Rima Chaudry is the primary grant writer and foundation contact for Ella Baker Center. She attended San Francisco State University where she was the Director of the Women's Center. After graduating with a B.A. in Sociology, she worked with victims of domestic violence and human trafficking through Narika, Asian Anti-Trafficking Collaborative (AATC), and Family Violence Law Center. In 2009, she moved to Honolulu to study Global Leadership and Sustainable Development at Hawaii Pacific University and work on anti-human trafficking campaigns. She also served as Art Director and resident spoken word artist for Calligraphy of Thought - a Bay Area based art collective promoting social awareness and social justice through art.
Rima first learned about Ella Baker Center during the No on Prop 21 campaign in 2000 and performed spoken word at past Silence the Violence events. As a woman of color and first generation American born to Pakistani immigrants, believes in addressing injustice through the intersections of race, gender, religion, socio-economic status, class and culture. Rima is a word nerd and enjoys reading anything she can gets her hands on, lying out on the beach and taking pseudo-artsy pictures with her cell phone.