Mariam Gagoshashvili
Founding Advisor

Mariam Gagoshashvili is a queer feminist activist from Tbilisi, Georgia who recently joined Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice as a Senior Program Officer. Throughout her formal professional life, she has spent years either working for or supporting various women’s funds, including Urgent Action Fund, in her current role as a board member, and FRIDA The Young Feminist Fund, as a member of the founding advisory committee. Three years ago Mariam moved to USA to lead Global Fund for Women’s work in Europe and Central Asia during which she has provided support to feminist and LGBTQI organizations throughout the region. Before relocating to the US, Mariam spent six years at Women’s Fund in Georgia, a local feminist foundation, overseeing its grantmaking and fundraising programs. As a grassroots activist, in 2011 she co-founded the Independent Group of Feminists, an autonomous collective run by young activists in Georgia, and has been an active member of the Georgian LGBTQI movement since 2006. Mariam holds Master’s degree in Gender Studies from Central European University, Hungary, and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology from Tbilisi State University, Georgia.

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