Board & Staff

Board Directory


Ana Guerrero, Chair


Chief of Staff Ė 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.


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.


Charlene Sinclair


Organizing Consultant

Charlene is a facilitator and organizational development specialist with over three decades of experience in strategic communications, organizational development and community organizing. In addition to her work with grassroots organizations across the country, she most recently worked with Groundswell Action Fund where she helped mobilize new funding and capacity-building resources to grassroots electoral organizing led by low-income women, women of color, and transgender people.


Elaine (Laine) Stranahan, Vice Chair


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.


Gabe Gonzalez


Organizing Consultant

Gabe is a long-time organizer who has provided consultation and support to a number of community-based groups around the country. In addition to 15 years spent fighting for immigration reform in the US, Gabe has also worked on issues such as mass incarceration, housing, and education. He is currently focused on climate change and how organizing in the 21st century must innovate in order to impact a changed world.


Jeff Helmick


District Judge

Jeff joined the board in the winter of 2018. He defended the criminally accused before his appointment as a federal district judge in 2012. Jeff is both excited and humbled to join the board at Needmor, and is in awe of its mission and many successes.


Jim Dickson, Secretary/Treasurer


Community Organizer

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