Rona Fernandez

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Rona Fernandez

Rona dedicated to helping social justice nonprofits learn how to fundraise effectively and in a way that aligns with their mission, vision and values. She has worked with social justice nonprofits since 1996, always with fundraising as a key component of her work, and has raised money in several capacities — as a community organizer, house party coordinator, development director, executive director and board member. Now a Senior Consultant with Klein & Roth Consulting, she was previously Managing Director of Californians for Justice, and has served on the boards of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Media Alliance and YouthSpace. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Rona also writes regularly for the Grassroots Fundraising Journal, and is currently working on a low-tech, post-apocalyptic novel set in the year 2100.[1]

Rona Fernandez is married to Henry Leiu.


The Summer Of Unity and Liberation (SOUL)[2]grew out of the 1995 student movement at the University of California-Berkeley to support affirmative action. Modeled after the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), SOUL was founded by four women--Rona Fernandez, Harmony Goldberg, Tho Vinh Banh and Amanda Enoch--who were directly involved in the Berkeley campus organizing. They agreed there was a need to create a program that would address the challenges within multiracial coalitions that organize for social change as well as develop links between college campuses and community organizing.

Youth Empowerment Center leaders


For the 2003 financial year Youth Empowerment Center officers were Harmony Goldberg, Chair/Program Director, Cindy Wiesner, Secretary, Adam Gold, Treasurer Jason McBriarty, Director, Lateefah Simon, Director, Rona Fernandez, Executive Director.

APEN Board of Directors, 2011

Asian Pacific Environmental Network board members 2011;