Renita Edwin

Director, Feminist Alliances & Philanthropic Advocacy

Renita Edwin (she/her/hers) is the Director of Feminist Alliances & Philanthropic Advocacy at Global Fund for Women.

Renita is a feminist writer and practitioner who carries with her a stubborn commitment to addressing challenges faced by people outside mainstream narratives and societies, and a decade of accompanying experience supporting collective movements for human rights. She has oscillated between the realms of public education, academic research, and nonprofit communications, ultimately finding her current love in fundraising and development.

Prior to joining Global Fund for Women, she worked as a grantwriting consultant, securing resources for a number of constituency-led national and regional initiatives in South Asia, Asia Pacific, and East Africa. Renita carried similar expertise to her role at CREA (New Delhi), where she managed the organization’s executive engagements with donors and civil society partners and crafted written materials to advance feminist leadership, disability justice, and inclusive local political governance. With experience collaborating with South Asian communities and diasporas in particular, she has previously supported Sakhi for South Asian Women, New Delhi’s Network for the Rights and Voices of Domestic Workers, Outright International, and the World Federalist Movement’s Institute for Global Policy.

The roots of Renita’s political thinking lie in the three years she spent as an English teacher in an under-resourced school in Pune, India. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering in India and holds a master’s degree in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University. She is currently based in Bangalore, India.