Courtney Banayad smiling while wearing golden circular earrings and a dark sleeveless top.

Courtney Banayad


Director of Membership and Communications

Courtney shapes, manages, and drives NFG’s communications strategies to inspire members and the broader philanthropic community to move more money to racial, economic, gender, and climate justice. She’s also NFG’s lead on membership engagement and works to ensure that foundations and their staff are benefiting from and co-conspiring with the NFG network.

She joined NFG’s staff in July 2019 after working with the organization as a consultant via Moxy Group, a QPOC and women-led organization that she co-founded to partner with social justice and philanthropic organizations on fundraising, communications, and design projects. Prior to that, she served as the Director of Partnerships at Global Greengrants Fund, where she mobilized more than $10 million to propel grassroots environmental action.

Courtney holds an M.A. in International and Intercultural Communications from the University of Denver and degrees in Ethnic Studies and American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She served on the Board of Directors at the Chinook Fund from 2015-2020. She is currently a volunteer grantmaker at the Another World is Possible Fund, which directs rapid response grants to social justice organizations in Colorado that are fighting for a just response to COVID-19 in the short-term and a visionary future for our world in the long-term.