Wilneida Negrón

Dr. Wilneida Negrón specializes in developing and scaling new models for people-centered structural and systemic change in the technology sector, capital markets/finance, and labor markets. She most recently worked at the Ford Foundation, where she led cross-thematic area strategy development between the Gender, Race, Ethnic Justice, Technology and Society, Mission Investing, Future of Work(ers), and Civic Engagement Thematic areas. Wilneida works on the frontlines of social change spaces, fostering new multi-issue and cross-sectoral approaches and solutions to our increasingly complex socio-technical world and serves as a strategic advisor, consultant, and capacity-builder to philanthropy and emerging and established national and global civil and human rights organizations.

She is currently the Director of Policy and Research at Coworker.org and consultant with Transform Finance, an NGO working at the intersections of finance and social justice.  Wilneida is Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the Global Public Interest Technologists Fellows – program of the Ford Foundation, Media Democracy Fund, and Mozilla seeking to increase the impact and sustainability of public interest technology projects in the US and around the world.  She is also the Co-Founder of the Racial Equity Community Innovators Lab, the first incubator focused on building essential infrastructure in the field to seed NGOs and social enterpresis that build long-term and future-facing political, economic, and cultural power for black and brown communities in the US and globally.

She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she teaches courses on human rights, economic, social and cultural rights, and corporate social responsibility. Wilneida has a PhD in Comparative Politics, with a specialization in social and political implications of emerging technologies in East Asia and Latin America, a Masters in Public Administration, and an M.Phil. in International and Global Affairs.

She is a Data & Society Research Institute Fellow and Senior Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity.

Wilneida is fluent in Spanish, Mandarin, and Hebrew.

Recent publications

  • (July 2020) (Investing in Equitable News and Media Projects: This report, produced as part of a Ford Foundation series on Reconstructing American News, offers an analysis and a set of recommendations for how investors can support equitable media.