Arca Foundation Staff
Anna Lefer Kuhn, Executive Director
Anna Lefer Kuhn is the Executive Director of the Arca Foundation, which seeks to advance a world based on respect for human dignity and the just distribution of economic, democratic, and cultural power. During Anna’ s tenure, Arca has turned its attention toward racial and economic justice by supporting multi-racial grassroots organizing that challenges the structures upholding inequality. Prior to Arca, Anna was a Program Officer at the Open Society Foundation, where she conceived of and led initiatives to support youth media, organizing and leadership development.
Anna is on the board of directors of the Solidaire Network, United for Respect Education Fund and Americans for Financial Reform Education Fund. Anna previously served on the boards of the White House Project, the Center for Working Families, the Urban Justice Center, the League of Young Voters Education Fund, and was the co-chair of the Funders Committee for Civic Participation. Anna was a 2019-2020 Aspen Institute/Neighborhood Funders Group Philanthropy Forward Fellow and was member of the 2004-2005 class of Coro Leadership New York.
Karen Mosley, Program & Grants Manager
Karen Mosley is the Program and Grants Manager at the Arca Foundation. In her role, Karen oversees grants management for the foundation and supports the programmatic activities of the Executive Director. Prior to joining Arca, Karen served as a Resource Organizer and Grants Manager for Southerners on New Ground, where she helped to support the organization’s development strategies including grassroots fundraising and major donor cultivation, membership base building and maintaining ongoing philanthropic partnerships.
Karen holds a master’s degree in Social Work from The University of South Carolina. Before transitioning to movement organizing and development, Karen worked over a decade in direct services as a social worker and case manager in Georgia’s Department of Children and Family Services.
Arca Foundation Board of Trustees
Nicole Bagley, President
Nicole Bagley focuses on positive social change and female empowerment in her work as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and investor. She leads the Brenn Foundation, which hosts thought-provoking, action-oriented gatherings regarding the world’s most complex issues; she is the Vice President of the Arca Foundation, which advances equity, justice, and human rights; and, she is a board member of the Sapelo Foundation, which promotes progressive social change and works to enhance and preserve the natural environment in Georgia. She is active in the Colorado impact community through her direct investments in early-stage companies and her membership in Investors’ Circle, Beyond our Borders, and CO Impact Days.
Margery Tabankin, Vice President
Margery Tabankin has led a life dedicated to progressive public policy, philanthropy and politics. During her 45 year career in philanthropy, non-profit management, public policy and politics, Margery has directed over $500 million in support of key issues such as: civil rights, income inequality, environmental protection, women’s equality, democratic values, human rights and the search for peace and co-existence in regions of conflict. Margery began her activist career at the age of 17 when she was deeply involved in social justice activities. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, Margery became one of the first women trainees at Saul Alinsky’s Industrial Areas Foundation in Chicago. In Washington, DC, she worked on the Youth Citizenship Fund’s successful campaign to pass a Constitutional amendment to lower the voting age to 18. She then became the first woman President of the National Student Association. She has also served as the Executive Director of The Youth Project, the Director of the Federal Anti Poverty Program: Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), the Executive Director of the Arca Foundation, the Executive Director of the Hollywood Women’s Political Committee (HWPC). The Executive Director of the Streisand Foundation and the Executive Director of Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation. She then formed her own company that provided these same services to high net worth individuals.
She currently is the Chief Strategist to the Women’s Heart Alliance, a project that advocates for the awareness, advocacy and funding of Women’s Heart Health and Female Pattern Heart Disease. Marge has served on numerous non-profit Boards and currently serves on the Board of Directors of People for the American Way, The Streisand Foundation, The Institute for America’s Future, and Type Media Center. She was a Fellow at the Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics at Harvard University. She was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Fairleigh Dickenson University.