Kindred Motes joins WGF as Senior Officer, Communications and Strategic Engagement

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The Wallace Global Fund today announced that Kindred Motes will join the foundation as Senior Officer, Communications and Strategic Engagement. In this new role, Motes will lead all global media, editorial, digital, and engagement partnership efforts for the foundation as it doubles down on robust investments in the environment, democracy, and human rights. Motes joins WGF from the New York-based nonprofit Vera Institute of Justice, where he served as Digital Strategy Director, building the organization’s first digital team and growing its online audience from 15,000 in 2016 to 215,000 today. 

“We are thrilled to have Kindred Motes join WGF and lead our global communications efforts,” said Ellen Dorsey, Executive Director of the Wallace Global Fund. “Kindred brings nearly a decade of progressive communications, digital strategy, and engagement partnerships with him to the foundation. We’ve admired his innovative work to date, from leading campaigns at the United Nations and Southern Poverty Law Center to building a national digital audience for the Vera Institute of Justice. The Wallace Global Fund works as a philanthropic partner to both defend the environment and strengthen democracy and human rights that are under increasing threat by corporate interests. We believe Kindred’s dynamic vision and sharp approach to communications, engagement, and impact partnerships will blend beautifully with our mission and team, helping us tell new stories, support our global partners, and drive social change in the process.”

In addition to his work in communications and advocacy, Motes serves on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Alabama and the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Young Leaders program.

“I’m thrilled to join the vital work being done by the Wallace Global Fund and look forward to working globally with its partners to craft, support, and elevate communications efforts dedicated to strengthening their lifesaving and planet-preserving programs and advocacy efforts,” Motes said. “I have long admired the legacy of Henry A. Wallace, the decades-long work of the Wallace Global Fund, and its notable stance as a catalyzing force in the movement for ethical philanthropy and divestment from fossil fuels.”

Prior to his position at Vera, Motes developed and launched campaigns and strategic communications related to human rights for the Control Arms Secretariat, working with member organizations Oxfam and Amnesty International at the United Nations to coordinate global media outreach. He also worked with the Southern Poverty Law Center to develop and execute new communications and social media strategies. 

Motes holds a Bachelor’s in English from Birmingham-Southern College and a Master’s in international relations with honors from the University of Essex in Britain. In August of this year, he received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Birmingham-Southern College for his work on behalf of civil and human rights.

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The Wallace Global Fund’s mission is to support people-powered movements to advance democracy and rights and to fight for a healthy planet.

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