Adriana is a philanthro-phile and critic, philanthropist and fundraiser, and citizen scholar. At Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), she leads all fund development efforts, building connections and infrastructure to move towards community-based and -centered fundraising culture. To do this, she serves as the lead resource mobilizer and network weaver, cross-pollinating between movements and communities working for a more just and equitable present and future. While living in NYC, DC, San Diego, and Mexico City, Adriana has raised funds for community health, human rights, civil rights, and decolonizing museum collections. In her previous position, she focused on raising funds for a global women’s empowerment program that helped some of the poorest women form savings and lending groups. This work led Adriana to discover giving circles around the world as a form of collective philanthropy in service of the groups’ well being, particularly for women. It led her back to school and to focus her research on people powered philanthropic movements. She regularly speaks on how to support the giving within communities of color and how to use collective philanthropy to build civic power. Adriana has an M.A. in human rights studies from Columbia University and presented her thesis at the Women’s Symposium at the University of Oxford (UK) on maternal activism in Latin America.
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