Surina Khan

Surina Khan

Women's Foundation of California

Surina Khan (she/her) is CEO of Women’s Foundation California, where she leads the Foundation’s work to advance gender, racial, and economic justice. The Foundation’s program strategy is focused on building community-based power through investing in nonprofit organizations, training community leaders in policy advocacy, connecting key partners, and mobilizing significant financial resources.

For almost three decades, Surina has been a leader in the philanthropic and nonprofit social justice sector starting with local community-based publishing in New England and then shifting to national and global work on an array of social justice issues including gender justice, LGBT rights, human rights, and democratic and civic participation. She served the social justice and philanthropic sector in a variety of ways including previous positions at the Ford Foundation, OutRight Action International, and Political Research Associates.

She serves on several Boards including Funders for Reproductive Equity, Voices for Progress, and the American LGBTQ+ Museum. Her previous Board service has included Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Alliance for Justice, La Cocina, and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.

She is a recognized expert on gender, racial, and economic justice issues and is a frequent commentator on the power of women’s philanthropy.