Our Staff

Mark Randazzo, Director | mark@ edgefunders.org

Mark has worked to support social justice for over three decades, focusing on strengthening citizens’ movements, civil society organizations and international movements and NGO networks. From 2001 to June 2012 Mark coordinated the work of the Funders Network on Transforming the Global Economy, which was launched at the WTO Ministerial in Seattle as the Funders Network on Trade and Globalization. He has held positions within several non-profits and grantmaking organizations, serving over the years as Executive Director, JustAct: Youth Action for Global Justice (1997-2001), West Africa Representative and Regional Director, Oxfam America (1991-1997), Grants Director for West and Central Africa, United Support of Artists for Africa (1987-1990), Canvas Team Leader, Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (1987) and Asia/Pacific Assistant Director and Africa Program Advisor for US Save the Children (1981-1985).  Mark served for two and a half years in the Peace Corps in the then Central African Empire (1977-1980), and obtained a Master’s degree from the School of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia (UK) in 1986. He is based in San Francisco with his partner Yeshica Weerasekera and their daughter Samudra.

J. Lamar Gibson, Operations Manager | [email protected]

Lamar Gibson was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. He has worked for eight years in both private businesses and the non-profit sector. At the Fund for Democratic Communities, he served as the Membership and Fundraising Coordinator for the Renaissance Community Cooperative. When it opens in 2015, the store will be the first of its kind- a full-service grocery in what was once a food desert. As a Fund Developer at the Interactive Resource Center, the first day center for people experiencing homelessness in Greensboro, he worked with the founding Board of Directors to establish the organization on firm financial footing. Later on, Lamar worked with international students who came to the US to study at colleges and universities around the country. In this role, he worked with embassies, recruiters, and universities to help provide the best student experience possible. He is a dedicated community activist who believes that relationship building and cooperation across boundaries are key to the success of movements. He has traveled extensively in the American South to study the history of movements that changed America. Lamar also enjoys food blogging and fundraising for social justice organizations.

About us » |  Board »  | Our Work »