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Board of Directors

Officers
Bettina Borders, President 
Carmen Amaral, Vice President
Yvonne Drayton, Chair, Governance Committee
Dave Millett, Treasurer
Marcy Wintrub, Clerk

Directors
Shawndrae Barreto, Chair, Events Committee
Chrissie Bascom, Chair, Engagement Committee
Colleen Millett, Volunteer Coordinator & Chair, Communications Committee
Meg Steinberg, Chair, Social Change Investment Committee

Members
Cecilia Brito, Member at Large
Mandi Costa, Member at Large
Titus DosRemedios, Member at Large
Gina Riccardi, Member at Large
Manuela Rosa, Member at Large
Neal Weiss, Member at Large

Staff

Joanne Murray, Executive Director 

Joanne joins The Women’s Fund SouthCoast as a strategic and innovative thought leader with deep experience in and a passion for the individual and societal advancement of girls and women.

Formerly, as the Founding Director of the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs at Wellesley College, Joanne worked across international landscapes of academic, governmental, non-profit and business sectors to create paths that move girls and women of all ages forward through personal development, educational opportunity, and economic equity.

She comes to the Women’s Fund SouthCoast to translate her grantmaking history into a kind of powerful mechanism for transformation, providing funds and stewardship for programs that empower girls and women to imagine and achieve rich personal and professional futures. Joanne will build on the Economic Blueprint introduced in 2017, which addresses chronic problems created by poverty requiring systemic and sustained change. These priorities will underscore Joanne’s work at the Fund.

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Bianca Suchite, Development & Communications Specialist

Bianca comes from a familial background in charity work and community outreach. She has always held a passion for giving back and providing aid to communities in need. After earning her Bachelor’s of Science in Media & Communications Studies from Johnson & Wales University in 2019, Bianca has seized a multitude of different professional endeavors and opportunities. From community outreach, to political organizing, digital marketing and creative writing, Bianca brings an array of different professional experiences and nuanced perspectives to the Women’s Fund. Incorporating her passion for writing and art into her work, Bianca always strives to bridge together creative expression and meaningful work that leaves an impact on local communities.

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Makenzie Lennington, Office Manager & Executive Assistant

Makenzie is a New Bedford resident with a passion for the city and its community. She is dedicated to advocating for women, reproductive rights, racial justice, and the LGBTQ+ community. Makenzie recently spent a year and a half in Southeast Asia, traveling and teaching English as a second language. With a background in Hospitality Sales and Event Planning, she looks forward to bringing her passion and skill set to the Fund

What Drives Us

We imagine a world in which women and girls are valued and their voices heard.

Local Impact

The success of women and girls ripples through the community to make a more just place for all.

Why Give

Local women helping local women. We advocate, we advance. Our collective voice initiates change.

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