Cinthia Carvajal [she/her/ella] is the Program Officer, Grantmaking and Movement Building at Global Fund for Women.
Originally from Bolivia, Cinthia completed her undergraduate studies in Anthropology and in Sustainability at Arizona State University, and later obtained an M.A. in Anthropology and Sociology of Development at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. She began as a sociocultural anthropologist in Bolivia, researching community-led strategies to confront water insecurity in urban areas and new philosophies of development inspired by Aymaran and Quechua values. Having worked for Planned Parenthood during her undergraduate studies, she became very familiar with Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights and the challenges being faced by women, girls and LGBTQ communities in the U.S.
After moving to the Bay Area Cinthia became more involved with local and international grassroots organizations and movements for social justice while working at Thousand Currents (formerly known as International Development Exchange) as part of their Programs Team. Later, she began working for Global Fund for Women as part of the Grants and Operations team and the Latin American Program until the time to start her graduate studies begun. Since then Cinthia has been part of the Global Fund for Women in different instances. Her academic focus followed her personal and professional experiences working for social justice and equality but with a larger focus on intersectionality in social movements, gender, immigration, and art and activism. Leaving academia behind, Cinthia has become even more involved in promoting and supporting the advancement of human rights, gender justice, and economic and reproductive justice locally and globally. Today, Cinthia joins us as the Program Officer, Grantmaking and Movement Building, supporting our work with Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and our Feminist Crisis Funding.