Radha Friedman | Founder & Chief Equality Officer

Radha Friedman is an award-winning international development strategist with 20 years experience in gender equality programming and philanthropy.

She has overseen nearly 100 grants around the world and encourages investing in underrepresented voices, especially women and girls of color.

Radha has been a co-founder and founding board member of several women-led start-ups, and has helped organizations earn global awards for their work on women’s rights including the Hilton Humanitarian Prize and Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

Radha’s work is grounded by an MA in International Development Studies, MS in Public Service Administration, a BA in South Asian Studies, and a post-grad certificate in Cross-Sector Partnerships from the University of Cambridge. She is currently completing her certification as a Chartered Adviser in Philanthropy (CAP).

Radha is a founding board member of She Matters Foundation, a social enterprise supporting women refugees, and, a new hub for gender data. She is also on the Civic Council of the University of Washington’s MAAIS program.

She has been named an American Express Next-Gen Fellow (2017), Jackson Leadership Fellow (2016), United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Fellow (2014), and Parisi Public Service Fellow (2004). In 2009, she was selected by the Global Women’s Leadership Network as one of 20 “Global Leaders for Justice.”


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More About Me

If you’ve read this far, you already know about my professional career. Here are other things that inform my worldview.

  • I’m queer.
  • I’m a survivor.
  • I’m a COA. (If you don’t know what that is, you’re privileged not to have addiction in your family.)
  • I grew up Hindjew. (my mother lives in India, my father is Jewish)
  • I believe gardening is cheaper than therapy, and laughter is the best medicine.