Our Mission

The XX Fund is a woman’s giving circle established in 2014 to address the needs of women and girls in Los Angeles and is committed to bringing about lasting social change.  The XX Fund makes annual grants to nonprofit organizations that enable women and girls to reach their potential, strive for economic justice and live free of discrimination and violence. Eligible grantees may directly provide services or promote change through policy reform with a focus on any of the following areas:

EMPOWERING WOMEN

Empowering women and girls through education, advocacy, job training, childcare, parental leave, and sick leave.

ERADICATING CRIMES

Eradicating crimes against women and girls, and providing support to victims of human trafficking, rape, and domestic violence.

WORKING FOR EQUALITY

Working for equality for women and girls by eradicating pay disparity, fighting to secure reproductive freedom and civil rights, eliminating homelessness and poverty, and welcoming women refugees and immigrants.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATION

Special consideration will be given to women-led organizations and to organizations whom a grant of $15,000 will be impactful.

Empowering women & girls to reach their potential, strive for economic justice and live free from discrimination and violence.

Executive Committee

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Abby Wolf-Weiss

Abby Wolf-Weiss has lived in Los Angeles since 1993. For the last 15 years she has been active in non-profit organizations that work to improve the lives of at risk children living in Los Angeles – as a mentor through The Fulfillment Fund and for the last 10 years through The Alliance for Children’s Rights. She lives in Hancock Park with her husband, Daniel Weiss and her 2 children Eli and Sascha.

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Andrea Blaugrund Nevins

Andrea Blaugrund Nevins is an Academy-Award nominated documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on HBO, Showtime, ABC, NBC, A&E, Lifetime, iTunes and Hulu. In addition to being a co-founder of the XX Fund, she has served on the UNICEF board of Southern California for the past decade, and was also a founder of Ikar, a  post-denominational Jewish congregation and community founded in Los Angeles and led by Rabbi Sharon Brous. She and her husband, David Nevins, both from the East Coast, are proud to be raising their three children in Los Angeles.

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Amy Elaine Wakeland

Amy Elaine Wakeland is a public policy expert, social justice advocate, and champion for children and families across our city and the world. Her work is focused on combating sexual and domestic violence, strengthening opportunities for women and girls, and serving our city’s most vulnerable residents. As First Lady of Los Angeles, she has played an instrumental role in addressing a wide range of challenges. She helped lead the campaigns to raise LA’s minimum wage, double the size of LA’s Domestic Abuse Response Team program, and dramatically boost girls’ sports participation at LA’s parks and recreation centers.

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Julie Hermelin

Julie Hermelin is a producer, filmmaker and community organizer working at the intersection of activism and popular culture with a particular focus on gender justice, women in politics and voter mobilization.  In addition to being co-chair of The XX Fund, she is a co-founder/producer of 50/50 Day, sits on the board of Reboot, the advisory council of Liberty Hill and is a Wexner Heritage Fellow. A Michigan native, she enjoys raising her three spirited sons as Los Angelenos.

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Susan Genco

Susan Genco–After graduating from Wellesley College and Harvard Law School, Susan embarked on an adventurous career in the music and media business culminating in her current position as Co-President of Azoff MSG Entertainment working alongside Irving Azoff.

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Shana Weiss

Shana Weiss is a community organizer whose work encompasses elements of advocacy, communications and philanthropy. In addition to serving as the Co-Chair of the Planned Parenthood’s Leadership Council, she is currently serving as the Vice-Chair of the Liberty Hill Foundation working on elements of fund development, messaging and strategic planning. Her work focuses on women’s empowerment, reproductive freedom, immigration policy and restorative justice.

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Teresa Cisneros

Teresa Cisneros Burton is an attorney at Focusing Philanthropy where she manages several domestic grants. She has also worked as a Deputy City Attorney in San Francisco and Los Angeles and as Senior Compliance Director at CityView. Teresa has been actively engaged in several nonprofits and serves on the board of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps and the Getty House Foundation. Teresa lives in Los Angeles with her husband Sean Burton and their two children.