Interviews with Foundations


As part of our ‘Approaches to Equity’ research project, we have conducted a number of interviews with Foundations that utilize approaches to equity in their development framework. We hope that these interviews provide greater personal insight and illustrate how the concepts of equity and equality are becoming ever more important in the international development community.

Kathy Hall

Interview with Kathy Hall, Senior Program Officer for Empowering Youth: Girls’ Equality and Adolescent Reproductive Health at the Summit Foundation

Kathy Hall is Senior Program Officer for the program Empowering Youth: Girls’ Equality and Adolescent Reproductive Health at the Summit Foundation in Washington, DC. Summit focuses the bulk of the program’s resources in four Mesoamerican countries and the rest on accelerating global and U.S. momentum on international girls’ and SRH issues. Kathy was previously Deputy Director of Women and Population at the United Nations Foundation where she focused on initiatives related to adolescent girls, U.S. leadership on reproductive health, and violence against women. Prior to UNF, she was Co-Executive Director of Just Detention International in Los Angeles, a human rights organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in detention.  For nine years prior to that, Kathy helped build and ultimately directed the International Legal Program of the Center for Reproductive Rights which expanded its UN and human rights advocacy work, U.S. foreign policy focus and regional programs. She also worked for private law firms in Pittsburgh and Washington, DC, served as a law clerk for a federal judge in New York, and was a board member of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) from 2004-2011 and chair of its CEO search committee. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University School of Law.


Annie E casey photo (4)Interview with Nonet T. Sykes, Senior Associate  The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Nonet Sykes is a Senior Associate with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private philanthropy dedicated to developing solutions to build a brighter future for children, families and communities in the United States. Sykes leads the Foundation’s Race Equity and Inclusion Portfolio which invests resources to identify, implement, and promote the most effective strategies to improve access to opportunities and increase equitable outcomes for children, families, and communities of color. Previously, Sykes managed capacity building resources designed to strengthen neighborhoods and families and led an international learning strategy that contributed to the Foundation’s knowledge and experience related to using data to advocate for improvements in child well-being. Sykes joined the Foundation in November 2001 and has nearly 20 years experience working to improve outcomes for disadvantaged families and communities.


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Interview with Margaret Hempel, Director for Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Justice Ford Foundation.

Margaret Hempel is the foundation’s director for Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Justice. Her portfolio focuses on advancing the rights of women and LGBT people; reducing discrimination based on gender, sexual or HIV/AIDS status; and ensuring that the priorities and leadership of women and young people who face multiple forms of social, economic and political exclusion are central to the advancement of policies and programs for sexuality and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Her team makes grants in Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Egypt, China, Indonesia, India and the United States.



 Interview with Dena Kimball, Executive Director of the Kendeda Fund

Dena Kimball is the Executive Director of the Kendeda Fund. Formerly, she served as the Vice President of Network Support of Teach For All, the Vice President of Alumni Affairs and the Deputy Vice President of Admissions for Teach for America, and as the Executive Director of GirlVentures in San Francisco, a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire adolescent girls to develop and express their strengths.Dena holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Emory University in 1993 and a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1998.Dena is a Trustee of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, and was the founding Chair of American Jewish World Service’s Global Circle. She is married to Josh Kimball and they have a daughter.



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