Yvonne Leland serves as the executive assistant to the Water Foundation CEO and ensures the smooth operation of the foundation’s Oakland office. Yvonne is responsible for organizing Water Foundation convenings, board meetings, and field roundtables. She works closely with the director of finance and operations on administrative and accounting activities and provides support to the foundation’s staff. Yvonne has a background in activism and has spent two decades working with social justice organizations in administrative, finance, and operations capacities.
Before joining Water Foundation, Yvonne served as the operations manager for Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights, where she oversaw the daily finance and administration, and managed the human resources needs for their bicoastal office. Yvonne received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from San Jose State University and a Master of Public Administration with a focus in nonprofit management from Pace University.