Nicole Baran

Executive Director, The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation

Nicole Baran, MA, MSW is the Executive Director and Board Member of the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation. She created the infrastructure and established the direction of the foundation since its inception in 2008.

Nicole received her BA and MA in English from Stanford University and an MSW from Washington University in St. Louis, with a specialization in management. She has been active in gender equity, intersectional feminism, and racial justice for over twenty years. She has an extensive background in the nonprofit sector, in both fund and program development. In addition, Nicole taught in the Feminist Studies Program at Stanford University for 13 years.

Nicole is also the Executive Director and Founder of the Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness, a nonprofit that educates communities, institutions and young leaders to take action to end violence against women and gender-based violence. The center’s website,, provides resources to over 35,000 visitors a month from 196 countries. In 2006, she successfully partnered with Stanford University to institutionalize a comprehensive response to gender-based violence on campus. She managed a five-year grant from the USDOJ Office on Violence Against Women and was instrumental in implementing Stanford’s first Office on Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse.

Nicole has delivered over 350 customized workshops, locally and nationwide, to organizations such as Kaiser Permanente, the San Francisco Bar Association, California’s State Domestic Violence Coalition and Exponent Philanthropy.

Lisa Kalayji

Program Officer, The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation

Lisa Kalayji, Ph.D. is the Program Officer of the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation. She joined the foundation in 2021.

Lisa is originally from Ventura County, California, where she earned her B.A. in philosophy. She later relocated to Edinburgh, Scotland to pursue a Master’s degree in social research and a Ph.D. in sociology specializing in intersectional feminism and the sociology of emotions.

While in Scotland, she taught feminist studies and sociology at the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Napier University, and was involved in advocacy campaigns for precarious workers, immigrant students, and student loan borrowers. She was also an active feminist involved in a range of collaborative feminist research and teaching projects, and she co-organized Scotland’s first-ever Dyke March in 2014.

She returned to California in 2019, this time to Monterey County, where she now resides.