The Oxfam America Action Fund uses legislative lobbying and political advocacy to bring the voices of the world’s poorest people to US leaders in Washington, DC. By challenging the national and international laws that keep people trapped in poverty, we aim to create lasting solutions.
Oxfam and the Oxfam America Action Fund: What’s the difference?
Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty. We created the Oxfam America Action Fund because we urgently needed a partner organization that would attack the problems of poverty and injustice from a different perspective: one that focuses on challenging unjust laws and policies in the US and around the globe. Learn more about Oxfam.
As a separate organization, the Action Fund works together with Oxfam, but has fewer limitations on spending. This gives us the ability to pursue vital and effective advocacy work—crucial to the success of Oxfam programs around the world. Because our efforts are focused primarily on legislative action, donations to the Action Fund are not tax deductible.
Our board of directors
Kitt SawitskyDirector, Goulston & Storrs
Kitt is a member of the Oxfam America board of directors and chairman of the board of the Oxfam America Action Fund. A lawyer and former managing director of Goulston & Storrs, he practices general corporate and business law. The bulk of his practice involves mergers, acquisitions, shareholder and partnership agreements, debt and equity financing, and other general corporate matters. He coordinates Goulston & Storrs’ pro bono representation of Oxfam America, counseling the organization on its international relief and development efforts. He was a co founder of Boston Employment Service (“Strive”) and currently serves on the board of directors of Strategies for Children and on the board of overseers of the New England Aquarium. Kitt did his undergraduate studies at Princeton University and received his law degree from Boston College Law School.
Bennett FreemanSenior vice president for sustainability, research, and policy, at Calvert Investments
Freeman is the treasurer of the board of the Oxfam America Action Fund and a former member of the Oxfam America board of directors. As senior vice president for sustainability, research, and policy at Calvert Investments, he leads the environmental, social, and governance analysis; shareholder advocacy; and public policy work of the largest US family of sustainable and responsible mutual funds. During the Clinton administration, Freeman served as a presidential appointee to three different positions in the US State Department, including deputy assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labor. He is chairman of the advisory board of Global Witness, a trustee of the Institute for Human Rights and Business, board secretary of the Global Network Initiative, and a member of the board of the Natural Resources Governance Institute.
Elizabeth BeckerAuthor and journalist
Becker is the author of Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism, which was selected by Amazon.com as one of the best books of the year in 2009. As a journalist, Becker covered national and international affairs from the US, Asia, Europe, and Latin America for more than 30 years, and was the international economics correspondent at the New York Times covering trade, development, and globalization. Before joining the Times, Becker was the senior foreign editor at National Public Radio. She began her career at The Washington Post as a war reporter in Cambodia, eventually writing When the War Was Over, the classic history of modern Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge. She is also the author of America’s Vietnam War (1992), and Bophana (2009). Becker serves on the advisory board of the Harpswell Foundation and is a graduate of the University of Washington.
Gina GlantzFounder, genderavenger.com
Gina is a member of the board of directors of the Oxfam America Action Fund and chairwoman of the Oxfam America board of directors’ development and governance committee. In 2014, Gina founded genderavenger.com, an online community dedicated to ensuring that women are always part of the public dialogue. During her career in politics and organizing, Gina served in multiple capacities at the Congressional, state, and presidential levels, and was national campaign manager for Bill Bradley’s 2000 presidential campaign. Prior to her retirement in 2009, Gina worked as senior advisor to Andrew Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). After retirement, Gina served as a Fellow at Harvard University Kennedy School's Institute of Politics, followed by a stint as an HKS adjunct lecturer. She is a board member of Dēmos and TurboVote. Gina is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.
Raymond C. OffenheiserPresident, Oxfam America
"Oxfam distinguishes itself because we ask the right questions. We ask hard questions. Not just of the US government, corporations, and political leaders in the countries where we work—but of our partners around the globe and, most important, of ourselves. We also pursue answers vigorously and develop innovative approaches to reducing poverty."