The Andrus Family Fund (AFF), a program of the Surdna Foundation, today announced the appointment of Lincoln Mondy as Program Officer, starting August 2023.
Lincoln will help guide a $5 million grant portfolio and manage field leadership and learning agendas supporting the self-determination, power, and liberation of Black, Brown, AAPI, and Indigenous youth impacted by youth incarceration, family policing, and other disruptive systems.
With deep expertise in youth activism, LGBTQ+ health and rights, and reproductive justice, Lincoln leverages his creativity to connect movements, build narratives, inspire participation at scale, and imagine alternatives that advance the health and power of the communities he holds sacred.
Previously, Lincoln led strategic projects for Advocates for Youth, a reproductive health organization anchored by a cohort of 150+ youth activists. There, he directed a YouTube series for LGBTQ+ youth of color, trained youth activists as storytellers, and managed the organization’s external brand and relationships. Lincoln started his career at the political affairs firm Berlin Rosen supporting a range of justice-focused clients—including the Youth First Initiative, an AFF grantee partner and national campaign to end youth incarceration and invest in community-based supports, services, and opportunities for youth.
“Young people across the country are organizing, innovating, and envisioning new worlds of belonging, free of disruptive systems, filled with grace, and overflowing with possibilities,” said Lincoln Mondy. “I’m honored to accept this appointment to help seed and scale young people’s capacity to push our collective thinking forward.”
“Lincoln has an unswerving commitment to the self-determination of young people that is deeply in line with our work,” said Mishi Faruqee, Director, Andrus Family Fund. “He understands that we need both abolition and imagination—we have to dismantle the systems keeping youth away from families, education, and opportunities, and support the design of community-driven alternatives for youth well-being, safety, and justice.”
“We are inspired by Lincoln’s rich experience supporting youth power-building and activism,” said Katharine Korchnak, co-chair of the Andrus Family Fund board. “He will be a fantastic addition to the AFF team and we are looking forward to working and learning alongside one another as we boldly center abolition and imagine a more just world for young people.”
Learn more about Lincoln’s work.