Board & Staff

Board Directory


Abbot Stranahan, Chair


Family Member

As a member of the donor family’s third generation, Abby has been involved with Needmor for over 30 years. She is proud of Needmor’s history of funding community organizing and continues to enjoy working with others to sustain this commitment.


Sue Chinn, Vice Chair


Community Organizer/Consultant – UNITE HERE

Sue views her connection to Needmor as an opportunity to expand her knowledge of community organizing while also supporting terrific work. She also considers it a privilege to participate in board meetings with a remarkable group of people who care about social justice.


Daniel Stranahan, Secretary/Treasurer


Family Member

As treasurer, Daniel has not only helped to oversee the Fund’s investments, but has also played an active role in Needmor’s shareholder activism. But his real passion is documenting American life through the lens of his camera.


Jim Dickson


Community Organizer

As a lifelong organizer, Jim considers it is an honor and privilege to serve on Needmor's board. He believes that the Fund’s understanding of community organizing and commitment to the work is unparalleled in the world of philanthropy.


Ana Guerrero


Chief of Staff – Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles

Ana, a board member since 2007, brings 25 years of experience as a community organizer, government executive, and political activist to Needmor. Her commitment to the Fund is fueled by her firm belief that community organizing creates pathways to opportunity for individuals and social justice for communities.


Ken Rolling


Executive Director - Community Learning Partnership

Ken was the first non-family member to serve as the Chair of the Needmor board. He brings to the Fund years of experience as both an organizer and a funder of social justice work. Ken is also committed to the recruitment and training of the next generation of community organizers.


Ann Stranahan


Family Member

Ann has been involved with Needmor since 1974, watching the Fund and the family become ever more knowledgeable as effective funders and spokespeople for community organizing, and watching grantees become ever more strategic and powerful. She considers Needmor's work vital, and states that her involvement with the Fund fills her with energy and gratitude.


Elaine (Laine) Stranahan


Family Member

A psycholinguistic researcher by day, Laine has worked in nonprofit endangered language documentation and became involved with community organizing in 2013. She views her work with the Needmor Fund as an important opportunity to bring critical social justice issues to the world of philanthropy.


Mary Stranahan


Family Member

Mary is a second generation family member who likes being on the Needmor Board because the foundation supports organizations that are key to promoting participatory democracy. She also appreciates the opportunity to be connected to groups that are raising hell!


Patti Stranahan


Family Member

Patti is a firm believer in community organizing as a vehicle for social justice and change. In her role of Chair of the Board Development Committee, she is responsible for ensuring that the mission and values of The Needmor Fund are passed along to each new generation of board members.