Zaynab Nawaz

Zaynab Nawaz

Council on Foundations

Vice President, Leadership, Training and Events

202.991.5806 ext. 9184

Zaynab Nawaz brings over a decade of experience in private and public philanthropic advocacy to her role as the Council's Vice President of Leadership, Training and Events. Previously, she was Senior Director of Program and Learning with Women Moving Millions, building programs for its philanthropic leaders. Previously, Zaynab enjoyed strategic consulting with the Novo and Ms. Foundations in Brooklyn. She also worked with the Foundation for a Just Society (FJS) to expand their capacity building and grantmaking in South and Southeast Asia. Zaynab has been a Program Officer for the International Women’s Rights Program at the Open Society Foundations (OSF), spending extended periods of time in the Americas & Asia. Prior to OSF, she worked for almost ten years with Amnesty International in London, New York, and Washington, DC as a Campaigner and Researcher. Zaynab holds a B.A. in International Relations and French from the College of William and Mary, an M.A. in International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of London-School of Oriental and African Studies, and a certificate in International Legal Systems from the Institute of Human Rights in the Netherlands. When not on a plane or beach, Zaynab can be found on her yoga mat.  

Fun Fact: Zaynab is happiest swimming in the ocean or watching movies with her young nieces (popcorn is essential).