President and executive director of the Proteus Fund
Founder of the Peace Development Fund
Active in the environmental, anti-war, and campaign-finance-reform movements
See also: Proteus
Fund Grassroots International Council for a Livable World
a bachelor's degree from Brandeis University in 1967. In 1981 she founded
an arms-control organization called the Peace Development Fund (PDF) and
served as its executive director for eleven years. Very
active in the environmental, anti-war, and campaign-finance-reform
movements, Gage in 1985 recived
W. Scrivner Award for her “outstanding creativity” as an individual grantmaker.
Following her tenure with PDF, Gage was executive director of
the Ottinger Foundation from 1992 through 1999. In 1995 she established the Proteus
Fund and became its president and
executive director, positions she still holds to this day. As of April 2011, one of Gage's leading fellow
officials at the Proteus Fund was its
Peace & Security Programs director, Dini Merz.
1997 Gage published the
Funder's Handbook on Money in Politics.
September 2004, Gage was one of nearly 60 signatories to a political
letter crafted by a group called United
Progressives for Victory (UPV), whose aim was to defeat President George
W. Bush's reelection bid that November. Addressed to backers of
then-independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader, the UPV letter urged voters not to support Nader -- who had no realistic chance of
winning the election -- but to cast their ballots instead for Senator John
who had the potential to unseat Bush. Fellow
included such notables as Robert Borosage, David Cortright, Susan Shaer, and Norman Solomon.
In addition to her philanthropic and political endeavors, Gage is also a founding
board member of the Amherst Arts Cinema, a community
performing-arts complex. She is a board
member (along with NAACP chairman Julian Bond, among others) of the Council for a Livable World. And she is a board of directors member of Grassroots International.