Our mission is to transform the lives of women and girls by mobilizing the collective power and passion of all people working together.
Our vision is a world where gender equity is the norm in work and life.
What Makes Us Different?
Unlike private foundations, which are endowed with funds from a family’s wealth or corporate earnings, The Women’s Fund depends on annual support from our community to fund our work. As a public foundation, we gather financial contributions from individuals, families, and businesses that want to support social change.
The Women’s Fund was founded by a group of 15 visionary women to address the lack of funding directed toward women and girls in Central Ohio. Our work is sustained by the thousands of donors who still believe that investing in women and girls is critical to move our community forward.
President & CEO (she/her)
Director of Operations (she/her)
Director of Fundraising (he/him)
Our BOARD of directors
Sophia Fifner — Chair
Executive Director, Nisource Foundation; Director Of Communications, Nisource
Dr. Sierra Austin-KING — Vice Chair
Regional School Improvement Coordinator for Diversity & Equity, Educational Service of Central Ohio; Senior Lecturer, Black Feminist Studies, Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Department of African American and African Studies, The Ohio State University
Senior Director of Employee Engagement and DEI, National Church Residences
Partner, Carpenter Lipps & Leland LLP
Dr. Shell Bird
Co-Founder, OssaTeams; Founder, The Bindu Project
Retired (Former Member, Bailey Cavalieri)
Senior Director of Compliance, JobsOhio
Bureau Chief: Trade & Veteran Services, Ohio Department Of Job And Family Services
SVP, Communications And Marketing, American Electric Power
Managing Partner & Attorney, Friedman & Mirman Co., L.P.A.
VP, Mortgage Banking Product Originations, Berkadia
VP & General Counsel, Crane Group Co.
Member, Bailey Cavalieri, LLC
Marketing and Communications Consultant, Kimber Perfect Consulting
Director Of Business Development, Schneider Downs
Letha Pugh — Secretary
Co-Owner, Bake Me Happy; Co-Founder, Black, Out & Proud
AVP of Marketing & Communications, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio
Heather Whaling — Past Chair
President & Founder, Geben Communication
Jennifer Yaross — TREASURER
Vice President, CFO for Strategy and Corporate Development, Nationwide
Managing Director of Culture, Five to Flow
Loann Crane (1925-2021)
Sally Crane Cox
Judy Garel (1933-2021)
Nancy Jeffrey (1930-2018)
Cathe Chapin Kobacker
Jody G. Scheiman