the Newark Trust for Education, a pooled fund focused on education justice and school innovation. As a practitioner, she has expertise with young people who’ve experienced juvenile and adult incarceration and has also led work for survivors of gender based violence.
Director of Donor Engagement, Amalgamated Foundation
Soma Sharan is the Director of Donor Engagement at Amalgamated Foundation. She leads the Foundation’s Donor Advised Fund program, which facilitates hundreds of millions in grantmaking annually from individuals, family foundations, and corporations to frontline social change organizations. Soma brings expertise and experience in utilizing DAFs as a powerful tool for philanthropic impact and seeks to act as a catalyst for donors to participate in more thoughtful, active, engaged giving. She is passionate about facilitating intergenerational conversations in philanthropy.
Soma is the recipient of the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship and was part of the inaugural APIA Social Innovation Fellowship cohort. She serves on the board of Sri Rama Foundation, supporting an orphanage in rural North India. She also founded Her Future Fund, a giving circle providing educational scholarships to girls in rural India.