Livia Fry comes to IJC from the Open Society Foundations, where she was most recently a Program Specialist with the Open Society United States Program. At OSUS, Livia supported a range of grantmaking portfolios working at the intersection of racial justice, immigration justice, and economic justice. She also worked as part of a tight-knit team to run the Soros Equality Fellowship – a fellowship program for activists, organizers, advocates, and other actors in the racial justice space. She worked to build the program’s alumni network, recruit top tier talent for each new cohort, and provide dynamic support and professional development opportunities for each fellow and alum. Livia previously worked with the Open Society Foundations Eurasia Program, supporting grantmaking portfolios working on human rights issues in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She also designed and launched the program’s Trading Spaces Fellowship, which brought field partners from the region to OSF hub offices for the purposes of professional development, strengthening network ties, and fostering new projects and collaborations.
Livia holds a BA from The George Washington University, where she double majored in Political Science and History. She was born and raised in Connecticut, speaks fluent Russian, and in her free time loves cooking, reading, and comedy.