Nicolette Naylor

Board Member

Nicolette Naylor is a Pan African feminist lawyer and senior philanthropic executive who has spent more than two decades working at the intersection of justice, feminism and philanthropy. She has led the Ford Foundation’s Southern Africa office and International Program on Gender, Racial & Ethnic Justice where she was responsible for directing the Foundation’s strategy and team in the Southern African region as well as global programming on gender, racial and ethnic justice. Her work has focused on increasing resources and financial support for civil society in the global South and a commitment to strengthening the feminist funding ecosystem for Black and Indigenous feminist movements as well as LGBTIQ+ and gender expansive movements. She retired from Ford Foundation in September 2022 and is now providing consultant support to philanthropic organizations, feminist movements, civil society organizations and academic institutions whilst completing her book project which spans deeply personal and political reflections, celebrations, and critiques of her time in philanthropy.