Board of Directors



Martin Bourqui

Martin is a technology and database consultant living in San Francisco, California. He first became involved in endowment organizing in 2008 at Tufts University with the support of REC, working to try to improve transparency and make the university's investments more aligned with the institution's mission statement. He joined the steering committee in 2009 after graduation, and served as National Organizer from 2010 to 2012 while based in Brooklyn, New York. While National Organizer, he participated in REC's community investment / Wall Street divestment campaign, lent REC's support to the Occupy movement's efforts, and helped support the first fossil fuel divestment campaigns on campuses. In addition to working with REC, he also supports organizing in the Bay Area on the housing and homelessness crises and and support sustainable urbanism. He has been consulting with nonprofits and mission-driven organizations with their data and operations needs since 2013.



Yessica Gonzalez 

Yessica Gonzalez is an Undocumented Queer Femme, born in Tijuana, Baja California and raised in Perris, (Southern) California. Shortly after completing High School in 2012, they got involved with the undocumented youth movement after being unable to pursue a higher education. In 2013, they began organizing with the Immigrant Youth Coalition to stop the collaboration between ICE and local law enforcement. Their work has consisted of organizing alongside youth/family members to fight against deportations and lead “free the people” campaigns and challenge anti-immigrant legislation. This work has led Yessica to become a steering committee member of the Prison Divestment Campaign in California to denounce the exploitation of people of colors by private prison corporations. Their activism comes from an abolitionist perspective to ensure that directly impacted peoples are at the forefront to fight for liberation and to dismantle white supremacist, Cis-Hetero patriarchy systems of oppression. Aside from being a community organizer, they are currently pursuing their BA in Gender and Ethnic Studies and will be transferring to the University of California Los Angeles from San Diego Mesa College. They/them


beth_herz_headshot.jpgBeth Herz

Beth Herz is Associate Program Officer at the Surdna Foundation, a New York-based family foundation that supports sustainable and just communities in the U.S. In this role, Beth works with Surdna’s program staff and board to ensure collaboration and impact across the foundation’s three areas of work – sustainable environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures. Beth joined Surdna as a member of the Sustainable Environments team, where she contributed to grantmaking and strategy development in climate change, transportation systems, and the green economy. She previously worked in community organizing and advocacy, including at WE ACT for Environmental Justice in Manhattan.Beth received a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.S. in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan. In addition to the Responsible Endowments Coalition board, Beth sits on the Board of Advisors of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy.


BeatriceOhene-Okae.jpgBeatrice Ohene-Okae

Beatrice is a student at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia pursuing a B.A in Geography, a minor in Environmental Sustainability and a certificate in Geographic Information Science. For the past 2 years, she has been a student organizer with the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition (VSEC) and the Virginia Student Power Network (VPSN) which both promote social justice and student power throughout the state of Virginia. She organized for the DivestUMW campaign on her campus, which has helped remove investments of the University's endowment from the fossil fuel industry. She also works very closely with UMW Students United, which advocates to create a greater sense of transparency as well as social and economic responsibility on campus. She is very excited to join the Board for REC. In her free time Beatrice can be found enjoying mangos, reading about the intersections of environmental and racial justice issues, or playing the violin.

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