Over the past 16 years, The Libra Foundation has done significant grantmaking in progressive causes and movements, with a multi-generational family being closely involved with the Foundation, setting its strategy and interacting with many of the Foundation’s grantee partners.
The Foundation is entering a new chapter in its evolution. While the family remains very engaged in the work of the Foundation, the move to San Francisco marks the beginning of “Libra 2.0”. Having recently appointed a new Executive Director, the Foundation will heighten its support of advocacy and civic engagement efforts, and is in the process of building out its team.
Mission matters — in both grants and investments. The Libra Foundation’s endowment of approximately $480 million is invested for impact by the Candide Group and Asset Consulting Group across a variety of asset classes. In addition to screening out industries that directly contribute to climate change and public health crises (such as oil, gas, tobacco and firearms), The Libra Foundation makes direct investments in businesses and social enterprises that are mission driven.
A small sampling of our investments includes:
We invite you to review the The Libra Foundation’s audited financials:
Crystal Hayling, Executive Director
Crystal (she/her) brings to The Libra Foundation a wealth of domestic and international experience across a broad spectrum of equity-focused issues. For six years, Crystal lived in Singapore where she built bridges between civil society and emerging donors in Southeast Asia to address income inequality and climate change. As managing director of the Aspen Institute’s Environmental Fellowship, Crystal designed a global leadership program focused on the food system’s impact on the environment.
Feeding her interest in equitable health care, Crystal was CEO of the Blue Shield of California Foundation where she spearheaded work to achieve universal health coverage. She was also part of the founding team at The California Wellness Foundation where she led a groundbreaking initiative to shift youth violence prevention from a criminal justice issue to a public health effort.
She has served on the boards of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, Northern California Grantmakers, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, and Grantmakers in Health. Most recently Crystal was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve on the California State Board of Food and Agriculture. She has also lived and worked in China and Mexico.
Born and raised in Florida, Crystal is a graduate of Yale University and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. She and her husband live in the Bay Area with their two teenage sons.
Jennifer Agmi, Senior Program Officer
As The Libra Foundation’s first Program Officer for Gender Justice, Jennifer Agmi (she/her) brings an unyielding commitment to the advancement of gender and racial justice through grantmaking, fund development, and community partnerships.
In her prior position as Director of Programs of The New York Women’s Foundation (NYWF), Jennifer oversaw a portfolio of grantees working with low-income women and families across three issue areas: economic security; health and reproductive justice; and safety. While at The NYWF, she also led the new Fund for the Me Too Movement and Allies in partnership with founder Tarana Burke, and served as chief strategist for the multi-year, multi-million dollar initiative IGNITE!—charged with increasing investment opportunities to organizations working with gender-fluid and young women of color. Jennifer also designed and managed several Foundation initiatives, including a girl-led participatory grantmaking program, and the 5-year Initiative Against Sex Trafficking of Minors in NYC.
Jennifer’s prior positions include nonprofit analyst at the Growth Philanthropy Network / Social Impact Exchange in NYC, and program coordinator at The Guidance Center in Cambridge, MA. She has also served as Co-Chair of the Funders Group for Gender Equity at Philanthropy NY, and frequently speaks and writes on the subject of gender equity. Jennifer holds an MPA from New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and a degree in psychology with a minor in women and gender studies from Brandeis University.
Elissa Burke, Office Manager/Executive Assistant
Elissa Burke’s (she/her) exceptional administrative and business management skills are vital to Libra’s newly-created role of Office Manager / Executive Assistant at the foundation’s new home in San Francisco’s Presidio. Elissa is responsible not only for the smooth functioning of Libra’s internal systems and providing executive support, but also for rolling-out Libra’s newly-launched community hub and workspace—ensuring visiting organizations’ gatherings and all public events are well managed.
Elissa brings years of both nonprofit and corporate experience to the foundation. For the past decade (first in administration, later as Development Director) Elisa served Bread & Roses—a small Marin County nonprofit dedicated to uplifting the human spirit through free, live, quality entertainment for people who live in institutions or are otherwise isolated from society. She also served 5+ years as Corporate Administrative Manager at The Egoscue Method in San Diego, running operations, human resources, and providing executive assistance to its leadership team. She also played a key role in Egoscue’s corporate expansion—coordinating legal consultants and documentation, conducting due diligence around clinic selection, training and supporting a growing staff, and serving as liaison between licensees and directors, growing the number of clinics from 1 to 25. Prior to Egoscue, Elissa worked for several years as Administrative Manager for the San Diego management and HR firm Davidson Consulting.
Elissa has a passion for the outdoors, sustainable and local agriculture, live music, and doing meaningful work that makes a difference—born and raised in Vermont, she has now embraced the Bay Area. Outside of work, Elissa volunteers regularly with local animal and food security organizations, including Halleck Creek Ranch, CUESA, Golden Gate National Parks, Roots of Change, and Urban Sprouts.
Angie Chen, Senior Program Officer
Angie (she/her) brings deep experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors to her work at The Libra Foundation, with particular strengths in creating community and building coalitions. In her role as Senior Program Officer, she leads Environmental Justice grantmaking and Libra’s community programs.
As founding Executive Director of the Blue Sky Funders Forum, Angie created and oversaw all aspects of a national funder collaborative focused on expanding equitable access to opportunities to learn, play, and grow outdoors. Prior to Blue Sky, Angie served as an advisor to the Pisces Foundation during its formation and as Program Officer at the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, where she supported capacity building efforts during its spend down. Angie has also designed and managed strategic initiatives at the Pacific Forest & Watershed Lands Stewardship Council and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. And she previously consulted and worked at nonprofit and government organizations that provide safety net services.
Angie holds a degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University, and a Master’s in Public Policy from UC Berkeley. She teaches with Northern California Grantmakers’ New Grantmakers Institute, has served on the board of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, and was an American Express NGen Fellow. Raised in the Bay Area, she and her partner live in San Francisco.
Ashley Clark, Knowledge and Grants Manager
A passionate believer in philanthropy’s potential to promote equity and social justice, Ashley Clark (she/her) brings grantmaking, operations, marketing and communications experience to her work with The Libra Foundation.
As Knowledge and Grants Manager, Ashley stays abreast of the key leaders and trends in the Foundation’s program areas. Coupling extensive sector knowledge with deep data management expertise, Ashley administers and monitors Libra’s funding portfolio—working closely with current grantees and identifying potential partners.
Ashley formerly served Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2) as Director of Grantee Impact & Strategic Initiatives, where she co-led SV2’s strategic planning process, revised the organization’s capacity building strategy, and built strong relationships with grantees through an initiative focused on resilient youth. Prior to joining SV2’s team, Ashley consulted with a range of nonprofits, including Kiva.org, Faces SF, and BUILD.
Ashley is an economics graduate of Spelman College, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Ashley is a 2017-2018 Harmony Initiative Fellow with the Justice Funders Network. Raised in Memphis, Tennessee, she lives in San Francisco with her husband, her young son, and her Wheaten Terrier.
Jennifer (Jenny) Herrera
Grants Associate Jenny Herrera (she/her) brings a deep research and evaluation skillset to Libra’s team, through a community-responsive and intersectional lens, she supported and led a range of non-profit, government, and grantmaker-spearheaded research projects dedicated to uplifting community voices and propelling equity.
For years as a researcher at Harder+Company, and through her time with Impact Justice, Jenny measured the outcomes and effectiveness of numerous criminal justice reform, public health, housing policy, and early childhood education initiatives. Partnering with grassroots organizations, police departments, and community members, she helped evaluate diversion programs in California cities with disproportionate incarceration rates of Latinx and Black men. A firm advocate for inclusive practices in the research process, she led a participatory evaluation with young adults experiencing homelessness in the Tenderloin, San Francisco. She also designed and led an award-winning primary research study on street harassment and served as the Principal Investigator at the UC Davis Sociology Department. Through Committee to Bridge the Gap, Jenny documented pollution limit exceedances in Simi Valley’s Santa Susana Field Laboratory—advocating for toxic waste cleanup at that former nuclear facility.
Fluent in Spanish, Jenny is also fluent in a host of research design methodologies and data collection approaches that honor lived experiences. A Bay Area Native, she continues to plant seeds in the East Bay with her three dogs.
maisha quint, Program Officer
maisha quint’s (she/her) career has been guided by her commitment to build power and self-determination in marginalized communities. Her two decades of on-the-ground leadership as a social justice organizer, community programs director, arts and policy manager and family advocate are essential to her new role as Program Officer focused on Libra’s Criminal Justice & Drug Policy Reform work.
maisha served most recently as the Multicultural Fellow at the San Francisco Foundation where she led its $3M Arts & Culture portfolio, and co-designed working groups for Immigrant & Refugee Rights and Youth Organizing. She also helped develop strategies for the foundation’s $8M housing and anti-displacement efforts in the Bay Area. Before joining SFF, maisha worked as Community Programs Director at EastSide Arts Alliance, advancing intersectional approaches to cultural strategy and place-based equity, with a particular focus on the development of a Black Cultural Zone in East Oakland. She also served several years with the statewide network Legal Services for Prisoners with Children as Communications Director and Family Advocacy Coordinator, helping families advocate for policies on behalf of their incarcerated loved ones.
An extensive writer, frequent speaker, experienced trainer, and passionate community organizer, maisha has campaigned with Committee to Free the San Francisco 8, Stop the Gang Injunctions Coalition, the Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. She currently serves as adviser to the Center for Political Education, is a recent fellow of both the Justice Funders Network’s Harmony Initiative and CompassPoint’s Arc Towards Justice Leadership and Solidarity Program, and is presently a poetry fellow with Cave Canem. A Bay Area native, maisha holds a BA in African American Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an MFA in Poetry from Mills College.
Kathryn Snyder, Senior Program Officer
Kathryn Snyder (they/she) is a black, queer, gender nonconforming, radical, abolitionist, lawyer, and ardent advocate for the dismantling of mass incarceration. As Senior Program Officer they will direct Libra’s national Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Reform grantmaking portfolio.
Before joining Libra, Kathryn served more than seven years as Senior Advisor at Tides Advocacy, providing financial, programmatic and legal support to Tides’ 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) criminal justice-focused clients, a range of grantmaking advisory services, and trainings for colleagues and clients on laws surrounding legislative and electoral advocacy. To Tides, Kathryn brought years of legal experience as a former staff attorney, associate, and law clerk at firms in both San Diego and San Francisco, including time at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office under Kamala Harris. Kathryn was also a 2018 Criminal Justice Fellow at the Women’s Policy Institute where they worked to pass California State Senate criminal justice reform bill SB 1393 (Mitchell).
Kathryn brings passion to their pro bono work as well, focusing on trauma-informed, healing-centered legal counseling with clients, including parole hearing representation for ‘lifers’ and their families, and as a mentor and advocate for foster youth through San Francisco’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Kathryn currently Chairs the California Criminal Justice Funders Group and is on the Steering Committee of Solidarity Sundays. They are also a Founding Member of the Bay Area Chapter of Law for Black Lives, and served four years on San Francisco LGBT Center’s Board of Directors.
Kathryn is a member of the California State Bar, and holds a JD from University of San Diego School of Law as well as a BA in Sociology, a BS in Human Development, and a Minor in Communication from University of California, Davis.