Mia Herndon is the former executive director at Third Wave Foundation, a national feminist fund dedicated to supporting the social justice vision of young women, transgender and gender non-conforming youth ages 15 to 30. Under her direction, Third Wave has seen the creation of the Reproductive Health and Justice Initiative and more than $1.4 million in grants to support 35 organizations. Herndon has served on numerous boards, including: Women’s Funding Networ, Funders Network for Population, Reproductive Health and Rights and Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing.
Herndon is a Progressive Women’s Voices fellow, She Source expert, and in 2011, was named a “Power Woman of the Year” by NY Moves magazine. In addition to her work with Third Wave, Herndon has experience working with many community-based organizations focusing on international worker solidarity, counter military recruitment and the criminalization/imprisonment of diasporic African communities.