Dani Bernstein | Treasurer
Dani Bernstein brings more than a decade of experience in advocacy, volunteer management and philanthropy to their work on the board. Dani is currently the Executive Director of Multnomah County’s Office of Community Involvement. Their career began working as field staff for marriage equality campaigns, organizing in California, New Jersey and Oregon to build strong volunteer bases to advocate for marriage equality and LGBTQ justice. In 2010, Dani moved to Oregon permanently and started working for the Oregon Bus Project, a youth civic engagement nonprofit. Before joining Multnomah County, Dani served as the Acting Executive Director of the Equity Foundation, a local LGBTQ community foundation.They live in NE Portland with their wife, Rachel, and dog, Asher.
Lizzie Martinez was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah; and identifies as a person of Mexican and Spanish descent. She first became interested in issues of social justice while volunteering on an Alternative Spring Break program in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Since then, she has dedicated her career to fundraising for social justice organizations, including national service advocacy and Latino communities in Portland. She currently works as Director of Development and Communications for Housing Oregon and serves on the board of Willamette Valley Development Officers where she co-leads a Fundraisers of Color group
Kim Thomas | Interim Board Chair
Kim Thomas works as a consultant providing strategic advising and support for nonprofits and philanthropy. From 2006-2015, she was a program officer for Meyer Memorial Trust (MMT), where her personal interests were in seeding authentic funder collaborations and helping break down the barriers between philanthropy and the nonprofits and communities they serve. Prior to her work for MMT, Kim worked for 16 years at Oregon Food Bank (OFB), leading OFB’s advocacy and public policy work to address the root causes of hunger as well as supervising relationships with 18 regional food banks and over 800 local member programs across Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Alaí Reyes-Santos is an assistant professor of Ethnic Studies at University of Oregon and an internationally recognized activist-scholar with particular expertise around migration, Haitian-Dominican and Dominican-Puerto Rican relations, and racial and gender dynamics in the Caribbean and its U.S. diasporas. Born in Puerto Rico, Alaí combines her passion for research into social injustice with active participation in movements for equitable access to public education, peace, and migrant labor rights. Alaí earned her PhD at UC San Diego and has been involved with a number of social justice groups, including Community Alliance of Lane County, Basic Rights Oregon, and INTEGRA, a network of anti-racist scholars and organizations based in Mexico City.
Sirius Bonner is dedicated to being an agent of change; taking on the hard task of making the world more equitable and socially just. Sirius’ work focuses on the intersections between social justice issues such as racial oppression, marriage equality, educational equity, poverty, sexism, and sizism; recognizing that as we begin to untangle one issue, we can untangle them all. Sirius received her MA from Reed College and currently works at Planned Parenthood as the Director of Equity and Inclusion, bringing her leadership on equity initiatives. Sirius joined MRG’s Development Committee in 2010, served as Board Chair 2015 – 2017 and continues as a dedicated board member.
Shizuko Hashimoto | Secretary
Shizuko Hashimoto is a first generation American. Growing up in rural Maine, the daughter of Chinese and Japanese immigrants, Shizuko learned early on that every day people who work every day to make the world a better place are valuable agents of social change. Shizuko is dedicated to advancing immigrant rights and has worked for the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee, APANO, and the Immigrant Law Group. Shizuko first joined MRG as a staff person in 2005. After leaving staff, Shizuko joined the grantmaking committee in 2007, then joined MRG’s Board of Directors in 2010.