About Hidden Leaf

Hidden Leaf Welcomes Supriya Lopez Pillai as Our New Executive Director


Hidden Leaf is delighted to welcome Supriya to the Hidden Leaf community!

Supriya brings with her decades of experience supporting progressive organizing, stellar leadership and networking capacity, and established relationships within the field of transformative social change.

“A spectacular choice! I’m thrilled for the world and for Hidden Leaf!”

Jodie Tonita, Executive Director, Social Transformation Project

Supriya’s work has been grounded in racial, economic and gender justice movements both nationally and internationally. Nearly 15 years ago, she began working in social justice philanthropy. In 2008, she joined the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing as their Executive Director. As the field of progressive organizing became more forthright about the role of contemplative practice, indigenous traditions, and various faith and spiritual traditions as pathways to individual and collective transformation, Supriya found it possible to “live out loud”—melding her own inner journey and radical politics and recognizing that authentic purpose arises from a spiritual place. In recent years, Supriya has dedicated her work as a consultant to the understanding that philanthropy for social change also needs to transform through a greater level of organization, inner awareness and partnership with movements.

“This feels like an ideal match! Supriya’s highly relational nature will amplify Hidden Leaf’s impact.”

Taj James, Co-Director, Movement Strategy Center

Bringing her experience as a seasoned director, strategist, and field- and alliance-builder, Supriya will lead Hidden Leaf in charting a course towards expanded grant making, deeper partnerships, and an enhanced role in convening, evaluating, articulating, and advocating for practices that strengthen organizations working toward a just and sustainable world. Supriya’s personal commitment to inner practice and transformative approaches to social change will enable her to be a true partner to Hidden Leaf’s core allies and grantees as we continue our work to expand inner awareness within social change organizations to enhance the effectiveness of progressive movements.

“This is a pivotal moment for Hidden Leaf as we make the transition from a family-led foundation. Bold change—grounded in a commitment to community and collaboration—is called for and Supriya brings just that kind of leadership.”

Karie Brown, Hidden Leaf’s Board Chair

Supriya will formally begin as Hidden Leaf’s Executive Director on September 17th, 2018, but will start working with us part-time in late May. She can be reached at supriya@hiddenleaf.org.

“The impact of social justice movements grounded in the tools and knowledge of liberation indigenous to the people and communities who lead us is undeniable. It is an honor to partner with Hidden Leaf—a trailblazing, deeply values-aligned organization—and to strengthen partnership with and for frontline communities whose resilience is needed now more than ever.”

Supriya Lopez Pillai, Hidden Leaf’s Incoming Executive Director

Tara Brown, Hidden Leaf’s outgoing Director of 16 years, will continue on staff with Hidden Leaf through fall 2018. Tara will continue to serve on Hidden Leaf’s board along with her sisters, Karie Brown and Kristen Stinnett-Brown.

Hidden Leaf is grateful to our many colleagues who helped us recruit strong candidates and shape the vision and priorities for the position. We also feel deep gratitude to our friends at Bandwidth Consulting for their solid guidance and support throughout this process. Finally, we extend our sincere thanks to the truly amazing pool of one hundred and forty applicants who took the time to apply. Despite the fact that we can only hire one Executive Director, we are heartened by the interest in and commitment to transformative change work that this response indicates. Thank you!

We look forward to deepening our collaboration with many of you under Supriya’s leadership!