Surina Khan is CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California where she leads the Foundation’s work to advance the health, safety, and economic security of women, girls and transgender, and gender non-conforming people in California. She has been a leader in the philanthropic and non-profit social justice sector for more than three decades starting with community-based publishing and shifting to national and global work on an array of issues focused on gender, racial, and economic justice.
Previous to being appointed CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California in 2014, Surina served in numerous leadership roles including as a Director in the Democracy Rights and Justice Program at the Ford Foundation, as executive director of the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (now OutRight Action International), and as a research analyst for Political Research Associates.
She has provided strategic direction for grantmaking approaches, program design and implementation, policy training and advocacy, communications and digital strategy, organizing convenings, meeting design and facilitation, raising multi-million-dollar budgets, executive transitions, and completing successful organizational turnarounds.
She currently serves on the Boards of Voices for Progress, Alliance for Justice, La Cocina, and Funders for Reproductive Equity where she is Co-Chair. Surina is a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap Initiative, a member of the Public Policy Committee for Northern California Grantmakers, and an Advisory Board member of the Campaign for College Opportunity. Her previous Board service includes Funders for LGBTQ Issues, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, and Outright Action International. Surina is a widely recognized expert on gender, racial, and economic justice and a frequent commentator on the power of women’s philanthropy. Her writing and research have been published widely in print and online publications.