Chloe Safier is a brilliant strategist, serial social entrepreneur and activist for change. I first met Chloe when I was vice president of programs at Global Fund for Women when she brought to us an idea she’d conceived at Oxfam – The Roots Lab, a social innovation lab for young women’s rights activists. With her stewardship, Chloe brought in the partners to make Roots Lab a funded reality and it’s now now piloting in Lebanon, with a vision to expand to other countries. Chloe is an impressive facilitator, fundraiser, innovator, program designer and implementer, researcher and speaker for women’s human rights. She has deep experience and skills in women’s human rights movement building, is plugged into important artivism communities across the globe, and has a deep commitment to collaborative structures and systems to support research and advocacy. Crucially, Chloe is someone who brings together people from different perspectives and experiences in order to forge “out of the box” strategies and partnerships. Hers is a radical creativity that helps to make breakthrough approaches to address inequality a reality.
Chloe and I worked together at Oxfam for several years, across several roles. In each I found Chloe to be super committed and hard working, excellent at building partnerships and relationships, a great writer and analyst. She led a highly participatory process to arrive at a great regional gender strategy, then went on to create ‘Roots Lab’, a project to fund young feminists to innovate, developed across four organizations. Really impressive!
I have both managed, and worked with Chloe as a peer, as part of Oxfam International’s Gender Justice team and as associates with Gender at Work. She is very knowledgeable about women’s rights and gender justice, both in the U.S. and overseas. She has a lot of integrity, is professional, and hard working at whatever she does - be it project management, writing, coordination, program design and creating capacity building tools. She is tenacious and creative - as exhibited in her steering of the Roots Lab to build young feminist leadership. Chloe is a real team player and a joy to work with.
Working with Chloe and Adeline [to develop a Communications Strategy] was a great pleasure. From the beginning, they had a clear understanding of what we were looking for and were very interested in learning more about the program and the work we are taking forward with GAGGA. Having quickly gotten a grasp of the dynamics of our program, they responded and adapted where necessary and were able to deliver an excellent product, which we all see as useful to take forward to strengthen the communications work for the alliance. They were very professional throughout the consultancy, when interacting with the core coordination team as well as partners, which made it very easy to work with [them].