Raquel Evita Saraswati is Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Family Equality Council, joining the team in March of 2018. Raquel has over a decade of experience in nonprofit management, development, communications and strategy. She is responsible for strengthening and growing our relationships with the foundations and corporations who support our mission, and with securing new foundation grants and corporate sponsorships to support our important work.
Raquel has a 20 year history of working to amplify the voices of other Muslim women and girls, LGBTQ Muslims, and those marginalized in faith spaces and in society as a whole. She has been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ2SIA rights, and is a co-founder of the Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (MASGD), and Sacred Justice, a coalition of LGBTQ2SIA faith leaders focused on healing abuses carried out in the name of religion, and on advancing social, racial and economic justice. In 2017, she was appointed by Mayor Jim Kenney to serve on Philadelphia’s Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs. She has lectured and published internationally, and has appeared in media outlets from France 24 to ABC and Al-Jazeera on matters ranging from gender-based violence and sexual violence to LGBTQ rights, contemporary slavery, forced and child marriage, and more. A vegan of over 20 years, she enjoys cooking, visiting animal sanctuaries and, to keep mind and body happy – spinning. She is a recipient of the Colin Higgins Courage Award, which is granted annually to LGBTQ young people who have “endured overwhelming hostility and hate, but who have handled themselves with the utmost grace.”