ASHINDI MAXTON

Ashindi Maxton is the Co-Director of the Donors of Color Network. Prior to this role, Ashindi served as an independent strategist and donor advisor in democracy reform, and social and racial justice.  She has developed funding strategy informing more than $100 million in investments from foundations and individual donors including the Democracy Alliance, the Ford Foundation, and the Women Donors Network.

In addition to her work in philanthropy, Ashindi has served as the National Policy Director of the NAACP and the National Director of Political Partnerships for SEIU. In another life, Ashindi also served as the principal of an arts charter school and as a very happy bilingual Spanish 4th and 5th grade teacher. She was also a Fulbright Scholar to the Dominican Republic researching race consciousness in young children.

Ashindi currently serves on the boards of the Texas Organizing Project, Way to Win, and Voqal USA.  She was recognized by Inside Philanthropy as “Donor Organizer of the Year” as a member of the co-founding team of the Donors of Color Network. She has also been listed three times to Washington Magazine’s “Young and the Guest List” of “forty and under geniuses, visionaries, crusaders and innovators shaping Washington’s future” and the “NAACP Power 40” list of most influential African-Americans under forty. 

HALI LEE

Hali Lee is the Co-Director of the Donors of Color Network, the only national project that is researching, engaging and networking high net worth donors of color across race and experience. She was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in Kansas City. She graduated from Princeton University, studied Buddhism at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand, and received a Masters in Social Work from New York University. Hali has worked in many capacities, often combining a love of learning, the arts and equitable social change. Hali is the founder of the Asian Women Giving Circle, which raises resources to support Asian American women using the arts to bring about social change in their communities.  In thirteen years, the Circle has made grants of over a million dollars in support of over eighty amazing projects. Recently, Hali co-founded Faces of Giving, which aims to diversify and democratize the field and practice of philanthropy. Hali lives in Brooklyn, NY along with her dear husband, three college-age children, two cats and a big dog. In her free time, Hali loves to travel, read, play tennis and keep honeybees.

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