Board of Directors

Our Board of directors is the administrative and executive body of FCAM, and its members are elected democratically by a General Assembly. The Board is made up of several diverse women, who are deeply committed to the Fund’s mission. They dedicate their valuable time, abilities, experience, knowledge, and vision to the advancement of our work.

María del Carmen Clavel


A Nicaraguan-Catalonian feminist, María del Carmen is a medical doctor with specialties in public health, sexual and reproductive health, and gender studies. In the 1980s, she was one of the founders of the Municipal Centers for Family Planning and the Association for Family Planning in Catalonia, Spain. She was an activist in the feminist movement in Barcelona before moving to Nicaragua in 1989, where she currently resides. In Nicaragua, Carmen was one of the founders of the Network of Women Against Violence and the NGO Sí, Mujer (Yes, Woman). She has worked with international and multilateral development agencies in Nicaragua, Central America, and the United States. In 2009, she became one of the co-founders of the Calala Women’s Fund in Spain, along with other feminist colleagues. Since 2015, she has been the Regional Director of JASS Mesoamerica. She is also part of the Driving Group of the Mesoamerican Initiative of Human Rights Defenders and the

Virginia Lacayo

Vice President

Virginia is a Nicaraguan feminist with more than 20 years of experience in the field of communication for social and organizational change. She was the Associate Director of the Puntos de Encuentro (Meeting Points) Foundation in Nicaragua and co-creator, Executive Producer, and Director of the entertaining, educational TV series, Sexto Sentido (Sixth Sense). With a doctorate in Communication for Social Change from the University of Ohio in the United States, her professional experience and research focuses on innovative approaches and the application of ideas and principles of the Science of Complexity in the design, implementation, and evaluation of strategies of communication for social and organizational change, the construction of social movements, leadership, and systems management.

Yolanda Talavera


A Nicaraguan-Costa Rican woman with 10 years of experience in strategic planning and communications, fundraising, advocacy, and project management. Yolanda also has a Masters in Political Science and Development from the London School of Economics and an undergraduate degree in International Business and Marketing from Ave María University (Nicaragua). She currently works as an associate consultant for Practical Action Consulting and as a freelance consultant for a wide range of Nicaraguan and international clients, focusing on organization development and sustainability, advocacy in public policy, strategic communications, and social corporate responsibility.

Rose Cunningham


Rose is a Nicaraguan Miskito indigenous leader and expert in popular education, international labor legislation, and the rights of immigrants and refugees. She worked for 10 years as an official of the Organization of American States (OAS) and was the Gender Coordinator of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). She is the founder and current Director of the organization Wangki Tangi (River Flower), which serves more than 100 indigenous communities in the Atlantic Autonomous Regions of Nicaragua. 

Shira Miguel


Shira is a Nicaraguan lawyer and feminist. She has been the Coordinator of the Nidia White Women’s Movement and the Center for Integral Care in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua for the past 16 years. She has also completed three post-graduate courses, courses on gender, women’s rights, and has a Masters in Gender, Ethnicity, and Intercultural Citizenship. She has also worked in support of the fight against HIV/AIDS in the North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region (RACCN in its acronym in Spanish). Her main passion is promoting the defense of women of African descent and people of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua. Her commitment is to continue working for the protection and care of women and girls in situations of violence or sexual abuse.