“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”
– Lilla Watson
Ruby Johnson

Ruby Johnson

Strategic Advisor WFG Fund & Resilience Fund Co-Lead

Ruby is a feminist activist, practitioner, and strategist committed to redistributing resources and power to girls and young women across the globe. Ruby brings 15+ experience advancing gender justice and human rights with grassroots groups, feminist organizations, public and private foundations, and UN agencies. From 2013-2019 she was the Co-Executive Director of FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund, and played a key role in setting up the Fund: registering the organization, growing the staff from 1-25, budget from 250,000 to 4.5 Million, and grantmaking from 15- 200 girl and young feminist led collectives.

Since leaving FRIDA, Ruby has worked as a Gender Justice Consultant providing senior strategic advice and leading projects with a range of organizations, UN Agencies, and private and public foundations, including Urgent Action Fund, Equality Fund, Global Fund for Women, Wellspring Philanthropic Partners, Human Rights Funders Network, UN Women and more. Ruby brings expertise in creative documentation and storytelling, co-designing accompaniment and grantmaking with girl-led movements, participatory grantmaking, and feminist organizational development.

Ruby holds a Masters in Participatory Development and Applied Anthropology in Gender from the Australian National University and is on the Board of Women Fund Asia, (Australia), an advisory member to the Gender and Adolescence Global Evidence (GAGE), and a member of Comic Relief’s Social Impact Committee. At Purposeful, Ruby serves as a Strategic Advisor for the With and For Girls’ Collective and is currently co-leading the Global Resilience Fund.