ELIZABETH BARAJAS-ROMÁN   Chief Executive Officer

Elizabeth has been a leader in progressive movements including advocating at the national level for the health and rights of immigrant women and their families. Most recently she was a manager at The Pew Charitable Trusts where she directed a portfolio of partners that campaigned for state and federal policy change to improve government performance. Previously, as the Director of Policy at National Latina Institute, Elizabeth directed the organization's Washington, D.C.-based office where she was instrumental in expanding the visibility of the organization on the national stage. Elizabeth was frequently invited to be a voice in national policy discussions in the media, at the White House, on Capitol Hill and in target states.

In addition, Elizabeth's leadership has been recognized nationally with a Center for Progressive Leadership Executive Fellowship, an appointment to the American Public Health Association Committee on Women's Rights, and as a current member of the Association of Public Television Stations Leadership Council. Locally she is on the WGBY Public Television Board of Tribunes, a member of the steering committee for New England Women's Policy Initiative, and a member of the External Advisory Board for the University of Massachusetts-Boston Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy. Elizabeth also serves on the Massachusetts Economic Empowerment Trust Fund Board, and the statewide Committee on Wage Equality.

She was recently honored by Massachusetts-based Business West Magazine as a 40 under 40 awardee, and by Western Mass. Women Magazine as one of their Top 25 Women to Watch. She is a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP), a graduate of Oberlin College, and received her master's degree in international policy from Harvard University.
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MONICA M. BORGATTI   Director of Philanthropy

Monica manages all fundraising efforts for the Fund, including managing relationships with individual donors, corporate, and foundation partners. She comes to the Women's Fund with a strong background including experience creating and coordinating strategic fundraising plans, special event planning, and planned giving campaigns. In addition, she has been a longtime volunteer for the Women's Fund serving on several of the organization's committees including the grantmaking committee.

Prior to joining the staff of the Women's Fund, Monica served as the Major and Planned Giving Officer for WGBY. A native of western Massachusetts, she is the immediate past president of Women in Philanthropy of Western Massachusetts and currently serves as an at-large board member. Monica also volunteers as a team coach for Leadership Pioneer Valley. She is an alumna of Bay Path University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Science degree in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy. In 2011, Monica was named a 40 Under Forty honoree by BusinessWest. In her free time, Monica enjoys painting, exploring craft beers & breweries, and cooking.
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JULIE HOLT   Office Manager

Julie's background is in the field of music education, and she spent many years teaching choral music in the public school system. Julie continues to work part time as a church choir director and church secretary. When she left teaching several years ago, she discovered the Women's Fund and began utilizing her administrative and organizational skills by working in the office. She is detail-oriented, very organized, and extremely happy to be a part of a team that works together toward a common mission.
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ELLEN MOORHOUSE   Program Officer

Ellen is responsible for implementing and coordinating all aspects of the Fund's grant and leadership programs, including the Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI), and other initiatives that promote the strengths of women and girls. In addition, she oversees the public relations/community relations activities of the Fund including working with the Women's Fund's Marketing Committee to prepare annual reports, press releases, brochures, and other aspects of the Fund's communications plan.

Ellen is a life-long Girl Scout and serves on the Girl Scout Gold Award Committee where she is a mentor for young women seeking their Gold Award, the highest award that a young woman can earn in Scouting. She is a current member of the Springfield Rotary Club, and on the Board of Directors of the YPS (Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield). In this capacity, she serves on the events committee, and helps to coordinate the annual Vote the Valley event, which brings together elected officials, candidates, local business representatives and community members far and wide to foster an inclusive business networking environment. Previously she was a Senior Program Manager for the City of Springfield Office of Housing, and has five years experience as an appraiser with Moorhouse Appraisal Service, and a Realtor, with NRG Real Estate Services.

Ellen was born and raised in the City of Springfield, and received a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Political Science, with a Five College Honors Certificate in International Relations. Ellen is an avid bookworm who loves to travel, and you will find her in her beloved garden with her fruits and vegetables every spare moment she gets.
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