Judy Patrick and Surina Khan

Surina Khan is Vice President of Programs for the Women’s Foundation of California. The Women’s Foundation of California is the only statewide public foundation that is investing in women and girls throughout California to create a more just and equitable society and is recognized for working across issues to bridge disparate social justice movements. Surina leads the programmatic work of the Foundation which is focused on investing in innovative organizations, strengthening the effectiveness of social justice organizations, leading in policy advocacy efforts and building broad-based social justice movements. Prior to joining the Foundation, Surina worked as the executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and as a research analyst with Political Research Associates, a think tank and research center that studies, analyzes and publishes on the political Right. Among her many community involvements, Surina is currently on the Board of Directors of the Funders Network for Population, Reproductive Health and Rights; a member of the steering committee of the Los Angeles chapter of Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy; a member of the advisory council of the National Center for Lesbian Rights; and on the National Advisory Council of the Lesbian Health & Research Center, University of California, San Francisco.

Judy Patrick is President and CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California. Prior to her appointment in September 2008, Judy held the post of Executive Vice President of Programs for nine years. In that role, Judy led the Foundation’s advocacy and policy change work, including the development of the groundbreaking Women’s Policy Institute. She also worked to develop programs to strengthen grant partners’ organizational capacity and to evaluate the impact of their work.

Prior to coming to the Foundation, Judy directed the work of several nonprofits. She was executive director of the San Francisco-based Women’s Philharmonic and director of Girls Count, a Colorado initiative to change systems that impact girls’ educational achievement and career planning. She also led Mi Casa Resource Center for Women, a Denver organization that advances self-sufficiency primarily for low-income Latinas and youth. She has served on the faculty of the University of Colorado at Denver and Regis University, where she taught program development and evaluation. Judy has worked as a researcher and program evaluator in both the public and private sectors. She serves on numerous boards of directors.