General Service Foundation
We are pleased to announce that GSF has hired Dimple Abichandani as our new executive director. Throughout her career, Dimple has championed disenfranchised people's agency and rights; has created professional environments that prioritize learning, experimentation and risk taking; and has infused social justice values in every community she touches. We trust her to lead us with fresh eyes and a collaborative spirit, and we're excited to embark on this new chapter with her leadership. Dimple began her work on August 24.
Dimple Abichandani has worked for the past two decades to advance social justice and human rights as a funder, advocate and educator. As Executive Director of the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at UC Berkeley School of Law, Dimple launched a social justice innovation lab generating new long-term approaches to persistent social justice challenges. The lab provided an opportunity for law students to work in multi-disciplinary teams developing creativity, empathy, collaboration and social justice problem-solving.
As the founding program officer of the Security and Rights Collaborative at Proteus Fund, Dimple managed 501(c)3 and (c)4 donor collaboratives that challenge post-9/11 discrimination and restore civil rights and liberties. In her five years with the SRC, Dimple invested in emerging grassroots organizations in impacted communities and infrastructure and networks that increase collaboration in the field.
Between 2003 and 2008, Dimple worked at Legal Services NYC, first as a staff attorney and later as the director of program development. She created impact-oriented advocacy projects to address the civil legal needs of low-income communities. Dimple founded the Language Access Project to ensure access to justice for limited English proficient individuals, and developed a low-wage workers' rights project.
Dimple has served on the boards of Forward Together, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus and the Third Wave Foundation. Dimple earned a JD at Northeastern University School of Law in 2002, and a BA in English with Honors at the University of Texas at Austin.
The GSF board and staff are grateful to all who have shown their support over the past year. You have helped us carry on our work through an unexpected transition, acknowledging our past while staying focused on a bright future. We owe a special thanks to Crystal Plati, a former GSF board member who served as interim executive director during this time.
Grantseekers: our next letter of inquiry deadlines are February 1 and September 1, 2016. Grant decisions are made at our spring (April/May) and fall (October/November) board meetings.