Surina Khan

Surina Khan

Women's Foundation of California

Surina Khan (she/her) is CEO of the Women’s Foundation of 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 more than two 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, LGBTQ rights, human rights, and democratic and civic participation. She served the social justice and philanthropic sector in a variety of ways, including in previous positions at the Ford Foundation, Out Right Action International, and Political Research Associates.

She is co-chair of the board of Funders for Reproductive Equity and serves on several other boards including those of Voices for Progress, Alliance for Justice, La Cocina, and the Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap Initiative. Her previous board service has included Funders for LGBTQ Issues 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.