March 5, 2019
Koya partnered with The Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation on their search for a President. Following an extensive nationwide search led by Michelle Bonoan, Shavon Bell, and their team, Rini Banerjee was named President. Rini joined the Foundation as its fourth president and first woman to lead the foundation.
Banerjee brings more than twenty years of experience in social justice philanthropy. As the first executive director of the Foundation for a Just Society, she led the organization from its startup phase to its growth into one of the top global funders committed to advancing the rights of women, girls, and LGBTQI people. Throughout her career, she has worked to encourage collaboration, build trust and relationships with movement leaders, and organize the philanthropic community to increase giving for social justice issues. She also brings extensive leadership and programmatic experience from her work at the Overbrook Foundation and the New York Women’s Foundation.
Rini is a trustee of the Mertz Gilmore Foundation and Board member of Funders for Reproductive Equity, and has co-created or served on the boards of the NYC-based Asian Women’s Giving Circle, Philanthropy Advancing Women’s Human Rights, the Groundswell Fund, and the South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!). She was a past Board Chair of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP). She is also a Rockwood Leadership Institute National Leading from the Inside Out (LIO) Fellow and RSF Integrated Capital Fellow. She holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University and a BSc in finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Read the foundation’s announcement.