Our team is growing! We are thrilled to welcome Maheen Kaleem, Esq., a policy and philanthropy leader, as our new Deputy Director. She’ll be overseeing development and management of G4GC’s programs, grants and operations.
We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome her onboard!
Maheen has dedicated her life to creating a world where girls of color are safe and free. She has almost twenty years of experience supporting youth and families impacted by interpersonal and state violence, and making way for those traditionally marginalized from formal sites of power to lead efforts to advance racial and gender justice. In the various roles she has held, she has always grounded her work in the wisdom of women and girls of color who have survived the carceral system, sexual exploitation, and abuse.
Most recently, Maheen served as Program Officer at the NoVo Foundation, where she managed the foundation’s work to end commercial sexual exploitation and led the development of The Life Story Grants, a $10 million three-year commitment to support projects that close on-ramps into the sex trade and open exit ramps for survivors. Prior to joining NoVo, she was a staff attorney at Rights4Girls, a human rights organization dedicated to ending gender-based violence impacting marginalized girls and young women, where she advocated for the successful passage of numerous laws and policies at the federal, state, and local levels that protect the rights of girls in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. She has also co-authored several reports including The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: A Girls’ Story, and Beyond the Walls: A Look at Girls in D.C.’s Juvenile Justice System.
Maheen is an alum of the Equal Justice Works Fellowship, the Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellowship, and the National Juvenile Justice Network Youth Justice Leadership Institute. She holds both a bachelor’s degree in International Politics and a law degree from Georgetown University.
I know Maheen’s wealth of experience and commitment to our girls will be an enormous asset to the G4GC network. I can hardly wait for the G4GC we will build together.
Monique W. Morris, Ed.D.
Grantmakers for Girls of Color