We are a passionate group of 55+ individuals working across the globe to support grassroots activism. To protect the privacy and security of our team, we do not list staff members.
President and CEORead bio
President and CEO
Gabriela is an experienced social justice leader and a lifelong advocate for human rights. She has spent more than 25 years working with leading development and humanitarian organizations, most recently as the executive director of Oxfam International.
Throughout her distinguished career, Gabriela has been a vocal champion of justice and human rights. From working alongside children and communities affected by conflict in her native Colombia to calling out global inequality onstage at the World Economic Forum in Davos, she has fiercely advocated for the rights of vulnerable or marginalized people everywhere. Gabriela is fluent in Spanish, English, and French, and has worked in Colombia, Panama, and the UK—where she currently resides.
Deputy CEORead bio
Brandee M. Butler is the Fund’s Deputy CEO. She oversees the Fund’s operations in pursuit of its mission to provide resources and support to frontline human rights activists and movements. Previously, she served as a division director at the Open Society Initiative for Europe, leading the Civil Liberties Division. Brandee has over fifteen years of experience working with international foundations, civil society organizations, and the private sector to promote human rights. She has served in leadership and grantmaking positions, supporting human rights funding at the C&A (now Laudes) Foundation in Amsterdam and Levi Strauss & Co. in Brussels.
Earlier in her career, Brandee received the Yale Law School Bernstein Fellowship for International Human Rights to combat child trafficking in Gabon. She later practiced law at the Alliance for Children’s Rights in Los Angeles and specialized in international justice as a program officer at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Brandee has published articles on structural racism, modern slavery, gender-based violence, and supply chain transparency. She currently serves on the boards of Women Win and Ariadne Funders Network. She received a BA with honors from Harvard University and a JD from Yale Law School. She is currently based in Barcelona.
Director of FinanceRead bio
Director of Finance
Taylor Brown is the Fund’s director of finance. He joined the Fund in April 2020 as its first director of finance, providing oversight of the Fund’s financial management systems and collaborating with departmental leaders to help ensure the Fund’s financial sustainability and the development of growth initiatives. He has over a decade of experience working in the international nonprofit sector finance and operations functions, specifically in the youth development and peace-building fields, including two years living and working in the townships and rural communities surrounding Durban, South Africa. Taylor is an adjunct faculty member of the Sports Industry Management program at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies and has been teaching a course in Social Responsibility & Globalization in Sports since 2013. Taylor started his career with a top international accounting firm, working with an array of clients, including nonprofits. He earned his MBA from San Diego State University and a BS degree in finance and accounting from Fairfield University’s Dolan School of Business. He also completed the Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate program at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.
VP of Global OperationsRead bio
VP of Global Operations
Tracey was previously the Director of Resources at War Child UK (WCUK) and had oversight of the resources departments (Finance, HR, IT, Audit & Compliance, Governance), working collaboratively with all teams to establish, maintain and measure best practice operational standards, to ensure that programmatic support is in alignment with WCUK’s strategic plan and operational vision.
Before joining WCUK, Tracey was based in Senegal working with Helen Keller International, as the Africa Regional Director of Operations, working across 13 countries to establish stronger operational units and organizational systems. Prior to this Tracey worked for Save the Children in Sudan and Indonesia, two of their largest complex country offices managing finance and operational units in emergency settings.
Tracey has also worked in several other sub-Saharan African countries and in London for different international NGOs in the development, emergency and peacebuilding arenas where she has built up extensive experience through strategic and operational roles across the operations portfolio. Prior to working in international development, Tracey worked in senior finance and operational positions within the UK civil service. Tracey is also a Trustee for Lambeth and Southwark MIND (mental health charity).
VP for ProgramsRead bio
VP for Programs
“Supporting frontline human rights activists on their own terms isn’t only the right thing to do, it’s the best way we can enable deep and lasting social change.”
David B Mattingly is the Fund’s vice president for programs. He leads an international team of activist grant-makers to resource human rights movements and build stronger, more sustainable human rights organizations. Since joining the Fund in 2005 as one of its first program officers, David helped shape the Fund’s signature model of supporting frontline activists on their own terms and providing the funding and technical support that can boost their success. Prior to assuming leadership of the programs team, he built grants portfolios for rights groups based in Latin America, North Africa, and West Africa; coordinated an initiative to strengthen the capacity of Mexican activists to promote public policies that expand human rights protections; and developed the Fund’s grant-making strategy to challenge rights abuses related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. After earning a BA in International Development from American University, David monitored human rights in indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico. Prior to joining the Fund, he worked at the Moriah Fund, where he helped manage grant-making programs promoting indigenous rights, environmental protection, and women’s and reproductive rights in Central America, the US, and globally. David is particularly passionate about land and resource rights and climate justice and serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Center for International Environmental Law.
VP for Development and CommunicationsRead bio
VP for Development and Communications
“I believe all people should have a voice in how they are governed. That is why I’m a human rights activist. I also believe that social justice organizations should embrace the same values they preach to others. That is why I work at the Fund—because it does.”
Rona Peligal is the Fund’s vice president for development and communications. She joined the in July 2017, bringing a unique set of skills: knowledge of human rights issues, fundraising experience, and the ability to create materials and messages to promote the human rights cause. Prior to joining the Fund, Rona served for two years as vice president for development at American Jewish World Service (AJWS) where, as a member of the Executive Team, she oversaw a transition in AJWS’s fundraising model, helped build the Board, and launched an $18 million reserve fund. From 1999 to 2015, Rona worked at Human Rights Watch (HRW) in two main capacities. For the first nine years, Rona served as deputy director of development and outreach, where she was responsible for raising approximately one-third of HRW’s revenue from foundations and program-specific donors. For the latter six years, Rona was a deputy director of the Africa division. In that capacity, she oversaw HRW’s work on Nigeria, Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, among other countries. In 2014, Rona authored an HRW report that investigated human rights abuses connected with iron ore mining in Sierra Leone. She has also contributed to HRW reports on LGBTQ rights and women’s rights. Rona has a PhD in African history from Columbia University, where she also specialized in women’s history. Rona speaks French and Swahili.
Global Board of Directors
Chris Canavan (Chair)
Lucia Nader (Vice Chair)
Ed McKinley (Treasurer)
Board members serve in an individual capacity for three (3) terms of three (3) years, as defined by the Fund’s by-laws.
UK Board of Trustees
The Fund for Global Human Right UK is the European sister organization of the Fund for Global Human Rights (charity number 1151043). Based in London, the Fund for Global Human Rights UK works independently to fund frontline human rights defenders in close collaboration and with support from the Fund for Global Human Rights (based in Washington, D.C.).
The Fund for Global Human Rights UK is independently governed by a Board of Trustees with deep expertise in charity governance, human rights work, and philanthropy. UK trustees also sit on the Fund’s Global Board of Directors to allow both entities to align strategies and vision.